NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Nashville Predators 2012 draft review

by Eugene Oliker
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Photo: Selected in the fourth round, forward Zach Stepan plays a similar style of game as his cousin, New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

In many ways, the Nashville Predators 2012 NHL Draft strategy mirrored the one they used for their 2011 draft. As in 2011, the Predators once again focused on forwards and selected only two defensemen and one goalie. The organization also once again selected a handful of overage prospects as well as several who are bound for the NCAA.

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Detroit Red Wings 2012 draft review

by Mike Farkas
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Photo: Selected 80th overall in 2012, Jake Paterson is one of only five goaltenders the Red Wings have drafted in the past 10 years. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The Detroit Red Wings came into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh with only six picks, including no first-rounder, and elected to see those picks through without making any moves. The Wings 2012 draft class had a familiar flavor to it as well. Their first selection was highly skilled Czech Martin Frk from Halifax (QMJHL) and their last selection was an enormous Swede that only Hakan Andersson could spot.

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San Jose Sharks 2012 draft review

by David Thicke
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Photo: Selected 17th overall by San Jose, Tomas Hertl was the highest drafted Czech player in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Compared to past years, the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was very quiet for the San Jose Sharks and GM Doug Wilson. The team did nothing in terms of draft day trades, which is unusual, but the organization was still able to select their target player, Tomas Hertl from the Czech League. The Sharks looked at moving up if Hertl might not be available at the 17th overall spot and had decided they would trade down if he was taken early.

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QMJHL 2012 draft review

by Kevin Forbes
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James Melindy - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Defenseman James Melindy of the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats has been reunited with former teammate Brandon Gormley after being chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

The 2012 NHL Draft has come and gone with the QMJHL seeing 19 of their players selected. This total represents a drop after the league has seen, on average, almost 24 players drafted each year over the past five years, including 22 players selected in each of the previous two drafts.

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 draft review

by Kyle West
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Photo: Drafted 40th overall in 2012, defenseman Dylan Blujus brings a combination of size, physicality, and offensive ability to the Tampa blue line. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman addressed the short term needs of his team with his first three picks, selecting two defenders and a goaltender. True to form for the third year Lightning GM, there was no shying away from riskier picks and the "KHL factor" was largely ignored.

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