NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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San Jose Sharks 2012 draft review

by David Thicke

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

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

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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Edmonton Oilers 2012 draft review

by Lawrence Bailey

Photo: Russian forward Nail Yakupov is the third player in a row the Edmonton Oilers have selected with the first overall pick of the NHL Draft. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)


After a pair of seasons at the bottom of the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers got lucky in 2012 and won the draft lottery, securing a third consecutive first overall pick in the process. In the lead up to the big event in Pittsburgh, much was made that Edmonton might be looking at someone other than consensus top pick Sarnia Sting winger Nail Yakupov, with many suggesting they would select Everett Silvertips blueliner Ryan Murray (CLB). When the dust settled however, the consensus was accurate and Yakupov is now an Oiler.

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Increase in Russian-born draftees at 2012 NHL Draft

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
Nikolai Prokhorkin - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Los Angeles Kings draft pick Nikolai Prokhorkin was one of 13 Russians chosen at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)


The 2012 NHL Draft was an interesting one for Russia as the first overall pick, for the first time since Alexander Ovechkin's name was called in 2004, was a Russian player, with Nail Yakupov receiving the honor as the choice of the Edmonton Oilers.

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