Photo: Anahiem Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri moved closer to becoming a full-time NHL player in the 2011-12 season, a season that included being chosen to participate at the 2012 AHL All-Star Game (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
The Anaheim Ducks once again bolstered their organizational depth and addressed team needs with eight selections at the 2012 NHL Draft. Five of the picks from that draft will be featured in this ranking, with Hampus Lindholm leading the newest recruits to the Ducks' organization.
Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2011, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is not only the top prospect for the Boston Bruins, but among the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)
Thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins have spent the last two years drafting inside the top 10. This year, they're back to drafting in the bottom third of the first round, but if the rumors are to be believed, Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli is actively trying to remedy that situation and move up high enough to grab one of the premier defensemen available.
Photo: Swedish defender Hampus Lindholm should be a part of a strong group of defensive prospects chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Although a relative unknown to some at the start of the 2011-12 season, Swedish defenseman Hampus Lindholm has made a slow, steady climb up the 2012 draft ranks, to the point where he is a viable candidate to be chosen somewhere in the first round.
Photo: Star forward Nail Yakupov is the top pick in Hockey's Future's 2012 NHL Mock Draft. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)
With the Los Angeles Kings hoisting their first Stanley Cup and every major hockey tournament around the world finally finished, the attention of the hockey world can now focus on the 2012 NHL Draft.