Photo: Goaltender Mark Visentin was the #1 goaltender for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada's Ron Tugnutt is working on finding this year's goaltenders for that tournament (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Among the players on the ice, the goaltender stands out as a unique presence. Not only does he wear different equipment, play the entire game and often has peculiar mannerisms, but as the last line of defense, a goaltender can find himself singled out for both praise and blame.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart was the second of six WHL players chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
While the WHL didn’t get to boast of having the first overall pick at this year's NHL Draft, there was a heavy dose of WHL talent drafted in the first round. Five of the six WHL-bred first round picks were defensemen, and they were snapped up in a hurry. Of those six first round picks this year, five were selected within the top eight selections.
Photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins top selection at the 2012 NHL Draft, Derrick Pouliot, chats with Penguins legend Mario Lemiuex and the team's head coach, Dan Bylsma (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
There were a couple of “climbers” in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, one of them being the Pittsburgh Penguins top pick, defenseman Derrick Pouliot of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
Photo: The Minnesota Wild continued adding young, talented players to their organization with the selection of Matt Dumba at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The parade of defensemen chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft's first round continued with the selection of Red Deer Rebels defender Matt Dumba by the Minnesota Wild with the seventh pick overall.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart took part in the 2012 CHL Top Propsects Game, picking up a goal for the victorious Team Orr (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart had a season to remember, one that included a WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. But the best will be saved for last, with Reinhart likely to be a high draft pick at next week's 2012 NHL Draft.