Predictions for the 1st Round of the NHL Entry Draft

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIMay 17, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 5:  Nail Yakupov #10 of Team Russia waits for a face-off during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game against Team Sweden at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 5, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Team Sweden defeated Team Russia 1-0 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Nail Yakupov and 26 teams in the NHL are currently getting prepared for the draft in June. These teams are looking for some changes within their organization that can steer them towards their goals of competing in the Stanley Cup next year.

Here are some predictions that are bound to happen at the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.

No. 1: Nail Yakupov will go as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft class.

No. 2: The Edmonton Oilers will be busy fielding offers for their first overall pick, trying to move down a spot or two to draft a defenseman.

No. 3: The Toronto Maple Leafs will be busy trying to find trade partners. Brian Burke would like a top-line C out of the draft. He will move up if he needs to.

No. 4: Key players will be discussed in trade discussions. The list of players includes Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Semin (rights) and Roberto Luongo.

No. 5: The Montréal Canadiens will be looking to add a C with size, if possible. Grigorenko, Forsberg and Galchenyuk are among the list they are looking at.

No. 6: The Winnipeg Jets will be looking at drafting for a second time after relocating to Manitoba. Perhaps the team wants to add someone to complement Mark Scheifele, or add some depth on defense.

No. 7: The Washington Capitals will want to trade the rights to pending UFA Alexander Semin. They also need a forward to replace the loss of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is signing two more years in stay in the KHL.

No. 8: The Calgary Flames will likely keep their pick and add to their depleted prospect pool. Backlund is no longer a young prospect, and they only have Sven Baertschi as the next bright young player.

No. 9: The Ottawa Senators will be looking to add support to their already young core. Ottawa boasts Erik Karlsson on defense, Kyle Turris on offense and the 15th overall pick this year.

No. 10: The Vancouver Canucks will draft at 26th overall, but they might looking to either trade up or add another first round pick by trading Roberto Luongo.


This is Joseph Trenton reporting on the 2012 NHL draft.

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