What the Future Holds for the 7 Canadian Teams at the NHL Draft

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What the Future Holds for the 7 Canadian Teams at the NHL Draft
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In the 2011-12 season, many disappointments occurred for the seven Canadian franchises in the NHL.

The Montréal Canadiens fell to rock bottom in the Eastern Conference and will be selecting third overall in the 2012 NHL draft.

Steve Tambellini and the Edmonton Oilers will once again be selecting first overall for the third straight NHL draft. The team is already loaded with elite young talents at the forward positions, and they are going to add another core piece to the rebuilding team.

The Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs in their inaugural season in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kevin Cheveldayoff will be trying to point the Jets into a direction that gives them a chance at the Stanley Cup playoffs next season.

The Calgary Flames missed the playoffs against this past season, and Jay Feaster is seeing his team become older and slower.

The Ottawa Senators have done a great job rebuilding their team the past two seasons, and Bryan Murray will look at what options are available to him at the No. 15 pick.

The Toronto Maple Leafs remain the only franchise not to make an appearance in the postseason since the NHL lockout in 2004-05. Brian Burke is always active, and he has to be this year.

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to be very busy on the phone when the teams all gather in Pittsburgh. Roberto Luongo has to go, and the question will be where he will end up. Draft choices will likely be in the mix for a deal of this magnitude.

Let's take an in-depth look at what the future holds for the seven Canadian teams.

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