2012 NHL Draft Order: Complete List of Picks for All 30 Teams
Well that hockey season was fun. Now let's start thinking about next year, which is something that everyone, outside of Kings fans, is likely all too eager to do.
By virtue of being terrible, and winning the lottery, the Edmonton Oilers earn the first pick in this year's draft.
By virtue of being mediocre in the regular season, and shockingly dominant in the postseason, the Kings will pick last.
Check out the draft order, and then we will take a look at three players who have the talent to go No. 1 overall.
2012 NHL Draft Order
4. N.Y. Islanders
10. Tampa Bay
11. Washington (from Colorado)
17. San Jose
19. Tampa Bay (from Detroit)
21. Buffalo (from Nashville)
25. St. Louis
27. Phoenix Coyotes
28. New York Rangers
29. New Jersey Devils
30. Los Angeles Kings
Players Who Should Be Considered at No. 1
Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Who should be the No. 1 pick?
Added bulk or not, Yakupov is going to be a goal-scoring force. While his speed and shot power are the first things that jump out at you, this is not all he has going for him. Yakupov is a wonderfully skilled player for an 18-year-old.
It is hard to imagine him not going No. 1 overall, but if he doesn't, it will be because one of these two goes before him.
Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec (QMJHL)
Grigorenko has franchise center written all over him. He is 6'3" and 200 pounds, with plenty of room to add muscle onto his frame. He is also just 18 years old.
He has a wonderful natural feel for the game. His vision and hands are outstanding. He can set the table for anyone on the ice.
His consistency has been questioned, but he has shown enough intensity that teams should not be overly worried about this.
Filip Forsberg, Leksands (SWE)
This 6'1", 176-pound left winger really announced himself as a top selection with a dominant Ivan Hlinka Tourney.
While this 17-year-old still needs to add some muscle, he does not shy away from the physical aspect. In fact, he tends to seek it out.
Forsberg has tremendous hands and, what may be the best snap shot in this draft class. Forsberg's upside is through the roof.
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