We are only 12 days until the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. A day where all 30 NHL teams are looking toward the future hoping to get a prospect good enough to crack the lineup if not next season, then in a few years.
The top five of the draft are pretty simple to predict and are sure to be gone as soon as the fifth pick is made. After that teams will be looking to fill the pieces in their lineup. That isn't to say the crop is bad after the top five, but no one has near as much potential as they do.
Some teams will try to fill a specific hole they have while other teams will simply take the best player available even though they might not need that players specific position. No matter what teams do, they hope that their pick doesn't turn out to be a bust as there is usually at least one from the first every year.
Here is how I see the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft shaping up.