The 2012 NHL draft is set to kick off one of the most exciting offseasons in recent memory. We're almost there hockey fans. While fans of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate their long awaited time with hockey's Holy Grail, 29 other fan bases are lamenting their victory.
The draft offers many different opportunities for teams to improve, which is what makes it exciting for hardcore hockey fans like me. And with marquee names on the market like Rick Nash, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and Alex Semin on the market there's a lot to be excited about.
But first and foremost, the draft is about the kids. Young, super talented prospects looking to make their name in the NHL. Here's seven draftees with bright futures ahead of them.