2012 NHL Draft Order: Teams That Will Make Waves in Late Rounds
So many NHL stars are found in the later rounds, including New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (seventh round, 2000), Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (fifth round, 2007), Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (eighth round, 2004) and Henrik Zetterberg (seventh round, 1999).
Let's look at three teams that will make waves in the late rounds of this year's draft.
For the full draft order of all seven rounds, check out NHL.com. The draft is set take place June 22-23 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, while the following rounds will take place on the NHL Network.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings have a long, impressive history of finding exceptional NHL players who were drafted in the later rounds. Some of them have even become superstar players.
Here are some of the great late-round picks that the Red Wings have made over the years.
|1994||Tomas Holmstrom||257th, 10th||Exceptional player for over a decade, Stanley Cup champ|
|1998||Pavel Datsyuk||171st, sixth||Arguably the best player from the '98 class
|1999||Henrik Zetterberg||210th, seventh||Superstar player and 2008 Conn Smythe Trophy winner|
|2002||Jonathan Ericsson||291st, ninth||Capable NHL defenseman.
The Red Wings will pick in every round except the first this year, and with their exceptional scouts working with talented general manager Ken Holland, expect Detroit to dominate the later rounds again.
The Sabres have nine picks in the 2012 NHL draft, which is tied for the third-most number of selections.
Buffalo has two first-round picks, but it has proven over the last 10 years that it can find late-round gems. Paul Gaustad, taken in the seventh round in 2000, and Ryan Miller, taken in the fifth round in 1999, are two examples of the Sabres' ability to find talented players late in the draft.
Los Angeles Kings
The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have seven picks in this year's draft to help bolster the depth of their organization for more deep playoff runs.
The Kings have found some very talented young players past Round 1 of the draft over the past few years.
Forward Dwight King was a good fourth-round pick in 2008, as was forward Wayne Simmonds in the second round that year. They also found Jonathan Quick, who won this year's Conn Smythe Trophy, in the third round in 2005.
Expect the Kings to continue their success in the later rounds of the draft in 2012.
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