Funny the way the puck bounces sometimes, is it not?
The 2012 NHL entry draft, slated for this Friday and Saturday at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, figures to be defined by defensemen. Both the International Scouting Service’s top 50 leaderboard and the Central Scouting Service’s list of top North American skaters have six blueliners among their 10 highest picks.
As it happens, at least six or seven of the first 10 teams to select in the first round could stand to shore up their defensive corps, preferably sooner rather than later. Nearly all of them ought to have an NHL-ready prospect still available and ready to fill that need when their front office personnel approach the stage.
For everyone else, the more realistic means of plugging one’s gaps over the weekend of the draft will be to make a trade or two, whether or not that involves swapping picks and prospects.
In order of their first turn to select, the most immediate necessities for each team to address in Pittsburgh and/or beyond this weekend are as follows.