NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Shock Deals That Could Take Place at the 2012 NHL Draft

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NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Shock Deals That Could Take Place at the 2012 NHL Draft
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The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is only a few days away, and the rumors have already began to swirl as to what might happen come Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

After a draft day like last year, the 2012 edition has big shoes to fill.

When you consider who was involved in draft day deals in 2011, you could put together a half-decent first line. With players like Devon Setoguchi, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Smyth, Brent Burns and Brian Campbell all being moved last year, it will be interesting to see if this year's draft holds as many surprises.

Who goes first overall and what team selects that player?

Is Bobby Ryan running out of time in Anaheim?

Does Rick Nash finally move out of Columbus?

These are all questions that will be asked, and soon enough will be answered. For now, however, it is always fun to speculate what may or may not happen come draft day.

So without further ado, here are five shock deals that could take place at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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