NHL Draft 2012 TV Coverage: When and Where to Watch Day 1 Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2012

Courtesy of The Hockey Writers
Courtesy of The Hockey Writers

There is no rest for the weary in the NHL. Less than two weeks after the Los Angeles Kings won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and one day after the league released the 2012-13 schedule, teams start building for the future in the 2012 NHL draft

While not a deep class of talent, there are a handful of players who you can project as stars in a few years. Teams are likely to take more risks in the lower portion of the first round in order to take advantage of some raw athletes who have more upside than some of the safer players who would normally go very high. 

We will have all the information you need to get ready for the first day of the NHL's annual draft extravaganza. 


Where: Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

When: Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Watch: NBC Sports Network (7-9 p.m.); NHL Network (9-10:30 p.m.)

Live Streaming: TSN.ca


 1. Edmonton Oilers
 2. Columbus Blue Jackets
 3. Montreal Canadians
 4. New York Islanders
 5. Toronto Maple Leafs
 6. Anaheim Ducks
 7. Minnesota Wild
 8. Carolina Hurricanes
 9. Winnipeg Jets
 10. Tampa Bay Lightning
 11. Washington Capitals
 12. Buffalo Sabres
 13. Dallas Stars
 14. Calgary Flames
 15. Ottawa Senators
 16. Washington Capitals
 17. San Jose Sharks
 18. Chicago Blackhawks
 19. Tampa Bay Lightning
 20. Philadelphia Flyers
 21. Buffalo Sabres
 22. Pittsburgh Penguins
 23. Florida Panthers
 24. Boston Bruins
 25. St. Louis Blues
 26. Vancouver Canucks
 27. Phoenix Coyotes
 28. New York Rangers
 29. New Jersey Devils

  30. Los Angeles Kings



Top Prospects Available

Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia

Courtesy of From Russia With Glove
Courtesy of From Russia With Glove

In a draft that skews heavily towards defensemen, Yakupov is the best and most dynamic offensive player available. He has the speed, power and versatility to become a superstar, though it will take time for him to adapt to the physical play in the NHL. 


Ryan Murray, D, Everett

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Courtesy of Lowtide.ca

Murray is the best of a very good group of defensemen available. He has more than enough offensive game to put up shiny numbers that casual fans like, while possessing the instincts and physicality to dominate without the puck. 


Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand

Courtesy of The Hockey Writers
Courtesy of The Hockey Writers

Given the nature of Forsberg's position and his natural ability on the ice, you could make a case for him as the No. 1 pick in this draft. While I don't see that happening, he should not make it out of the top five.