NHL Draft 2012 Results: Pick-by-Pick Grades and Results for Day 1

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIJune 22, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Neil Yakupov, first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, poses onstage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The NHL entry draft. The day 211 prospects will be chosen by NHL teams and start their climb to be an NHL player. For some, it's a sure thing. For others, they have to work really hard to make it, and some will play in the NHL.

Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk and Filip Forsberg are the names at the top of most teams' lists. For the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs, there's a good chance that they will get the best players needed to improve their hockey teams.

But then there is the matter of trades.

This year's draft has been largely overshadowed by the names on the trading market the past few days. Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo, Jordan Staal, Bobby Ryan and James van Riemsdyk have all heard their names bandied about in trade talks. Will any of these big names be on the move today? We'll have to wait to find out.

Throughout the day, I will be sharing my opinion on certain prospects, trade rumors that pop up and hopefully a few trades that actually happen. Then, starting at 7:00 pm EDT/4:00 pm PDT, I will guide you through the NHL draft, pick by pick.

What prospects would you like to see your team take? What players would you like to see your team trade for today? Feel free to ask questions. I'll do my best to answer them.

Here we go.