As an 18-year-old, it's a tough leap directly to the National Hockey League. Nevertheless, over the last few years we've seen players prove that they can go straight from the draft to being an impact player at the highest level.
In 2010-11, Jeff Skinner won the Calder trophy in Carolina after being chosen with the No. 7 selection.
Last year, seven first-rounders appeared in NHL regular season games. Four stuck with their big clubs and lasted the season. Two were Calder trophy finalists, and Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog ultimately took home the prize as rookie of the year.
Here's a look at this year's seven first-rounders who are most likely to make an impact for their NHL teams in 2012-13.