The 2012 NHL draft is almost upon us, and the best amateur hockey players are anxiously waiting for their names to be called when the first round of the draft begins tonight. NHL.com is streaming a preview of the action tonight for those of you who can't get to a television.
There are a number of intriguing prospects who show the skills to become excellent pros, though like any other sport there will certainly be some busts to be drafted at or near the top.
Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Filip Forsberg and others will be among those who are fortunate enough to hear their names called early on in the proceedings.
Bleacher Report's own Nicholas Goss has put together a two-round mock draft that you should check out.
Here are a few vital pieces of information for you as the draft draws near.
When: June 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Where: CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Live Streaming: TSN.ca has the entire first round streaming live.
Here is the draft order for the first round, courtesy of NHL.com.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. New York Islanders
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Minnesota Wild
8. Carolina Hurricanes
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Tampa Bay Lightning
11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado Avalanche)
12. Buffalo Sabres
13. Dallas Stars
14. Calgary Flames
15. Ottawa Senators
16. Washington Capitals
17. San Jose Sharks
19. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit Red Wings)
21. Buffalo Sabres (from Nashville Predators)
23. Florida Panthers
24. Boston Bruins
25. St. Louis Blues
26. Vancouver Canucks
27. Phoenix Coyotes
28. New York Rangers
30. Los Angeles Kings