2012 NHL Draft Grades: Full Round 1 Report Card and Results

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2012 NHL Draft Grades: Full Round 1 Report Card and Results
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At long last, the 2012 NHL entry draft is upon us.

Thirty teams, 27 of which enter the draft holding at least one first-round pick, will have a choice that could redefine their franchise for decades. If they make the right decision, it could be a one-way ticket to Stanley Cup contention. But with a costly error, suddenly a year's worth of opportunity has fallen down the drain.

Will the Oilers' No. 1 pick be consensus choice Nail Yakupov or upward-trending Ryan Murray?

Will the Blue Jackets finally find that star player who can turn their team around?

Will Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs make another big splash?

Will the Capitals, Lightning and Sabres each make the most of their additional first-round selection?

Live as the draft goes along, we'll be offering up grades for each and every NHL team—active or not—as every pick and trade hits the airwaves. We'll be continually updating this media-prepped slideshow every few picks as more and more teams make their mark in Round 1.

How will your team fare? Stay tuned as the report cards roll in.

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