The 2012 NHL entry draft is finally upon us, and it is time to get things started. Throughout the night, we will keep you up to date on all 30 first-round picks, potential trades and other moves made in Pittsburgh.
Nail Yakupov is the top forward prospect in the draft, but will he be selected first? Ryan Murray is considered the top defensive prospect, and there is a good chance he will be taken by the Edmonton Oilers at No. 1.
Bleacher Report will keep you up to date and will provide you with highlights for each first-round pick throughout the evening.
Note: This slideshow will be run like a live blog, with up-to-the minute updates as soon as each team makes its first-round selection.
The Edmonton Oilers had the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft and selected Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting. Yakupov scored 31 goals and assisted on 38 others for 69 points during the 2011-12 OHL season.
Yakupov will potentially accompany Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall as a top line made up of former No.1 picks.
With the No.2 pick, Scott Howson selected Ryan Murray from the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.
The Montreal Canadiens select Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting.
The New York Islanders have selected Griffin Reinhart from the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Morgan Rielly with their No.5 selection.
The Anaheim Ducks selected Hampus Lindholm with the No.6 pick in the draft.
The Minnesota Wild have selected Mathew Dumba.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded a package highlighted by Jordan Staal for Carolina's No.8 overall pick.
With that pick, the Penguins have selected Derrick Pouliot.
The Winnipeg Jets have selected defenseman Jacob Trouba from the US development league.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have selected Slater Koekkoek with their No.10 overall pick.
The Washington Capitals have selected Filip Forsberg. Forsberg was picked to go as high as No.2 overall by mock drafts but ends up going at No. 11 overall.
The Buffalo Sabres will pick next.
The Buffalo Sabres have selected Mikhail Grigorenko from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
The Dallas Stars have selected Radek Faksa
The Buffalo Sabres traded their No. 21 pick in the first round and their 42nd pick in the second round for the No. 14 pick and have selected Zemgus Girgensons.
The Ottawa Senators have selected Cody Ceci from the Ottawa 67's.
The Washington Capitals have selected Tom Wilson with the No.16 pick overall.
With the No.17 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, the San Jose Sharks have selected Tomas Hertl from Slavia.
The Chicago Blackhawks have selected Teuvo Teravainen with their first round pick at No.18 overall. Teravainen really fell down the board and was expected to go a lot earlier in the draft.
The Lightning have selected the first goalie in this draft. Andrei Vasilevski has been selected 19th overall.
The Flyers have selected Scott Laughton from the Oshawa Generals with the No.20 pick in the NHL draft.
With the No.21 overall pick, the Calgary Flames have selected Mark Jankowski.
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With the No.22 pick in the NHL draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins have selected Olli Maatta.
The Florida Panthers have selected Michael Matheson with their first round pick at No.23 overall.
The Boston Bruins have selected Malcolm Subban with the No.24 overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft.
With the No.25 pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft, the St.Louis Blues have selected Jordan Schmaltz
With the No.26 overall pick in the draft, the Canucks selected Brendan Gaunce.
With the No. 27 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, the Phoenix Coyotes have selected Henrik Samuelsson from the Edmonton Oil Kings.
With the No.28 pick of the 2012 NHL draft, the New York Rangers selected Brady Skjei.
In an interesting twist of fate, the New Jersey Devils selected Stefan Matteau with the No.29 pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft.
With the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected Tanner Pearson.