As the names were called and the prospects made their way down to the podium, every one of the top 10 picks looked to have a bright future ahead.
We'd hoped to see a few of these faces playing in the NHL by now, but the lockout has put those plans on hold.
Typically, defensemen take a little longer than forwards to develop, and there were a whopping eight rearguards taken in the top 10 in 2012.
It's interesting to see how some players' paths to the big leagues look smooth, while others are facing some bumps along the way. Here's a look.