The 2011 NHL draft is behind us, and scouts and general managers are taking breaks after a long year of watching countless talents develop. They have drafted their players, and they now get a rest before rookie camp rolls around and they have to look at them again.
NHL scouts, however, have already started making preparations for the upcoming draft in 2012. While most of these players are 16 and 17 years old, they have started catching the attention of the big leagues and will continue to do so throughout the year.
When the 2012 NHL draft rolls around, many changes will have happened in relation to the draft stocks of every young hopeful. Most of those players will be drafted nowhere near where they are projected right now.
Nevertheless, we are taking a first look at that draft. Here is our opening 2012 NHL Mock Draft:
(Standings predictions are very loosely put together...)