Winter is dawning and rankings for the 2012 NHL entry draft are emerging as scouts start making decisions about their valuations of players.
A lot will change between now and when selections are made, but this is the most important time for draft hopefuls seeking to make good early impressions on scouts and general managers alike.
The 50th annual draft will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2012 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Those are the two days when NHL dreams will be made or be broken.
Teams on the prowl for future superstars and the first round will see the world's 30 best teenagers drafted. Some of them will become those players. Most won't.
This is a prediction of how the first round of the 2012 draft will pan out. Standings are based on those in the NHL on the morning of the 11th of November, 2011.