The 2012 NHL draft is already being coined the "Fail for Nail." Nail Yakupov is the odds-on favorite to be the first overall pick, and he is considered by most scouts to be a truly elite prospect.
After Yakupov there is a noticeable drop off in the forward class, but the defensive prospects eligible for selection this year are as strong as any class in recent memory.
This is my preliminary big board for the 2012 NHL draft. Check back throughout the year for more coverage heading into the draft.