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Community NHL Mock Draft 2012: New Jersey Devils

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Finishing second in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has to be equal parts suckitude and pure. There are 28 teams that would kill to have the chance, and yet being that team that made it, but didn't win... that has to suck. It would take me some time to decide if I wanted to be bounced in the first round, or make it all the way to the Cup finals just to lose.

Still, at least it gave Devils fans (and players) something to talk about other than Zach Parise, so there's that.

The other interesting note on this pick is that the Devils have to forfeit a first round pick between now and the 2014 draft as punishment for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract. They chose not to forfeit the 29th pick in this year's draft, which tells me there is someone they really want that may be available late, or they have a trade in the works that may involve their first rounder.

Maybe a swap of first round picks for the rights to Parise? Who knows. Pure speculation. Time to vote.

Our draft thus far:

  1. Edmonton Oilers: Nail Yakupov
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Murray
  3. Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk
  4. New York Islanders: Filip Forsberg
  5. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikhail Grigorenko
  6. Anaheim Ducks: Matthew Dumba
  7. Minnesota Wild: Jacob Trouba
  8. Carolina Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen
  9. Winnipeg Jets: Morgan Rielly
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning: Griffin Reinhart
  11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado): Radek Faksa
  12. Buffalo Sabres: Cody Ceci
  13. Dallas Stars - Zemgus Girgensons
  14. Calgary Flames - Olli Maata
  15. Ottawa Senators - Brendan Guance
  16. Washington Capitals - Sebastian Collberg
  17. San Jose Sharks - Pontus Aberg
  18. Chicago Blackhawks - Andrei Vasilevski
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning - Malcom Subban
  20. Philadelphia Flyers - Hampus Lindholm
  21. Buffalo Sabres - Derrick Pouliot
  22. Pittsburgh Penguins - Slater Koekkoek
  23. Florida Panthers - Stefan Matteau
  24. Boston Bruins - Matt Finn
  25. St. Louis Blues - Martin Frk
  26. Vancouver Canucks - Dalton Thrower
  27. Phoenix Coyotes - Tomas Hertl
  28. New York Rangers - Nicolas Kerdiles