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NHL Draft 2012: First Round Open Thread

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We're digital, baby! (Photo courtesy of Matt Wagner, The Cannon)
We're digital, baby! (Photo courtesy of Matt Wagner, The Cannon)

We've discussed and debated it for weeks. We've postulated and prognosticated ad nauseum. We've even used words people actually use in everyday discussion, and, sometimes, even used words without alliteration. It's be a great run up until this point, but it all comes down to tonight and tomorrow. The NHL draft convenes in Pittsburgh, with the Wild making the seventh overall pick, and then Wild fans falling into a deep coma until tomorrow.

Of course, that's barring anything like a trade happening, but we have no indications any are in the works.

What will happen tonight? Will it be Jacob Trouba to the Wild as so many have guessed? Will Grigorenko fall like many have predicted? Can three Russians be drafted 1,2,3? Will any of the top five (mostly) consensus picks slip to the Wild? What will be the big story of the night?

We have plenty of questions, but we have to wait it out, together, to find out. Join us as we welcome the newest member of the Minnesota Wild family.

Hockey Wilderness Draft Page

Fan Mock Draft Contest Entries

Download a spreadsheet of all 8 (only 8?!?) entries here: Mock Draft Contest 2012

Draft Order

1. Edmonton Oilers - Nail Yakupov

2. Columbus Blue Jackets - Ryan Murray

3. Montreal Canadiens - Alex Galchenyuk

4. New York Islanders - Griffin Reinhart

5. Toronto Maple Leafs - Morgan Rielly

6. Anaheim Ducks - Hampus Lindholm

7. Minnesota Wild - Mathew Dumba

8. Carolina Hurricanes Pittsburgh Penguins- Derrick Pouliot

9. Winnipeg Jets - Jacob Trouba

10. Tampa Bay Lightning - Slater Koekkoek

11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado) - Filip Forsberg

12. Buffalo Sabres - Mikhail Grigorenko

13. Dallas Stars - Radek Faksa

14. Calgary Flames Buffalo Sabres - Zemgus Girgensons

15. Ottawa Senators - Cody Ceci

16. Washington Capitals - Tom Wilson

17. San Jose Sharks - Tomas Hertl

18. Chicago Blackhawks - Teuvo Teravainen

19. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit) - Andrei Vasilevski

20. Philadelphia Flyers - Steve Laughton

21. Buffalo Sabres (from Nashville) Calgary Flames - Mark Jankowski

22. Pittsburgh Penguins - Olli Maata

23. Florida Panthers - Mike Matheson

24. Boston Bruins - Malcom Subban

25. St. Louis Blues - Jordan Schmaltz

26. Vancouver Canucks - Brendan Gaunce

27. Phoenix Coyotes - Henrik Samuelsson

28. New York Rangers - Brady Skjei

29. New Jersey Devils - Stefan Matteau

30. Los Angeles Kings - Tanner Pearson


Ducks send Lubomir Visnovski to the New York Islanders for a 2013 2nd Round pick

Stars send Mike Ribeiro to Capitals for Cody Eakin and 2012 54th overall

Penguins send Jordan Staal to Carolina for 8th overall, Brandon Sutter, and Brian Dumoen

Calgary Flames send pick 14 to Buffalo for pick 21 & 42