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NHL Draft 2012: First round news and results

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The first round of the NHL Draft is in the books with the Edmonton Oilers selecting Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting with the first overall pick. Yakupov now joins a youth laden roster with former number one overall picks in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.

“He’s a very exciting player to watch,” Nugent-Hopkins said of Yakupov. “And he’s got some great skill obviously and he’s a hard worker. It’s going to be great to get the chance to play with him.

Yakupov, who had 31 goals and 69 points in 42 games last season for the Sting and was the consensus number one pick.

Meanwhile the Columbus Blue Jackets who had the worst overall record this past season selected defenceman Ryan Murray with the second pick overall. The Montreal Canadians rounded out the top three with the selection of center Alex Galchenyuk.

Some of the bigger headlines though of this year’s draft was the amount of movement being made between teams.

After turning down a 10 year contract extension, Jordan Staal was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to Carolina. In exchange the Penguins received center Brandon Sutter, defenceman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick, which they used on defenceman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks.

The Dallas Stars also traded forward Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals for forward Cody Eakin and a second-round pick (54th overall) in this years Draft.

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders on Friday for a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

And on Friday the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia in exchange for a second round pick in this year’s draft as well as a pair of fourth round selections.

Here is how the entire first round panned out…

Rnd Pick Overall Team Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League Amateur Team
1 1 1 EDM NAIL YAKUPOV RW RUS 5′ 11″ 185 OHL SARNIA
1 2 2 CBJ RYAN MURRAY D CAN 6′ 0″ 198 WHL EVERETT
1 3 3 MTL ALEX GALCHENYUK C USA 6′ 0″ 194 OHL SARNIA
1 4 4 NYI GRIFFIN REINHART D CAN 6′ 3″ 206 WHL EDMONTON
1 5 5 TOR MORGAN RIELLY D CAN 6′ 0″ 200 WHL MOOSE JAW
1 6 6 ANA HAMPUS LINDHOLM D SWE 6′ 3″ 195 SWEDEN ROGLE JR.
1 7 7 MIN MATHEW DUMBA D CAN 5′ 11″ 184 WHL RED DEER
1 8 8 PIT DERRICK POULIOT D CAN 5′ 11″ 192 WHL PORTLAND
1 9 9 WPG JACOB TROUBA D USA 6′ 2″ 187 USHL USA U-18
1 10 10 TBL SLATER KOEKKOEK D CAN 6′ 1″ 184 OHL PETERBOROUGH
1 11 11 WSH FILIP FORSBERG C SWE 6′ 1″ 188 SWEDEN LEKSAND
1 12 12 BUF MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO C RUS 6′ 3″ 200 QMJHL QUEBEC
1 13 13 DAL RADEK FAKSA C CZE 6′ 2″ 200 OHL KITCHENER
1 14 14 BUF ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS C LVA 6′ 1″ 186 USHL DUBUQUE
1 15 15 OTT CODY CECI D CAN 6′ 1″ 205 OHL OTTAWA
1 16 16 WSH THOMAS WILSON RW CAN 6′ 3″ 205 OHL PLYMOUTH
1 17 17 SJS TOMAS HERTL C CZE 6′ 2″ 198 CZECH SLAVIA
1 18 18 CHI TEUVO TERAVAINEN LW FIN 5′ 10″ 169 FINLAND JOKERIT
1 19 19 TBL ANDREY VASILEVSKIY G RUS 6′ 3″ 210 RUSSIA UFA 2
1 20 20 PHI SCOTT LAUGHTON C CAN 6′ 0″ 177 OHL OSHAWA
1 21 21 CGY MARK JANKOWSKI C CAN 6′ 2″ 168 HIGH-QC STANSTEAD COLLEGE
1 22 22 PIT OLLI MAATTA D FIN 6′ 1″ 204 OHL LONDON
1 23 23 FLA MICHAEL MATHESON D CAN 6′ 1″ 178 USHL DUBUQUE
1 24 24 BOS MALCOLM SUBBAN G CAN 6′ 1″ 195 OHL BELLEVILLE
1 25 25 STL JORDAN SCHMALTZ D USA 6′ 2″ 180 USHL GREEN BAY
1 26 26 VAN BRENDAN GAUNCE C CAN 6′ 1″ 207 OHL BELLEVILLE
1 27 27 PHX HENRIK SAMUELSSON C RW USA 6′ 2″ 216 WHL EDMONTON
1 28 28 NYR BRADY SKJEI D USA 6′ 2″ 196 USHL USA U-18
1 29 29 NJD STEFAN MATTEAU C USA 6′ 1″ 215 USHL USA U-18
1 30 30 LAK TANNER PEARSON LW CAN 6′ 0″ 193 OHL BARRIE

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