2012 NHL Entry Draft

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Buffalo Sabres select Mikhail Grigorenko with 12th 2012 NHL Draft selection


With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko. Here's some background on the Russian centerman from Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks. 

HOMETOWN: Khabarovsk, Russia



AGE: 18

SIZE: 6'3"

WEIGHT: 200 lbs.

JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Quebec Remparts / QMJHL

Considered one of the top Russian prospects in this year's Draft, Grigorenko has the size and skills to make an impact on the ice. Good skater, passer, and playmaker who has good ice vision and makes plays happen.

Grigorenko is also known for his tw...

Tampa Bay Lightning Select Slater Koekkoek to Bolster D with 10th pick


With the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected defenseman Slater Koekkoek.

Koekkoek (18 years old) is your typical stay at home, shut down defenseman that is going to give your team's opponents headaches on every given night.

After appearing in 26 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored five goals and 13 assists for 18 points.

Coming out of Mountain, Ontario, Koekkoek is a difficult opponent to skate around at 6'2 and 184 pounds.

By the time he is ready for the NHL, he will likely be a bigger and stronger defender that could resemble a brick wall. However, he is not the...

Winnipeg Jets select Jacob Trouba with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft

Winnipeg selected Jacob Trouba with the ninth overall pick in Friday's 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba is a 6'2, 196 pound defenseman playing in the USHL for the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP).

In 22 games, he scored four goals and added 14 assists.

The NHL Scouting Services had him ranked as the ninth best skater in North America, while the International Scouting Services had him check in at five.

Trouba thrives on playing a physical game. He doesn't back down and isn't afraid to throw bone-crushing hits.

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jordan Staal for 8th pick & more, take Derrek Pouliot

After trading forward Jordan Staal to Carolina on the draft floor in exchange for Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eight pick, Pittsburgh selected defenseman Derrek Pouliot.


Pouliot (18 years old) may not be the biggest blue liner at only 5'11, but he makes up for it in weight at 190 pounds.

His lack of size prevent him from being a physical player along the wall, but his deceptive skating allows him to capitalize on his opponents' mistakes and turn them into offensive opportunities.

Pouliot is capable of quarterbacking the play from the top of the zone and will look to find his teammates while fending off his attackers and he makes ...

Toronto Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly with the 5th overall pick


The Leafs selected Morgan Rielly with the fifth overall pick in Friday's 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

Rielly, 18, is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he scored three goals and 18 points in as many games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League.

The six-foot, 190-pound defenseman is known for his playmaking abilities and is an effective skater and puck-mover.

The Vancouver-native possesses awareness at both ends of the ice, and while he isn’t a physical defenseman, he is positionally sound.

Rielly, a left-handed shooter, returned from a torn ACL on April 20 for the WHL playoffs, in which he produced three assists in ...

With the 4th pick, New York Islanders take Griffin Reinhart

The Islanders selected Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick in Friday's NHL Draft.

Reinhart is a capable defenseman with poise and composure while protecting the backend.

His strongest attribute is his positional play in the defensive zone, which makes it difficult for attacking forwards to gain an advantage on him. Capable of pushing opponents to the outside and punishing them with hits, Reinhart utilizes strong skating skills to shutdown attacks.

Montreal Canadiens select Alex Galchenyuk with 3rd pick in 2012 NHL Draft


Montreal selected Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Galchenyuk is a center that is capable of making the players around him better. Boasting an impressive hockey IQ, Galchenyuk is a multi-tool player who generates offense with his skating, passing and shooting abilities.

Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk played with the top prospect in this year’s NHL Draft class, Nail Yakupov.

Unfortunately, Galchenyuk has only had the chance to play one full season with Yakupov as he sustained a knee injury, which forced him to miss all...

2012 NHL Draft Liveblog presented by TCL

As the 2012 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Pittsburgh, follow along in The Checking Line's liveblog! 

There will be plenty of discussion between readers and writers about trades, picks, and prospects. Chat away as the time ticks down before your favorite team's selection.

The live blog will open at 6:30 p.m. and run until the draft ends, or until the commentary stops! 


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Capitals first round draft possibilites


The Washington Capitals find themselves with two first round picks in this weekends 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The picks, No. 11 and No. 16, give the team a chance to continue injecting young high-end talent into the organization. 

Washington will be busy too, with a league-high 11 draft picks over the weekend. 

In recent years, the Caps and general manager George McPhee have gone with the "best player available" draft strategy. The returns have been significant, adding talent up front like Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and others among the years. They've also struck gold on defense with young an...

Mock Draft 2012: Picks 1-10

My annual mock draft concludes today with picks 1 to 10. The Oilers have the 1st overall pick for the third consecutive season but whether they keep the pick or who they pick is still up in the air. It looks to be a busy draft and a great way to kick-off the NHL off-season.