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The 2012 draft order is officially set

Jun 12, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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Now that the Stanley Cup finals are over and the Los Angeles Kings are champions, the next piece of business for the NHL is the draft on June 22-23. With the finals over, we now know what position everyone will be picking from.

Adam Kimelman of lays it all out for us as the Devils will be picking at 29 and the Kings 30th overall thanks to winning it all. There’s one hang-up left, however, as the Devils have the option to forfeit their pick this year or next year thanks to circumventing the salary cap with Ilya Kovalchuk‘s contract.

Here’s the final order for the first round of this year’s draft.

1. Edmonton
2. Columbus
3. Montreal
4. N.Y. Islanders
5. Toronto
6. Anaheim
7. Minnesota
8. Carolina
9. Winnipeg
10. Tampa Bay
11. Washington (from Colorado)
12. Buffalo
13. Dallas
14. Calgary
15. Ottawa
16. Washington
17. San Jose
18. Chicago
19. Tampa Bay (from Detroit)
20. Philadelphia
21. Buffalo (from Nashville)
22. Pittsburgh
23. Florida
24. Boston
25. St. Louis
26. Vancouver
27. Phoenix
28. N.Y. Rangers
29. New Jersey
30. Los Angeles

  1. bleed4philly - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    That #20 pick will be going to Columbus.

    • lightingthelampsince88 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Seems kind of steep for Steve Mason :)

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Look for a team like Minnesota trade back with one of the squads with two first round choices (Buffalo / Washington / Tampa, but unlikely) … not saying Minny will get both first round picks, but those teams could be most willing to trade up

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      I’m really curious to see what the Wild end up doing with their pick. I think this year’s crop would most benefit those with multiple picks as there doesn’t seem to be any runaway winners in the top 10. As good as I hear Nail and Grigs are, I don’t hear anyone saying they’ll be the obvious 1-2 choices. Whatever Fletch decides to do, he’s smart enough to let them develop before bringing them up, unlike Risebrough. Next season can’t come quick enough though.

  3. billobrienschindimple - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Please help a simpleton. How do the Flyer’s get the 20th and the Pens get the 22nd. Didn’t the Pens go out before Philly?

    Is this a result of trades or sanctions of some sort from a past year.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Postseason elimination order only determines the last four, I think? Regular season points determine the other 26 – hence why President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver is picking 26th, despite being the second team unceremoniously dumped on its ass in the postseason.

  4. jimw81 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Holgrem has plans for jvr, bob and that 20th puck

    • miketoasty - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Trade for an over the hill winger, I.e. Nash? Please do, JVR seems like a stud and that 20th pick could also pay off big. Also another atrocious salary to take on limiting their ability to keep more of their young stars (Sean Couturier comes to mind).

      All of this coming from a Pens fan.

  5. blast126 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Toronto Maple Leafs should look for a goalie or a defender, the major holes on their roster

    • govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      I’m not sure it would matter if they did. Look at their track record on those fronts (goaltending in particular) over the past few years. Trading that pick to get a proven goalie might be a better bet, rather than wasting a high pick on another failed experiment. (Still curious to see if Reimer can develop, but the damage may have been done there).

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    It’s weird seeing Toronto with a 1st round pick

  7. quizguy66 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Gotta figure the Devils will forfeit pick #29 this year for the whole “doing exactly what the Islanders already had done” penalty with the Kovy contract.

    Anyone know the deadline for them to decide?


  8. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    that 29th pick….gonna be forfeited

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