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Top 5 stories of the 2012 NHL Draft

Jun 23, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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The 2012 NHL Draft may not have grabbed everyone’s attention, but it did leave us with some lasting memories and impressions. What were the biggest ones? Well, we think we know what’s best so here’s your official PHT Top 5 stories of the draft.

1. Nail Yakupov goes No. 1

There was a lot of debate whether or not Yakupov would be Edmonton’s pick at No. 1, but GM Steve Tambellini made the speculation seem silly when he grabbed the Sarnia Sting scoring phenom first overall. Now Yakupov gets to play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle to make up their own offensive flying circus.

2. Ray Shero sure knows how to spoil the home fans

GM Ray Shero made sure the home fans headed home ecstatic after Friday night’s first round. The Penguins came into the draft with just one pick at 21st overall in the first round. They left the draft dealing Jordan Staal to Carolina for a package that included the eighth overall pick as well as dealing Zbynek Michalek back to Phoenix for a pack of prospects. Well played, Shero.

3. Defense dominates the first round

We knew this draft was loaded with quality defensemen, what we didn’t know was just how many of them would wind up being first-round caliber guys. 13 blue liners went in the first round this year, tying the mark for most defensemen taken in the opening round back in 1996. For what it’s worth, that ’96 draft had notable picks like Ottawa’s Chris Phillips and… Uh… Andrei Zyuzin. Let’s just hope this draft class turns out a little better.

4. Columbus doesn’t deal Nash

We thought this might be the right time for the Blue Jackets and GM Scott Howson to deal Rick Nash. Yeah, about that… Turns out the right time for the Jackets to move him might be after Zach Parise finds a home after July 1. You know what they say about the best laid plans.

5. Luongo is still a Vancouver Canuck

Much like Nash, Roberto Luongo was shaping up to be a big name to be moved at the draft. While Luongo wasn’t traded, his name was thrown around a bit between Vancouver and Florida (of course). Panthers GM Dale Tallon says he’s listening but Canucks GM Mike Gillis says he himself is the guy getting in the way.

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    1. Edmonton conitues to draft forwards and more forwards, and more forwards

    2. Huge run on defensemen to start the draft.

    3. Nash wasn’t traded and I can’t believe a better offer will be coming in than what he got from Ottawa.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      I still can’t believe Edmonton didn’t take with the #32 ….. Ville Pokka / Matt Finn / Ludvig Bystrom / Jake McCabe / Dylan Blujus.

      Honestly, what are you thinking ???????

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      scheen for JVR was just announced…

      that I will remember

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    re. 4 & 5: sometime (soon?) Howson and Gillis will get off their high horses

  3. dawglb - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Ok, I get the Pittsburgh fans booing Paul Holmgren. That comes with the territory. The team that Paul created embarrassed Pittsburgh this Spring. However, it was disgraceful for the fans to boo the Flyers 1st round draft choice. This moment is the one special moment in this family’s life. Their son, brother, grandson achieves a lifelong goal,… And the dirt balls in Pittsburgh boo him. The family is standing applauding their son among a chorus of boos. Disgraceful. That family did not deserve that treatment. Very classy Pittsburgh.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      this is a professional sport, you get the good with the bad. Those fans paid money to be in the stands, as long as they are acting out in a legal fashion, I am okay with it.

      I think the young man can handle it, and his family.

      -Wild fan

    • steelhammer92 - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Yeah, because Flyers fans wouldn’t do the exact same thing. LOL. In two years, we’ll see just how high and mighty Flyers fans are.

    • daerian - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      You’re right in that it’s classless and douche. A kid should get a moment in the sun, with the crowd cheering when he’s drafted. You’re wrong in implying that it’s somehow a Pittsburgh thing. It happens in every draft, in every city, in every sport. The Jets fans booed the Giants and Patriots picks in NY at the NFL draft this year (and every year.). The Flyers fans will get their chance in two years. It’s not Pittsburgh fans, it’s sports fans, and the deterioration of respect in sports.

  4. capsfan19 - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    As much as i hate pittsburgh, im going to play devil’s avocate: how bout flyers fans booing a cancer ad just because it had j. toews in it on their jumbotron?

  5. dawglb - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Oh, in 2014, you will not be able to hear who Pittsburgh picks, I am sure. Tit-for-tat. And then some.

  6. ironcity6pak - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Shero is the man!! We all miss staal but have utmost faith in shero. Welcome parise to Pittsburgh and shero for president!!

  7. ballsohardu - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Very classless of pittsburgh to boo that young man. Never a fan of the pens or that city. More reason for me yo dislike them

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