June 21, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nail Yakupov (center) is interviewed during the top prospects press conference in preparation for the 2012 NHL Draft on board the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Draft Day Part 1: The First Round

After months of agonizing and often repetitive speculation the day has finally arrived. The 2012 NHL entry draft, where the Oilers will pick 1st for 3rd time straight, the Blue Jackets attempt to make up for past drafting futility and Montreal gets an opportunity they haven’t had in a generation to pick in the top three.

Conditions are set for a wild day at the top. Virtually no consensus exists for who belongs where in the top 10, even the broad consensus on Yakupov‘s superiority over the pack doesn’t seem to guarantee anything with Edmonton potentially looking for defensemen. Expect the talented forwards Terravainen and Grigorenko to be the biggest wildcards as every team’s quest for offensive skill confronts questions on their size or intangibles. But the entire field is littered with players made questionable by injury or potentially fatal flaws.

This pick has the potential to define the Habs for the next decade if done right. The best chance to find road back to contention lies in adding a solid young talent here to complement stud youngsters Max Pacioretty, PK Subban and Carey Price. Rookie GM Marc Bergevin and veteran draft guru Trevor Timmins’ greatest test yet is today.

Your essential resources to for results and analysis in real time.

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Habs Prospect Follower Robert Rice


TSN.ca Draft Centre


NHL.com – Draft


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