03 November 2011
For those who haven't had the opportunity to catch up on NHL news (or for people who generally don't get out much), last week the league made a formal announcement about the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The worst kept secret was finally confirmed as the Pittsburgh Penguins will play host to the draft on June 22nd and June 23rd of 2012. The announcement was made by Commissioner Bettman and was accompanied by statements from Penguins President David Morehouse, General Manager Ray Shero, and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. The logo that will be associated with the event and is shown below.
The last time the draft was held in Pittsburgh was in 1997, we saw Joe Thornton go to the Boston Bruins with the first overall pick and Patrick Marleau head to San Jose with the second pick. The rest of the 1st round was sprinkled with names such as Olli Jokinen, Roberto Luongo, Eric Brewer, Marian Hossa, Daniel Cleary, and Brenden Morrow. Looking back, we can say that the steal of the draft was Brian Campbell - who was taken in the sixth round by the Buffalo Sabres.
For those wondering who might be the first overall pick in 2012, there seems to be a can't miss attitude on OHL Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov. It was believed that his teammate, Alex Galchenyuk, could be the second overall pick. However, Galchenyuk tore his ACL and his draft stock will undoubtably drop because of it. Fellow bloggers have coined the term "Fail for Nail" and have thrown this term around to NHL teams who haven't had the best start to the '11-'12 season.
Given that the draft is in Pittsburgh, I will do my best to cover the event. As per the Consol Energy Center's website, ticket distribution plans and other details pertaining to the 2012 NHL Draft will be announced at a later date. The good news is that I have plenty of time to work with and in the event that I don't make it as press, I might be able to grab a ticket as a fan. I have 7+ months of work ahead of me and hopefully by the time June rolls around, I would have had an opportunity to climb the blogger/media ladder by a step or two.
As more information about the draft is announced, I'll be sure to post updates to Ice the Office.
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