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2012 NHL Draft

Trade to 'Canes caps memorable weekend for J. Staal

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 3:54 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Staal went through a stressful couple of days leading into a weekend he’s not likely to forget.

Staal married his fiancée Friday afternoon at home in Thunder Bay, Ont. Hours after the ceremony he found out he had been traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes. Several of his wedding guests became ex-teammates during the reception. Another guest, older brother Eric, went from rival to teammate.

Jordan Staal
Jordan StaaL - 2012 PLAYOFFS
Center - CAR
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 9
SOG: 12 | +/-: 2
Talk about a surreal experience.

"Even though we knew it might be coming, it was still a shock," Jordan Staal said during a teleconference Saturday. "It was very tough to kind of take it all it in. It was a very emotional day, not only with the wedding but being traded. It was some very good news that I was moved on to a great place and I’m very excited about that."

Staal was the first draft choice Ray Shero made after becoming Pittsburgh’s general manager in 2006 and was an all-rookie selection as an 18-year-old. In six seasons with the Penguins, Staal became one of the cornerstones of the franchise, an excellent two-way center and one of the team’s top penalty-killers.

Inside the Numbers: NHL Draft edition

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 3:10 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The 2012 Entry Draft is history -- and all 30 teams will now begin working to help turn the 211 talented youngsters they've selected into actual NHL players.

Here are some of the key numbers from this year's selection process:

1 -- 6-foot-6 player taken in the draft. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Bodin, selected by Detroit in the seventh round (No. 200) was the tallest player selected this year. Three players were 6-foot-5 and 12 more were 6-foot-4; and none of the 16 tallest players went in the first 44 picks.

2 -- Goaltenders taken in the first round. Russian Andrei Vasilevsky went to Tampa Bay with the 19th pick and Malcolm Subban to the Boston Bruins at No. 24. There were no goaltenders taken in the opening round a year ago.

3 -- Consecutive years that the Edmonton Oilers have had the first pick in the draft; the Oilers joined the Quebec Nordiques (1989-91) as the only teams to pick No. 1 in three straight drafts. The Oilers took forwards (Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov) in all three.

USHL sees 18 more players drafted on Day 2

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 2:54 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The United States Hockey League can take pride in the fact NHL scouts and general managers are certainly realizing the exceptional talent from within.

Following a record-breaking opening round of the NHL Draft on Friday in which six players from the USHL were selected (including three from the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program), 18 more were plucked on Day 2 at the Consol Energy Center. Of the 10 players from the USNTDP that were chosen over two days, three were drafted by the Washington Capitals (No. 100 Thomas DiPauli, No. 137 Connor Carrick, No. 167 Riley Barber).

There were also four players drafted who played a few games in the USHL this season, including Indiana's Cristoval "Boo" Nieves (New York Rangers, No. 59), Fargo's Dominic Toninato (Toronto Maple Leafs, No. 126), Omaha's Jake Bischoff (New York Islanders, No. 185) and the NTDP's Danny O'Regan (San Jose Sharks, No. 138).

Caps stock up at draft with 11 selections

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 2:45 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Capitals entered the 2012 NHL Draft stocked with more ammunition than any other team with 11 picks.

After two days in Pittsburgh, general manager George McPhee is confident he made his team better in both the short-term and the long-term.

In their two days at Consol Energy Center, the Caps drafted 10 players -- equaling the number the team made in the 2010 and 2011 drafts combined -- and picked up high-scoring center Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars to fill a vital second-line role.

Ducks add another Southern California kid

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 1:46 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Not many 18-year-olds from California have seen a Stanley Cup Final game at both Honda Center and Staples Center.

Nicholas Kerdiles, Anaheim Ducks (Getty Images)

Not only is Nicolas Kerdiles on that short list, he might have a chance to play in one someday. Kerdiles, who grew up in Irvine, Calif., was a second-round pick Saturday by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

"I actually went to one of the [2007] Stanley Cup Final games with one of my buddies, Nik Olsson. He took me there and it was a lot of fun. It was a great atmosphere," said Kerdiles, who also attended Games 3 and 6 of the 2012 Final in Los Angeles with another draft prospect and friend Miles Koules (former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules' son). "Now that the Kings have won too, I think there is more of a rivalry between the Ducks and the Kings."

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 201 pounds, Kerdiles was born in Lewisville, Texas, but moved to France when he was little. His parents moved to Southern California when he was 6 years old, but he still has lots of family back in Europe.

Canada, U.S. lead the way with most draft picks

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 1:25 PM / 2012 NHL Draft


PITTSBURGH -- A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, which concluded today at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Isles' Moulson excited to land Visnovsky

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 11:43 AM / 2012 NHL Draft

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Matt Moulson and the New York Islanders landed two defensemen Friday night -- one for the future and one who is expected to help the club immediately.

Moulson doesn't know much about Griffin Reinhart, who the Isles selected with the fourth pick at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. But he's very familiar with Lubomir Visnovsky, as he and Moulson were teammates in Los Angeles during the 2007-08 season.

"I thought it was a real good pickup for us," Moulson said of Visnovsky, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in exchange for a second-round pick in 2013. "I had the chance to play with him a bit in L.A., and he's an extremely skilled defenseman. He's great on the power play, moves the puck well, skates well. He's a great guy. It's a good pickup for us. He's an offensive guy who will help us on the back end."

Blackhawks, Sharks swap draft picks

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 11:26 AM / 2012 NHL Draft


The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the 191st overall selection in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft (originally acquired from Tampa Bay with Dominic Moore in exchange for a 2012 second-round selection) and a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the 109th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Jets acquire rights to goaltender Jonas Gustavsson

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 11:23 AM / 2012 NHL Draft


The Jonas Gustavsson era in Toronto is finished.

The Maple Leafs traded the rights to Gustvasson, slated to become a unrestricted free agent July 1, to Winnipeg for a conditional pick in the seventh round of the 2012 Draft.

Gustavsson, 27, went 17-17 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He also had four shutouts this season.

Bruins trade Pouliot to Lightning

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 11:13 AM / 2012 NHL Draft


The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins hooked up for the first trade on the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Tampa Bay acquired the rights to Benoit Pouliot for Michel Ouellet and the No. 131 pick in the 2012 Draft. Pouliot had 16 goals and 32 points for the Bruins last season, and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 if the Lightning do not sign him.

Ouellet had 16 goals and 31 points in 55 games for the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League, helping them win the Calder Cup.

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