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2012 NHL Draft: Live from Pittsburgh, Round 1

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes

LAST UPDATED: 10:30 p.m.

The first day of the 2012 NHL Draft has arrived, and with the eighth overall pick, the Carolina Hurricanes are in a prime spot to land a top-tier prospect.

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Follow on Twitter is traveling Pittsburgh to cover the draft weekend. Below, we’ll keep a running blog of everything that happens throughout the day and in the first round tonight. (A separate running blog will be created for the second day’s rounds 2-7.) We will be hosting a live chat on Twitter beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m., with the first round slated to get underway at 7 p.m. For those who do not have a Twitter account, a live stream of the tweets will be provided on this page.

Check back regularly for new posts, which will include various news items, tweets, videos from CanesVision, pictures and more. You can also follow @nhl_canes, @MSmithCanes and @MikeSundheim on Twitter for additional updates. Finally, we invite you to join the discussion at the bottom of this blog in the comments section.

As a primer for tonight’s first round, here is our entire draft profile series, which focuses on players we believe should be in the mix for the Canes’ eighth overall selection:

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Round 1 in the Books
Friday, 06.22.2012 / 10:30 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes didn't make any picks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, but there will be plenty of time for that tomorrow. The Canes currently hold nine picks in rounds 2-6.

We'll have another running blog posted tomorrow morning. I can't promise it will be very active, as the picks will come in rapid succession. Never the less, it will be updated when time permits. Thanks for following along tonight, and we'll see everyone in the morning!

Hurricanes Make it Happen
Friday, 06.22.2012 / 10:00 p.m.

It didn't happen in the eighth spot of the 2012 NHL Draft.

But, the Carolina Hurricanes got their man.

The Canes acquired forward Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Brandon Sutter, defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall selection in this year's draft.


Hurricanes Trade for Jordan Staal
Friday, 06.22.2012 / 8:00 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick. Here is the news release.

Much more to come soon.

Live Chatting from the First Round
Friday, 06.22.2012 / 6:30 p.m.

The Sights of Pittsburgh
Friday, 06.22.2012 / 3:45 p.m.

Before we head out to CONSOL Energy Center for the highly anticipated first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, here are some nearby sights of Pittsburgh.

Roberto Clemente Bridge is closed to pedestrians on Pirates gamedays.

The Allegheny River.

Out hotel, which looks out onto the river and PNC Park (pictured below). I do not have one of these nice views.

PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Heinz Field is in the distance. Turned out to be a beautiful day after some morning rain.

Ferry on the river.

8, 1-8 Traded to Pittsburgh with Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin for Jordan Staal
38, 2-8
47, 2-17 Traded Ian White to San Jose Sharks for 2012 second-round pick on Feb. 18, 2011
69, 3-8
99, 4-8
115, 4-24 Traded Joe Corvo to Boston Bruins for 2012 fourth-round pick on July 7, 2011
120, 4-29 Traded Alexei Ponikarovsky to New Jersey Devils for Joe Sova, 2012 fourth-round pick on Jan. 20, 2012
129, 5-8
159, 6-8
189, 7-8

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