The 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Recap

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 05:16PM

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft featured a ton of action, and we had people on the ground from across the Nation Network. With the draft behind us, now's a good time to summarize the collected work done by our writers.

MacGregor goes 3-for-3: Jason Gregor catches up with Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini and head amateur scout Stu MacGregor to talk about Nail Yakupov and the Oilers’ plans for day two.

Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly fifth overall: Cam Charron gets quotes from Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and the Leafs’ newest first round pick on the selection.

More on Rielly: Cam Charron talks to Maple Leafs scouting director Dave Morrison about drafting Morgan Rielly fifth overall.

Mark Jankowski: Quotes and analysis: Kent Wilson talks to Mark Jankowski, the Flames first-round draft pick, and breaks down why Calgary picked a player regarded by many as a reach with the 21st overall pick.

Day two was about need: Jason Gregor talks with Oilers head amateur scout Stu MacGregor about the Oilers’ draft picks on the second day of the draft ,and MacGregor explains why the team took Mitch Moroz so early in the second round, where Jujhar Khaira is in his development cycle, and what attracted the Oilers to the other players they selected.

Matt Finn selected 35th overall by Toronto: Cam Charron talks to defenseman Matt Finn about his role for the Guelph Storm of the OHL.

Mike Gillis shoots down Luongo to Toronto speculation: Cam Charron reports from Mike Gillis’ press availability on the potential for a Luongo-to-Vancouver trade.

Missed connections, part two: Robert Cleave asks if the Winnipeg Jets’ decision to pass on Filip Forsberg with the ninth overall pick is a repeat of their decision not to take Sean Couturier in 2011.

The Calgary Flames pick Mark Jankowski 21st overall: Ryan Pike looks at scouting reports and background on Mark Jankowski, the Flames first round pick.

Brendan Gaunce: Reactions: Thomas Drance looks up scouting reports on the Vancouver Canucks’ first-round pick.

Leafs trade Luke Schenn to Philadelphia for James van Riemsdyk: Technically after the draft, but close enough to count. Toronto makes a long awaited move.

Draft 2012: Montrosity: Robert Cleave considers the Winnipeg Jets’ decision to hitch their backup goaltending wagon to Jonas Gustavsson.

The Edmonton Oilers pick Mitch Moroz 32nd overall: An in-depth look on the player the Oilers took early in the second round – Mitch Moroz, a big forward who already plays in the city for the Oil Kings.

The Winnipeg Jets pick Lukas Sutter 39th overall: A profile on the Winnipeg Jets second-round pick, even though looking at his last name pretty much says everything anyone needs to know about him.

The Calgary Flames pick Patrick Sieloff 42nd overall: Kent Wilson looks at Calgary’s second-round pick, defenseman Patrick Sieloff with the U.S. development team.

The Vancouver Canucks pick Alexandre Mallet 57th overall: Looking at Vancouver’s second round pick, described by one scouting service as “a poor man’s Alex Burrows.”

Flames pick Jon Gillies in round three: Kent Wilson gives a summary of the Flames third round pick, goaltender Jon Gillies.

Flames pick Brett Kulak in round four: Kent Wilson examines Brett Kulak, the Calgary Flames pick in the fourth round.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-round picks: Cam Charron goes through Toronto’s picks late in the draft.

Flames picks, rounds 5 – 7: Kent Wilson breaks down the rest of the Flames’ draft picks in day two.

Should the Oilers have made a pitch for Zbynek Michalek? One of the interesting items about the draft was the fact that experienced NHL players – Mike Ribeiro, Lubomir Visnovsky and Zbynek Michalek – were being dealt in exchange for nothing off the acquiring theam’s NHL roster. Should the Oilers have made a serious pitch for Michalek’s services?

What now? Jason Gregor considers what the Oilers might do after having drafted Nail Yakupov.

Flames day two primer: Kent Wilson considers what Calgary might do on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft.

Trust your board: Lowetide looks at the Oilers’ tendencies late in the draft, and forecasts what they might do.

The five top-ranked players left after the first round: Looking at a quintet of players picked by most draft picks to go in the first round who were still available on the draft’s second day.

2012 Draft: Assorted thoughts: Arik at Flames Nation goes through some general draft-related thinking.

The final countdown: Jason Gregor looks at the decision the Oilers need to make with the first overall pick.

Canucks first round preview: Thomas Drance forecasts the day from a Vancovuer perspective, and talks about Roberto Luongo.

Flames first round preview: Kent Wilson previews the day from a Calgary perspective and goes through the varying trade rumours making the rounds at the draft.

Leafs first round preview: Cam Charron looks at Toronto’s plans for the first round.

Light of a clear blue morning: Lowetide considers the decision the Oilers need to make on their first overall pick.

Draft day 2012: Wanye doesn’t so much consider the Oilers choice as he demands that the team choose Nail Yakupov.

Moving up and down at the NHL Draft: Recapping the list of trades to move up and down at the draft over the last decade, and considering each team’s ability to make a move.

Live blog day two: Jason Gregor live-blogs the second day of the draft from Pittsburgh, providing up to the minute news on each and every Edmonton Oilers pick.

First round live blog: With Kent Wilson on the ground in Pittsburgh, OilersNation and FlamesNation team up to live blog the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including the Edmonton Journal, Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.