By Ryan Holmer (@RyanHolmerNHL)
Day one is completed, and the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was interesting to say the least.
Several trades highlighted the evening, as Pittsburgh traded Jordan Staal to Carolina in exchange for Brandon Sutter, the eighth overall selection, and Brian Doumulin. The Washington Capitals acquired Mike Rebeiro for Cody Eakin and the 54th overall pick this year. The Isles also got the better of a deal, acquiring Lubomir Vishnovksy from Anaheim for a second-round pick next season.
The first round was full of off-the-board selections. Anaheim at sixth selected Hampus Lindholm, shocking many. According to Pierre McGuire, he could be the steal of the draft. The biggest leap was the Pittsburgh Penguins taking Derrick Pouliot, a very skilled defenseman ranked top 25. To use a top-10 pick on him is a bit risky. The Tampa Bay Lightning made an excellent pick, choosing Slater Koekkoek at 10th overall. Injuries hampered his season, but Koekkoek is one of ...