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My NHL 12 GM Career - Day 1; The Fantasy Draft

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So here we are, the initial opening fantasy draft for my NHL 12 GM Career. As previously stated I will randomize the draft order 30 times, cover the entire first round, then follow up covering all of my picks.

And now the randomization, order, and first round!

1. Pittsburgh Penguins - S. Crosby
2. Columbus Blue Jackets - S. Stamkos
3. Calgary Flames - A. Ovechkin
4. Los Angeles Kings - M.A. Fleury
5. Tampa Bay Lightning - J. Toews
6. Carolina Hurricanes - R. Getzlaf
7. St. Louis Blues - Z. Parise
8. Washington Capitals - E. Malkin
9. New York Islanders - D. Doughty
10. New York Rangers - B. Ryan
11. Phoenix Coyotes - C. Price
12. Colorado Avalanche - D. Keith
13. Montreal Canadiens - I. Kovalchuk
14. Winnipeg Jets - J. Tavares
15. Nashville Predators - P. Rinne
16. Buffalo Sabres - C. Ward
17. San Jose Sharks - R. Miller
18. Philadelphia Flyers - E. Johnson
19. Detroit Red Wings - H. Lundqvist
20. Anaheim Ducks - V. Hedman
21. Vancouver Canucks - S. Weber
22. Chicago Blackhawks - P. Kane
23. Boston Bruins - J. Halak
24. Edmonton Oilers - P. Datsyuk
25. New Jersey Devils - E. Staal
26. Toronto Maple Leafs - Z. Chara
27. Florida Panthers - C. Perry
28. Ottawa Senators - H. Zetterberg
29. Dallas Stars - M. Duchene
30. *Seattle Jackals - H. Sedin

Thoughts on Round 1:
No surprise at the first three picks. Kind of got shafted by pulling the last pick in the first round, thankfully that leaves me with 2 back to back picks and leaves me the option to pick up the Sedin twins.

A little surprising to see players like Keith, Tavares, and Hedman go before Ryan Miller, Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

Seven goalies taken in the first round, so a lot skimmed off the top, leaving me now to decide if I unite the Sedins or take a goalie with the first pick of the second round.

The rest of my picks:
Round 2: D. Sedin
Round 3: T. Rask
Round 4: J. Johnson
Round 5: J. Eberle
Round 6: M. Grabner
Round 7: E. Brewer
Round 8: T. Fleischman
Round 9: R. Lehner
Round 10: B. Bickell
Round 11: T. Hamonic
Round 12: B. Schenn
Round 13: K. Bieksa
Round 14: D. Carcillo
Round 15: A. Burish
Round 16: E. Jovanovski
Round 17: B. Morrison
Round 18: E. Lack
Round 19: R. Dvorak
Round 20: M. Martin
Round 21: S. Gonchar
Round 22: E. Dadonov
Round 23: A. Giroux
Round 24: J. O'Brien
Round 25: P. Szczechura
Round 26: R. Parent
Round 27: A. Salak
Round 28: A. Salmela
Round 29: C. Greening
Round 30: M. Blunden
Round 31: K. Newbury
Round 32: K. Connauton

Entry Draft Picks
Top 3:
Edmonton Oilers - A. Farny, C (54)
Colorado Avalanche - R. Jackman, LW (61)
Florida Panthers - A. Restoule, LW (64)

My Picks
Round 1: M. Kirkpatrick, C (68)
Round 2: M. Vachon, RW (68)
Round 3: N. Manelius, D (67)
Round 4: C. Lindsay, C (67)
Round 5: E. Mosher, G (67)
Round 6: H. Rintoul, D (66)
Round 7: J. Beauchemin, D (63)

The Flyers were busy in the first round of the entry draft, trading away their 2011 and 2012 1st round picks to Chicago and Winnipeg respectively. In total the Flyers received 3 prospects and a 5th round pick in 2011 from Winnipeg. Questionable move and we'll see how that plays out in the future.

Before the picking began I received a couple trade offers. The Sharks offered me their 2012 2nd round pick and Adam Pardy for my Swedish prospect goalie Eddie Lack. Politely declined!

The Hurricanes offered D'Agostini and Jiri Tlusty in exchange for Grabner. Another deal I won't be doing. I don't plan on executing anything until seeing how my initial draft plays out.

In the second round, the phone rung again, this time with the Sens offering Jason Chimera and Jan Hejda for Grabner. Declined!

Round three, everyone wants Grabner! This time St. Louis comes knocking, offering Nikolai Kulemin and Jerred Smithson. Not sure why everyone has such great interest in him, but who knows if the right deal might eventually come along.

Round four, Dallas' turn. Berglund and Ohlund for Grabner, no thanks!

So a few deals here and there throughout the draft, none involving my team and none that included major players. The #1 overall pick seemed to be a bust for Edmonton, coming in at a 54 ranking. Meanwhile I believe I did ok for myself.

The teams are decided now, and the next step is to make lines before heading for my first pre-season game!

Next post will include total roster overview so people can see who ended up where after the fantasy draft :)
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