2012 Draft Live BlogPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
10:53 PM -- We're done for the night. Interesting evening. Stefan Matteau to New Jersey at No. 29 and Tanner Pearson (eligible for the third time!) to the Kings at No. 30. Before that, the Rangers picked defenseman Brady Skjei at No. 28, Phoenix chose Henrik Samuelsson (son of Ulf) at 27 and Vancouver selected center Brendan Gaunce at No. 26. See you all in the morning! 10:20 PM -- The Blues have chosen defenseman Jordan Schmaltz at No. 25. Twelve of the 25 picks in the first round have been blueliners, one shy of the record. Seven straight defensemen were chosen from picks 4-10, followed a stretch in which just one of the next 11 picks (Cody Ceci to Ottawa) was a rearguard. Next up: Vancouver, Phoenix, New York Rangers, New Jersey and Los Angeles. Five more picks tonight, then we're back here at 10 am for rounds 2-7. 10:14 PM -- Now that Washington has moved its second-round pick in the Ribeiro deal, the Caps' next choice is at No. 77 in the third round. 9:55 PM -- Back from chatting with Tom Wilson, the Caps' pick at No. 16. Wilson, a winger from Plymouth of the OHL, is head and shoulders -- literally and figuratively -- above a lot of the kids here in Pittsburgh. He has a man's body and looks to have an NHL body already. Wilson has relished the physical aspect of the game since he was a kid and creates a good bit of room for his linemates. He is capable of playing a shutdown role and also hopes to be able to contribute some offense. Seems like a solid character kid as well. Caps general manager George McPhee told us that he discussed Wilson with ex-Caps coach Dale Hunter -- who has seen a good deal of him in the OHL -- this morning. McPhee also told us that he first inquired as to Ribeiro's availability long before today when the deal was consummated. McPhee also mentioned that he was happy with the job that Brooks Laich did as Washington's second-line center in the playoffs, but that he felt the team needed an injection of skill into its top six forwards. After the Caps took Wilson at No. 16, the San Jose Sharks -- exercising a first-round choice for the first time in five years -- chose center Tomas Hertl. The Chicago Blackhawks grabbed diminutive but skilled forward Teuvo Teravainen at No. 18. The Tampa Bay Lightning nailed down promising Russian netminder Andrey Vasilievski at No. 19 and Philly took center Scott Laughton at No. 20. Calgary had moved into the No. 21 spot by virtue of its earlier deal with Buffalo, and that's the pick the Sabres acquired from Nashville for Paul Gaustad near the trade deadline. The Flames took wildcard forward Mark Jankowski, a big and highly talented prep star whose lone blemish is that he hasn't played against a high caliber of competition as of yet. Pittsburgh was up again at No. 22, and the Pens chose defenseman Olli Maata from Dale Hunter's London Knights. Florida then opted for defenseman Michael Matheson with the 23rd pick. That's where we are now, and you can look for video interviews with Forsberg, Wilson and McPhee on Caps365 very shortly. Boston is on the board at No. 24. Check that, Bruins took goaltender Malcolm Subban at 24. Interesting pick, that. Wild difference of opinion on Subban from those I've chatted up, but Malcolm now joins the Bruins, enemy of his brother P.K.'s Montreal Canadiens. 9:15 PM -- Back from chatting with Forsberg. Nice kid. Has a year left on his contract in the SEL, but hopes to have a good year and come over in fall of '13 if he thinks he's ready then. He expects to be at camp next month. Characterizes himself as a big-bodied player who is effective at both scoring and playmaking, but feels he is more of a scorer at this stage of his career. Buffalo grabbed Grigorenko at No. 12 and Dallas took center Radek Faksa at No. 13. That's a guy I had hoped the Caps might be able to grab, but was still hoping for Zemgus Girgensons when Washington was up next at 16. Unfortunately, Buffalo made a deal with Calgary to move into the No. 14 slot and take Girgensons. Ottawa took hometown boy Cody Ceci at No. 15. Now the Caps are up at No. 16. They take Tom Wilson, a rugged winger from the OHL. "Toughest player in the draft" is what we've heard about Wilson. Have to like that pick. 8:47 -- The Caps snare Filip Forsberg at No. 11. That was unfathomable a few hours ago. Of The Hockey News, TSN, International Scouting Service, Red Line Report, McKeens and Hockey prospectus, none had Forsberg ranked below No. 4 and three of them had him at No. 2. Solid pick for the Caps, and they've still got No. 16 and should be able to snare a good center there if they so choose. 8:36 PM -- Bolts are going to pick Slater Koekkoek at No. 10. So eight of the top 10 are defensemen. The Caps have a good young defense corps already. I'd love to see them snag a Filip Forsberg or a Mikhail Grigorenko here. Caps are on the clock at No. 11. 8:26 PM -- Canes obviously moved their pick, so here are the Jets with the first Southeast pick. Winnipeg goes with Jacob Trouba and you guessed it, he's a defenseman. That's seven out of nine. Lightning are up at No. 10, and the Caps are on deck. Some good forwards available in Filip Forsberg, Mikhail Grigorenko and others. Tampa Bay and/or Washington could be getting the third forward on their respective lists at 10/11. 8:14 PM -- Penguins have moved Jordan Staal to Carolina for the No. 8 overall pick, Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumolin. Penguins GM Ray Shero gets decent return for a guy who turned down a multi-year contract offer. Tough to keep Crosby, Malkin and Staal up the middle, monetarily. Canes now have Eric and Jordan Staal up the middle, making them a handful for the other denizens of the Southeast Division. Jordan Staal is getting married tonight, making this a memorable night for him. Defenseman Derrick Pouliot to Pittsburgh at No. 8. That's six defensemen. We're certain to see a record number of blueliners in first round this year. There were 13 chosen in 1996. 8:06 PM -- Wild take Matt Dumba, the fifth defenseman to be chosen in the first seven selections. In the 1990, 1991 and 2003 drafts, there were a total of six defensemen taken in the entire first round. To be fair, there were only 21 choices in those early '90s drafts. 8:03 PM -- Minnesota up now at No. 7, then a run of four straight Southeast Division teams at 8 (Carolina), 9 (Winnipeg), 10 (Tampa Bay) and 11 (Washington). 7:59 PM -- I like Hampus Lindholm and hoped he might be there at No. 11 for the Caps. Anaheim snags him at No. 6, the fourth defenseman taken in the top six. None of the major scouting services and media outlets had Lindholm going higher than 11. 7:48 PM -- The Leafs go with defenseman Morgan Rielly, another guy whose 2011-12 season was cut short due to injury. He might have been the top defenseman available, from the standpoint of pure talent. Now the Anaheim Ducks are on the clock. Most seem to figure they'll take a defenseman, but three blueliners have been pulled already, so maybe the Ducks' man got away. Forsberg and/or Grigorenko could be tempting here. 7:42 PM -- Islanders land defenseman Griffin Reinhart at No. 4. Maple Leafs are on the clock, and Filip Forsberg is there for the taking. 7:33 PM -- The 32-year-old Ribeiro will earn $5 mil this season, the last of his current pact. He has averaged 68 points over last six seasons with Dallas. Eakin was a 3rd-rounder from 2009 draft, and the 2nd round pick included in the package was the one obtained from Colorado (via Boston) in the July 1, 2011 deal that sent goalie Semyon Varlamov to the Avs. 7:32 PM -- Jackets go according to Hoyle, take Murray. Then Habs take Sarnia's Alex Galchenyuk at No. 3, great talent who was injured most of 2011-12 season. 7:25 Pm -- Caps have obtained that elusive second-line center. Washington dealt center Cody Eakin and 2nd round pick (no. 54 overall) to Dallas for C Mike Ribeiro. 7:20 PM -- Expect Columbus to take defenseman Ryan Murray. Jackets recently hired Craig Hartsburg as an assistant coach, and Hartsburg was head coach of Murray's Everett team in WHL in 2009-10 and 2010-11. 7:19 PM -- Isles were said to be looking for a vet d-0man, and they've got one. They moved a 2nd rounder in 2013 to Anaheim for Lubomir Visnovsky. 7:15 PM -- The suspense is over. Oilers take Yakupov. Quite a stable of forwards they're amassing. 7:09 PM -- Lotta rumbling about Canes and Pens GMs and asst. GMs not being at respective draft tables minutes before draft. Canes picking at No. 8, and Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal reportedly turned down a lucrative multi=year deal to stay in Pittsburgh. Could he be headed to Carolina to join brother Eric? 7:07 PM -- For the first time ever, we are not actually in the lower bowl or on the media riser. We're down underneath where we can't see or hear anything except for what's on TV, and we have to go elsewhere to do that. We'll do the best we can from here, but we're a bit handicapped. 6:45 PM -- I was chatting with a hockey ops type from around the league earlier today and he mentioned that he thought it might be harder than usual for teams like Edmonton (especially) and Columbus to trade down. Sarnia forward Nail Yakupov is the consensus No. 1 pick, but he's not likely to deliver the bang of an Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos, to name a few top overall selections of the past decade. Yakupov will be a solid player, but when you're dealing for the No. 1 overall pick, expectations rise in the fan base and the price is not cheap. So this might not be the best year to make that move up to the top spot. We'll see if any teams bite on a deal with the Oilers, and if not, it will be interesting to see if the Oil takes Yakupov or opts for a defensemen, of which there are many to be had. 6:36 PM -- We're finally set up here at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. We'll keep you updated as best we can here on the events as they unfold at the 2012 NHL Draft. We'll also have Twitter updates as well. Started hearing rumblings of Edmonton and/or Columbus moving down out of the top two spots, and by now everyone has heard rumblings of Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Roberto Luongo and other established NHLers who could be on the move at some point this weekend or soon after. I know Caps GM George McPhee has been on the phone a good bit the last few days, but that's par for the course at this time of year. We'll soon see whether those discussions bear any fruit, trade-wise. The Caps currently own the No. 11 and the No. 16 picks. Quite honestly, I would not be surprised to see the Caps trade up from one of those spots or to use them both. Trading down is also a possibility, obviously, but I'd say it's less likely. Anyway, we'll see.
Entering the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Caps held a total of eight picks over the final six rounds. Washington dealt its second-rounder to Dallas on Friday night in the swap that brought center Mike Ribeiro to the District, but the Caps had at least one pick in each of the other rounds