For the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Oilers pick 1st overall by virtue of winning the 2012 NHL Draft lottery.
Edmonton ties the league record, with the Quebec Nordiques, for 3 consecutive first overall selections. This netted the Nords Eric Lindros, Owen Nolan and Mats Sundin. How the careers of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and presumably Nail Yakupov will compare is of course an open question.
Third overall leaves Montreal in a pretty good position to take one of the draft's top-ranked forwards, be it Mikhail Grigorenko, Alex Galchenyuk or Filip Forsberg.
One thing the Canadiens won't be looking for with their first pick this June in a goaltender, However Malcom Subbam, brother of Caandiens defenseman P.K. Subban, is ranked the top goaltender headed into the draft. The older Subban is happy for his younger sibbling.