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.
Who should Montreal make the 3rd overall pick from the 2012 NHL entry draft?
Mikhail "Patrick Roy's Boy" Grigorenko (207 votes)
Alex "Not Actually Russian" Galchenyuk (143 votes)
Flip "No Relation" Forsberg (74 votes)
Nail "No way I Fall This Far" Yakupov (26 votes)
One of the many North American defensemen rated high. (15 votes)
Other forward (4 votes)
469 total votes