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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Draft Roundup, Yakupov goes first, Galchenyuk, Staal traded, Canadian teams, and more

Morning puck addicts!

So did you watch the draft last night? Or tune in online? Or by radio?

It's amazing how easy it is to get draft coverage in this day and age. It's also amazing what a big event it has become. And, despite all the hype, last's night's entry draft did not disappoint.

Aside from Nail Yakupov going first overall, the biggest news of the day was the ground shaking trade of Jordan Staal by the Pens. Pittsburgh moved their third line center (likely a first line center on any other team) to the Hurricanes to play with his brother.

In return they got Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the Canes' first round pick this year.

This was on the heels of Staal rejected a long-term deal from the Pens and you've got to respect the speed with which Pens GM, Ray Shero, dealt with that situation!

On the Habs front, Montreal picked Alex Galchenyuk third overall. And this kid is the perfect fit for a lineup that lacking for size up the middle.

Round Two of the draft picks today with the Habs holding two high second round picks (33rd and 51st), where several good players should still be available. So it should make for an exciting day!

Habs News

HabsAddict.com - 2012 NHL Draft: Get to Know Habs Draft Pick Alex Galchenyuk

RDS - Galchenyuk, l'homme du CH au 3e rang

TSN - CANADIENS SELECT GALCHENYUK WITH THIRD OVERALL PICK

Habsworld.net - Habs select Galchenyuk 3rd overall

Hockey Inside/Out - Who’s left in Round 2 for Canadiens?

Hockey News

TSN - OILERS SELECT YAKUPOV FIRST OVERALL IN NHL DRAFT

TSN - MAPLE LEAFS SELECT RIELLY WITH FIFTH SELECTION OF 2012 DRAFT

TSN - JETS ADD TROUBA WITH THE NINTH OVERALL SELECTION

TSN - SENATORS TAKE OTTAWA NATIVE CECI WITH 15TH PICK OF NHL DRAFT

TSN - FLAMES TAKE JANKOWSKI WITH 21ST PICK AT NHL DRAFT

TSN - STAALS REUNITED AS PENS TRADE JORDAN TO HURRICANES

THN - Round 1 winners and losers

ESPN - Jordan Staal trade a win for all

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

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