NEWARK -- News and notes as we await what should be an exciting day of wheeling and dealing at today’s NHL draft at Prudential Center:
TV coverage: NBC Sports Network begins its coverage at 3 p.m. and will continue through 8 p.m., at which point NHL Network will pick up continuing coverage.
Let’s make a …: A total of 12 trades were announced during the 2012 NHL Draft (five on Day 1, seven on Day 2). Look for that number to double today. The Rangers got things started early today when they acquired defenseman Justin Falk from the Wild for forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft.
All a’Twitter: Wondering what today’s prospects are thinking? Follow them on Twitter here.
No. 1: The Colorado Avalanche will select first overall, the fourth time in franchise history they have had the No. 1 overall pick. The Blue Jackets and Flames each have three selections in the first round, the most of any club. The Sabres, Kings, Predators and Jets own 10 total picks, tying for the most in the league. The Caps have eight picks in the seven-round draft, with two in the fifth round. Here’s a link to the complete draft order:
International: A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected during the 2012 NHL Draft (Canada – 99, United States – 56, Sweden – 22, Russia – 11, Finland – 9, Czech Republic – 6, Denmark – 2, Latvia – 2, Belarus – 1, Germany – 1, Switzerland – 1, United Kingdom – 1). The 30 players selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft were born in seven different countries: Canada (14), United States (6), Russia (3), Czech Republic (2), Finland (2), Sweden (2) and Latvia (1).
D-men: Eight of the top 10 overall selections in the 2012 NHL Draft were defensemen, a first in NHL history. A total of 13 blueliners were picked in the first round, tying the record set in 1996.
Go to the O: Since 1969, the highest percentage of draft picks has come from the OHL (21.3%), followed by Europe (19.8%), the WHL (18.3%), college (11.2%), the QMJHL (10.4%) and high school (8.1%). The final 10.8% come from other leagues.
D.C. grown: Fourteen players who suited up for the Caps this season were original draft picks of the Caps: (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Marcus Johansson, Jeff Schultz, Eric Fehr, Mathieu Perreault, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Dmitry Orlov, Tom Wilson, Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth and Philipp Grubauer).
Historically speaking: The Caps have taken a defenseman in the first round 18 times in their history. They’ve taken 15 centers, nine left wings, five right wings and two goalies. Overall, the Caps have taken 129 defensemen, 86 centers, 76 left wings, 65 right wings and 39 goalies.