Here’s the entire 2012 NHL Entry Draft order

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The NHL has released the entire order of picks from Rounds 1-7 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The draft will be held from June 22-23 at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center with the first round broadcast live by NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

(Round 2-7 will take place on Saturday, broadcast live by NHL Network beginning at 10 a.m., ET.)

Round 1

1. Edmonton
2. Columbus
3. Montreal
4. NY Islanders
5. Toronto
6. Anaheim
7. Minnesota
8. Carolina
9. Winnipeg
10. Tampa Bay
11. Washington (from COL)
12. Buffalo
13. Dallas
14. Calgary
15. Ottawa
16. Washington
17. San Jose
18. Chicago
19. Tampa Bay (from DET)
20. Philadelphia
21. Buffalo (from NSH)
22. Pittsburgh
23. Florida
24. Boston
25. St. Louis
26. Vancouver
27. Phoenix
28. NY Rangers
29. New Jersey
30. Los Angeles (optional to CBJ)

Round 2

31. Columbus
32. Edmonton
33. Montreal
34. NY Islanders
35. Toronto
36. Anaheim
37. Tampa Bay (from MIN via SJ)
38. Carolina
39. Winnipeg
40. Tampa Bay
41. Colorado
42. Buffalo
43. Dallas
44. Buffalo (from CGY)
45. Columbus (from OTT via PHX)
46. Minnesota (from WSH via NJ)
47. Carolina (from SJ)
48. Chicago
49. Detroit
50. Tampa Bay (from PHI)
51. Montreal (from NSH)
52. Pittsburgh
53. Florida (optional to TB)
54. Washington (from BOS via TOR and COL)
55. San Jose
56. St. Louis
57. Vancouver
58. Phoenix
59. NY Rangers
60. New Jersey
61. Dallas (from LA via PHI)

Round 3

62. Columbus
63. Edmonton
64. Montreal
65. NY Islanders
66. Nashville (from TOR via LA)
67. St. Louis (from ANA)
68. Minnesota
69. Carolina
70. Winnipeg
71. Tampa Bay
72. Colorado
73. Buffalo
74. Dallas
75. Calgary
76. Ottawa
77. Washington
78. Philadelphia (from SJ via FLA)
79. Chicago
80. Detroit
81. Phoenix (from PHI)
82. Ottawa (from NSH)
83. Pittsburgh
84. Florida
85. Boston
86. St. Louis
87. Anaheim (from VAN)
88. Phoenix
89. NY Rangers
90. New Jersey
91. Edmonton (from LA)

Round 4

92. Pittsburgh (from CBJ)
93. Edmonton
94. Montreal
95. Columbus (from NYI via VAN)
96. New Jersey (from TOR)
97. Anaheim
98. Minnesota
99. Carolina
100. Washington (from WPG)
101. Tampa Bay
102. Phoenix (from COL)
103. NY Islanders (from BUF)
104. Dallas
105. Calgary
106. Ottawa
107. Washington
108. Anaheim (from SJ)
109. Chicago
110. Detroit
111. Philadelphia
112. Nashville
113. Pittsburgh
114. Florida
115. Carolina (from BOS)
116. St. Louis
117. Columbus (from VAN)
118. Nashville (from PHX)
119. NY Rangers
120. Carolina (from NJ)
121. Los Angeles

Round 5

122. Montreal (from CBJ)
123. Edmonton
124. Calgary (from MTL)
125. NY Islanders
126. Toronto
127. Anaheim
128. Minnesota
129. Carolina
130. Winnipeg
131. Tampa Bay
132. Colorado
133. Buffalo
134. Dallas
135. New Jersey (from CGY)
136. Ottawa
137. Washington
138. San Jose
139. Chicago
140. Detroit
141. Philadelphia
142. Nashville
143. Pittsburgh
144. Dallas (from FLA)
145. Boston
146. St. Louis
147. Vancouver
148. Phoenix
149. Chicago (from NYR)
150. New Jersey
151. Los Angeles

Round 6

152. Columbus
153. Edmonton
154. Montreal
155. NY Islanders
156. Toronto
157. Toronto (from ANA)
158. Minnesota
159. Carolina
160. Winnipeg
161. Tampa Bay
162. Colorado
163. Buffalo
164. Nashville (from DAL via FLA)
165. Calgary
166. Ottawa
167. Washington
168. San Jose
169. Chicago
170. Detroit
171. Los Angeles (from PHI)
172. Nashville
173. Pittsburgh
174. Florida
175. Boston
176. St. Louis
177. Vancouver
178. Phoenix
179. Nashville (from NYR)
180. New Jersey
181. Los Angeles

Round 7

182. Columbus
183. Los Angeles (from EDM)
184. Phoenix (from MTL)
185. NY Islanders
186. Calgary (from TOR)
187. Anaheim
188. Minnesota
189. Carolina
190. Winnipeg
191. San Jose (from TB)
192. Colorado
193. Buffalo
194. Dallas
195. Washington (from CGY)
196. Ottawa
197. Washington
198. San Jose
199. Chicago
200. Detroit
201. Philadelphia
202. Nashville
203. Washington (from PIT)
204. Buffalo (from FLA via CHI)
205. Boston
206. St. Louis
207. Vancouver
208. Phoenix
209. Toronto (from NYR)
210. Anaheim (from NJ)
211. Los Angeles

Notes

— Washington has the most picks of any team, with 11.

— Tampa Bay has five picks in the top 50.

— Carolina has 10 picks, including three in the top 50.

— Buffalo has nine picks, including four of the first 44 selections.

— Los Angeles will send its 1st-round pick in 2012 or 2013 to Columbus, at Columbus’ option. (Jeff Carter-Jack Johnson trade)

— Florida will send its 2nd-round pick in 2012 or 2013 to Tampa Bay (via Philadelphia), at Florida’s option. (Kris Versteeg trade)

— San Jose gets a compensatory pick at No. 55 because it didn’t sign 2007 1st-round pick Patrick White. (Acquired from Vancouver.)

Eddie Lack expects to be released from hospital on Monday night

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As scary as the situation was for Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, the good news continues to pour in.

First, the Hurricanes provided an update that he had “full feeling in his extremities” while under observation at a hospital. This followed the promising sign that he was able to give a “thumbs up” gesture while being taken off the ice on a stretcher after the Hurricanes’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The best news came late on Monday night, however, as Lack himself tweeted that he expects to head back home as early as this late evening/early morning:

That’s fantastic news. Video of that scary collision with Andreas Athanasiou can be seen in the video above this post’s headline.

Blues, Flames take care of business (Islanders … do not)

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For a while there, it seemed like the idle Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs would be Monday’s “winners.” That changed when the Carolina Hurricanes salvaged a standings point and the Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back to beat the Blackhawks.

Still, there were some teams who came through (beyond the Lightning) and those who fell flat, so let’s cover some of the results in short.

West teams get it done

Unlike their counterparts out East, West teams jockeying for position avoided “unforced errors” in losing to non-playoff teams.

The St. Louis Blues beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 while the Calgary Flames topped the Colorado Avalanche 4-2. Johnny Gaudreau generated his 200th point (and 201st) in Calgary’s win, while Alex Steen generated four assists. (Vladimir Tarasenko also enjoyed a three-point night.)

This keeps the Blues and Flames in position to advance. St. Louis is one point behind the Nashville Predators for third in the Central while the Flames are a point behind both the Sharks and Oilers for second and third in the Pacific (while remaining in shouting distance of the division title).

East teams stumble, some get over it

Again, the Lightning fought through hurdles to win and the Hurricanes managed that “charity point.”

Overall, East teams struggled. The New York Islanders fell to the Predators by a score of 3-1. Your mileage may vary on the Florida Panthers’ chances, especially after they fell 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres.

Brian Gionta scored in his 1,000th game as Buffalo won, by the way.

Here’s what the race for the final spot in the East looks like after tonight:

Final wild card: Bruins – 84 points in 75 games played

Lightning – 83 points in 75 GP
Islanders – 82 points in 75 GP
Hurricanes – 80 points in 74 GP

Victor Hedman might just force his way into the Norris argument

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For quite some time this season, the Norris Trophy race felt a bit like “Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and [insert token finalist].” As it turns out, Victor Hedman is making it a pretty interesting three-horse race.

With Burns and Karlsson idle on Monday, Hedman continued to go on the best offensive tear of his already-impressive career, contributing three assists to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

As much credit as forwards Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin deserve in pushing Tampa Bay in Steven Stamkos‘ absence, Hedman has been an all-world blueliner for a Lightning team with a defense that isn’t really surrounding him with great talent.

He’s serving as a workhorse when his team needs him the most:

Now, when you look at the numbers, it’s probably fair to say that Hedman comes in third among the likely finalists in simple categories:

Brent Burns: 27 goals (!), 72 points in 75 games, +16 rating, 24:52 time-on-ice average

Erik Karlsson: 14 goals, 67 points in 74 games, +7, 26:53 minutes per game (fourth highest average in the NHL)

Victor Hedman: 15 goals, 65 points in 72 games, +2 rating, came into Monday with average of 24:15 minutes per game.

Looking at those breakdowns, you might wonder why someone wouldn’t just flippantly hand Hedman the “bronze medal” and a pat on the back … but things get more interesting if you ponder the all-around impact of those three.

Now, traditional-thinkers who slam risky defensemen for their mistakes often overstate such arguments. Both Burns and Karlsson tilt the ice in their teams’ favors, usually to profound degrees.

Still … Hedman locks opponents down to a truly elite degree and scores at a similar rate. Hedman could very well own the “two-way” argument; you could perhaps see his case most clearly when you compare his “HERO” chart to those of Burns and Karlsson, especially from the perspective of conceding shots.

Again, Burns remains the likely winner, and he would be a deserving one. You could make a solid Hart Trophy argument for Burns, in addition to tabbing him as the Norris frontrunner.

Even so, voters would be wise to take Hedman’s case seriously, especially as the Lightning continue their improbable playoff push.

Lightning storm back against Blackhawks, finish one point out of playoffs

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Who would have thought that the Tampa Bay Lightning would rally back from a 4-1 deficit tonight? Then again, who expected them to be so close to a playoff spot mere weeks ago, when they were sellers at the trade deadline?

The Lightning continue to show that they won’t just roll over and die, scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on Monday.

While Jonathan Drouin was a catalyst for the second-period rally, it was an unlikely scorer who clinched the victory, as Yanni Gourde ended a thrilling run of 3-on-3 chances with the overtime-winner.

Really, it might have been fitting. Things looked glum when Tomas Jurco scored his first goal of the season against the Lightning, then the mood was totally flipped when Gourde’s second tally of 2016-17 grabbed a huge win.

With the Islanders losing to the Predators, the Hurricanes only managing a “loser point” against the Red Wings and the Bruins idle, Tampa Bay is a breath away from a playoff berth:

Final wild card: Bruins – 84 points in 75 games played

Lightning – 83 points in 75 GP
Islanders – 82 points in 75 GP
Hurricanes – 80 points in 74 GP

Yes, all of a sudden, a long-shot postseason run seems quite attainable.

Maybe the Lightning would prefer it if we kept counting them out, though?