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2012 NHL Draft Order

The 2012 NHL Draft is set to get underway on Friday, June 22. As advertised, the Dallas Stars have the No. 13 overall pick, and have been linked to a number of different players in mock drafts recently, including Morgan Rielly, Olli Maatta, Zemgus Girgensons and Brendan Gauce.

Nobody knows who the Stars will take yet, and virtually everything depends on the first 12 picks ahead of the Stars.

Here's what the draft order for the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft looks like, courtesy of

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

The Devils have opted to keep this year's first round draft pick. New Jersey has to forfeit a first round pick between now and 2014 as a penalty for attempting to circumvent salary cap rules.

For more on the Dallas Stars, be sure to check out Defending Big D.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.