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Yakupov and Co. arrive at NHLPA Rookie Showcase ’12

Posted on 28th August 2012 by hockeymedia in Rookies,The Want List | Tags:

NHLNail Yakupov and fellow (potential) rookies have kicked off the 2012 National Hockey League Players’ Association Rookie Showcase. This year’s event, which runs Monday and Tuesday Aug. 27-28 in Toronto, features 30 NHL prospects including top-five draft picks Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk, Griffin Reinhart and Morgan Rielly. The prospects are being interviewed, photographed, videotaped and hounded for autographs by the NHLPA and its licensees EA Sports, Panini America and the Upper Deck Company.

This year marks the fourth year of the event. While licensees have the opportunity to capture all 30 prospects at the event, they must wait until a prospect makes his NHL debut before they can use the material. For trading card companies Panini America and the Upper Deck Company, that includes the photographs and autographs they capture at the event.

While the NHLPA Rookie Showcase used to be a one-day event, it is now a two-day bonanza. While much of the first day was held at a Toronto hotel, much of the second day will be held at an ice rink so that licensees can capture the players on skates in their NHL uniforms.

The NHLPA Rookie Showcase features more than just the top-ranked draft picks from the recent NHL Entry Draft. In fact, it features first-round draft picks from several years. There are six first rounders from 2012 (including No. 20 pick Scott Laughton), five first rounders from 2011 (including No. 9 pick Dougie Hamilton), 10 first rounders from 2010 (including No. 11 pick Jack Campbell), and one first rounder from 2009 (the No. 19 pick Chris Kreider). Eight other players were drafted in rounds two or later from 2006 to 2011.

2012 NHLPA ROOKIE SHOWCASE
Tyson Barrie (Avalanche)
Nathan Beaulieu (Canadiens)
Beau Bennett (Penguins)
Jack Campbell (Stars)
Charlie Coyle (Wild)
Emerson Etem (Ducks)
Alex Galchenyuk (Canadiens)
Dougie Hamilton (Bruins)
Quinton Howden (Panthers)
Tomas Jurco (Red Wings)
Jared Knight (Bruins)
Leo Komarov (Maple Leafs)
Chris Kreider (Rangers)
Scott Laughton (Flyers)
Joe Morrow (Penguins)
Ryan Murphy (Hurricanes)
Ryan Murray (Blue Jackets)
Brock Nelson (Islanders)
Jamie Oleksiak (Stars)
Griffin Reinhart (Islanders)
Morgan Rielly (Maple Leafs)
Justin Schultz (Oilers)
Jaden Schwartz (Blues)
Reilly Smith (Stars)
Ryan Spooner (Bruins)
Jarred Tinordi (Canadiens)
Tyler Toffoli (Kings)
Mark Visentin (Coyotes)
Austin Watson (Predators)
Nail Yakupov (Oilers)

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