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Friday, 06.22.2012 / 6:38 PM ET
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) / CBJ Draft Central
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CBJ Draft Central

The time has come.

We're less than 30 minutes away from the first pick being announced at the 2012 NHL Draft. CONSOL Energy Center is buzzing, and the players, their families, coaches, managements staff and others are making their way into the arena.

The draft tables are filling up, as well. Lots of chatter, excitement and anticipation before we get started -- did you expect anything less? This is annually one of the most intriguing events in the NHL, and this year is no different. The "controversy" atop the draft order is compelling; will the Edmonton Oilers take top-ranked Nail Yakupov with the first overall pick, or will they explore other options to address a need on defense?

What will the Blue Jackets do? Who will be available when it's their turn to pick? Keep up-to-date with everything as we get under way -- you will NOT want to miss any of the action from the draft floor!


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