2012 NHL Mock Draft Each year the draft has tiers or cutoffs in terms of the talent level of players. This year those defining levels are more difficult to figure out than usual. The 2012 NHL entry draft is a three-man race and many are suggesting Russian winger Nail Yakupov is running away with it. Fellow Russian center Mikhail Grigorenko could easily give Mother Russia its first 1-2 start to the draft since Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in 2004, though Swedish center Filip Forsberg should garner serious consideration at No. 2. After the third pick we’ll see the first drop-off.