Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - June 18th, 2012

ST. LOUIS MO - FEBRUARY 22: Peter Budaj #31 of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save against the St. Louis Blues as Paul Stastny #26 also of the Colorado Avalanche looks on at the Scottrade Center on February 22 2011 in St. Louis Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Toronto Sun had a Father's Day special. (Photo Spread)

Peter Stastny (left), seen here with Quebecor President and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau, is a former Slovak hockey player who played in the NHL from 1980-1995. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. He has two sons following in his footsteps. Paul Stastny plays for the Colorado Avalanche and Yan Stastny played for Boston, St. Louis and Edmonton in the NHL and is currently playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. (Jean-Francois Desgagnes/QMI Agency/Files)

The Colorado Avalanche might not be missing out on as many high-level players as you'd think.

"It’s (bleeping) terrible," said one Eastern Conference executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "This year’s draft has to be the worst draft in 12 years."

Hold it — the draft can’t be this bad can it?

Surely top prospects Nail Yakupov (Sarnia), Ryan Murray (Everett), Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec) and Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia) are going to be strong talents.

Everybody is going to do their mock drafts. But here’s one guarantee: Nobody is going to be right. This could go several different ways.

There might be some trades on Draft Day. The Big Names are Nash, Luongo and Jordan Staal.

As the NHL prepares for its draft Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh, the juiciest speculation centers on the fates of Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo and Jordan Staal rather than the future of the 18-year-olds who will be divided up over seven rounds.
Rink Rap

A look at the Big Three of NHL trade rumors:

It's unclear whether any will be dealt before Friday, but historically significant deals are completed at the draft. Last year, the San Jose Sharks acquired Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild and the Buffalo Sabres landed Robyn Regehr.

TSN has a look back at 50 years of Drafting. With a focus on the Eric Lindros saga.

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