The two-day NHL Draft is typically business as usual -- with the second day's final rounds of picks usually mundane and breaking news a rarity -- but that was definitely not the case in the 2012 edition of the draft.

This year's draft will go down in history not just because of some of the key amateur talent that was selected, but perhaps more so due to the surprising trades that took place, including the dealing of one player on his wedding day -- and joining his brother on a new team, and ended with a blockbuster deal that many did not see coming after the two days of picks had concluded.

In between, the foundation for another big trade in the coming days may have been potentially laid, as well.

The biggest news Saturday was the late afternoon deal that sent Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward James van Riemsdyk. Although he's only 22, Schenn is potentially a replacement for Flyers' captain Chris Pronger, whose future remains uncertain due to post-concussion symptoms. If Pronger doesn't return for training camp, or goes so far as to retire, Schenn is a budding star that gives the Flyers insurance for both the present and future. Despite his youth, Schenn has been in the NHL for four years, having scored 14 goals and 61 assists -- numbers that should markedly increase with his new team.

As an added bonus, Schenn is reunited on the Flyers with younger brother Brayden Schenn.

"He's a young guy, he's a right-(handed) shot, he's a big defenseman that plays physical and gritty, and he can move the puck," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Schenn in a conference call. "To get guys like this, you've got to be picking high in the draft. It's an opportunity for us ... and obviously James was taken high in the draft, too. It's another reason I believe why it's a good trade for both teams."

Meanwhile, Van Riemsdyk, who is also 22, gives the Maple Leafs some potent offense, having scored 47 goals and 52 assists in three NHL seasons.

"We are really excited by the parts of the game that James will bring to the Leafs," Toronto GM Brian Burke said, also in a conference call. "He will provide speed, size and finesse to our top two lines, and we know that he fits those needs that we have wanted to address for some time."

In an ironic twist not typically seen in the NHL, the reuniting of the Schenn brothers marked the second time in less than 24 hours that a trade was consummated that ultimately reunited another set of brothers, namely Jordan Staal being sent from Pittsburgh to Carolina, where he'll share a locker room with older brother Eric. More on that in a moment.

As for the draft itself, several teams definitely improved themselves, but there were also a few that made questionable picks that didn't make sense to outside observers.

Among the draft's high points:

--The Pittsburgh Penguins probably did the most to improve their team with separate Round 1 trades of Jordan Staal and Zbynek Michalek, the acquisition of Brandon Sutter and three future prospects. But their first- and third-round picks -- Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist -- were among the best selections of the overall draft. As an added bonus, the moves by general manager Ray Shero increased the Penguins' cap space from nearly $9 million to just under $15 million for additional talent acquisition during the off-season.

--While Shero hated to give up Staal, especially with the trade coming on Staal's wedding day, the deal will ultimately help not only the Penguins, but also Staal's new team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal gets to start a new life with his new bride in a new city and team, but at the same time being reunited with older brother Eric.