It's that time of year again, and beginning today, SB Nation kicks off our 2011 NHL Mock Draft, with help from our fantastic network of 30 team blogs. Each blog will make a selection on behalf of their teams, and two picks will be announced each day as we work through the first round of the draft.
Things will wrap up for us on June 23, the day before the actual 2011 NHL Draft in St. Paul, Minn. Our schedule will be dictated by the NHL's drafting order. It's not yet complete thanks to the ongoing Stanley Cup Finals, but that's just a minor hold-up with regards to the final two picks.
Here's how things look at present.
1. Edmonton Oilers, 2. Colorado Avalanche, 3. Florida Panthers, 4. New Jersey Devils, 5. New York Islanders, 6., Ottawa Senators, 7. Winnipeg/Atlanta Thrashers, 8. Columbus Blue Jackets, 9. Boston Bruins (via Toronto), 10. Minnesota Wild
11. Colorado Avalanche (via St. Louis), 12. Carolina Hurricanes, 13. Calgary Flames, 14. Dallas Stars, 15. New York Rangers, 16. Buffalo Sabres, 17. Montreal Canadiens, 18. Chicago Blackhawks, 19. Edmonton Oilers (via Los Angeles)
20. Phoenix Coyotes, 21. Ottawa Senators (via Nashville), 22. Anaheim Ducks, 23. Pittsburgh Penguins, 24. Detroit Red Wings, 25. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Philadelphia), 26. Washington Capitals, 27. Tampa Bay Lightning, 28. San Jose Sharks, 29/30. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Boston) and Vancouver Canucks.
June 9: Edmonton, Colorado
June 10: Florida, New Jersey
June 11: NY Islanders, Ottawa
June 12: Winnipeg, Columbus
June 13: Boston, Minnesota
June 14: Colorado, Carolina
June 15: Calgary, Dallas
June 16: NY Rangers, Buffalo
June 17: Montreal, Chicago
June 18: Edmonton, Phoenix
June 19: Ottawa, Anaheim
June 20: Pittsburgh, Detroit
June 21: Toronto, Washington
June 22: Tampa Bay, San Jose
June 23: Toronto/Vancouver, Vancouver/Toronto
And with that, the Edmonton Oilers, via our delegation at The Copper & Blue, are on the clock.
For full coverage of the 2011 NHL Draft, stick with SB Nation's network of 34 hockey blogs, covering the draft from every angle. Also, stick with SB Nation's NHL Draft hub, where you can find all the latest player profiles and news surrounding the event, which takes place in St. Paul, Minn. on June 24-25.