2011 NHL Draft: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins No. 1 Overall Pick

The 2011 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday evening in Minnesota. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. and the Edmonton Oilers hold the No. 1 overall pick.

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NHL Draft 2011: Day One Has International Flair To It

Day one of the 2011 NHL Draft featured some trades, 30 picks being made, and all of the spectacle that could be had when you invite a bunch of junior players. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Brian Campbell was dealt to the Florida Panthers.

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NHL Draft Results: Rickard Rakell Selected By The Anaheim Ducks With The 30th Pick

With the 30th and final pick of the 1st round of the 2011 NHL Draft, the Anaheim Ducks selected Rickard Rakell, a winger from the Plymouth Whalers. 

Rakell was apart of the 2011 WJC Championships in Buffalo with Team Sweden as they finished 4th overall in that tournament. Rakell was the youngest player on that team and registered three assists during the tournament. For the Whalers, Rakell had 19 goals in 49 games while he was playing in his first full season with Plymouth. 

Here is what Central Scouting had to say about Rakell:

"He's a good energy guy with a good work ethic and hustle. He forechecks hard, he bangs and is very responsible defensively. I really like his upside. He's one of those guys who the coach can throw out there and know what you're going to get. He has great balance and good skills and is physical. I can see him having an impact in the (NHL) two or three years down the road."

Read more on Rickard Rakell at our Anaheim Ducks blog, Anaheim Calling.

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NHL Draft Results: Nicklas Jensen Selected By The Vancouver Canucks

With the 29th overall pick, the Vancouver Canucks selected Nicklas Jensen, a winger from the Oshawa Generals. 

Jensen played in his first full season in the OHL and finished fifth among rookies in scoring with 58 points in 61 games. His coach and general manager Chris DePiero had this to say about Jensen's ability:

"He's starting to take off, certainly after Christmas, after he returned from the World Junior B pool and spending some time at home, since he's been back he's been on fire. It's renewed confidence for him. He's proving that the accolades coming his way are well deserved. They feed off each other (Lucas Lessio, Andy Andreoff and Nicklas Jensen). It's not the pretty passing plays, it's the little touch passes. They utilize their size and their quickness. Their puck protection is excellent. ... They have a chemistry, the three of them. It's been kind of neat."

Read more on Nicklas Jensen at our Vancouver Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct.

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NHL Draft Results: Zack Phillips Selected By The Minnesota Wild 28th Overall

With the 28th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft obtained from the San Jose Sharks in the Devin Setoguchi trade, the Minnesota Wild select Zack Phillips, a center from the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Phillips shunned the NCAA and UMass to play in the QMJHL, and after winning the QMJHL title and the Memorial Cup this past year, I'm sure he's fine with that decision. Phillips is a two-way center with good vision and a nose for the net, according to scouts that have watched him play, and it obviously doesn't hurt that he was the linemate of Jonathan Huberdeau.

Read more on Zack Phillips at our Minnesota Wild blog, Hockey Wilderness.

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NHL Draft Results: Vladimir Namestnikov Selected 27th By The Tampa Bay Lightning

With the 27th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning select Vladimir Namestnikov, a center from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

Namestnikov's strongest asset is his last name, which allows him to stand out relative to the North American players he goes head-to-head with in the OHL, thanks to the deep penetration of jersey letters into his arm pits. He's also a fast skater, and if you ask scouts that have seen Namestnikov play, that's usually the first thing you'll hear about.

He's a little undersized for his tall frame, but he's only been in the OHL for one year, so that's presumably something he can improve upon.

Read more on Vladimir Namestnikov at our Tampa Bay Lightning blog, Raw Charge.

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NHL Draft Results: Phillip Danault Selected 26th By The Chicago Blackhawks

With the 26th overall pick, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected Phillip Danault, a left winger from the Victoriaville Tigres. 

Danault led the Tigres in the QMJHL playoffs with 15 points in nine games, as the Tigres lost to the Saint John Sea Dogs, the league champions. He captained the Tigres this season and was also apart of the 2010 Ivan Hlinka tournament. 

Here is some insight from his coach Yanick Jean

"The thing about Danault is he's a tremendous worker. He's dedicated to the game, but now he's taking more and more leadership and it's contagious. He has the admiration of every single one of his teammates just on how hard he works. He'll bring work ethic, dedication and leadership. His passion for the game is unique because he's the most passionate kid I've ever coached. He plays with pride; he's not the type of kid who thinks he's better than the next guy, but he challenges himself to be as good if not better."

Read more on Phillip Danault at our Chicago Blackhawks blog, Second City Hockey.

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NHL Draft Results: Stuart Percy Selected 25th By The Toronto Maple Leafs

With the 25th overall pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs select Stuart Percy, a defenseman from the Mississauga St. Michaels of the Ontario Hockey League. 

Percy led all defensemen in the 2011 Memorial Cuo with four assists and was named to the Memorial Cup all-star team. Percy was ranked 53rd by NHL Central Scouting and was pegged by many experts as a second round pick so the Maple Leafs make a slight reach to grab Percy. 

Percy becomes the 2nd Maple Leafs players to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. 

Read more on Stuart Percy at our Toronto Maple Leafs blog, Pension Plan Puppets.

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NHL Draft Results: Matt Puempel Selected By The Ottawa Senators With The 24th Pick

With the 24th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft which was obtained from the Detroit Red Wings, the Ottawa Senators select Matt Puempel, a left winger from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Puempel, ranked the 28th North American skater in the final rankings from Central Scouting, has been a phenomenal two-year career on a horrible team in the OHL, the Petes. He put up 69 points in 2010-11, a year after being named the OHL's Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. He's a bit of a rarity in the top portion of this year's draft in that he's more of a pure goal scorer than a well-rounded player.

Matchsticks & Gasoline writes that Puempel doesn't want to be labeled as a one-dimensional player, but he has some work to do on his defensive game before that becomes a reality.  

Read more on Matt Puempel at our Ottawa Senators blog, Silver Seven.

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NHL Draft Results: Joe Morrow Selected By The Pittsburgh Penguins With Pick Number 23

With the 23rd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins select Joe Morrow, a defenseman from the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.

Morrow is swift skating, big defenseman, weighing in a 200 pounds on his 6'1" frame. He's the 12th ranked skater in North America according to Central Scouting, and while he doesn't exactly put up a lot of offense, he's a very capable defensive defenseman with a lot of physical strength and the ability to beat players one-on-one, whether he's defending the break or battling in the corner. He scored six of his nine goals on the power play, so while he's not a huge offensive contributor, he can do so on the man advantage.

Read more on Joe Morrow at our Pittsburgh Penguins blog, Pensburgh.

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NHL Draft Results: Tyler Biggs Selected By The Toronto Maple Leafs

After trading their 30th and 39th picks to the Anaheim Ducks,  the Toronto Maple Leafs select Tyler Biggs, a center from the United States National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League, with the 22nd overall pick.

Biggs is one of the few players who has shunned Canadian Major Junior stardom for a chance to play in the USHL and American college system. He was a second round pick in the Ontario Hockey League draft, but decided instead to join the USNTDP before committing to Miami University in Ohio. Not a bad choice.

Western College Hockey Blog sees Biggs as a contributor in the NHL, at worst a third or fourth liner with some touch, at best an established NHL scorer.

Read more on Tyler Biggs at our Toronto Maple Leafs blog, Pension Plan Puppets.

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NHL Draft Results: Stefan Noeson Selected By The Ottawa Senators

With the 21st overall selection, the Ottawa Senators selected Stefan Noeson, a right winger from the Plymouth Whalers. 

Noeson finished the 2010-11 season tied for the team lead in points with a total of 77 points in 68 games with the Plymouth Whalers. Noeson was ranked 35th by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings and his head coach Mike Vellucci had this to say about Noeson's play:

"The bigger the game, the better he plays. He plays big in the big games and there's not a lot of guys like that. (Noesen's) hands are phenomenal, he works on them constantly. His scoring and his playmaking are two areas that we rely on the most. He has a very high hockey I.Q. He wants to be in that pressure-cooker moment where he is relied upon. He actually looks forward to it. When the game is on the line, he wants to be involved. He is the ultimate competitor."

Read more on Stefan Noeson at our Ottawa Senators blog, Silver Seven.

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NHL Draft Results: Connor Murphy Selected 20th By The Phoenix Coyotes

With the 20th overall pick, the Phoenix Coyotes selected Connor Murphy, a defenseman from the U.S National Team Development Program. He had six points in 14 games with the USNTDP during team play in the USHL. 

Murphy led American defensemen in the Under-18 tournament with four points in six games in the tournament, which saw the U.S win gold over Sweden and scored the game winning goal during the gold medal game. Murphy is set to play hockey at Miami University next season. 

Murphy's dad was an NHL player as well as Gord Murphy played for five different teams in the NHL and is now an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers

Read more on Connor Murphy at our Phoenix Coyotes blog, Five For Howling

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San Jose Sharks Send Devin Setoguchi To Minnesota In Blockbuster Trade

The San Jose Sharks just resigned Devin Setoguchi to a three year, $9 million deal yesterday and it seemed that the Sharks were going to have his services for a few years to come. The next day, the Sharks send him to Minnesota along with Charlie Coyle, and a 1st round pick for Brent Burns and Minnesota's 2nd round pick. 

In 267 games with the Sharks, Setoguchi scored 84 goals and 159 points and added another 24 points in 48 games during his playoff career. Burns has seven years of experience with the Minnesota Wild and has one year left on his contract which will bring a $3.55 million cap hit with it according to CapGeek.com.

The immediate reaction to this trade is that the Wild won this trade hands down. Setoguchi has a few more years ahead of him and more offensive production per game during his career than Burns. 

For more on this trade, please visit our Sharks site, Fear The Fin, and our Wild site, Hockey Wilderness

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NHL Draft: Oscar Klefbom Picked By Edmonton Oilers At No. 19

With the 19th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected Oscar Klefbom, a defenseman from Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League. Klefbom is a bit of a raw talent, and he's ranked 6th in the draft among European skaters by Central Scouting. He's a big guy, and rare in this draft in the fact that he doesn't need to add much bulk to his 6'3" frame, and also in the fact that he plays with a bit of an edge in his game.

The European players with that attribute tend to already call North America home, unlike Klefbom, who's still in Sweden. He's a great skater for his size and he has a pretty nice shot as well, although he leaves a bit to be desired as a power play quarterback.

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NHL Draft Results: Mark McNeill Selected By Chicago Blackhawks With 18th Pick

With the 18th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks selected Mark McNeill, a center from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. McNeill is a well-rounded, two-way center that put up 81 points in 70 games with Prince Albert this past season. He's known for his well-roundedness, mostly: an ability to put the puck in the net, the ability to use his size effectively and responsibility in all three zones of the ice.

When selecting McNeill in our 2011 NHL Mock Draft, our Calgary Flames bloggers at Matchsticks & Gasoline called McNeill "the closest thing to a complete, well-rounded player that could be available" with the pick they held, the 13th. He has solid skills in just about all departments -- defense, skating, strength, scoring, you name it.

Fore more on McNeill's new home, head over to SB Nation's Second City Hockey.

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NHL Draft 2011: Washington Sends 26th Pick For Troy Brouwer

In a very quiet NHL Draft thus far, the first trade during the first round of the draft sees the Washington Capitals trading their only first round pick, the 26th overall selection, to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Troy Brouwer. Brouwer was selected by the Blackhawks in the 2004 Draft and has played five seasons for the Blackhawks. During those five seasons, Brouwer had 49 goals and 103 points in 238 games with Chicago. 

The Blackhawks now have two picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft as they select 18th as well. For the Capitals, they will now not select in the 2011 NHL Draft until pick number 117 which is in the fourth round as they traded away their second and third round picks for players. 

For more information on this trade, please visit our Chicago Blackhawks site, Second City Hockey, and our Washington Capitals site, Japers' Rink

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NHL Draft Results: Nathan Beaulieu Selected By The Montreal Canadiens

With the 17th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens select Nathan Beaulieu, a defenseman from the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Beaulieu improved upon his midseason Central Scouting ranking, jumping from 9th among North American skaters to 5th. He set a franchise record in the regular season with Saint John thanks to a plus-44 rating, and even if you disagree with the plus/minus stat, that's a hell of a number. Who'd he beat for that record? Nathan Beaulieu, who had a plus-43 ranking a year prior.

Read more on Nathan Beaulieu at our Montreal Canadiens blog, Habs Eyes On The Prize.

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NHL Draft Results: Joel Armia Selected By Buffalo Sabres

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Joel Armia, a right winger from Porin Assat of SM-Liiga in Finland.

Armia is a skilled 17-year-old forward playing with the big boys in Finland's top league, SM-Liiga. He scored 18 goals tihs past season and he's the fourth-ranked European skater according to NHL Central Scouting, dropping a few spots from his second-place ranking at the midterm.

At 6'3" and 187 pounds, he's a pretty big kid that will probably fill in to his frame a little more over the next few years.He could stand to use that size to his advantage more in the defensive end of the ice.

Read more on Joel Armia at our Buffalo Sabres blog, Die By The Blade.

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NHL Draft Results: Jonathan Miller Selected By The New York Rangers

With the 15th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers select Jonathan Miller, a center from the United States National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League.

Miller, who also goes by J.T., has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2011-12 campaign. He's a two-way forward that's responsible anywhere on the ice, can use his body well and is very solid when it comes to dishing the puck. On the flip side, he isn't the most consistent of players, and that's something he'll have to work on in college and, eventually, in the pro ranks.  

Read more on Jonathan Miller at our New York Rangers blog, Blueshirt Banter.

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NHL Draft Results: Jamie Olesiak Selected By The Dallas Stars

With the 14th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars select Jamie Oleksiak, a defenseman from the Northeastern University Huskies of Hockey East.

Oleksiak is a pretty well-rounded defenseman with a year of college under his belt, something that's rare for most draft eligible players. He is just an absolutely huge man, listed a 6'7" and 240 pounds, but despite the size, he's actually quite mobile and can move the puck effectively.

Oleksiak was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in our SB Nation 2011 Mock Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, via our bloggers at Mile High Hockey.

Read more on Jamie Oleksiak at our Dallas Stars blog, Defending Big D.

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NHL Draft Results: Sven Bartschi Selected By The Calgary Flames

With the 13th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames select Sven Bartschi, a left winger from the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.

He's a big goal scorer in the WHL, and he put up 34 goals and 85 points in 66 games with Portland in 2010-11. He's not a very big player, and that's perhaps the only knock against him, as he doesn't couple his small 5'11" size with fantastic speed like some other young players do.

But Bartschi makes up for it all with his offensive talent, and he's one of the most dangerous players with the puck that you'll find in the Canadian Major Junior ranks.

Read more on Sven Bartschi at our Calgary Flames blog, Matchsticks and Gasoline.

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NHL Draft Results: Ryan Murphy Selected By The Carolina Hurricanes

With the 12th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes select Ryan Murphy, a defenseman from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Murphy is a pretty small, under-6-foot-tall defenseman from Kitchener, and his offensive game is what makes him. He's a power play quarterback, can skate with the best of them in the OHL and is good on the breakout. He lacks some skill in his own end, and surely some of that has to do with his size.

In SB Nation's 2011 NHL Mock Draft, Murphy went No. 9 overall to our Boston Bruins bloggers at Stanley Cup of Chowder.

Read more on Ryan Murphy at our Carolina Hurricanes blog, Canes Country.

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NHL Draft Results: Duncan Siemens Selected 11th Overall By Colorado Avalanche

With the 11th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche select Duncan Siemens, a defenseman from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.

Siemens is a 6'2" defenseman from Saskatoon who was ranked 10th by NHL's Central Scouting in their final rankings. He's another one of these big defensemen that can move their feet as well, and as a result, he can keep up with the much smaller, speedier forwards that he faces.

The Dallas Stars, via our bloggers at Defending Big D, selected Siemens with the No. 14 pick in SB Nation's 2011 NHL Mock Draft.

Read more on Duncan Siemens at our Colorado Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey.

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NHL Draft Results: Jonas Brodin Selected By The Minnesota Wild At Number 10

With the 10th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild select Jonas Brodin, a defenseman from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League.

Brodin's a two-way defenseman that's praised all around by scouts for his hockey smarts. He's a brilliant student of the game and it shows in his play. He's another player that's a little bit undersized at 6'1", 172 pounds, and when he comes over to the much more physical North American game, he'll have to get on a fast track when it comes to bulking up and using his body more.

But that's teachable. It's hard to teach calmness with the puck and hockey intelligence, and Brodin has that.

Read more on Jonas Brodin at our Minnesota Wild blog, Hockey Wilderness.

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2011 NHL Draft Results: Dougie Hamilton Selected By Boston Bruins With 9th Pick

With the 9th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins select Dougie Hamilton, a defenseman from the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hamilton is a tall 6'4" defenseman, although he seems even taller than that list height. He's definitely a little tiny for that sizable frame and could use some help in putting on some weight, but as is the theme throughout the first round of this draft, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Hamilton has all of the unteachable things: great foot work and the ability to accelerate quickly from a stand-still.

All in all, he's going to be a top-pairing NHL defenseman someday if he can bulk up and continue to get better, and there's no reason to expect otherwise.

Read more on Dougie Hamilton at our Boston Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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2011 NHL Draft Results: Sean Couturier Selected By Philadelphia Flyers With 8th Pick

With the 8th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers select Sean Couturier, a center from the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Couturier is perhaps the best two-way forward in the draft. He has immense talent, scores at will in the Q (back-to-back 96 point years), and when he drops back on defense, he can play the role with the best of them. He's used in literally every situation in Drummondville and that's not an easy thing to come by when talking about a player with this kind of skill.

That combination is what forced our Devils blog to select him early in our 2011 Mock Draft, and slid all the way to the Philadelphia Flyers who picked up this pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Jeff Carter trade. 

Read more on Sean Couturier at our Philadelphia Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey.

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2011 NHL Draft Results: Winnipeg Jets Select Mark Scheifele With 7th Overall Pick

With the 7th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets select Mark Scheifele, a center from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

Scheifele is a tall center that played on a somewhat weak Colts team in 2010-11, but it's easy to say he's the most exciting player they have. He put up 75 points in 66 games with Barrie on the year, and those are numbers that look to improve, and they should translate to the professional level as well.

He's a little on the smallish size and can definitely afford to pack some muscle onto his tall frame, but hey, he has the tall frame, and you can't teach that.  

Read more on Mark Scheifele at our Winnipeg Jets blog, Arctic Ice Hockey.

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NHL Draft 2011 Results: Ottawa Senators Select Mika Zibanejad With 6th Overall Pick

With the 6th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Ottawa Senators select Mika Zibanejad, a center from Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League.

Zibanejad has had quite the few weeks in the run up to the 2011 NHL Draft. He was projected all over the board in this draft, and some people said he could potentially go as high as the top five. If you ask our Calgary Flames blog, Matchsticks & Gasoline, he deserves the praise. Lighthouse Hockey, our Islanders blog, seems to agree as well.

Our Oilers blog, the Copper & Blue, interviewed Zibanejad last November, and the center called him "big and strong with decent speed and a good shot. He also said that he's the kind of guy that "gives it his all," which is kind of obvious when you're a first round draft pick in the NHL -- at least, usually.

Hockey Wilderness took him with the No. 10 pick in our SB Nation 2011 Mock Draft.

Read more on Mika Zibanejad at our Ottawa Senators blog, Silver Seven.

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NHL Draft 2011 Results: New York Islanders Select Ryan Strome With 5th Pick

With the 5th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders select Ryan Strome, a center from the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Strome scored 106 points in the 2010-11 season with Niagara, and a lot of scouts expected his season to wind down after a furious start to the year. It didn't. Strome kept a hot pace all year long, and when you add his scoring acumen to his top-notch skating and crisp vision, you have a dangerous prospect.

Find more on Ryan Strome via two draft profiles on the SB Nation network: one at The Cannon and one at In Lou We Trust.

Read more on Ryan Strome at our New York Islanders blog, Lighthouse Hockey.

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2011 NHL Draft Results: New Jersey Devils Select Adam Larsson With 4th Pick

With the 4th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils select Adam Larsson, a defenseman from Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League.

Larsson is a big, hulking defenseman, the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting and the top-ranked defenseman in the 2011 draft class. He has fantastic speed and incredible offensive ability, and he'll automatically improve the [team name] power play, should he choose to escape the final year of his Swedish contract.

In SB Nation's first-round mock draft, Larsson was picked first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, but fell into the Devils laps at number four

Read more on Adam Larsson at our New Jersey Devils blog, In Lou We Trust.

For full coverage of the 2011 NHL Draft, stick with this StoryStream and our 2011 NHL Draft hub. You can also find team-by-team coverage around our network of 34 hockey sites, where you can find player profiles, news and rumors. Be sure to check out our network-wide 2011 NHL Mock Draft as well. 

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2011 NHL Draft Results: Florida Panthers Select Jonathan Huberdeau With 3rd Pick

With the 3rd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers select Jonathan Huberdeau, a center from the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Ranked third among North American skaters by Central Scouting, Huberdeau is coming off a huge season with the Saint John Sea Dogs that saw him take home the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP. The best player on Major Junior hockey's best team in 2010-11. Not too shabby.

Silver Seven, our Ottawa Senators blog, selected Huberdeau with the No. 6 pick in SB Nation's 2011 Mock Draft.

Read more on Jonathan Huberdeau at our Florida Panthers blog, Litter Box Cats.

For full coverage of the 2011 NHL Draft, stick with this StoryStream and our 2011 NHL Draft hub. You can also find team-by-team coverage around our network of 34 hockey sites, where you can find player profiles, news and rumors. Be sure to check out our network-wide 2011 NHL Mock Draft as well.

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NHL Draft 2011 Results: Colorado Avalanche Select Gabriel Landeskog With 2nd Pick

With the 2nd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche select Gabriel Landeskog, a winger from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Landeskog entered the draft with the size to play in the NHL, and unlike many other skaters of European decent, this Swede has groomed his game in Ontario, so there's no necessary adjustment period to the North American style of play. Landeskog is ready for action in the pro ranks, and he's even been compared to another former Kitchener Rangers captain that's had a nice NHL career so far: Philadelphia Flyers Captain Mike Richards.

In our network-wide 2011 NHL Mock Draft, Litter Box Cats selected him because of his gritty style and strong leadership abilities. Yep, sounds like Richards. Could he be better?

Read more on Gabriel Landeskog at our Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey .

For full coverage of the 2011 NHL Draft, stick with this StoryStream and our 2011 NHL Draft hub. You can also find team-by-team coverage around our network of 34 hockey sites, where you can find player profiles, news and rumors. Be sure to check out our network-wide 2011 NHL Mock Draft as well.

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NHL Draft 2011 Results: Edmonton Oilers Select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins With First Overall Pick

With the 1st pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a center from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

Nugent-Hopkins is the top-ranked skater in the draft, as determined by Central Scouting, although he was selected second overall in SB Nation's network-wide Mock Draft. Peter Sullivan of Central Scouting made the almighty Gretzky comparison when talking about RNG, saying that his vision is perhaps the best since No. 99. He dazzles when he has the puck and his passing is perhaps the best in the draft.

Read more on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at our Oilers blog, The Copper And Blue.

For full coverage of the 2011 NHL Draft, stick with this StoryStream and our 2011 NHL Draft hub. You can also find team-by-team coverage around our network of 34 hockey sites, where you can find player profiles, news and rumors. Be sure to check out our network-wide 2011 NHL Mock Draft as well.

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2011 NHL Draft: Time, Order, TV Information And More For Friday's First Round

The NBA Draft is behind us, and now it's the NHL's turn. On Friday evening, the 2011 NHL Draft kicks off in prime-time on Versus. The draft will stretch over two days: Friday is for the first round, Saturday is for the other six. The Edmonton Oilers hold the first pick in the draft and the Toronto Maple Leafs will have the final pick in the first round, acquired via a trade with the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Here's the rundown of Friday's festivities.

Location: The NHL is invading Minnesota for the draft this year for the first time since 1989. The draft will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, home of the Minnesota Wild. This is the first draft the Wild have hosted in franchise history.

Start time: The 2011 NHL Draft gets underway at 7 p.m. EDT. The draft is a two-day affair, with the first round set for Friday and round two through seven set for Saturday. Like the NFL and MLB Draft, the NHL will take to prime-time for

TV information: Versus has the broadcast rights to the 2011 NHL Draft and will hunker down for a four hour coverage window beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. Expect plenty of analysis, introductions and a lengthy affair for Friday's first round.

Draft order: The Edmonton Oilers have the first pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, followed by Colorado and Florida. Here is the first round draft order. The full draft order, all seven rounds worth, can be found here.

1. Edmonton
2. Colorado
3. Florida
4. New Jersey
5. NY Islanders
6. Ottawa
7. Winnipeg
8. Philadelphia (from CBJ)
9. Boston (from TOR)
10. Minnesota
11. Colorado (from STL)
12. Carolina
13. Calgary
14. Dallas
15. NY Rangers
16. Buffalo
17. Montreal
18. Chicago
19. Edmonton (from LA)
20. Phoenix
21. Ottawa (from NSH)
22. Anaheim
23. Pittsburgh
24. Detroit
25. Toronto (from PHI)
26. Washington
27. Tampa Bay
28. San Jose
29. Vancouver
30. Toronto (from BOS)

For the latest on the 2011 NHL Draft, stay with this StoryStream throughout the evening. To get acquainted with some of the prospects, check out our NHL hub and our 2011 NHL mock draft, conducted by our hockey blogs.

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