While most of the attention is paid to the first round of the draft, it is what happens on the second day that often defines a scouting staff. The next part in our NHL Draft Primer series looks at a few candidates to be taken in the later rounds. There are many different ways to make it to the NHL, and while statistics will tell you that these players often don’t make it to the top level of the game, it is just the first step in a long journey. Read more »
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The New York Islanders went into the 2011 NHL Draft with a top five pick for a third consecutive season. The franchise had selected John Tavares with the first overall pick in 2009 and Nino Niederreiter with the fifth overall pick in 2010. They went into the draft looking to add another cornerstone as a rebuilding franchise. Read more »
The 2011 NHL Draft was a forgettable one for the Washington Capitals.
Washington traded away its first round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Troy Brouwer and Chicago used that pick to select Philip Danault. That transaction left Washington with just four picks, all on the second day of the draft. Read more »
Although the Florida Panthers drafted cornerstone players Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad in 2013 and 2014, the organization built its foundation primarily in the 2011 NHL Draft, Dale Tallon’s second as general manager.
The 2015-16 version of the Panthers, which qualified for the playoffs and had its best regular season in franchise history, featured two players from the 2011 NHL Draft – Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck – playing vital roles for the team. Logan Shaw, Kyle Rau and Rocco Grimaldi all played varying roles for the team as well. The Panthers drafted 23 players in the 2010 and 2011 drafts, 15 of which have played in the NHL. Read more »
The Toronto Maple Leafs have underwent a tremendous organizational overhaul in the past 18 months, and, as a result, the team’s prospect group is one of the best in the NHL. They’ll add to their already-impressive group in the upcoming draft, where they currently own 12 picks.
Because of the amount of trades and new prospects in the organization there has been a lot of movement in the Maple Leafs Top 20 prospects, though the Top 3 remains the same. Read more »
The KHL continues to produce good players at a good pace, but nowadays there are more players moving to North America than before, therefore leaving the KHL with a slightly inferior number of drafted prospects than before. Read more »
The Anaheim Ducks hit on some key players in their selections at the 2011 NHL Draft. The team might have walked away from the draft saying that the best case scenario is getting a top-six winger, a bottom-four defender, a starting goalie, and a bottom-six center. Hitting on all those is not a bad weekend’s work. Read more »
The Dallas Stars went to St. Paul, Minnesota looking at physical tools and going after players with size in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The 2010-11 season was one of the last standout seasons in a long line of playoff seasons for the Detroit Red Wings. Keep in mind, this was prior to the realignment that resulted in the current divisional format, so the Detroit Red Wings were (somewhat unfairly) still in the Western Conference. Read more »