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2011 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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9.0 B C 6-0 164 lbs. Edmonton Oilers

A dynamic playmaking center, Nugent-Hopkins should nicely complement the Oilers bevvy of talented young wingers.

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8.5 B LW 6-1 207 lbs. Colorado Avalanche

Of all of the 2011 prospects, Landeskog is probably the most NHL ready. He should also make for a nice fit alongside one of the many talented centers in the Avalanche organization.

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8.5 B C 6-1 171 lbs. Florida Panthers

Huberdeau is the type of elite cornerstone talent the Panthers will be able to build their team around in the coming years

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8.0 B D 6-3 197 lbs. New Jersey Devils

At fourth overall, Larsson is the highest drafted defenseman by the Devils since Scott Niedermayer. The calm Swede should provide a steadying presence on the Devils blue line for years to come.

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8.0 B C 6-1 183 lbs. New York Islanders

One of the fastest skaters in the 2011 draft, Strome brings a dynamic offensive presence to the Islanders.

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7.5 B C 6-2 192 lbs. Ottawa Senators

The physically gifted center brings a combination of good hockey sense, strong skating, and smart puck-distribution to the Senators organization.

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7.5 C C 6-3 184 lbs. Winnipeg Jets

Scheifele has the size, skating, and natural hockey ability to be an effective NHL forward. To what capacity however remains unknown.

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8.0 C C 6-4 191 lbs. Philadelphia Flyers

In a shock to most at the draft, Sean Couturier dropped to eighth where the re-tooling Flyers were more than happy to scoop him up. Couturier projects as a top-six impact forward.

Pick Comments: (from CBJ)

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9.0 C D 6-5 199 lbs. Boston Bruins

Hamilton brings the rare combination of size, mobility, and strong two-way play a the Bruins that has long sought a mobile puck-moving defenseman.
Pick Comments: (from TOR)

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7.5 B D 6-1 168 lbs. Minnesota Wild

A steady two-way defenseman, Brodin should fit well into the up-tempo style of team Wild management is trying to create.

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7.0 C D 6-3 200 lbs. Colorado Avalanche

Siemens is a tough two-way defenseman with top-four potential.
Pick Comments: (from STL)

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7.5 C D 5-11 176 lbs. Carolina Hurricanes

A mobile puck-moving defenseman, Murphy has brilliant abilities with the puck in the offensive zone.

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8.0 C LW 5-11 190 lbs. Calgary Flames

Baertschi brings much needed offensive pedigree to a Calgary system that has been lacking in recent years.

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7.5 C D 6-7 243 lbs. Dallas Stars

At 6'7 and 240 pounds, Oleksiak has nearly unmatchable size but is also a mobile defenseman who can move the puck up ice.

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7.0 B RW 6-1 198 lbs. New York Rangers

Miller is a talented hark-working forward headed to the University of North Dakota for 2011-12.

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7.0 B RW 6-3 187 lbs. Buffalo Sabres

Armia brings size and dynamic scoring ability to the Buffalo Sabres.

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8.0 C D 6-3 191 lbs. Montreal Canadiens

Beaulieu brings a strong offensive game to the blue line and could down the road run the powerplay for the Canadiens.

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7.0 C RW 6-2 210 lbs. Chicago Blackhawks

McNeill is a strong two-way player could down the road develop into a solid second-line center for the Blackhawks.

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7.5 C D 6-3 201 lbs. Edmonton Oilers

Already playing in the SEL, Klefbom is a strong two-way defenseman who should down the road bring a steadying top-four presence to the Oilers lineup.
Pick Comments: (from LAK)

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7.0 B D 6-3 185 lbs. Arizona Coyotes

A surprise pick in the first round, Murphy will could bring a dynamic presence to the Coyotes blue line. He first however must prove he has overcome past problems with injuries.

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7.0 C RW 6-1 205 lbs. Anaheim Ducks

In Noesen the Senators get a high-energy two-way forward who possesses a high hockey IQ. He is also known to be a clutch player, able to elevate his game in high pressure situations.
Pick Comments: (from NAS)

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6.5 C RW 6-2 210 lbs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Biggs is a prototypical Brian Burke prospect with good size, soft hands, and a truculent demeanor.
Pick Comments: (from ANH)

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7.0 C D 6-1 204 lbs. Boston Bruins

Morrow possesses all off the traits the Penguins look for in defensemen, he is a strong skater, good at moving the puck, and not afraid to engage physically.

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7.0 C LW 6-0 190 lbs. Ottawa Senators

A talented two-way winger, Puempel is a dangerous with the puck and not afraid to play in high-traffic areas of the ice.
Pick Comments: (from DET)

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7.0 C D 6-1 186 lbs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Percy is a smart, puck-moving defenseman who plays with lots of poise at both ends of the ice.
Pick Comments: (from PHI)

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6.5 C C 6-0 170 lbs. Chicago Blackhawks

Danault brings lots of energy and grit to the Blackhawks organization and could develop into a complementary top-six forward.
Pick Comments: (from WAS)

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7.5 C C 6-0 166 lbs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Namestnikov brings a lot of offensive skill to the Lightning organization but is also a strong forechecker, not afraid to engage physically and battle for the puck.

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7.0 D C 6-1 181 lbs. Minnesota Wild

Phillips brings some goal-scoring ability to a Wild organization lacking in offense. He also has strong vision and creates lots of offense down low.
Pick Comments: (from SJ)

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7.5 D RW 6-3 186 lbs. Vancouver Canucks

 Jensen brings a nice blend of size, skill, and two-way play to the Vancouver Canucks organization. He does need to play more physically though in order to maximize his abilities.

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7.5 C RW 6-0 191 lbs. Anaheim Ducks

Rakell is a high-energy forward who is a strong forechecker, has good offensive instincts, and is very consistent.
Pick Comments: (from TOR)

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