The Blackhawks further bolstered their prospect depth with 11 picks at the 2011 draft, including four selections among the first 43 picks. The organization added character and work ethic with their first round forwards, a pair of high upside offensive performers in the second round, and even more depth at the two most important positions, center and defense, in later rounds.
The team's Director of Amateur Scouting, Mark Kelley, thought the draft went better than he expected. "When you're picking 18th, you kind of tease yourself you're going to get one of those top players," Kelley said, "So we went in thinking there was a top two tiers, then we thought there was a group that was all together. The first two players we got were in our top two tiers, so probably the last six picks before we were able to make the McNeill pick and then waiting for the Danault pick, we were sweating them out pretty good."
All 30 NHL teams go into the draft to improve the outlook of their franchise. Whether that means a team is in full rebuild mode and looking to acquire as much top-end talent as possible, addressing their short-term needs by moving picks and prospects for roster players, or looking to change their locker room culture through a few trades, every team hopes to leave the draft in a better position than they arrived.
Some teams did better at accomplishing their goals than others though. Here is a run down of the teams who most improved their prospect pool as well as those who are worse off or about the same.