2011 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals four picks have yet to play in NHL

by Sean Shapiro
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Travis Boyd - Washington Capitals

Photo: Sixth round pick Travis Boyd is the only of four 2011 NHL Draft selections to be signed by the Washington Capitals (courtesy Graig Abel/Getty images).

 

 

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»

2011 NHL Draft: Pittsburgh Penguins found trade chips and depth throughout draft

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Scott Wilson - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins found a formidable winger in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft with the selection of Scott Wilson (courtesy Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire).

 

 

The 2011 NHL Draft was a success for the Pittsburgh Penguins. None of the five players the team selected that year have developed into stars, but every single one of them has played in at least one NHL game, and several look like they should have productive NHL careers.

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2011 NHL Draft: Florida Panthers add cornerstone player and find value in mid-round picks

by Chris Roberts
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Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers

Photo: Third overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft Jonathan Huberdeau has become a dynamic forward for the Florida Panthers, scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back season. (courtesy Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

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»

Shift in organizational strategy creates deep Toronto Maple Leafs Top 20

by Matthew Stamper
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Mitch Marner - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: After winning the OHL, CHL and Memorial Cup MVP, it’s no surprise London Knights forward Mitch Marner remains the top prospect in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. (courtesy Terry Wilson / CHL Images)

 

 

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»

2011 NHL Draft: Anaheim Ducks discovered talents in every round

by Jason Lewis
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John Gibson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Five years after he was drafted, Anaheim’s John Gibson has appeared in 66 NHL games, Garret Sparks is second with 17 (courtesy of Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

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»