2011 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars bet on size and found some players

by Sean Shapiro
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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak split his time between the NHL and AHL in 2015-16, appearing in just 19 games for Dallas and eight games for the Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

The Dallas Stars went to St. Paul, Minnesota looking at physical tools and going after players with size in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Dallas drafted a pair of tall defensemen (Jamie Oleksiak and Troy Vance) that each topped 6’5″, while they also loaded up on a pair of power forwards in Brett Ritchie and Matej Stransky. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Detroit Red Wings found players even without a first-round pick

by Ryan Womeldorf
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Tomas Jurco - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Tomas Jurco has developed into an NHL player, but the Red Wings need a lot more from him next season (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

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»

Little separation among the Top 20 Montreal Canadiens prospects

by Tyler Campbell
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Daniel Carr - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Daniel Carr was a surprise contributor with the Montreal Canadiens this season. The undrafted free agent appeared in 23 games with the big club, scoring six goals and adding three assists. (courtesy Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

There isn’t one guy who really stands out among the Montreal Canadiens prospects. General Manager Marc Bergevin hasn’t hit one out of the park so to speak just yet, although that could be coming with the ninth pick in June’s NHL Draft. But if we are going with the baseball analogy, he has hit a lot of singles and doubles. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets find relative success with every selection

by Chris Roberts
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Boone Jenner - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets found tremendous success with their first selection, 37th overall, in the 2011 draft, taking eventual 30-goal scorer Boone Jenner (courtesy Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire).

 

 

After missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season and looking to turn the corner as a franchise, the Columbus Blue Jackets made the biggest splash at the 2011 NHL Draft, acquiring Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jakub Voracek, the eighth overall pick in 2007, and the team’s first and third round selections in 2011. Read more»

2011 NHL Draft: Calgary Flames still feeling the positive vibes

by Jason Lewis
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Johnny Gaudreau - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has been the definition of a draft steal while prompting other teams to take a chance on skill over size (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)


In 2011, Jay Feaster was overseeing what would be his first draft as the newly anointed General Manager of the Calgary Flames. Taking over for Darryl Sutter in December of 2010, and having been officially named GM later on in May, the former Tampa Bay Lightning man had a lot of work to do. Read more»