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CHL again dominates top of draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:26 PM

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CHL again dominates top of draft
For the second year in a row, there's a run on Canadian Hockey League players at the top of the NHL Entry Draft.

Ten of the first 13 players taken in the first round Friday night play in one of the CHL's three leagues. That includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick from Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, the fifth consecutive CHL player taken with the first selection in the draft.

The three non-CHL players taken in the first 12 all played in Sweden this past season: Defenseman Adam Larsson (No. 4 to New Jersey), forward Mika Zibanejad (No. 6 to Ottawa) and defenseman Jonas Brodin (No. 10 to Minnesota).

Not all of the CHL players taken were Canadian.

Gabriel Landeskog, taken No. 2 by Colorado, is Swedish but plays for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League, and Sven Baertschi, taken 13th by Calgary, is a Swiss player who plays for Portland in the WHL. Sean Couturier, taken by Philadelphia with the eighth pick, was born in Phoenix but played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

Jamie Oleksiak, a defenseman who plays at Northeastern University, was the first non-CHL North American player taken when he went to the Dallas Stars at No. 14. J.T. Miller, a left wing with the U.S. National Team Development Program, went No. 15 to the New York Rangers.

Last year, the first eight players taken in the draft all played in the CHL -- Mikael Granlund, who played in Finland, was the first non-CHL player taken when he went No. 9 to Minnesota.