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NHL.com to unveil Dream Draft throughout June

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 4:51 PM / NHL Dream Draft

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NHL.com to unveil Dream Draft throughout June
NHL.com to reveal best-ever first-round picks (1-30) beginning June 1.

NHL.COM DREAM DRAFT PANEL

NHL.com assembled a panel of experts to pick who they believe is the best first-round draft pick at each selection slot in the order. Here's our group:

Craig Button
NHL Net analyst former NHL GM
Brian Compton
NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
John Dellapina
NHL VP of PR, former NYR beat writer
E.J. Hradek
NHL Net analyst, NHL Live host
Greg Inglis
NHL Senior Director of News Services
Adam Kimelman
NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
John Kreiser
NHL.com Columnist
Corey Masisak
NHL.com Staff writer
Mike G. Morreale
NHL.com Staff writer
Shawn P. Roarke
NHL.com Senior Managing Editor
Dave Reid
NHL Net analyst, former NHL player
Dan Rosen
NHL.com Senior Writer
Neil Smith
NHL Net analyst, former NHL GM

The 2013 NHL Draft marks the 50th anniversary of the first amateur selection process, which was held June 5, 1963 in Montreal.

Since then, when the six NHL teams each made a first-round pick, the League has grown to 30 teams, and when the 2013 NHL Draft is held June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., 30 more players will be able to call themselves first-round NHL draft picks.

But who are the best first-round picks of all time? It's an interesting question sure to stoke debate, and the NHL.com offices are no different.

We assembled a panel of experts to rate the best first-round pick at each selection spot in the order to create the NHL.com Dream Draft.

So who is the best No. 1 pick ever? Is it Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux, the first pick of the 1984 draft? What about fellow Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the first pick of the 1971 draft? Or will a younger group look at current Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the first player picked in 2005?

What about at No. 2? Is Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne the best player taken at that spot? What about a pair of future Hall of Fame members, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Pronger?

NHL.com unveiled the first member of the Dream Draft on June 1, with the best No. 30 first-round pick. We'll feature a new player every day until we unveil the best No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 draft.

You'll be able to follow along each day at NHL.com and offer your opinion with interactive polls and via social media. Let our experts know what you think of their selections.

Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp