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2011 NHL Entry Draft
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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Seven first-rounders moved before draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 6:09 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

NHL.com

Of the 30 first-round picks to be made at the NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night, seven don't belong to the team that originally owned them.

The earliest pick to move was the eighth choice, which went from Columbus to Philadelphia on Thursday in the trade the sent center Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets. The next choice (No. 9) would have belonged to Toronto, but was dealt to Boston in the summer of 2009 as part of the deal that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Leafs.
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A look back at the 1996 Entry Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 2:40 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft starts Friday, and there will be plenty written about the winners and losers of the draft in the coming days, even if teams won't know for years to come if it was a successful couple of days in Minnesota or not.

With that in mind, we're going to take a look back at a few drafts -- from five, 10 and 15 years ago, to be precise -- and see who really did well or not. The premise is simple -- if there was a redraft, which players would be first-round picks (or go in the top 30, since there weren't 30 teams in 1996)?

It certainly makes for some interesting arguments. The 1996 Entry Draft will mostly be based on who had the best career, but for 2001 and especially 2006 there is still some projection involved.
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Follow first round of Entry Draft on NHL-N, NHL.com

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 1:49 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

NHL.com

NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2011 Entry Draft from Minnesota, where NHL clubs have gathered Friday night and Saturday afternoon to select their future star players. NHL Network will air two days of full coverage, while NHL.com will deploy a team of writers, reporters and videographers to cover each and every Draft selection and all the NHL news of the day.

NHL Network's daily signature show NHL Live will broadcast on Friday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. with Bill Pidto and Dave Maloney, who will keep viewers updated on NHL news and notes in advance of Friday's Draft and will also carry segments live from Minnesota.  
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Inside the Draft numbers

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 11:10 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

It's been 22 years since NHL general managers gathered in Minnesota for a Draft. The last time they did, in 1989 at the Met Center in Bloomington, the Quebec Nordiques made future 500-goal scorer Mats Sundin the first European ever taken with the No. 1 pick -- and the Detroit Red Wings did pretty well when they took a little-known Swedish defenseman named Nicklas Lidstrom in the third round.

All 30 teams picking this weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul would love to be as fortunate as the Nords (now the Colorado Avalanche) and the Wings were then, though that's not likely to happen. Finding the next Lidstrom or Sundin is a lot easier said than done. Since what is now the Entry Draft was first held in 1963 (Montreal took Garry Monahan with the first pick), success in finding the next generation of NHL talent has been a hit-or-miss proposition.
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A look back at the 2001 Entry Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:20 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft begins Friday, and there will be plenty written about the winners and losers of the draft in the coming days, even if teams won't know for years if they’ve had a successful couple of days in Minnesota.

With that in mind, we're going to take a look back at a few drafts -- from five, 10 and 15 years ago, to be precise -- and see who really did well or not. The premise is simple -- if there was a redraft, which players would be first-round picks (or go in the top 30, since there weren't 30 teams in 1996)?

It certainly makes for some interesting arguments. The 1996 Entry Draft will mostly be based on who had the best career, but for 2001 and especially 2006 there is still some projection involved.
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With Thursday's trades, Flyers are back in first round

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 10:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Chris Pryor, the Flyers' director of hockey operations and their lead scout for the draft, is in an unusual place -- the first round of a draft.

Thursday's flurry of trades brought Philadelphia the No. 8 pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. The Flyers haven't picked this high since 2007, and they haven't picked anywhere in the first round since 2008.

"It's a day that we're happy about because we're in that position," Pryor told NHL.com.

Pryor wasn't ready to reveal what player he was targeting with his selection, but he said he's confident Philadelphia will land a solid contributor.
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Top prospects on Flyers' moves

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 9:45 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- On the eve of the Entry Draft, this year's top prospects were all smiles when confronted with questions surrounding the trading frenzy by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday afternoon.

Right about the time 11 of NHL Central Scouting's brightest young stars were meeting with the media at the Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was putting the finishing touches on a reported nine-year, $51 million deal to lock up goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Prior to that, Holmgren dealt center Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and a pair of 2011 draft picks in the first (No. 8) and third round (No. 68). Not long afterward, he traded captain Michael Richards to the Los Angeles Kings for prospect Brayden Schenn and 22-year-old forward Wayne Simmonds.

Despite being half a continent away from Philadelphia, the top prospects were interested observers -- not only because they are all hockey fans, but also because the trades could have a direct impact on them during Friday's first round.
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Prospects enjoy a day of fun before Draft

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:32 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Don't think forward Jonathan Huberdeau wasn't thinking about his teammates on the Memorial Cup-winning Saint John Sea Dogs despite hanging out with five other top prospects at the largest indoor mall in the United States on Wednesday afternoon.

NHL Entry Draft prospects at Mall of America

NHL Entry Draft prospects at Mall of America (Click image to enlarge)

After paying a visit to the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium within the Mall of America, Huberdeau did a double-take when he spotted Nickelodeon cartoon character Jimmy Neutron strolling by.

"Oh my, it's Phillips," Huberdeau said, pointing to the character's incredible head of hair.

Of course, Huberdeau was playfully referring to his Saint John linemate, Zack Phillips. He'd ask someone to take a picture and Red Deer Rebels center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was happy to oblige. It was a pretty surreal moment for two of the finest youngest prospects in the world, chilling and having a good time just two days before their childhood dreams are fulfilled at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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A look back at the 2006 Entry Draft

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 4:48 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft starts Friday, and there will be plenty written about the winners and losers in the coming days -- even if teams won't know for years to come whether they had a successful couple of days in Minnesota.

With that in mind, we're going to take a look back at a few drafts -- from five, 10 and 15 years ago, to be precise -- and see who really did well or not. The premise is simple -- if there was a redraft, which players would be first-round picks (or go in the top 30, since there weren't 30 teams in 1996)?

It certainly makes for some interesting arguments. The 1996 Entry Draft will mostly be based on who had the best career, but for 2001 and especially 2006 there is still some projection involved.

Up first will be the 2006 Entry Draft, which took place in Vancouver. It was known in the lead up as "Erik Johnson and the centers," and that's how it played out. The next seven picks after Johnson to St. Louis were centers (Phil Kessel was one back then).
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Order of selection for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 3:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Ottawa Senators hold a League-high 12 picks for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, to be held Friday, June 24 (round 1) and Saturday, June 25 (rounds 2-7) at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota Wild, hosting the Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history, are scheduled to make their first selection in front of a hometown crowd with the 10th overall choice.
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