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2011 NHL Entry Draft
2011 NHL Entry Draft Hats


ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT III

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* Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final


1
Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Drafted goal-scorer last year in Hall; this year they find his set-up man

2
Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Fearsome forechecker will clear lots of room for Duchene, Stastny

3
Florida Panthers
Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: GM Dale Tallon loves big, talented players and they don't get much better than Couturier

4
New Jersey Devils
Adam Larsson, D, Skelleftea (SWE)
SKINNY: Big Swede (6-3, 200) could be franchise's best defenseman since Niedermayer

5
New York Islanders
Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagra (OHL)
SKINNY: Big blueliner (6-4, 187) not afraid to get physical, and can chip in offensively

6
Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Senators need scoring and Huberdeau filled the nets this season -- 43 goals in 67 games

7
Atlanta Thrashers
Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)
SKINNY: Thrashers add to their offensive arsenal with this high-scoring forward

8
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Elite puck-mover has potential to be big-time power-play quarterback

9
Boston Bruins (via TOR)
Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Has good size (6-2, 174) and high level of offensive skill

10
Minnesota Wild
Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE)
SKINNY: Power forward lauded for good hands, vision and skating ability

11
Colorado Avalanche (via STL)
Duncan Siemens, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Avs add a big (6-2, 192), snarly blueliner with a good helping of offensive skill

12
Carolina Hurricanes
Joel Armia, RW, Assat (FIN)
SKINNY: Big forward playing major role on first line of one of top teams in Finland

13
Calgary Flames
Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Flames need to get younger, more athletic up front, and Swiss star will fill that bill

14
Dallas Stars
Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
SKINNY: Stars could be in the market for a big-time center, and McNeill has big-time potential

15
New York Rangers
Vladimir Namestnikov, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: Flashy Russian showed no problems adapting in first North American season

16
Buffalo Sabres
Christopher Gibson, G, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
SKINNY: On losing team, led league with .920 save percentage, was second with 2.42 GAA, 4 shutouts

17
Montréal Canadiens
Boone Jenner, C, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Big center skilled in all phases of the game, from offense to killing penalties

18
Chicago Blackhawks
Tomas Jurco, RW, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Hawks fans will find Jurco is more than just the guy with the fancy puck skills in all those videos

19
Edmonton Oilers (via LAK)
Tyler Biggs, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY: Big (6-2, 210) power forward will open space for Oilers' smaller, high-skill forwards

20
Phoenix Coyotes
Mark Scheifele, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Center's obvious skills will only get better by spending time with coach Dale Hawerchuk, a Hall of Famer

21
Ottawa Senators (via NSH)
Zack Phillips, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: There's a reason Saint John was top team in CHL; Sens are smart to grab two of their best

22
Anaheim Ducks
Brandon Saad, LW, Saginaw (OHL)
SKINNY: Power forward will added needed scoring depth behind top line

23
Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonas Brodin, D, Farjestad (SWE)
SKINNY: GM Steve Yzerman knows better than most how important a quality Swedish blueliner can be

24
Maple Leafs (via BOS)
Jonathan Miller, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY: Maple Leafs need help up the middle, and USNTDP star is a nice piece to build around

25
Detroit Red Wings
Joseph Morrow, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Offensive-minded blueliner got big minutes ahead of NHL-drafted prospects this season

26
San Jose Sharks
Jamieson Oleksiak, D, Northeastern (HE)
SKINNY: Chara-type size (6-7, 244) will get time to refine his offensive game in college

27
Pittsburgh Penguins
Alexander Khokhlachev, C/LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: In first CHL season, Russian-born sniper was second on team with 34 goals in 67 games

28
Maple Leafs (via PHI)
Matt Puempel, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Hip surgery doesn't change the fact that Puempel can fill the net

29
Washington Capitals
Nicklas Jensen, LW/RW, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Big, versatile forward skates well, and got better as the season went on

30
Vancouver Canucks
Dmitri Jaskin, RW, Slavia (CZE)
SKINNY: Forward had solid 10 points in 33 games in first season in top Czech league