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2011 NHL Entry Draft
2011 NHL Entry Draft Hats


MIKE G. MORREALE'S MOCK DRAFT

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: The CHL's top pro prospect had 31 goals, 106 points, a plus-30 rating and led league with 75 assists

2
Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: NHL-ready power forward would be perfect complement Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene or Ryan O'Reilly

3
Florida Panthers
Adam Larsson, D, Skelleftea (SWE)
SKINNY: Poise, vision and cannon shot would come in handy alongside future partner Erik Gudbranson

4
New Jersey Devils
Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Memorial Cup MVP was third in Q in G (43) and Pts (105); averaged 1.57 points in 19 playoff games

5
New York Islanders
Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
SKINNY: CHL Scholastic Player of the Year fills need; solid puck mover, good skater with an edge; 58pts in 67gms

6
Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Sens secure future star in the middle; League MVP had 36 goals, 96 points.

7
Winnipeg
Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)
SKINNY: The need for a pure goal-scorer ends with the tenacious Strome; 33 goals, 9 power-play goals, 106 points

8
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: A power-play specialist (14 PPG); led all draft-eligible OHL defensemen in OHL with 79 points (26 goals)

9
Boston Bruins (via TOR)
Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Fills need along aging blue line; transitional dynamo with speed, poise and great shot; 45 pts in 65 gms

10
Minnesota Wild
Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE)
SKINNY: The most improved European skater brings power, soft hands around the cage, vision and speed

11
Colorado Avalanche (via STL)
Duncan Siemens, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Would complete perfect first round for Avs. Intimidating force had 43 points, 121 PIM in 72 games

12
Carolina Hurricanes
Jonas Brodin, D, Farjestad (SWE)
SKINNY: Smarts in the defensive zone, good in one-on-one battles and very poised and mature

13
Calgary Flames
Oscar Klefbom, D, Farjestad (SWE)
SKINNY: Replacement for traded prospect Tim Erixon is found; good puck mover, cannon shot, pin-point passing

14
Dallas Stars
Joel Armia, RW, Assat (FIN)
SKINNY: The 6-3, 191-pound forward had 18 goals, 29 points in 48 games as a rookie in top Finnish league

15
New York Rangers
Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
SKINNY: One of the most improved players over second half; tough and talented: 32 goals, 81 points in 70 games

16
Buffalo Sabres
Mark Scheifele, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Two-way center posted 75 points, 13 PPG against the best checking-line forwards in his league

17
Montreal Canadiens
Joseph Morrow, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Could be the steal of the first round; tough, smart and good recognition; produced 49 points, 67 PIM

18
Chicago Blackhawks
Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Switzerland-born forward is being touted as next Nino Niederreiter. Had 34 goals, 85 points in 66 games

19
Edmonton Oilers (via LAK)
Jamieson Oleksiak, D, Northeastern (HE)
SKINNY: A need to secure shut-down force along the blue line is accomplished with intimidating 6-foot-7 collegian

20
Phoenix Coyotes
Scott Mayfield, D, Youngstown (USHL)
SKINNY: A skilled, intelligent blueliner, was named MVP for Team USA at 2010 World Junior A Challenge

21
Ottawa Senators (via NSH)
Nicklas Jensen, LW/RW, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Versatile wing (6-2, 187) could be Couturier's wing man for years; 29 goals, 58 points and plus-14 rating

22
Anaheim Ducks
Matt Puempel, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Hip surgery limited him to 55 games, but finished with career highs in G (34), A (35) and Pts (69)

23
Pittsburgh Penguins
Brandon Saad, LW, Saginaw (OHL)
SKINNY: Native of Gibsonia, Pa., is power forward who finished with 27 goals (12 PPG), 55 points in 59 games

24
Detroit Red Wings
Rickard Rakell, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Great work ethic, high-energy Swede can forecheck hard and is very responsible in his own end

25
Toronto Maple Leafs (via PHI)
Boone Jenner, C, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: The 6-1 1/4, 204-pounder has relentless motor, finishes checks and forces turnovers; 66 Pts in 63 Gms

26
Washington Capitals
Alexander Khokhlachev, C, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Skilled Russian with solid positional attack and toughness; had 34 G (12 PPG), 76 points, plus-9 rating

27
Tampa Bay Lightning
Connor Murphy, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY: Had 3 goals, plus-7 rating at World U-18 Championship; scored OT winner against Sweden in tourney final

28
San Jose Sharks
Phillip Danault, LW, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: High-energy forward would be perfect complement for Couture or Pavelski; 23 G, 67 Pts in 64 games

29
Vancouver Canucks
David Musil, D, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Local prospect with big frame (6-3 1/4, 198) can box out, stand up for teammates; 25 Pts, plus-1, 83 PIM

30
Toronto Maple Leafs (via BOS)
Stuart Percy, D, Mississauga (OHL)
SKINNY: Defender with good size is consistent; opened eyes with solid playoff -- 2 goals, 12 points in 20 games