NHL Entry Draft: Top 10 WHL Prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

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NHL Entry Draft: Top 10 WHL Prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
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The WHL is a factory for producing NHL defensemen and has been for 20 years. Duncan Keith, Dion Phaneuf, Brent Seabrook, Chris Phillips, Zdeno Chara, Shea Weber, Mike Green, Tyler Myers, Luke Schenn and Jay Bouwmeester are all products of the WHL's rigorous defensive production.

The feeling has always been that the Major Junior game is a little bigger, a little rougher and a little closer to the Show out west. That's why, as the defensemen got bigger, so did the forwards. The last five WHL forwards selected in the Top 10 have all been at least 6'1". They seem to just grow them a little bigger in the Canadian heartland.

So, what will dominate the top end of the WHL's draft eligible class this year? Will it be, as it has been in the last few years, bigger forwards? Or will the "Dub" return to it's usual form as a factory for the next generation of defensive stalwarts?

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