The NHL Entry Draft.
It's where everything begins.
While there are a number of undrafted players in the NHL today that arrived via free agency, the majority of the players were drafted into action at the Entry Draft.
In 2011 this massive event will be held in Minnesota. Prospects from around the globe will travel to Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center to meet people in the hockey business and be selected by an NHL team.
The first round of the draft is where most of the big action happens. Teams get their shot at the best players available, hoping to choose one who will help their team down the road, or even in the present.
There is a thought that this year's pool of draftees isn't as talented as pools in the past. However, there may be some overlooked talent or diamonds in the rough.
Another story surrounding the 2011 draft is the confusion over who will be drafted first.
There have been years where there is a clear-cut player who will be selected first. However, that is not the case for this upcoming draft.
There are four or five players who could possibly vie for that spot.
These are all questions that will be solved at the draft. For now, here is a projection of the top 30 prospects and their teams.
**These projections are based on the standings as of April 6, 2011. It is assumed that the bottom five teams receive their rightful picks and the lottery does not effect anything.