2011 NHL Entry Draft: Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier and the Top 30 Prospects

James CriderCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2011

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier and the Top 30 Prospects

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    With many NHL teams well out of playoff position, it's up to the NHL entry draft to provide a glimmer of hope to ailing fans.

    The 2011 draft has good depth at all positions aside from goaltender, of which one or fewer may be selected in the first round.

    The draft is also unique in the fact that there are four top players—Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog—who have a high chance of being selected first overall.

30. Left Wing Shane Prince

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    League: OHL

    Team: Ottawa 67's

    GP: 54

    G: 25

    A: 57

    PIM: 16

29. Defenseman Joe Morrow

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    League: WHL

    Team: Portland Winterhawks

    GP: 51

    G: 9

    A: 34

    PIM: 60

28. Center Zach Phillips

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    League: QMJHL

    Team: Saint John Sea Dogs

    GP: 59

    G: 35

    A: 52

    PIM: 14

27. Center Lucas Lessio

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    League: OHL

    Team: Oshawa Generals

    GP: 57

    G: 23

    A: 24

    PIM: 58

26. Right Wing Nicklas Jensen

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    League: OHL

    Team: Oshawa Generals

    GP: 52

    G: 26

    A: 26

    PIM: 36

25. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak

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    League: H-East

    Team: Northeastern University

    GP: 32

    G: 3

    A: 9

    PIM: 49

24. Goaltender John Gibson

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    League: USHL

    Team: U.S. National Development Team

    GP: 12

    W: 6

    GAA: 2.36

    SV%: 0.927

23. Center Boone Jenner

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    League: OHL

    Team: Oshawa Generals

    GP: 54

    G: 20

    A: 36

    PIM: 47

22. Right Wing Rickard Rakell

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    League: OHL

    Team: Plymouth Whalers

    GP: 49

    G: 19

    A: 24

    PIM: 12

21. Center Mark McNeill

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    League: WHL

    Team: Prince Albert Raiders

    GP: 62

    G: 25

    A: 39

    PIM: 49

20. Center Mark Scheifele

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    League: OHL

    Team: Barrie Colts

    GP: 58

    G: 16

    A: 47

    PIM: 35

19. Defenseman David Musil

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    League: WHL

    Team: Vancouver Giants

    GP: 53

    G: 5

    A: 19

    PIM: 64

18. Left Wing Matt Puempel

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    League: OHL

    Team: Peterborough Petes

    GP: 55

    G: 34

    A: 35

    PIM: 49

17. Center Victor Rask

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    League: SWE-1

    Team: Leksand

    GP: 37

    G: 5

    A: 6

    PIM: 8

16. Right Wing Joel Armia

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    League: SM-liiga

    Team: Assat Pori

    GP: 47

    G: 18

    A: 10

    PIM: 24

15. Left Wing Sven Bartschi

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    League: WHL

    Team: Portland Winterhawks

    GP: 58

    G: 30

    A: 46

    PIM: 66

14. Right Wing Ty Rattie

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    League: WHL

    Team: Portland Winterhawks

    GP: 61

    G: 46

    A: 73

    PIM: 51

13. Defenseman Jonas Brodin

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    League: SEL

    Team: Farjestads BK Karlstad

    GP: 40

    G: 0

    A: 3

    PIM: 12

12. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

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    League: QMJHL

    Team: Saint John Sea Dogs

    GP: 57

    G: 12

    A: 28

    PIM: 46

11. Center Jonathan Huberdeau

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    League: QMJHL

    Team: Saint John Sea Dogs

    GP: 59

    G: 36

    A: 55

    PIM: 76

10. Center Ryan Strome

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    League: OHL

    Team: Niaga IceDogs

    GP: 56

    G: 28

    A: 64

    PIM: 74

9. Defenseman Duncan Siemens

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    League: WHL

    Team: Saskatoon Blades

    GP: 63

    G: 5

    A: 32

    PIM: 102

8. Left Wing Brandon Saad

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    League: OHL

    Team: Saginaw Spirit

    GP: 52

    G: 26

    A: 23

    PIM: 38

7. Right Wing Tyler Biggs

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    League: USHL

    Team: U.S. National Development Team

    GP: 14

    G: 5

    A: 2

    PIM: 35

6. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton

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    League: OHL

    Team: Niaga IceDogs

    GP: 58

    G: 11

    A: 39

    PIM: 69

5. Defenseman Ryan Murphy

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    Ryan Murphy may not be the first defenseman selected in 2011, but his offensive skill level is unmatched. While there may be size concerns for the 5'10", 160-pound Murphy, the offensive-minded defenseman will go as early as top five in the draft due to his poise with the puck and his potential as an elite power-play quarterback.

    League: OHL

    Team: Kitchener Rangers

    GP: 59

    G: 25

    A: 52

    PIM: 34

4. Center Sean Couturier

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    Once you reach the top four picks in 2011, it's basically anyone's guess as to who could go first overall. The 6'4" Couturier looks to translate into a two-way center in the NHL, very much in the mold of Jordan Staal.

    League: QMJHL

    Team: Drummondville Voltigeurs

    GP: 51

    G: 34

    A: 54

    PIM: 29

3. Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog

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    Landeskog is a rare example of a Swedish player playing and succeeding in the CHL. Putting together an impressive offensive season with the Rangers, Landeskog is also a player who's very responsible defensively and gets involved physically. He may be a candidate to make the jump to the NHL in 2012.

    League: OHL

    Team: Kitchener Rangers

    GP: 45

    G: 33

    A: 29

    PIM: 55

2. Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins likely possesses the most offensive upside of any player in the 2011 draft. The play-making center has 87 points this season with the Rebels, and he will likely be the first choice of an NHL club looking for a center.

    League: WHL

    Team: Red Deer Rebels

    GP: 62

    G: 20

    A: 67

    PIM: 43

1. Defenseman Adam Larsson

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    Playing his third season in the Swedish Elite League, Adam Larsson appears to be the top choice in 2011, and he will be a mainstay on the blue line of whichever team drafts him.

    League: SEL

    Team: Skelleftea HC

    GP: 35

    G: 1

    A: 8

    PIM: 41