NHL Draft 2011: Final Rankings of Skaters and What the Florida Panthers Will Do

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NHL Draft 2011: Final Rankings of Skaters and What the Florida Panthers Will Do
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

My favorite, Gabriel Landeskog (and rumored Florida Panther target), ranks second for North American skaters, Sean Couturier falls to sixth and Dougie Hamilton jumps into the top five as the draft's second best D.

Rank Name League Birthdate Height Weight Pos GP G A P PIM
1 NUGENT-HOPKINS, RYAN WHL 04/12/93 6' 0.5" 164 C 69 31 75 106 51
2 LANDESKOG, GABRIEL OHL 11/23/92 6' 0.5" 207 LW 53 36 30 66 61
3 HUBERDEAU, JONATHAN QMJHL 06/04/93 6' 1.25" 170 C 67 43 62 105 88
4 HAMILTON, DOUGIE OHL 06/17/93 6' 4.25" 187 D 67 12 46 58 77
5 BEAULIEU, NATHAN QMJHL 12/05/92 6' 1.75" 174 D 65 12 33 45 52
6 COUTURIER, SEAN QMJHL 12/07/92 6' 4" 197 C 58 36 60 96 36
7 BAERTSCHI, SVEN WHL 10/05/92 5' 10" 181 LW 66 34 51 85 74
8 STROME, RYAN OHL 07/11/93 6' 0" 175 C 65 33 73 106 2
9 MURPHY, RYAN OHL 03/31/93 5' 10.5" 166 D 63 26 53 79 36
10 SIEMENS, DUNCAN WHL 09/07/93 6' 2.5" 192 D 72 5 38 43 121
11 NAMESTNIKOV, VLADISLAV OHL 11/22/92 5' 11.5" 166 C 68 30 38 68 49
12 MORROW, JOSEPH WHL 12/09/92 6' 0.25" 197 D 60 9 40 49 67
13 OLEKSIAK, JAMIESON H-EAST 12/21/92 6' 7" 244 D 34 3 9 12 51
14 MCNEILL, MARK WHL 02/22/93 6' 1.5" 201 C 70 32 49 81 53
15 PHILLIPS, ZACK QMJHL 10/28/92 6' 1" 178 C 67 38 57 95 16

*top 15 only*



In Europe, Adam Larsson remains top dog and will most likely go in the top three. Sweden is the dominant country, with Larsson, forward Mika Zibanejad and D Jonas Brodin as the top three skaters.

Rank Name League Birthdate Height Weight Pos GP G A P PIM
1 LARSSON, ADAM SWEDEN 11/12/92 6' 3" 200 D 37 1 8 9 41
2 ZIBANEJAD, MIKA SWEDEN 04/18/93 6' 1.5" 191 C 26 5 4 9 2
3 BRODIN, JONAS SWEDEN 07/12/93 6' 1" 169 D 42 0 4 4 12
4 ARMIA, JOEL FINLAND 05/31/93 6' 3" 191 RW 48 18 11 29 24
5 JASKIN, DMITRI CZREP 03/23/93 6' 1" 196 RW 33 3 7 10 16
6 KLEFBOM, OSCAR SWEDEN 07/20/93 6' 3.5" 200 D 23 1 1 2 2
7 SALOMAKI, MIIKKA FINLAND 03/09/93 5' 11" 198 RW 40 4 6 10 53
8 NERMARK, JOACHIM SWE-JR. 05/12/93 6' 1" 187 C 37 8 18 26 16
9 GRANLUND, MARKUS FINLAND-JR. 04/16/93 5' 10" 169 C 40 20 32 52 49
10 BENGTSSON, RASMUS SWEDEN-2 05/14/93 6' 2.5" 189 D 45 2 7 9 6
11 HOFMANN, GREGORY SWISS 11/13/92 6' 0" 170 C 41 3 9 12 2
12 RASK, VICTOR SWEDEN-2 03/01/93 6' 1.5" 194 C 37 5 6 11 8
13 FRIBERG, MAX SWEDEN-3 11/20/92 5' 11" 185 LW 34 13 27 40 6
14 BOYCE ROTEVALL, JEREMY SWEDEN 08/28/93 6' 0" 169 LW 33 1 2 3 4
15 JOHANSSON, KARL SWE-JR. 01/21/93 5' 8.5" 167 D 35 6 5 11 49
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Gabriel Landeskog

*top 15 only*


The Florida Panthers finished with the third-worst record in the NHL this year and most likely will have the third overall pick. With their deep, young core of defenseman, it is expected that they are going to take a forward.

With Nugent-Hopkins most likely going in the first two picks, the Panthers could take Swede Gabriel Landeskog of the OHL. Landeskog, according to scouts, may not be the best player in the draft, but is the most complete and NHL-ready player.

Nugent-Hopkins and Larsson are considered to be the best of the draft, although I wouldn't put Landeskog far behind them.

If Nugent-Hopkins falls to the Panthers, I would not be unhappy. This is a possibility as the Edmonton Oilers are stocked with young offensive talent, but lack any defensive talent. They could take Larsson first, and the Panthers could get second in the lottery.

However, the Panthers are attracted to Landeskog's leadership capabilities. They need their Mike Richards or Jonathan Toews. Nugent-Hopkins, while more talented offensively, does not have natural leadership qualities like Landeskog.

A key to drafting players is not always taking the best available player overall, but rather the best available player that matches your wants and needs. Hopefully, Landeskog turns out to be both for the Florida Panthers.

We will know more as June 24th approaches.

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