Following the completion of the 2011 NHL draft lottery, teams are lining up to get their hands on this year’s most-talented prospects. The 2011 NHL draft is not considered a particularly strong group but boasts the likes of Adam Larsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier and Gabriel Landeskog at the top of the draft.
Teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers are hungry to land one of those talented youngsters after benefiting from the 2011 NHL draft lottery.
Are any of these players capable of turning around a franchise? The teams at the top of the draft certainly hope so. Let the race for the Calder Memorial Trophy begin.
These are the top five candidates for the 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy available in the 2011 NHL Draft. Only 2011 NHL Draft prospects were considered.