NHL Draft 2011: Ranking the Top 20 Draft-Eligible Forwards

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NHL Draft 2011: Ranking the Top 20 Draft-Eligible Forwards
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Offense always headlines the NHL Draft. The top of the past seven entry drafts have produced some of the brightest offensive talents in the NHL, including Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Taylor Hall.

While the 2011 NHL Draft won't yield any elite offensive talents on the level of Crosby and Stamkos, this draft class boasts a deep group of gifted offensive stars who have the upside of developing into first-line players at the NHL level.

The teams at the top of the 2011 NHL Draft certainly hope that the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Johnathan Huberdeau, Sean Couturier, and Gabriel Landeskog can become the offensive superstars of tomorrow.

However, the top of the forward class is not the story of the 2011 NHL draft. Rather, it's the depth this class presents. Despite the lack of a truly elite prospect, owning a first round pick in 2011 could land a legitimate first-line player.

Here is my first set of rankings for the forwards in the 2011 NHL draft.

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