Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Adam Larsson: Sounds like quite the core of young talent, doesn't it?
Not so fast.
The Edmonton Oilers hold their second consecutive first overall draft choice in 2011, and despite their recent splurge on offensive dynamos, they are considering adding the services of talented center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to their frontline.
Now, a lot still has to be answered regarding these top prospects before the weekend of June 24th rolls around, but the 2011 NHL draft is shaping up to be quite the thriller at the top.
Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Gabriel Landeskog and most recently, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have all had their turn atop draft boards this season and it's conceivable that those boards could change a handful of times leading up to the draft.
The muddled waters of this draft class do not stop after the top five selections. As a matter of fact, they become even murkier.
Talented offensive weapons such as Tomas Jurco, Victor Rask and Vladislav Namestnikov all come with their fair share of risks, while other prospects—such as Ty Rattie and Tyler Biggs—are getting mixed reviews.
The dust will officially settle in two months, but for now, here are 25 bold predictions for the 2011 NHL draft.