NHL Draft 2011: Gabriel Landeskog and the 5 Best Two-Way Players

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NHL Draft 2011: Gabriel Landeskog and the 5 Best Two-Way Players
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For many teams, especially those who failed to qualify for the postseason, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft represents an opportunity to significantly improve the futures of their organization.  

One of the most important qualities teams look for in prospects leading up to the draft is how well a player can manage their responsibilities at each end of the ice.  

For forwards, that means being capable of adapting to defensive systems and priding themselves on their ability to limit the opposition's scoring chances.

As for defensemen, being a good two-way player entails a rearguard to be as proficient at starting offensive rushes as they are at stifling those of their opponents. 

While it's often difficult to gauge a player's offensive production at the next level, which in this case is the National Hockey League, a player's attention to detail at their own end of the ice is an attribute that typically manifests itself by the time a player is drafted.  

One player who appears to fit the bill is Kitchener Rangers' captain Gabriel Landeskog, who is projected to be a top-five selection in this month's draft. While his offensive abilities are outstanding, his commitment to team defense and willingness to play a physical style of hockey are the reason behind why many scouts have compared him to fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and Peter Forsberg.  

With that in mind, here is a look at the six best two-way players eligible for the 2011 NHL Draft

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