NHL Draft 2011: Top 8 European Players Available and Where They'll Go

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NHL Draft 2011:  Top 8 European Players Available and Where They'll Go
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Blue Chip blueline prospect Adam Larsson.

There have been some rumblings that the 2011 NHL Draft could eventually be as good as the one we saw in 2003.  Players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, and Adam Larsson have NHL scouts drooling over their skill sets, and have fans imagining how they could look for their favorite squad in the coming years.

While the comparisons to 2003 are very premature, taking a look at the top 60 players available makes it clear that the draft definitely has  the potential to be a strong one.  There are several high-end North American prospects, and things are no different across the pond.

Europe offers an intriguing number of options for NHL teams in the first two rounds.  While there are still some high risk, high reward picks that are traditionally linked to Euro skaters, the number of high quality and differing talent in this draft is solid.

Here are eight of the best European players available, and where they could end up.

This slideshow wouldn't be possible without the outstanding scouting services presented by thescoutingreport.org, thn.com, and redlinereport.com.

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