NHL Draft 2011: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the 15 Best Forwards Available

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NHL Draft 2011:  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the 15 Best Forwards Available
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is widely considered the best forward available in the 2011 Draft.


We're just a few days away from the 2011 NHL Draft, and one thing seems clear:  there is a little bit of everything available in this draft class.

The depth in the top 50 players is already being compared to the 2003 draft, and while that isn't fair quite yet, there are enough high-end players to have fans of every team excited.

While there appears to be a consensus on the first overall pick in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the field is wide open after that.  There are several defensemen and forwards all tightly packed, and a team should be able to get pretty specific with their needs without going too far off the board.

Looking for a power forward?  Mika Zibanejad may be your guy.  Big bodied, and a talented but raw winger?  Joel Armia would be a lock.

So who are the best among the centers and wingers available?

Look no further—these are the top 15 forwards available, and what to expect from each of them moving forward.

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

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