Over the next five days, NHL fans will read countless 2011 NHL Mock Drafts that take into account many factors, perhaps the biggest of which being team needs.
However, many take into account current team needs. For instance, the Toronto Maple Leafs desperately need a center to play alongside Phil Kessel. That being said, a late first round pick is not going to address that need, as these players take time to develop. Furthermore, the Leafs are currently developing Nazem Kadri at the center position.
So, let's take a different perspective on team needs and how they will affect the 2011 NHL Draft by diving into each team's prospect pool to see what type of prospects each team lacks and could be targeting this weekend.
Many of the players drafted in the 2011 NHL Draft won't see any NHL action for a couple of seasons, but that doesn't mean they are not valuable pieces to a team's plans for the future.
Here's a look at the soft spot in each NHL team's farm system. I will address the team's based on the current 2011 NHL Draft order.