Here we are. Four days until the 2011 NHL entry draft. As the commercial for the draft on TSN says, the future of 30 teams hangs in the balance. While I think that commercial is actually a good one, I wouldn't say that 30 teams are depending on this draft to change their futures to such a drastic extent.
However, the future of 30 players does hang in the balance, as depending on who they're drafted by, their careers could very look different. If a player is taken by Edmonton, he could very well make the team out of the block next season, but might not if he's drafted by a team like New Jersey.
Case in point, Tyler Seguin made the NHL but didn't really have the impact that a top-two player usually does in his first year. If Boston had actually drafted by need, they could have picked Cam Fowler. Seguin would then go to Florida, and let's just say that his offensive totals would have been much better than they were this past season.
Will a similar situation come by this year? We don't know, but that's what hindsight is all about right?
Here is my viewpoint on who's going where in the first round.