The 2011 NHL Draft is considered to have a deep talent pool, so teams selecting in the first round will be expecting to land prospects who possess the potential to play in the NHL in the near future.
Teams selecting near the top of the draft are, for the most part, organizations in the midst of rebuilding processes, so their goal is to get players who will be building blocks for the future. Conversely, teams picking near the end of the first round are more likely to be selecting prospects who will fill supporting roles somewhere down the line.
Drafts are difficult to predict, especially with the NHL, because players are selected from so many different leagues. However, with the needs of each team in mind, here are the selections I would make if I were to play the role of general manager for each team picking in the First Round of the 2011 NHL Draft.