2011 NHL Draft: The Best Players of This Century at Each Lottery Pick

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2011 NHL Draft: The Best Players of This Century at Each Lottery Pick
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As the 2011 NHL Draft draws closer, it’s interesting to look back at the lottery picks of the past.

Everyone knows the Edmonton Oilers are going to get a very good player at No. 1, and the odds are also pretty strong for the Avalanche to have a similar fate picking second.

But what about the other picks? What kind of a player will the Ottawa Senators get at No. 6? How good of a player can the Minnesota Wild expect to get at No. 10? What about the last lottery pick of the draft? Can history tell us the calibre of player that the Dallas Stars might get picking 14th overall?

It’s hard to answer these questions without making, at best, an educated guess. But looking at what number certain players were picked at in previous draft years can reveal a lot about what lies ahead in the 2011 draft.

As a result, I’ve put together a list of the best players taken with each lottery pick since the year 2000. Who is the best No. 3 overall pick? How about the best No. 9 pick? We’ll get to those and, of course, the best No. 1 overall pick from the last 11 drafts. But first, we need to start at the last pick of the lottery: No. 14.

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