The dreams of a few hundred young men, along with the future of all 30 NHL teams, is largely impacted by what happens today.
The 2011 NHL Draft is finally here.
Trade rumors are lingering, and no one can seem to come to an agreement as to which players will go where. By this point, usually there is more or less a consensus about at least the top two or three players. But I don't think anyone's jaws would drop if the Edmonton Oilers decided to draft Adam Larsson over Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
This draft is deeper than is has been the past few years, and teams looking to fill particular holes in their rosters will have more than one option to do so at each position.
A player like Sean Couturier was considered to be a top three pick to start the season. He has since slipped. Will he go in the top five now, or slide even farther as projected?
Jonathan Huberdeau is a dynamite player, but won't be ready for a year or two. Where does he end up? Questions surround the entire draft, as trades seem imminent and no pick seems certain.
We are just a few short hours away now, Here is how I project the first round going based on the needs of each team. I paid attention to the CSS rankings, as well as several other mock drafts to a degree. But I'm going to try to think like a GM here.
It's evident why they make the big bucks, after all.
Think I got one wrong or misidentified a need? Let me know in the comments section below. Enjoy the draft.
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