The 2011 NHL entry draft begins on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET. This year's draft will be the 49th entry draft held in NHL history and it will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.
The deals that sometimes occur around draft time got started on Thursday, June 23 when the Flyers traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richards and then signed Ilya Bryzgalov. The Carter trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets had been bandied about for some time while the Richards trade came as more of a surprise.
Bleacher Report will be taking you through the draft and analyzing the picks as they happen. We will also be looking at any trades, deals or other interesting happenings that surround draft day.
Stay tuned for coverage of all the winners, losers and surprises from the 2011 NHL draft.