NHL Draft 2011 Grades: Grading Each Pick from the First Round

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NHL Draft 2011 Grades: Grading Each Pick from the First Round
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The First Round of the 2011 NHL Draft was a time of change for all 30 teams in the league, as each added talent for both the future and present via selections and trades.  

Each pick in the First Round represents an opportunity for a team to add a prospect who could blossom into an impact player, which has become increasingly important since the institution of the salary cap in 2005.  

This year's Draft is considered to be one long on talent but short on superstar players, so outside of the top-10, there were vastly differing opinions on the remaining prospects.   

Each team entered the First Round with specific needs, so here are pick-by-pick grades for how well each selection addresses the needs of the team that chose them.  

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