2011 NHL Draft Results: 5 Biggest Surprises from the First Round
With the first round of the 2011 NHL entry draft now complete, I think it is a good time to look at the most surprising moves that occurred throughout the day.
With several trades made and a few players falling in the rankings, there were some big surprises that happened, including a huge bomb dropping in San Jose.
1. Setoguchi, Coyle, SJS 28th Overall Pick to Minnesota for Burns, 2nd Rounder
Just days after signing a three-year, $9,000,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks, Devin Setoguchi was traded to the Minnesota Wild along with prospect Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick (28th overall) in this year's draft. In return, the Sharks received defenseman Brent Burns and a second-round pick in 2012.
The Wild are getting some much-needed scoring by acquiring the young Setoguchi, who will likely play with captain Miiko Koivu. The two should click well together and I foresee a 30-goal season from Setoguchi in 2011-12.
The Wild are also getting a very good forward prospect in Charlie Coyle, who had 26 points for Boston University this past season.
For the San Jose Sharks, this trade solidifies their blue line big-time. Brent Burns nearly had a 20-goal season on defence this past season and he plays on both the power play and penalty kill. Overall, the trade strengthens both teams' rosters.
2. Brian Campbell to the Florida Panthers for Rostislav Olesz
In a very shocking move, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to unload Brian Campbell's albatross of a contract on the Florida Panthers for forward Rostislav Olesz.
While a serviceable defenseman, Campbell has five years remaining on his deal at a cap hit of $7,100,000. Campbell is nowhere near worth that amount and the Florida Panthers are stuck with it for quite some time.
In Rostislav Olesz, the Hawks are getting a forward who once had a lot of potential but now looks to be nothing more than a fourth-line forward. After being drafted seventh overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, Olesz has been nothing but a disappointment for the Florida Panthers. He scored just 17 points in 44 games last year.
3. Ryan Murphy at 12th Overall
While many question whether Murphy can succeed in the NHL because of his defensive play, he is an extremely skilled player who will be among the points leaders for defensemen for a long time in the National Hockey League.
Blessed with very good speed, Murphy is great in rushing the puck and has a very heavy shot from the point that is also accurate. His decision-making with the puck is as good as anyone's and I believe he is smart enough to shore up his defensive game.
After selecting Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner in the first round of last year's NHL entry draft, the Carolina Hurricanes have made a great pick once again.
4. Troy Brouwer to Washington for the 26th Overall Pick
In a surprise move, the Chicago Blackhawks moved left winger Troy Brouwer to the Washington Capitals for their 2011 first-round pick (26th overall).
In Brouwer, the Capitals are getting a very good third-liner that can also fill in well on the second line. Brouwer has 20- to 30-goal potential and adds some sand paper to a Washington Capitals lineup that is in need of some grit to finally make some noise in the playoffs.
With the 26th overall selection, the Chicago Blackhawks selected LW Phillip Danault from Victoriaville of the QMJHL. Danault scored 67 points in 64 games and is comparable to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, according to TSN.
5. Nathan Beaulieu at 17th Overall
GM Pierre Gauthier and the Montreal Canadiens were ecstatic when Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu fell to them at the 17th overall pick after being rated 11th overall by TSN.
Beaulieu was a huge reason why the Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup this season. He is a big guy at 6'3" and 191 lbs and plays a great offensive game. He possesses good speed and manages the puck very well from the back end.
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