The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw all the top prospects with all the media attention get picked early.
But there are always a few hidden gems that certain teams sleep on and perhaps don’t get the attention they deserve.
Call them sleepers or steals, but these are the ones who don’t get the attention they deserve. Whether that attention isn’t given to them by the scouts who determine their pre-draft rankings, the analysts that choose to ignore them, or the teams that pass them by on draft day, there are always overlooked prospects who end up being great players because someone took a chance on them.
Often these players are taken later in the draft, but even in the first-round certain prospects can be forgotten about or passed by when they shouldn’t be. Here is my list of nine potential sleepers from Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Draft: