2011 NHL Draft: Grading the Atlantic Division's 1st Round Draft Picks

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2011 NHL Draft: Grading the Atlantic Division's 1st Round Draft Picks
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The Atlantic Division had 3 teams pick in the top 10 in this year's draft. The Rangers then selected 15th and the Penguins selected 23rd. While the 3 teams who picked in the top 10 have prospects that are closer to appearing in the NHL, the Rangers and Penguins will have to wait for their prospects.

I felt that the teams in this division did not do a bad job in drafting, but some teams obviously did better than others.  Realistically, we can say whatever we want about draft picks today and how bright the future is for each one of them, but how many will really make a difference in the NHL?

Don't take my picks too seriously is what I'm saying.

Before we start, I would like to memorialize my dream to become an NHL player. At the tender age of 19, I went undrafted for the 2nd straight year.

Having never played organized hockey, I am still shocked that no team saw the potential in me and that scouts did not come knocking on my door asking me to play for their team. RIP My hockey career. We all reach that point when the kids being drafted are younger than you, and that is a very sad day.

So here we go, the grades for each team in the Atlantic Division.

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