NHL Draft 2011: Power Ranking the Top 12 NHL Players Five Years from Now

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NHL Draft 2011: Power Ranking the Top 12 NHL Players Five Years from Now
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At the end of each NHL season, the Entry Draft presents all 30 teams with exciting possibilities for the future.  

Though this year's draft was light on superstar-caliber prospects, there were at least 70 players who were considered potential first-round selections, indicating that there were a wide range of opinions on a variety of prospects.  

Though it is difficult to predict how prospects will fare at the next level in all of the major North American professional sports leagues, the NHL draft is particularly tricky because, for the most part, the players being selected are younger than those eligible for the NBA, NFL or MLB.  

Forecasting a drafted player's ability to contribute at the NHL level is tough because generally prospects aren't fully developed physically, and because they come from a wide range of leagues. 

While there are some players, such as 2010 first rounders Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall, who display their brilliance on the ice during their first season of professional hockey, many others like fellow 2010 first rounders Tyler Seguin and Ryan Johansen who need more time to develop.  

With that in mind, here's an early look at the top 12 NHL players from this weekend's draft, with regards to where they'll be five years from now.  

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