NHL Draft 2011: Winners and Losers from the 2011 NHL Draft in Minnesota

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NHL Draft 2011: Winners and Losers from the 2011 NHL Draft in Minnesota
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For most teams, the 2011 NHL draft was a chance to add some key pieces to the foundation of their franchise's future. Other teams took this weekend's draft as an opportunity to stockpile talented players to round out an already solid system.

There's a reason certain teams find themselves drafting in the top 10 year after year, while other clubs make a habit of having a pick in the bottom third of the first round, and it all starts with drafting.

That being said, some of the NHL's bottom feeders took a step in the right direction at the 2011 NHL draft, but the weekend did not lack some teams that did not hit the nail on the head.

Here's five winners and losers from the weekend's festivities.

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