NHL Draft 2011: Power Ranking Each Team's Draft Selections
Here we are, two days removed from the NHL draft, and while we won't see the true winners of this draft for years, there are always the projections that allow us to predict who has won the draft.
Some would say the key to success in the draft is having the most picks. Some say the key is to have a good scouting staff. The Detroit Red Wings can attest to that.
No matter what the case, the 30 NHL teams are hoping their picks this year will pan out. Not all of them will; some team might have failed at this draft and have none of their picks make it. One team had as little as four picks while another had as high as 11.
Who fared the best in this draft? Well, that's what the list will show.
30. The Washington Capitals
G Steffen Soberg (4/117): 27 games played, 4.17 GAA
D Patrick Koudys (5/147): 31 games played, one goal, two assists, three points
C Travis Boyd (6/177): 60 games played, 13 goals, 25 assists, 38 points
D Garrett Haar (7/207): 51 games played, seven goals, 16 assists, 23 points
Acquired: Troy Brouwer
Departed: 26th overall pick (Phillip Danault)
Washington could have salvaged its draft by keeping the 26th pick, but they didn't, and they came out of the draft without a prospect that their fans can go home and be proud of. The acquisition of Troy Brouwer will help Washington in giving them additional secondary scoring and added toughness.
I would not be surprised to see that no one selected by the Caps ever makes it to the NHL.
29. The Nashville Predators
G Magnus Hellberg (2/38): 31 games played, 2.04 GAA
LW Miika Salomaki (2/52): 40 games played, four goals, six assists, 10 points
LW Josh Shalla (4/94): 68 games played, 47 goals, 25 assists, 72 points
D Garrett Noonan (4/112): 38 games played, four goals, 11 assists, 15 points
D Simon Karlsson (5/142): 32 games played, three goals, 10 assists, 13 points
C Chasen Balisy (6/170): N/A
Brent Andrews (7/202): 68 games played, 12 goals, 17 assists, 29 points
I have one question to ask David Poile: When the best goaltender in the draft is still available, why do you pick a goaltender ranked below him and also a few others?
I'm not doubting that Magnus Hellberg could a be a starting goaltender in the NHL, but when both John and Christopher Gibson are still available, they should have gone with one of them.
An intriguing pick is Josh Shalla, a player who was passed over in last year's draft and has 137 combined points in the last two seasons.
28. The Dallas Stars
D Jamieson Oleksiak (1/14): 34 games played, 3 goals, nine assists, 12 points
RW Brett Ritchie (2/44): 49 games played, 21 goals, 20 assists, 41 points
C Emil Molin (4/105): N/A
D Troy Vance (5/135): 23 games played, one goal, three assists, four points
RW Matej Stransky (6/165): 71 games played, 14 goals, 12 assists, 26 points
D Jyrki Jokipakka (7/195): 48 games played, one goal, eight assists, nine points
While they took the tallest player in the draft in Jamieson Oleksiak, not much can be said about the rest of the Dallas Stars draft. Oleksiak will be a force in the Stars organization for years, while Brett Ritchie will also eventually make after a few years of development.
If any of the others make it to the Stars, they should consider themselves lucky.
With Oleksiak and Ritchie added to Scott Glennie and Jack Campbell, the prospect pool in Dallas is looking really good.
27. The Carolina Hurricanes
D Ryan Murphy (1/12): 63 games played, 26 goals, 53 assists, 79 points
C Victor Rask (2/42): 37 games played, five goals, six assists, 11 points
D Keegan Lowe (3/73): 71 games played, two goals, 22 assists, 24 points
C Gregory Hofmann (4/103): 41 games played, three goals, nine assists, 12 points
G Matt Mahalak (6/163): 21 games played, 3.08 GAA
C Brody Sutter (7/193): 46 games played, 18 goals, 24 assists, 42 points
Carolina decided to take the a risk in taking Ryan Murphy 12th overall and then another one in Victor Rask in the second round. If both of them pan out, they will move up the list whenever we look back at this draft.
However, that day is not yet here, and we have to rely on projections to see whether they will or not.
Keegan Lowe could turn out to be a steal of this draft if he turns out anything like his father, and they also added another member of the Sutter family in Brody Sutter with their last pick.
26. The Phoenix Coyotes
D Connor Murphy (1/20): 14 games played, three goals, three assists, six points
C Alexander Ruutu (2/51): 41 games played, 18 goals, 13 assists, 31 points
LW Lucas Lessio (2/56): 66 games played, 27 goals, 27 assists, 54 points
D Harrison Ruopp (3/84): 54 games played, zero goals, nine assists, nine points
LW Kale Kessy (4/111): 65 games played, 10 goals, 14 assists, 24 points
LW Darian Dziurzynski (5/141): N/A
RW Andrew Fritsch (6/155): 60 games played, 28 goals, 35 assists, 63 points
LW Zac Larraza (7/196): 49 games played, eight goals, five assists, 13 points
These players could be last group of players ever drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes and whatever city they move to won't be inheriting a very deep prospect pool. When your highest-scoring pick is drafted in the sixth round, there might be a problem.
Connor Murphy snuck into the first round despite being injured for the majority of the year. Lucas Lessio and Andrew Fritsch could also be of particular interest.
25. The Vancouver Canucks
W Nicklas Jensen (1/29): 61 games played, 29 goals, 29 assists, 58 points
G David Honzik (3/71): 36 games played, 3.54 GAA
RW Alexandre Grenier (3/90): N/A
C Joseph Labate (4/101): 25 games played, 27 goals, 22 assists, 49 points
LW Ludwig Blomstrand (4/120): 35 games played, three goals, four assists, seven points
D Frank Corrado (5/150): 67 games played, four goals, 26 assists, 30 points
C Pathrik Westerholm (6/180): 21 games played, seven goals, five assists, 12 points
D HenrikTommernes (7/210): N/A
Vancouver got a pretty good player with the penultimate pick of the first round in Nicklas Jensen. After a few more years in the OHL, he should make the jump to Vancouver and could make an impact. Other than him, the players are nothing to write home about.
Joseph Labate could turn out to be something, but he is heading for college and won't see the NHL for quite some time. With Vancouver's roster depth, they won't need these players to be rushed.
24. The Winnipeg Jets
C Mark Scheifele (1/7): 66 games played, 22 goals, 53 assists, 75 points
LW Adam Lowry (3/67): 66 games played, 18 goals, 27 assists, 45 points
D Brennan Serville (3/78): 36 games played, three goals, 27 assists, 30 points
D Zachary Yuen (4/119): 72 games played, eight goals, 24 assists, 32 points
RW Austen Brassard (5/149): 67 games played, 19 goals, 15 assists, 34 points
G Jason Kasdorf (6/157): 34 games played, 2.53 GAA
D Aaron Harstad (7/187): 51 games played, seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points
The Winnipeg Jets could have gotten off to a better start with their first draft. While Mark Scheifele could turn out to be a good player, in many people's opinion he was picked way too early. The Jets need centers, and Scheifele was the only one they drafted.
Not a smart move in my opinion.
Brennan Serville and Zachary Yuen could eventually push themselves into the lineup if they bump up their point totals.
23. The Pittsburgh Penguins
D Joe Morrow (1/23): 60 games played, nine goals, 40 assists, 49 points
D Scott Harrington (2/54): 67 games played, six goals, 16 assists, 22 points
C Dominik Uher (5/144): 65 games played, 21 goals, 39 assists, 60 points
W Josh Archibald (6/174): 27 games played, 30 goals, 48 assists, 78 points
C/LW Scott Wilson (7/209): 42 games played, 20 goals, 41 assists, 61 points
Quick question. What is the Pittsburgh Penguins greatest need? Anyone who said the wing positions is correct.
You wouldn't know it from their draft selections though. The Penguins failed to address their greatest need therefore their draft must be considered an overall failure.
Joe Morrow will be an NHLer at some point and is the lone bright spot of the Pens draft. He could make it to the Pens as soon as the 2012-13 season.
22. The Los Angeles Kings
G Christopher Gibson (2/49): 37 games played, 2.42 GAA
C Andy Andreoff (3/80): N/A
C Nick Shore (3/82): 28 games played, seven goals, 11 assists, 18 points
LW Michael Mersch (4/110): 41 games played, eight goals, 11 assists, 19 points
LW Joel Lowry (5/140): 42 games played, 24 goals, 43 assists, 67 points
LW Michael Schumacher (7/200): N/A
Acquired: Mike Richards
Departed: Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn
Los Angeles makes it this high on the Mike Richards acquisition alone because they didn't have a very productive draft. Adding the No. 2 ranked North American goalie in Christopher Gibson is good, but they already have the two Jonathans, Quick and Bernier, so it will be a while before Gibson is a starter in LA, if he ever is.
With the departure of Brayden Schenn, they now have no sure-fire prospect ready to step in to the lineup. That will be a problem if none of their prospects step up their game.
21. The Anaheim Ducks
RW Rikard Rakell (1/30): 49 games played, 19 goals, 24 assists, 43 points
G John Gibson (2/39): 17 games played, nine wins, 2.38 GAA
C William Karlsson (2/53): 38 games played, 20 goals, 34 assists, 54 points
C Joseph Cramarossa (3/65): 59 games played, 12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points
D Andy Welinski (3/83): 51 games played, six goals, eight assists, 14 points
LW Max Friberg (5/143): 34 games played, 13 goals, 27 assists, 40 points
D Josh Manson (6/160): 57 games played, 12 goals, 35 assists, 47 points
The Anaheim Ducks made out with quite a steal with its first two picks, taking a very underrated player in Rikard Rakell and the No. 1 goaltender in the draft in John Gibson.
I had Gibson going to the Ducks with their original first-round pick at No.22, but with the trade sending that pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs, they delayed my prediction from being right for another day.
Rakell will require at least another two years in Plymoth before he reaches the NHL.
20. The New York Rangers
F Jonathan Miller (1/15): 48 games played, 11 goals, 26 assists, 27 points
F Steven Fogarty (3/72): 24 games played, 23 goals, 17 assists, 40 points
C Michael St. Croix (4/106): 68 games played, 27 goals, 48 assists, 75 points
RW Shane McColgan (5/134): 67 games played, 21 goals, 45 assists, 66 points
D Samuel Noreau (5/136): 67 games played, five goals, five assists, 10 points
D Peter Ceresnak (6/172): 23 games played, one goal, three assists, four points
After taking a tough guy in Dylan McIlrath with their first pick last year, the New York Rangers focused on offense this year, taking Jonathan Miller in the first round. The first American taken in the draft, Miller was on the US team at the World Under-18 Championships.
As most of the Americans in this draft, he will not play in the NHL for quite some time.
Michael St. Croix is a player who could possibly beat Miller to the NHL and as the stats show, he was the leading scorer out of the Rangers picks.
19. The San Jose Sharks
LW Matthew Nieto (2/47): 36 games played, eight goals,13 assists, 21 points
D Justin Sefton (3/89): 66 games played, five goals, six assists, 11 points
C Sean Kuraly (5/133): 51 games played, eight goals, 21 assists, 29 points
C Daniil Sobchenko (6/166): N/A
D Dylan Demelo (6/179): 67 games played, three goals, 24 assists, 27 points
C Colin Blackwell (7/194): 25 games played, 33 goals, 33 assists, 66 points
Acquired: Brent Burns
Departed: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, 28th pick (Zack Phillips)
The San Jose Sharks gave up quite a lot just to get one defenseman and a second-rounder in next year's draft.
Don't get me wrong, Brent Burns will probably contribute for the Sharks for a long time, but they gave up one of their better players from the roster, their best prospect in Charlie Coyle and their first-rounder that Minnesota used to select Zack Phillips.
Other than that, San Jose's draft was not a real exciting event as it took until their last pick to draft a player with more than 30 points, and he was in high school. Matthew Nieto could develop into a top-six forward but will more than likely end up on the third line, in my opinion.
18. The Columbus Blue Jackets
C Boone Jenner (2/37): 63 games played, 25 goals, 41 assists, 66 points
C Thomas Tynan (3/66): N/A
D Mike Reilly (4/98): 48 games played, 13 goals, 30 assists, 43 points
RW Seth Ambroz (5/128): 56 games played, 24 goals, 22 assists, 46 assists
C Lukas Sedlak (6/158): 45 games played, 14 goals, 13 assists, 27 assists
G Anton Forsberg (7/188): N/A
Acquired: Jeff Carter
Departed: Jakub Voracek, eighth pick (Sean Couturier)
Though the Blue Jackets traded their first round in the Jeff Carter trade, they still ended up getting a pretty good prospect in Boone Jenner in the second round. Now that Columbus' top two centers, Carter and Ryan Johansen, have been decided, Jenner can develop at his own pace before becoming the third line center.
With that, Columbus will finally have a strength on their team other than goaltending.
They could have a real steal in Seth Ambroz, taken in the fifth round. Ambroz was originally thought to be going in the first round prior to the season but his left much to be desired and he fell inexplicably.
If Ambroz can get his career back on track, he might just be the steal of the draft.
17. The Tampa Bay Lightning
C Vladislav Namestnikov (1/27): 68 games played, 30 goals, 38 assists, 68 points
W Nikita Kucherov (2/58): 41 games played, 27 goals, 31 assists, 58 points
D Nikita Nesterov (5/148): 46 games played, five goals, 14 assists, 19 points
G Adam Wilcox (6/178): 24 games played, 2.20 GAA
C Matthew Peca (7/201): N/A
LW Ondrej Palat (7/208): N/A
Vladislav Namestnikov is a potential steal of the first round, and Steve Yzerman sure hopes he is.
Playing for the OHL's London Knights, a team that has produced many NHLers over the last few years, he'll be playing in Tampa before long.
Only nine Russians were take in the entire draft, and Tampa took three of them in their first three picks.
16. The St. Louis Blues
RW Ty Rattie (2/32): 67 games played, 28 goals, 51 assists, 79 points
RW Dmitrij Jaskin (2/41): 33 games played, three goals, seven assists, 10 points
D Joel Edmundson (2/46): 71 games played, two goals, 18 assists, 20 points
G Jordan Binnington (3/88): 46 games played, 3.05 GAA
LW Yannick Vellieux (4/102): 68 games played, 19 goals, 29 assists, 48 points
G Niklas Lundstrom (5/132): 22 games played, 3.05 GAA
C Ryan Tesink (6/162): 59 games played, eight goals, 27 assists, 35 points
D Teemu Eronen (7/192): 16 games played, three goals, zero assists, three points
St. Louis traded it's first-round pick to Colorado but made up for it with three second-round picks.
With the first, St. Louis took Ty Rattie, another player coming from the Portland Winterhawks. After that, they they took a wild card in Dimitij Jaskin.
I'm interested to see if Jordan Binnington can develop into an NHL goaltender after leading the Owen Sound Attack to the OHL Championship. Even if just becomes a backup behind Jaroslav Halak, it would be nice to see him continue his success.
15. The Buffalo Sabres
RW Joel Armia (1/16): 48 games played, 18 goals, 11 assists, 29 points
C Daniel Catenacci (3/77): 67 games played, 26 goals, 45 assists, 71 points
C Colin Jacobs (4/107): 68 goals, 22 goals, 22 assists, 44 points
D Alex Lepkowski (5/137): N/A
G Nathan Lieuwen (6/167): N/A
C Brad Navin (7/197): 14 games played, 29 goals, 23 assists, 52 points
Acquired: Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik
Departed: Chris Butler, Paul Byron
Although Joel Armia is the star player in the making for the Buffalo Sabres, I am really surprised that Daniel Catenacci fell all the way to the third round, and they could have something special here.
Armia will join Buffalo's talented group of wingers in as short as two years, and Catenacci will at least take three before joining the Sabres.
Colin Jacobs is another intriguing pick that could eventually find his way into the Sabres' lineup.
14. The Montreal Canadiens
D Nathan Beaulieu (1/17): 65 games played, 12 goals, 33 assists, 45 points
D Josiah Didier (4/97): 58 games played, eight goals, 13 assists, 21 points
LW Olivier Archambault (4/108): 65 games played, 20 goals, 33 assists, 53 points
D Magnus Nygren (4/113): N/A
D Darren Dietz (5/138): 68 games played, eight goals, 19 assists, 27 points
C Daniel Pribyl (6/168): 39 games played, 25 goals, 29 assists, 54 points
D Colin Sullivan (7/198): 27 games played, three goals, 12 assists, 15 points
The biggest steal of the first round not named Larsson, Nathan Beaulieu shocked a lot of people by dropping to No. 17.
Beaulieu will be a vital part of the Canadiens blue line for years to come, joining PK Subban and Jarred Tinordi. Once all three of them are in the NHL, other teams will be having problems with Montreal's depth at defense.
This year's seemingly mandatory Quebec native draftee is Olivier Archambault. While not as offensively gifted as 2009 first-rounder Louis Leblanc, he could eventually make the Canadiens only because of his place of birth.
13. The Calgary Flames
LW Sven Bartschi (1/13): 66 games played, 34 goals, 51 assists, 85 points
C Markus Granlund (2/45): 40 games played, 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points
D Tyler Wotherspoon (2/57): 64 games played, two goals, 10 assists, 12 points
LW John Gaudreau (4/104): 60 games played, 36 goals, 36 assists, 72 points
G Laurent Brossoit (6/164): 34 games played, 3.32 GAA
Acquired: Chris Butler, Paul Byron
The Calgary Flames only had five draft picks this year, and they didn't waste them, taking three quality prospects with their first three picks.
They took two Portland Winterhawks with their first and third picks in Sven Bartschi and Tyler Wotherspoon.
Bartschi is perhaps the most underrated player taken in the top 15 and Wotherspoon, according to The Hockey News Draft Preview magazine, will "likely never be at the top of a team's depth chart on defense, he'll have a long and productive career."
Markus Granlund is the brother of the Minnesota Wild's first-rounder last year Mikael Granlund and could be a good addition down the road.
12. The Philadelphia Flyers
C Sean Couturier (1/8): 58 games played, 36 goals, 60 assists, 66 points
C Nick Cousins (3/68): 68 games played, 29 goals, 39 assists, 68 points
D Colin Suellentrop (4/116): 59 games played, zero goals, 14 assists, 14 points
LW Marcel Noebels (4/118): 66 games played, 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points
RW Petr Placek (6/176): eight games played, seven goals, six assists, 13 points
RW Derek Mathers (7/205): N/A
Acquired: Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, 8th pick(Sean Couturier)
Departed: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter
The biggest mover and shaker at the draft, Philadelphia remade its team in a big way. Getting rid of their top two centermen is a very brave move, but adding the players that they did will go along way to making their fans forget.
It won't happen soon, but having Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier can develop into an all new top two.
Other than Couturier, they didn't have any "wow" picks, although Nick Cousins could eventually make the NHL.
11. The New Jersey Devils
D Adam Larsson (1/4): 37 games played, one goal, eight assists, nine points
C Blake Coleman (3/75): 59 games played, 34 goals, 58 assists, 92 points
C Reid Boucher (4/99): 49 games played, 24 goals, 19 assists, 43 points
LW Blake Pietila (5/129): 52 games played, 13 goals, nine assists, 22 points
D Reece Scarlett (6/159): 72 games played, six goals, 18 assists, 24 points
D Patrick Daly (7/189): N/A
The New Jersey Devils did absolutely nothing at the draft. Well, except for taking potentially the best player in the draft.
Having Adam Larsson drop to No. 4 puts New Jersey this high all by himself. If any others of the Devils draft picks make the big time, consider it a bonus.
10. The Boston Bruins
D Dougie Hamilton (1/9): 67 games played, 12 goals, 46 assists, 58 points
C/LW Alexander Khokhlachev (2/40): 67 games played, 34 goals, 42 assists, 76 points
LW Anthony Camara (3/81): 64 goals, eight goals, nine assists, 17 points
RW Brian Ferlin (4/121): 55 games played, 25 goals, 48 assists, 73 points
D Rob O'Gara (5/151): 30 games played, two goals, seven assists, nine points
G Lars Volden (6/181): 24 games played, 2.76 GAA
All right, as a Maple Leafs fan, I have to admit it. Based on potential alone, the Boston Bruins won the Phil Kessel trade.
Adding Dougie Hamilton to Tyler Seguin and Jarred Knight definitely gives them an advantage over the Leafs getting only Phil Kessel.
As for the draft itself, Boston hit the jackpot by having Hamilton fall into their lap. They also picked up a pretty good prospect in Alexander Khokhlachev in the second round. Brian Ferlin looks pretty talented as well.
9. The Detroit Red Wings
RW Tomas Jurco (2/35): 60 games played, 31 goals, 25 assists, 56 points
D Xavier Ouellet (2/48): 67 games played, eight goals, 35 assists, 43 points
D Ryan Sproul (2/55): 61 games played, 14 goals, 19 assists, 33 points
C Alan Quine (3/85): 69 games played, 26 goals, 27 assists, 53 points
RW Marek Tvrdon (4/115): 12 games played, six goals, five assists, 11 points
RW/C Philippe Hudon (5/145): 22 games played, 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points
D Mattias Backman (5/146): 27 games played, two goals, 18 assists, 20 points
D Richard Nedomlel (6/175): 66 games played, zero goals, 10 assists, 10 points
D Alexei Marchenko (7/205): 23 games played, zero goals, two assists, two points
The Detroit Red Wings pull off draft magic once again, trading out of the first round and still being able to pick up Tomas Jurco. A magician with the puck, Jurco will make the Red Wings even more dangerous once he makes the team.
Taking a look at their draft picks, you can tall that Detroit focused on taking defenseman. My best guess is that they are hoping that one of them can become a long term replacement for Nik Lidstrom after he leaves after next season.
It won't be easy, and they will have very large shoes to fill, but if any of them can become even half of what Lidstrom is, Detroit will have had a pretty good draft.
8. The Minnesota Wild
D Jonas Brodin (1/10): 42 games played, zero goals, four assists, 4 points
C Zack Phillips (1/28): 67 games played, 38 goals, 57 assists, 95 points
LW Mario Lucia (2/60): 24 games played, 25 goals, 22 assists, 47 points
D Nick Seeler (5/131): N/A
G Stephen Michalek (6/161): 23 games played, 3.95 GAA
C Tyler Graovac (7/191): 66 games played, 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points
Acquired: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, 28th pick (Zack Phillips)
Departed: Brent Burns
Minnesota had a very good draft in its home town. Acquiring Devin Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle while adding two quality prospects in Jonas Brodin and Zack Phillips was a good days work for Minnesota's general manager Chuck Fletcher.
After a few years of disappointment in Minnesota, the additions of these players will go a long way in getting the Wild back into the playoffs.
Adding Minnesota native Mario Lucia with the last pick was a nice touch, and if he makes it to the NHL, it will turn into a good story.
7. The Toronto Maple Leafs
RW Tyler Biggs (1/22): 48 games played, 17 goals, 11 assists, 28 points
D Stuart Percy (1/25): 64 games played, four goals, 29 assists, 33 points
LW Josh Lievo (3/86): N/A
D Tom Nilsson (4/100): N/A
C Tony Cameranesi (5/130): 25 games played, 15 goals, 39 assists, 54 points
LW David Broll (6/152): 65 games played, 13 goals, 21 assists, 34 points
D Dennis Robertson (6/173): N/A
G Garrett Sparks (7/190): 19 games played, 3.64 GAA
D Max Everson (7/203): 22 games played, four goals, 17 assists, 21 points
Acquired: John-Michael Liles
Departed: Second-round pick in 2012
The majority of Toronto's picks are wild cards that might not make the NHL as most of them are high school students or college kids. With Toronto deep in prospect depth for the first time in ages, these players will be given all the time they need to develop.
Tyler Biggs is a player that Brian Burke wanted and he did what he had to do to get him. Biggs is one of those players that every team could use and the Leafs were lucky enough to grab him.
In an NHL.com poll, Biggs was voted as the late first round pick most likely to make the NHL this season. Stuart Percy is just added bonus in the first round.
The acquisition of John Michael Liles gives the Leafs the replacement they needed to replace Tomas Kaberle.
6. The Colorado Avalanche
LW Gabriel Landeskog (1/2): 53 games played, 36 goals, 30 assists, 66 points
D Duncan Siemens (1/11): 72 games played, five goals, 38 assists, 43 points
C Joachim Nermark (4/93): 37 games played, eight goals, 18 assists, 26 points
C Garrett Meurs (5/123): 68 games played, 10 goals, 30 assists, 40 points
D Gabriel Beaupre (6/153): 66 games played, three goals, 15 assists, 18 points
D Dillon Donnelly (7/183): 63 games played, one goal, seven assists, eight points
Acquired: 2012 second-round pick
Departed: John-Michael Liles
Another team with most of their picks not that exciting, they got what they needed with their first-round picks. Gabriel Landeskog will be written in on Matt Duchene's left wing this season and Duncan Siemens provides additional depth on blue line after the departure of John-Michael Liles.
Siemens could see the NHL as soon as 2012-13 if he maintain his play for this season.
5. The New York Islanders
C Ryan Strome (1/5): 65 games played, 33 goals, 73 assists,106 points
D Scott Mayfield (2/34): 52 games played, seven goals, nine assists, 16 points
C Johan Sundstrom (2/50): 41 games played, one goal, zero assists, one point
D Andrej Pedan (3/63): 51 games played, two goals, 10 assists, 12 points
D Robbie Russo (4/95): 52 games played, three goals, 19 assists, 22 points
LW John Persson (5/125): N/A
D Brenden Kichton (5/127): N/A
C Mitchell Theoret (7/185): N/A
The New York Islander rank this high based on the potential of their picks.
Ryan Strome will no doubt be in the NHL in 2012-13, if not this year, and will make a good tandem with John Tavares. The three defensemen they took in the first four rounds also hold a lot of potential, especially Scott Mayfield. Robbie Russo could also turn out to be a steal of the draft.
The Islanders are slowly becoming a young team that's poised to become a threat in the playoffs in the next couple of years.
4.The Edmonton Oilers
C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1/1): 69 games played, 31 goals, 75 assists, 106 points
D Oscar Klefbom (1/19): 23 games played, one goal, one assist, assist points
D David Musil (2/31): 62 games played, six goals, 19 assists, 25 points
G Samu Perhonen (3/62): 29 games played, 2.71 GAA
LW Travis Ewanyk (3/74): 72 games played, 16 goals, 11 assists, 27 points
D Dillon Simpson (4/92): 27 games played, two goals, eight assists, 10 points
C Tobias Rieder (4/114): 65 games played, 23 goals, 26 assists, 49 points
D Martin Gernat (5/122): 28 games played, three goals, 15 assists, 18 points
G Frans Tuohimaa (7/182): 37 games played, 2.14 GAA
They might have had the No. 1 spot in the draft, but not here. The Oilers did have a really good draft though, and I'm thinking that least five, maybe even six players that could eventually make to the NHL.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could break into the Oilers lineup this year, but if he doesn't he will be a favorite for the Calder Trophy in 2012-13.
Oscar Klefbom and David Musil give Oilers some much needed defensive depth and could make the team in two to three years.
Samu Perhonen is the No. 1 ranked European goaltender and could be the long-term answer to Edmonton's goaltending situation.
Traviss Ewanyk and Tobias Rieder have an outside chance of making it to the NHL in my opinion.
3. The Ottawa Senators
C Mika Zibanejad (1/6): 26 games played, five goals, four assists, nine points
RW Stafan Noesen (1/21): 68 games played, 34 goals, 43 assists, 77 points
LW Matthew Puempel (1/24): 55 games played, 34 goals, 35 assists, 69 points
C Shane Prince (2/61): 59 games played, 25 goals, 63 assists, 88 points
C Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4/96): N/A
D Fredrik Claesson (5/126): 35 games played, two goals, zero assists, two points
C Darren Kramer (6/156): N/A
LW Max McCormick (6/171): 55 games played, 21 goals, 21 assists, 42 points
D Jordan Fransoo (7/186): N/A
C Ryan Dzingel (7/204): N/A
Acquired: Nikita Filatov
Departed: third-round pick
The team with the best first round, no question. Mika Zibanejad, Stefan Noesen, Matthew Puempel will be Senators in no time, and when they are, Ottawa's rebuild should be at the end of the rebuild and be ready to be a contender again.
Zibanejad will probably spend another year in Sweden before coming to North America and spending at least a year in the minors. Puempel could also make the Sens' lineup in 2012-13, but Noesen is the biggest question mark of the three.
It was a little surprising to see him go in the first round. It might take him an extra year developing to make the NHL. Shane Prince is also not that bad a pickup.
They took a risk in taking in Nikita Filatov, but if he finally lives up to his potential, he could be a great pickup.
2. The Florida Panthers
C Jonathan Huberdeau (1/3): 67 games played, 43 goals, 62 assists, 105 points
C Rocco Grimaldi (2/33): 50 games played, 34 goals, 28 assists, 62 points
D Rasmus Bengtsson (2/59): 45 games played, two goals, seven assists, nine points
C Vincent Trocheck (3/64): 68 games played, 26 goals, 36 assists, 62 points
RW Logan Shaw (3/76): 68 games played, 26 goals, 20 assists, 46 points
D Jonathan Racine (3/87): 68 games played, two goals, five assists, seven points
C Kyle Rau (3/91): 25 games played, 33 goals, 37 assists, 70 points
F Yaroslav Kosov (5/124): N/A
D Edward Wittchow (6/154): 25 games played, nine goals, 14 assists, 23 points
RW Iiro Pakarinen (7/184): 47 games played, seven goals, three assists, 10 points
Acquired: Brian Campbell
Departed: Rostislav Olesz
Similar to the New York Islanders, the Florida Panthers are on their way to becoming a contender. Adding Jonathan Huberdeau and Rocco Grimaldi to an already deep prospect pool will only improve Florida's chances of breaking their dreadful run of not making the playoffs.
Taking on the salary of Brian Campbell would normally look bad on a team, but with the new cap floor, Florida gets a good defenseman and brings their total salary up a little bit, so it doesn't hurt them in the least.
With a total of six players that look like they could play in the NHL at some point, Florida is good enough for the No. 2 spot on this list but one team had a much better draft than every one else and that is...
1. The Chicago Blackhawks
C Mark McNeill (1/18): 70 games played, 32 goals, 49 assists, 81 points
LW Phillip Danault (1/26): 64 games played, 23 goals, 44 assists, 67 points
D Adam Clendening (2/36): 36 games played, five goals, 18 assists, 23 points
LW Brandon Saad (2/43): 59 games played, 27 goals, 28 assists, 55 points
D Michael Paliotta (3/70): 52 games played, one goal, 12 assists, 13 points
D Klas Dahlbeck (3/79): 47 games played, zero goals, eight assists, eight points
RW Maxim Shulanov (4/109): 39 games played, 22 goals, 14 assists, 36 points
C Andrew Shaw (5/139): N/A
D Sam Jardine (6/169): 50 games played, six goals, 16 assists, 22 points
C Alexander Broadhurst (7/199): N/A
G Johan Mattsson (7/211): 26 games played, 2.62 GAA
Acquired: Rostislav Olesz, 26th pick (Phillip Danault)
Departed: Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer
While Chicago only has four prospects that I see hitting the NHL at some point, they are the best group of players drafted by one team this year.
The group of Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Adam Clendening and Brandon Saad is a group of players that no one in this year's draft could come close to matching. They will have Chicago back in the Stanley Cup finals very soon.
McNeill is a complete player could potentially jump to the Blackhawks this season, taking Troy Brouwer's spot in the lineup. Saad might make it to the NHL in 2012-13 and Clendening and Danault a year or two later.
Without a doubt, Chicago was the biggest winner in this year's draft.