THN's 2011 NHL Mock Draft

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The 2011 draft promises to be one of the most chaotic in years, particularly at the top. Dominoes will fall based on the first pick and conventional wisdom may be tossed on its ear. With that in mind, this mock draft is based on one of those possible outcomes and is not necessarily "best player available." For an inside scoop on some of the other twists expected to occur, read my column that will appear this Friday.

Minnesota hosts this year's draft starting June 24 and though THN's Draft Preview ranked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the top pick, there are a number of top prospects who could go No. 1.

So without further ado, we present our 2011 mock draft.

PICK

TEAM

PLAYER

THE SCOOP

1

Adam Larsson

Oilers need defensemen and the all-around Swede with size can step into lineup right away

2

Gabriel Landeskog

Stacked down the middle, Avs go for a heart-and-soul winger who can score and kill penalties

3

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

A huge coup at No. 3, RNH’s dazzling vision and playmaking sorely needed by drab Cats offense

4

Sean Couturier

Devils already have a great core; adding a dominating, big-bodied center is the icing on the cake

5

Johnathan Huberdeau

Monster playoff run showed off his sick hands; now imagine him as the No. 2 center behind Tavares

6

Ryan Strome

Rebuilding Sens don’t have a lot of high-end skill, something the goal-scoring Strome has in spades

7

Winnipeg

Dougie Hamilton

Two-way defenseman boasts a 6-foot-4 frame, great power play acumen and leadership skills

8

Sven Bartschi

Highly skilled winger would give Jackets two future stars from Portland along with Ryan Johansen

9

Ryan Murphy

B’s playing with house money, so why not tab undersized D-man with mad power play skills?

10

Mika Zibanejad

Highlight-reel Swede can score and throw big hits; Wild future not so dark with him and Granlund

11

Oscar Klefbom

Mobile defenseman brings a little of everything to the table, including leadership. Could be in NHL soon

12

Duncan Siemens

Big blueliner would bring both skill and snarl to Canes back end. Not afraid to drop the gloves

13

Zack Phillips

Flames need offense and the Sea Dogs center knows how to get on the scoresheet

14

Nathan Beaulieu

Stars ‘D’ corps needs more weapons and big Saint John star can contribute at both ends of ice

15

Joel Armia

Budding power forward from Finland is lethal with man advantage and not afraid to shoot the puck

16

Alexander Khokhlachev

For a team that scores by committee, ‘Koko’ would be another potent weapon and brings strong character

17

Mark McNeill

Habs fans worried about team size will love power forward with versatile game and hockey sense

18

Brandon Saad

Two-way power forward has immediate potential; plays responsible game in all three zones

19

Jamie Oleksiak

Oilers may as well keep stocking that blueline with biggest player in the draft at 6-foot-7, 244 pounds

20

Nicklas Jensen

Skilled big man would join fellow Dane Mikkel Boedker in the desert; shoots the puck well

21

Rocco Grimaldi

One of the smallest players in draft, Grimaldi is also one of the most dynamic and tough to knock off puck

22

John Gibson

Jonas Hiller’s vertigo issues exposed Ducks’ goalie depth; big Gibson is best available at the position

23

Ty Rattie

All he does is score and for a Penguins team in need of wingers for its sublime centers, he fits the bill

24

Jonas Brodin

Responsible defenseman from Sweden sounds like classic Wings pick; great stride and puck skills

25

Matt Puempel

Leafs need top-six forwards and Puempel provides pure goal-scoring and a great work ethic

26

Victor Rask

Swedish pivot brings both size and skill to table, plus he’s an ace in the faceoff circle and works hard

27

David Musil

Big, physical defenseman has NHL bloodlines. Knows how to take away space and make the first pass

28

Tomas Jurco

Slovakian import dazzled at the CHL skills competition and was a constant threat on loaded Sea Dogs

29

Dmitri Jaskin

Big-bodied Czech finishes his checks and always competes. Doesn’t mind mixing it up in traffic

30

Mark Scheifele

A force for Canada at the under-18s, the Barrie Colt is a beast around the net and puts up big numbers

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