2011 NHL Draft: Winners and Losers


Winners:

Boston Bruins:

1

9

9

BOS

DOUGIE HAMILTON

D

CAN

6′ 5″

193

OHL NIAGARA

2

10

40

BOS

ALEXANDER KHOKHLACHEV

C/LW

RUS

5′ 10″

183

OHL WINDSOR

3

20

81

BOS

ANTHONY CAMARA

LW

CAN

6′ 0″

194

OHL SAGINAW

4

30

121

BOS

BRIAN FERLIN

RW

USA

6′ 2″

201

USHL INDIANA

5

30

151

BOS

ROB O’GARA

D

USA

6′ 3″

185

HIGH-MA MILTON ACADEMY

6

30

181

BOS

LARS VOLDEN

G

NOR

6′ 3″

198

FINLAND-JR. BLUES JR.

The Bruins got extremely lucky that both defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forward Alexander Khokhlachev fell to them in the draft. Hamilton should have been drafted seventh overall by Winnipeg, then eighth overall by Philadelphia, but Boston was able to snag the probably star defenseman. Hamilton will be able to play this year, while Khokhlachev could play on a top-two line role in another year.

Chicago Blackhawks:

1

18

18

CHI

MARK MCNEILL

C

CAN

6′ 1″

211

WHL PRINCE ALBERT

1

26

26

CHI

PHILLIP DANAULT

LW

CAN

6′ 0″

181

QMJHL VICTORIAVILLE

2

6

36

CHI

ADAM CLENDENING

D

USA

5′ 11″

187

H-EAST BOSTON UNIVERSITY

2

13

43

CHI

BRANDON SAAD

LW

USA

6′ 1″

203

OHL SAGINAW

3

9

70

CHI

MICHAEL PALIOTTA

D

USA

6′ 3″

198

USHL USA U-18

3

18

79

CHI

KLAS DAHLBECK

D

SWE

6′ 2″

194

SWEDEN LINKOPING

4

18

109

CHI

MAXIM SHALUNOV

RW

RUS

6′ 3″

185

RUSSIA-JR. CHELYABINSK 2

5

18

139

CHI

ANDREW SHAW

C

CAN

5′ 10″

180

OHL OWEN SOUND

6

18

169

CHI

SAM JARDINE

D

CAN

6′ 1″

190

AJHL CAMROSE

7

18

199

CHI

ALEXANDER BROADHURST

C

USA

5′ 10″

150

USHL GREEN BAY

7

30

211

CHI

JOHAN MATTSSON

G

SWE

6′ 3″

200

SWE-JR. SODERTALJE JR.

Mark McNeill was arguably the strongest prospect to enter the draft, and could be one of the best power forwards that the league has seen in a decade. He will be a nice replacement for Troy Brouwer, traded during the draft. In addition, the Blackhawks were able to snag Brandon Saad, a former top prospect who unfortunately fell down the board, but could easily become a regular in the NHL. Along with Russian Maxim Shalunov and winger Phillip Danault, the Blackhawks are sitting pretty among the NHL elite.

Edmonton Oilers:

1

1

1

EDM

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

C

CAN

6′ 0″

171

WHL RED DEER

1

19

19

EDM

OSCAR KLEFBOM

D

SWE

6′ 3″

204

SWEDEN FARJESTAD

2

1

31

EDM

DAVID MUSIL

D

CAN

6′ 3″

196

WHL VANCOUVER

3

1

62

EDM

SAMU PERHONEN

G

FIN

6′ 5″

184

FINLAND-JR. JYP JR.

3

13

74

EDM

TRAVIS EWANYK

LW

CAN

6′ 1″

176

WHL EDMONTON

4

1

92

EDM

DILLON SIMPSON

D

CAN

6′ 1″

192

WCHA NORTH DAKOTA

4

23

114

EDM

TOBIAS RIEDER

C

DEU

5′ 10″

180

OHL KITCHENER

5

1

122

EDM

MARTIN GERNAT

D

SVK

6′ 5″

187

SLOVAKIA-JR. KOSICE JR.

7

1

182

EDM

FRANS TUOHIMAA

G

FIN

6′ 2″

178

FINLAND-JR. JOKERIT JR.

Besides the obvious choice of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first overall choice, the Oilers were able to secure Oscar Klefbom and David Musil, two defenseman who could find themselves playing in the NHL within a few years. They also have Samu Perhonen, who could be a starting goalie in the NHL in three or four years. Steve Tambellini and the rest of his hockey operations staff should be very proud of the position they have put the Oilers in with this year’s showing.

Losers:

Los Angeles Kings:

2

19

49

LAK

CHRISTOPHER GIBSON

G

FIN

6′ 1″

191

QMJHL CHICOUTIMI

3

19

80

LAK

ANDY ANDREOFF

C

CAN

6′ 1″

198

OHL OSHAWA

3

21

82

LAK

NICHOLAS SHORE

C

USA

6′ 0″

184

WCHA U OF DENVER

4

19

110

LAK

MICHAEL MERSCH

LW

USA

6′ 2″

198

WCHA U. OF WISCONSIN

5

19

140

LAK

JOEL LOWRY

LW

USA

6′ 1″

180

BCHL VICTORIA

7

19

200

LAK

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

LW

SWE

6′ 3″

198

SWE-JR. FROLUNDA JR.

The Kings already have three NHL-ready goalies in their system, so to draft another in Christopher Gibson seems pointless. In addition, they passed on a few players that seemed to have great NHL potential, instead drafting a few no-name players. Not that those guys don’t make it to the NHL ever (see: Zetterberg, Henrik; Datsyuk, Pavel).

New York Rangers:

1

15

15

NYR

JONATHAN MILLER

C

USA

6′ 1″

189

USHL USA U-18

3

11

72

NYR

STEVEN FOGARTY

C

USA

6′ 2″

194

HIGH-MN EDINA HIGH

4

15

106

NYR

MICHAEL ST. CROIX

C

CAN

5′ 10″

177

WHL EDMONTON

5

13

134

NYR

SHANE MCCOLGAN

RW

USA

5′ 8″

165

WHL KELOWNA

5

15

136

NYR

SAMUEL NOREAU

D

CAN

6′ 5″

206

QMJHL BAIE-COMEAU

6

21

172

NYR

PETER CERESNAK

D

SVK

6′ 3″

209

SLOVAKIA-JR. TRENCIN JR.

With their showing at the 2011 NHL Draft, Glen Sather and his cronies have once again shown the league why no one takes the Rangers seriously any longer. With the 15th pick, they selected Jonathan Miller, one of the couple players who seemed to be a mystery. Scouts all over the league couldn’t get a consistent read on him, while media outlets knew nothing about him. In addition, they also passed over numerous other players on the board that they truly could have used, instead drafting a bunch of centers who will most likely never fill that need.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning:

1

27

27

TBL

VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV

C

RUS

5′ 11″

171

OHL LONDON

2

28

58

TBL

NIKITA KUCHEROV

W

RUS

5′ 11″

171

RUSSIA-JR. CSKA 2

5

27

148

TBL

NIKITA NESTEROV

D

RUS

6′ 0″

183

RUSSIA-JR. CHELYABINSK 2

6

27

178

TBL

ADAM WILCOX

G

USA

6′ 0″

171

USHL GREEN BAY

7

20

201

TBL

MATTHEW PECA

C

CAN

5′ 8″

155

CHL PEMBROKE

7

27

208

TBL

ONDREJ PALAT

LW

CZE

6′ 0″

174

QMJHL DRUMMONDVILLE

It is extremely difficult to see good coming out of this draft from the Lightning. They focused too heavily on Europeans, and drafted two players who they may never see come out of the Russian leagues. If the players do come to North America, Steve Yzerman’s 2011 draft could become one of the best. But for now, time must tell.

 

Winnipeg Jets: 

1

7

7

WPG

MARK SCHEIFELE

C

CAN

6′ 2″

184

OHL BARRIE

3

6

67

WPG

ADAM LOWRY

LW

USA

6′ 4″

187

WHL SWIFT CURRENT

3

17

78

WPG

BRENNAN SERVILLE

D

CAN

6′ 3″

184

OJHL STOUFFVILLE

4

28

119

WPG

ZACHARY YUEN

D

CAN

6′ 0″

196

WHL TRI-CITY

5

28

149

WPG

AUSTEN BRASSARD

RW

CAN

6′ 2″

188

OHL BELLEVILLE

6

6

157

WPG

JASON KASDORF

G

CAN

6′ 3″

178

MJHL PORTAGE

7

6

187

WPG

AARON HARSTAD

D

USA

6′ 2″

199

USHL GREEN BAY

The Jets passed on both Sean Couturier and Dougie Hamilton to select Mark Scheifele, who may not even see the NHL for another three years. They also selected few other players that will see NHL action in their careers. Adam Lowry may turn out to be a solid depth winger, but for right now, it’s tough to tell.

 

Alan Bass, a writer for The Hockey News and THN.com, is the author of The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed The NHL Forever. He has worked for the Philadelphia Flyers’ Fan Development department, going to schools throughout the tri-state area to teach about fitness and the importance of teamwork. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College Division II hockey team as well. You can contact him at Alanbasswriting@aol.com.

8 Responses to 2011 NHL Draft: Winners and Losers

  1. BCISLEMAN says:

    No way is Hamilton getting a roster spot w/ the Bs this season. He’s almost certainly 1-2 years away–especially given Boston’s depth at defense. The #9 spot is not all that unreasonable given that teams tend to draft forwards early. He probably would have been picked by Philly if Winnipeg had made a more rational choice of Couturier at #7.

    McNeill is a nice prospect and a great pickup for the Hawks, but absolutely no one argues that he is the best or even close to the best prospect in this draft. Probably should have been picked by the NYR at #15.

    Generally agree on NYR. If their scouts were that sold on Miller, they should have at least traded down as they lacked 2nd round picks. St. Croix and McColgan seem like pretty solid picks.

    NYI deserve mention. A potential superstar center and a possible #2 D followed by a very promising array of defensive and defensive forward prospects. My sole qualm is that, given recent injuries to their top goaltending prospects, they should have drafted at least one goalie. Benjamin Conz remained undrafted and might have been a good choice.

  2. Cam says:

    “McNeill is a nice prospect and a great pickup for the Hawks, but absolutely no one argues that he is the best or even close to the best prospect in this draft”

    To the above commenter, he never said McNeil was the best prospect in the draft. He said McNeil was the strongest. That’s physically. And all the pre-draft workouts back that up.

    • BCISLEMAN says:

      If that’s what he meant, it is not at all clear…even after re-reading it to see what I missed. And the Combine results do not make him clearly the strongest anyway. Morrow was better in many of the events.
      http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=564812

      • Cam says:

        Leg Power (Lewis/pause): Morrow 1st, McNeil 4th

        Leg Power (Lewis/no pause): McNeil 3rd, Morrow 5th

        Leg Power (Sayers/pause): Morrow 3rd, McNeil 7th

        Leg Power (Sayers/no pause): Morrow 1st, McNeil 3rd

        4 Jump (Power Factor): McNeil 7th, Morrow 8th

        Right-Hand Grip: Morrow 1st, McNeil 2nd

        Left-Hand Grip: McNeil 1st, Morrow 7th

        Bench Press (# 150 lb reps): McNeil (T) -1st, Morrow outside top 10

        Bench Press (lb/lb Body Weight): McNeil 5th, Morrow outside top 10

        Pushups: McNeil 9th, Morrow outside top 10

        *

        I count 6-4 in McNeil’s favor.

  3. BCISLEMAN says:

    But Morrow had 3 first place finishes v 2 for McNeill. Not a clear win, but the point is that the article isn’t clear as to referring to physical strength.

    • Cam says:

      “But Morrow had 3 first place finishes v 2 for McNeill.”

      Seems like the totality of the events would give McNeil the advantage. In three events he placed in, Morrow wasn’t even listed, and one of Morrow’s 1st place rankings included a 2nd place for McNeil.

  4. BCISLEMAN says:

    Yes, but to put it in boxing terms, it was more like a 15 rd decision on points than a KO or even a TKO.

  5. Joe says:

    Excellent article! Thanks for this!

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