NHL Entry Draft: Day 2


As we head into the second day of the draft, beginning with the start of the second round, keep in mind that your heroes are going to be spectators until Pick No. 106.

Barring a trade, that is.

Anyway, from the NHL, some first-round highlights:


ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 24, 2011) — Following are notes from the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held tonight at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C.) becomes the first player born in British Columbia to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The Red Deer Rebels center also is the first player from the Western Hockey League to be the top selection since defenseman Chris Phillips of the Prince Albert Raiders went to Ottawa in 1996.

For the first time in Entry Draft history, four players born in Sweden were among the top 10 selections. Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener, OHL) was selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, followed by #4 Adam Larsson (by the New Jersey Devils), #6 Mika Zibanejad (by the Ottawa Senators) and #10 Jonas Brodin (by the Minnesota Wild).

There were three Swedish-born players selected in the top 10 of the 2009 Entry Draft (Victor Hedman, #2; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, # 6 and Magnus Paajarvi, # 10). The seven Swedes picked in the top 10 over the past three Entry Drafts follows just one top-10 pick from Sweden in the preceding eight years (Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom, 4th overall in 2006).

The total for the past three years (seven) matches that of the preceding 23.

No. of top-10 picks from Sweden, 2009-2011 (3 yrs.): 7
No. of top-10 picks from Sweden, 1986-2008: (23 yrs.): 7

There were a record-tying six Swedes selected in the first round tonight, matching the total from the 1993 and 2009 Entry Drafts.

For the second time in five years, the top four players selected represented four different leagues: the Western Hockey League (#1 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins), Ontario Hockey League (#2 Gabriel Landeskog), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (#3 Jonathan Huberdeau) and Swedish Elite League (#4 Adam Larsson). In 2007, the first four players selected were Patrick Kane (OHL), James van Riemsdyk (USA U-18), Kyle Turris (BCHL) and Thomas Hickey (WHL).

For the second year in a row, the Carolina Hurricanes selected a player from the OHL Kitchener Rangers with their first round selection – D Ryan Murphy, taken 12th overall . The Hurricanes picked 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner seventh overall in 2010.

For the third time in the past five Entry Drafts, no goaltender was selected in the first round (joining 2007 and 2009).

Several players made a jump from their Central Scouting ranking to their selection in tonight’s first round: D Stuart Percy (Mississauga, OHL) was ranked 53rd and selected 25th by Toronto; C Mark Scheifele (Barrie, OHL) was ranked 16th and selected seventh by Winnipeg; RW Stefan Noesen (Plymouth, OHL) was ranked 35th and selected 21st by Ottawa and C Jonathan Miller (USA U-18) was ranked 23rd and selected 15th by NY Rangers.

Adam Larsson (selected 4th overall by New Jersey): His father Robert was drafted 112th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

Sean Couturier (selected 8th overall by Philadelphia): His father Sylvain was drafted 65th overall by Los Angeles in 1986 and played 33 games with the Kings between 1988-89 and 1991-92.

Dougie Hamilton (selected 9th overall by Boston): His older brother Freddie was selected 129th overall by San Jose in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and also plays for Niagara in the OHL.

Connor Murphy (selected 20th overall by Phoenix): His father Gord was drafted 189th overall in 1985 by Philadelphia and went on to play 14 years in the NHL, with the Flyers, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.

Tyler Biggs (selected 22nd overall by Toronto): His father Don was drafted 156th overall in 1983 by Minnesota and played in 12 career NHL games with Minnesota and Philadelphia.

Joseph Morrow (selected 23rd overall by Pittsburgh): His father Dave was drafted by Vancouver in the 1977 amateur draft and his brother Josh was drafted 203rd overall in 2002 by Nashville.

Vladislav Namestnikov (selected 27th overall by Tampa Bay): His father Evgeny was drafted 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 and played 43 NHL games with the Canucks, New York Islanders and Nashville Predators from 1993 to 2000. He also is the nephew of former NHLer Vyacheslav Kozlov.

The 30 players selected in the first round were born in seven different countries: Canada (15), Sweden (six), United States (five) and one each from Denmark, Finland, Russia and Switzerland.

Colorado traded D John-Michael Liles to Toronto for Boston’s 2nd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft (previously acquired).

Minnesota traded D Brent Burns and its 2nd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft to San Jose for RW Devin Setoguchi, C Charlie Coyle and San Jose’s 1st-round pick in 2011 (28th overall).

Chicago traded LW Troy Brouwer to Washington for Washington’s 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (26th overall).

Anaheim traded its 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (22nd overall) to Toronto for Boston’s 1st-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 30th overall) and Toronto’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (39th overall).

Detroit traded its 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (24th overall) to Ottawa for Ottawa’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (35th overall) and Chicago’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 48th overall).

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  1. He’s too old to sleep that late. He has no melatonin left in his system. He probably woke up at 4 a.m. and had trouble peeing because of an inflamed prostate.

  2. Gift of GAB-orik on


    Gordie Clark got involved in Rangers scouting in 2002.

    Some names to throw in the hat,

    2003- Nigel Dawes
    2003- Obvious bust with Huge Specimen
    2004- Korpikoski, Dubinsky (2nd round), Callahan(4th round and future captain)
    2005- Marc Staal, Mike Sauer
    2006- Anisimov, Sanguinetti (never really had a fair chance)
    2007- Cherapanov, Carl Hagelin (now signed)
    2008- MDZ, Stepan, Grachev
    2009- Kreider, Werek, Borque
    2010- McIlrath (Beuke 2.0?) C. Thomas

    Ok so no Crosby’s or Stamkos’… but he did help bring us a franchise D-man in Staal, The future Captain in Callahan, Dubinsky, Stepan, MDZ, Krieder, Artie

    That’s not a terrible body of work. Are the picks going to 100% work out? No. No team hits it right every time.

    But i’ll give the benefit of the doubt to guys who do this for a living, and looking at Clark’s history… he’s done more good than bad.

  3. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    morning ILB and all!

    nice list gab!!

    Is mama hungover from the post BD bash?


    C’mon slats, trade somebody for somebody!!

    off to do last move trip and then to work.


    later assens!

  4. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Gift of GAB-orik
    {Ok so no Crosby’s or Stamkos’… but he did help bring us a franchise D-man in Staal, The future Captain in Callahan, Dubinsky, Stepan, MDZ, Krieder, Artie}

    I agree , but you don’t win cups with a team full of third and second liners at best.

  5. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    a laurel, damn!!

    sometimes you just have to trade a few of those second and third liners you drafted to get a first liner or two. Or you sign some actual first liners through free agency.

    Just saying lets take drafting first liners out of the equation (I know its tough to do with the draft on), and instead of griping about it, move forward with a solution to get them OTHER than drafting.

  6. Gift of GAB-orik on


    agreed. But unfortunately for us, the Rangers haven’t sucked quite enough to draft high enough to get the Crosbys, Kanes, Stamkoses of recent drafts. 2003 was a glaring error year, when there were a number of great players the Rangers could have had that are stars today.

    So given the talent pool they were dealing with at time of the respective selections, I’d say Clark and the Rangers have done pretty well.

    How many consensus ready for the NHL players were available at the 15 spot this year? According to most if not all NHL scouts…. ZERO.

    So you take what you have available and hope for the best after some development.

    Drafting is usually a building block process, and investment in the future, very rarely does it pay immediate dividends unless you draft in the top 5.

  7. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I’m not even going to get into the laundry list of 1st line players the Rangers have traded for or signed via free agency. Because if i type it out and read it, i’ll succumb to projectile vomit… as most of you would.

  8. NYR_FAN via Android on

    LOL! Youtube/Slovak stickhandling wizard Tomas Jurco(ff) went to Detroit. Wow!

  9. Gift of GAB-orik on

    if he tries doing that fancy crap coming in on a Pronger, Chara, Weber, Orpik, Staal/Sauer, Byfuglien type D man… he might get killed.

    But it is fun to watch, that kid has crazy hands.

  10. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I think we can all agree the Rangers lack high end talent on their roster. Gaborik is our one real offensive threat. Adding Brad Richards doesn’t really help the scoring. He’s going to be paid a bunch of money to pass to Gaborik? How much does that really affect the team’s overall scoring? Unless Richards is going to assist on 60 Gaborik goals, and put in 20 to 30 himself… I don’t know where he really helps the team.

    We need another top 6, preferably top 3 scoring forward.

  11. Rangers traded Grachev for a third rounder, drafted the first player in the 3rd round…

  12. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    wow, so that wasn’t what i meant!

    but filatov went to jackets for next to nothing!

  13. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Though not exactly lighting it up in AHL, played 8 games with the Rangers, didn’t register a single point.

    BUST!! Rangers shipping out dead weight for new dead weight!

    (please excuse the sarcasm…. trying to lighten the moment!)

  14. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Filatov to Ottawa also for a 3rd rounder. Would have thought Jeff Carter and Filatov might have worked nicely together.

  15. Grachev needs another year in the minors… definitely not a shoe-in to make it to the NHL. Guys like Hagelin are ahead of him in the depth chart. He is also slow… wasn’t going to fit in with the Rangers

  16. a 3rd rounder who they picked at #72, and he is a high school kid from Minn who was ranked #90, and they took him at #72

    another head scratcher

  17. Wow! Never expected Grachev to get traded for a 3rd round pick. Well, hopefully this kid is worth it.

    I know Grachev didn’t exactly exceed expectations, but he’s only been in the AHL for two years.

    Oh well! I wont lose sleep over this.

    I’m not happy aboot the Sens acquiring Filitov for a fuggin 3rd round pick. I wouldn’t taken that trade!

  18. Mister Delaware on

    One service ranked him at #90. If another singular service ranked him at #54 then we picked him at just the right spot. Feel better?

  19. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I get the point and as a die hard rangers fan like the rest of you, I know the list. My point is every year so many people just keep griping about boo hoo draft and boo hoo home grown yada yada yada. I’m all for home grown and such, but as much as I am all for home grown, I’m more for winning.

    My point is (like someone else just said) unless you have a top five pick, immediate impact guy not likely and first line guy is a definite maybe. So if you continue to be the diet coke of sucking (not quite sucking enough) like the rangers do, you are always just going to be mid to late round picks in the first. So then the only real option is… see my above post at 11:35.

    I guess I would rather us pseudo suck for 10 years straight, making the playoffs every year with maybe winning a cup and some first and second round exits along the way and picking mid to late round picks every year in the draft (or trading to get top 5s) than to get top 5s every year by never making the playoffs and sucking for 10 years straight (how did that work out for 7 years? and yes, I know they were not top 5 those 7 years per se!).

  20. the #90 rank was from Central Scouting, which is the premier service that the NHL people use, the one that EJ Mcguire ran.

  21. Gift of GAB-orik on


    I hear ya man. And I was the one who mentioned the top 5 pick comment :)

    I also agree on the boo-hooing about draft picks and such. Let the chips fall where they may, and it will work it out. Mid to late round picks are certainly not an exact science.

    People are quick to defend Grachev, and he hasn’t done squat in the AHL, or anything worth noting while called up for 8 games.

    So we traded a player who was a 3rd round pick, for another 3rd round pick, and grabbed a forward who is a high school kid. We’ll see what happens over the next 3-4 years!

  22. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Furthermore, I also agree that it’s better to be ‘middle of the road’ with an off chance to make it deep into the playoffs, maybe steal a cup one year, than suck for the forseeable future to grab top 5 picks.

    Lundqvist makes this team above average. Having average talent has gotten us to the playoffs before thanks to him, but we need the high end talent to get over that first round hurdle, and to even stand a chance of making it to the east finals.

    We are way behind in talent of Pit, Bos, Wsh, jury is out on Phi.

  23. Mister Delaware on

    “the #90 rank was from Central Scouting, which is the premier service that the NHL people use, the one that EJ Mcguire ran.”

    And yesterday I showed all the guys Jessiman was above. Its not an exact science.

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