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THN's 2011 NHL Mock Draft

Adam Larsson is expected to go early and we have him being picked No. 1 overall. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Adam Larsson is expected to go early and we have him being picked No. 1 overall. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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.

THE HOCKEY NEWS 2011 MOCK DRAFT
PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
THE SCOOP
1
Edmonton Oilers
Adam Larsson
Oilers need defensemen and the all-around Swede with size can step into lineup right away
2
Colorado Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog
Stacked down the middle, Avs go for a heart-and-soul winger who can score and kill penalties
3
Florida Panthers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
A huge coup at No. 3, RNH’s dazzling vision and playmaking sorely needed by drab Cats offense
4
New Jersey Devils
Sean Couturier
Devils already have a great core; adding a dominating, big-bodied center is the icing on the cake
5
New York Islanders
Johnathan Huberdeau
Monster playoff run showed off his sick hands; now imagine him as the No. 2 center behind Tavares
6
Ottawa Senators
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
Columbus Blue Jackets
Sven Bartschi
Highly skilled winger would give Jackets two future stars from Portland along with Ryan Johansen
9
Boston Bruins
Ryan Murphy
B’s playing with house money, so why not tab undersized D-man with mad power play skills?
10
Minnesota Wild
Mika Zibanejad
Highlight-reel Swede can score and throw big hits; Wild future not so dark with him and Granlund
11
Colorado Avalanche
Oscar Klefbom
Mobile defenseman brings a little of everything to the table, including leadership. Could be in NHL soon
12
Carolina Hurricanes
Duncan Siemens
Big blueliner would bring both skill and snarl to Canes back end. Not afraid to drop the gloves
13
Calgary Flames
Zack Phillips
Flames need offense and the Sea Dogs center knows how to get on the scoresheet
14
Dallas Stars
Nathan Beaulieu
Stars ‘D’ corps needs more weapons and big Saint John star can contribute at both ends of ice
15
New York Rangers
Joel Armia
Budding power forward from Finland is lethal with man advantage and not afraid to shoot the puck
16
Buffalo Sabres
Alexander Khokhlachev
For a team that scores by committee, ‘Koko’ would be another potent weapon and brings strong character
17
Montreal Canadiens
Mark McNeill
Habs fans worried about team size will love power forward with versatile game and hockey sense
18
Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Saad
Two-way power forward has immediate potential; plays responsible game in all three zones
19
Edmonton Oilers
Jamie Oleksiak
Oilers may as well keep stocking that blueline with biggest player in the draft at 6-foot-7, 244 pounds
20
Phoenix Coyotes
Nicklas Jensen
Skilled big man would join fellow Dane Mikkel Boedker in the desert; shoots the puck well
21
Ottawa Senators
Rocco Grimaldi One of the smallest players in draft, Grimaldi is also one of the most dynamic and tough to knock off puck
22
Anaheim Ducks
John Gibson
Jonas Hiller’s vertigo issues exposed Ducks’ goalie depth; big Gibson is best available at the position
23
Pittsburgh Penguins
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
Detroit Red Wings
Jonas Brodin
Responsible defenseman from Sweden sounds like classic Wings pick; great stride and puck skills
25
Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Puempel
Leafs need top-six forwards and Puempel provides pure goal-scoring and a great work ethic
26
Washington Capitals
Victor Rask
Swedish pivot brings both size and skill to table, plus he’s an ace in the faceoff circle and works hard
27
Tampa Bay Lightning
David Musil
Big, physical defenseman has NHL bloodlines. Knows how to take away space and make the first pass
28
San Jose Sharks
Tomas Jurco
Slovakian import dazzled at the CHL skills competition and was a constant threat on loaded Sea Dogs
29
Vancouver Canucks
Dmitri Jaskin
Big-bodied Czech finishes his checks and always competes. Doesn’t mind mixing it up in traffic
30
Toronto Maple Leafs
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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