Oilers add playmaker, scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as No. 1 overall draft pick
The Oilers may have found a perfect compliment for winger Taylor Hall Friday when Edmonton chose forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center. Nugent-Hopkins, 18, is considered not only as one of the most potent playmaker in this years class but also a reliable scorer.
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The Oilers may have found a perfect compliment for winger Taylor Hall Friday when Edmonton chose forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center.
The 18-year-old Nugent-Hopkins, a native of suburban Vancouver, is considered not only as one of the most potent playmaker in this year’s class but also a reliable scorer.
In over two-plus years with the Red Deer Rebels, the left-hander Nugent-Hopkins has amassed 57 goals and 177 points in 141 games.
Another prolific playmaker followed at No. 2, with the Colorado Avalanche selecting forward Gabriel Landeskog. The 18-year-old winger from Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League is also regarded for his sniping abilities.
The Florida Panthers then grabbed the high-scoring center Jonathan Huberdeau with the third overall selection followed by right-handed shooting defenseman Adam Larsson from Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League going to New Jersey and pivot Ryan Strome from Niagara of the OHL rounding out the top five by being selected by the New York Islanders.
The sixth spot was given to Mika Zibanejad from Djurgardens of the SEL by Ottawa, while the newly-christened Winnipeg Jets followed with Barrie Colts (OHL) center Mark Scheifele.
With the eighth selection, Philadelphia took QMJHL center Sean Couturier as a result of the Jeff Carter trade.
Niagara’s Dougie Hamilton joins the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins’ roster via the ninth overall pick followed by defenseman Jonas Brodin, the fourth player from Sweden in the top-10, going to the Minnesota Wild.
Meanwhile, the Avalanche welcomed defenseman Duncan Siemens at No. 11 following the Chris Stewart trade with St. Louis.
The Oilers also added Swedish defenseman Oscar Klefbom with the 19th overall selection via the Los Angeles Kings in the Dustin Penner trade.
At No. 21, Ottawa acquired right wing Stefan Noesen via Nashville in the Mike Fisher trade, while at No. 22, Toronto got forward Tyler Biggs via Anaheim in an exchange of draft picks.
The Senators further boosted its offense with left wing Matt Puempel, who was taken at No. 24 following a swap of draft picks with Detroit.
Taken at No. 25 is Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL) defenseman Stuart Percy who will now don the Maple Leafs uniform as a result of the Kris Versteeg trade with the Flyers. Percy is the 11th defenseman in the 30 players taken in the first day of the draft.
The Chicago Blackhawks, as a result of the Troy Brouwer trade with Washington, got forward Phillip Danault at No. 26.
The Wild also added center Zack Phillips, chosen at No. 28, via a trade with the Sharks involving Brett Burns.
The Ducks concluded the first round by taking forward Ricard Rakell via a swapping of picks with Toronto.
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