2011 NHL Draft Round 1 breakdown
ST. PAUL -- Massive trades by the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday have served as a stunning opening act for the weekend's main event -- the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
While the league's teams bring on the next generation of potential stars, the blog will bring you live analysis from our team: draft expert Gare Joyce, former Atlanta Thrashers scout Grant Sonier and metrics maven Alvin Chang. Refresh this page frequently to get in-depth info on every first-round selection. And follow us on Twitter (@NHLDraftBlog) for additional insights from our analysts.
No. 1 Edmonton Oilers
C, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Blog Projection: No. 1 - Oilers
ResourcesA draft profile of Nugent-Hopkins
• The risks of drafting Nugent-Hopkins No. 1
• The Oilers still have work to do
• Hockey Prospectus analyzes the Oilers' holes
• What went wrong with the Oilers?
• Rumor Central: See what else your team is up to
Alvin Chang's By the Numbers
• Expected career production for slot: 11.6 GVT/season, 0.44 points per game (defensemen), 0.91 points per game (forwards). (Note: For a more detailed definition of GVT, click here.)
Gare Joyce's Breakdown
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