- Gare Joyce
A year ago the buzz centered around Taylor vs. Tyler -- Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin, that is. The pair were clearly seen as the top two talents in the draft pool and were selected No. 1 and 2 respectively.
This season Ryan Nugent-Hopkins seems to be the consensus top talent in the draft, but the range of elite prospects runs a little deeper. Scouts and talent evaluators from around the league believe this draft class contains as many as six potential studs, including Swedish D Adam Larsson, Saint John C Jonathan Huberdeau, former Central Scouting No. 1 LW Gabriel Landeskog and our former No. 1, C Sean Couturier.
With the first round of the draft set for Friday, June 24, here's a look at our final Top 50 rankings for the 2011 NHL draft class.
Gare Joyce breaks down the top 50 prospects for the 2011 NHL entry draft, updating our January rankings. This time, there's movement in the top three, but bigger waves are being made near No. 20, where a pair of prospects previously outside our Top 50 have surged into first-round territory.