News and notes from the first round
Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 10:53 AM / Draft
New Jersey Devils
Four Swedes in Top 10
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
Six Swedes selected in first round
There were a record-tying six Swedes selected in the first round tonight, matching the total from the 1993 and 2009 Entry Drafts.
Future NHL stars from all over
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).
British Columbia native selected first overall
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.
Kitchener to Carolina
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.
No goaltenders selected in first round
For the third time in the past five Entry Drafts, no goaltender was selected in the first round (joining 2007 and 2009).
Moving up: First-round picks selected ahead of Draft rankings
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.
NHL family ties
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.
First-round picks by birthplace
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).