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2011 NHL Entry Draft: DUB-Style

The 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft was held at the Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the first overall pick, the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

At DUBNetwork, we’ll supply one of these features from now until Christmas Day, culminating with the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Here’s a look at the Western Hockey League players chosen in the first round, along with a few statistics.

2011 NHL Entry Draft – Round 1





Ryan Nugent-Hopkins* Red Deer Edmonton 570 153 247
11 Duncan Siemens Saskatoon Colorado 20 1



Sven Baertschi* Portland Calgary 291 66 72
18 Mark McNeill Prince Albert Chicago 2 0



Joe Morrow Portland Pittsburgh 162 9 23


Joel Edmundson* Moose Jaw St. Louis 303 16 45
67 Adam Lowry* Swift Current Winnipeg 391 57



When the Oilers looked a mere 90 miles south of Edmonton to nab Nugent-Hopkins from the Red Deer Rebels, it marked the first time a WHL player had been selected number 1 overall since 1996. That year, the Ottawa Senators made defenceman Chris Phillips of the Prince Albert Raiders the top pick.

Nugent-Hopkins had finished his second full WHL season tied for third in league scoring with 106 points – in his NHL draft year. He appeared in nine playoff games that season, which proved to be his final year of junior hockey.

The Burnaby, British Columbia, native appeared in 62 games for the Oilers as a rookie and has been a mainstay for nine seasons. The challenges experienced by the Oilers organization during the past decade have been well-documented. All told, Nugent-Hopkins has appeared in only 16 playoff games, all of which came during an exciting run during the 2016-17 post-season.

Sven Baertschi, from Switzerland, played in the WHL as an import. A prolific scorer in junior hockey, he has struggled to establish consistency in an NHL career approaching the 300-game plateau.

After a successful WHL career that spanned four seasons and 284 games, Joe Morrow has bounced around the pro ranks. Most recently, he is toiling in the KHL.

Defenceman Duncan Siemens and forward Mark McNeill have had little impact in the NHL.

Of note at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is defenceman Joel Edmundson, a second-round pick by the St. Louis Blues. The burly rearguard is the owner of a Stanley Cup ring, a member of the championship team last season.

Adam Lowry will soon hit the 400-games played mark as a member of the Winnipeg Jets, while his father Dave leads the charge in Brandon as head coach of the Wheat Kings.

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Rounds 2-7
Round Overall  Player WHL NHL Games Goals Assists
2 31 David Musil Vancouver Edmonton 4 0 2
32 Ty Rattie Portland St. Louis 98 13 17
46 Joel Edmundson* Moose Jaw St. Louis 305 16 45
57 Tyler Wotherspoon Portland Calgary 30 0 5
3 67 Adam Lowry* Swift Current Winnipeg 393 57 64
73 Keegan Lowe Edmonton Carolina 4 0 0
74 Travis Ewanyk Edmonton Edmonton
84 Harrison Ruopp Prince Albert Phoenix
4 106 Michael St. Croix Edmonton New York Rangers
107 Colin Jacobs Seattle Buffalo
111 Kale Kessy Medicine Hat Phoenix
115 Marek Tvrdon Vancouver Detroit
118 Marcel Nobels Seattle Philadelphia
5 125 John Persson Red Deer New York Islanders 10 1 0
127 Brenden Kichton Spokane New York Islanders
134 Shane McColgan Kelowna New York Rangers
138 Darren Dietz Saskatoon Montreal 13 1 4
141 Darian Dzuirzynski Saskatoon Phoenix
144 Dominik Uher Spokane Pittsburgh 2 0 0
6 156 Darren Kramer Spokane Ottawa
159 Reece Scarlett Swift Current New Jersey
164 Laurent Brossoit* Edmonton Calgary 59 24-22-4 2.85
165 Matej Stransky Saskatoon Dallas
167 Nathan Lieuwen Kootenay Buffalo 7 1-4-0 2.98
175 Richard Nedomlel Swift Current Detroit
7 186 Jordan Fansoo Brandon Ottawa
193 Brody Sutter Lethbridge Carolina 12 0 0


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(Paul Figler of contributed to this article)

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