Posted: Thursday June 23, 2011 4:19PM ; Updated: Friday June 24, 2011 3:41PM
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2011 Mock Draft: Round 1

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11. Colorado Avalanche (via St. Louis)

Sven Baertschi
Sven Baertschi
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Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland (WHL)

He's only 5-10 and 181 pounds, but his talent and grit have won over many scouts. Baertschi put up 85 points in the rugged WHL for the Winterhawks, and he would continue to restock Colorado's huge void on the left side. (Central Scouting's take)

12. Carolina Hurricanes

Joe Morrow, D, Portland (WHL)

Here's a sleeper pick. He's not ranked this high on the scouting lists, but he's a fine two-way blueliner. Playing in the "W" is one of the best primers for life as a defenseman in the NHL you can get. (Central Scouting's profile)

13. Calgary Flames

Mark McNeil, C, Prince Albert (WHL)

Calgary still has a hole in the middle of the ice, and here's a pretty good prospect to help fill it. McNeil is big -- 6-1, 205 pounds -- and he's a solid two-way center who put up 81 points (with 32 goals) last season. (Central Scouting's take)

14. Dallas Stars

Duncan Siemens
Duncan Siemens
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Duncan Siemens, D, Saskatoon (WHL)

He's only 17 years old, but at 6-3, 197 pounds and with good skating skills, the Stars should take a chance on the kid if he's still available. The back end in Dallas has been a mess much of the last two seasons. (Central Scouting's take)

15. New York Rangers

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

A key member of the Memorial Cup champs, Beaulieu is big (6-2) and needs to fill out (only 174 pounds), but he can skate. Teams will always be able to use big D-men who can skate and the Rangers have been assembling a pretty nice corps of young blueliners. (Central Scouting's take)

16. Buffalo Sabres

Jamieson Oleksiak, D, Northeastern (Hockey East)

The kid is 6-7, nearly 250 pounds and only 18. The league is trending bigger again -- at least defensively. This kid certainly qualifies. He and 6-8 Tyler Myers would give the Sabres two absolute towers on the backline. (Central Scouting's take)

17. Montreal Canadiens

Joel Armia, C, Assat (Finland)

He had a solid season in Finland's pro league (18 goals, 29 points in 49 games) and scouts like his size (6-3) and skating ability. (European Scouting's take)

18. Chicago Blackhawks

Tyler Biggs
Tyler Biggs
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Tyler Biggs, RW, U.S. U-18

Other than Landeskog, the Cincinnati native may be the best power forward available in the first round. At 6-2, 210 with a mean streak, he'd fit in well with Chicago's skill guys -- and he's on our All-Name Team, too. (Central Scouting's take)

19. Edmonton Oilers (via LA)

John Gibson, G, U.S. U-18

The Oilers haven't had any cornerstone goaltending since Dwayne Roloson left town, so it makes good sense at this spot to take a flyer on this Pittsburgh native who is considered the best netminder prospect in the draft. (Central Scouting's take)

20. Phoenix Coyotes

Brandon Saad, LW, Saginaw (OHL)

He's a solid power forward prospect at 6-1 and 210 pounds. It just so happens that the Coyotes need size and toughness. (Central Scouting's take)

21. Ottawa Senators (via Nashville)

Jonas Brodin, D, Farjestad (SEL)

Sweden just keeps cranking out solid, responsible defensemen. The fleet, smart, puck-moving Brodin looks like he will be another. (European Scouting's take)

22. Anaheim Ducks

Nicklas Jensen, RW, Oshawa (OHL)

Nicklas Jensen
Nicklas Jensen
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This Danish forward is big (6-2, 190) and has some skill. He left home early to pursue a career in North America, and that's the kind of bold initiative that NHL scouts like to see. (Central Scouting's take)

23. Pittsburgh Penguins

Oskar Klefbom, D, Farjestad (SEL)

See No. 21 above. Oh, and he's 6-4, 200 pounds, a leader who was captain of Sweden's U-18 squad at the world championships. Lots of upside here. Hey, I waited 'til No. 23 to use that term -- just couldn't hold out any longer. (The Scouting Report)

24. Detroit Red Wings

Rickard Rakell, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

A Swede, Rakell put up nearly a point per game for the Whalers and impressed at the world juniors where he was the youngest member of his team. The Red Wings seem to have some luck with Swedes. (Central Scouting's take)

25. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Philadelphia)

Tomas Jurco, RW, Saint John (QMJHL)

Some scouts think this kid could be a real steal at this pick. He has fast hands and a sneaky shot. (Central Scouting's take)

26. Washington Capitals

Vladislav Namestnikov, C, London (OHL)

A sleeper pick, and obvious All-Name Teamer. He's raw, but has obvious talent and he had a good first season with the Knights, leading them with 30 goals, including 11 on the power play. He was also +12. (Central Scouting's take)

27. Tampa Bay Lightning

Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson
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Christopher Gibson, G, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

The Lightning has been blessed with a lot of young talent, but must start thinking more seriously about the goalie spot as Dwayne Roloson starts to qualify for Social Security checks. Gibson posted a strong .920 save percentage in the notoriously high-scoring QMJHL. (Central Scouting's take)

28. San Jose Sharks

Daniel Catenacci, C, St. Sault Marie (OHL)

He's small (5-10, 183) -- maybe too small -- but he's plenty quick (fastest lap time of 14.017 seconds at the Top Prospects Game) and he put up 74 points in 67 games for the Soo while riding scoring streaks of 13 and 14 games. The Sharks will like the way he looks in teal and black. (Central Scouting's profile)

29. Vancouver Canucks

David Musil, D, Vancouver (WHL)

Local boy makes good. The son of former NHL blueliner Frantisek Musil has got size (6-4, 200) and he plays a good fundamental game. (Central Scouting's profile)

30. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Boston)

Matt Puempel, LW, Peterboro (OHL)

He's proven himself as a scorer at the junior level (67 goals last two seasons), but saw his stock fall some while playing on a bad team. If he goes to the Maple Leafs, he'll likely feel right at home. (Central Scouting's take)

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