A rundown of the top ranked players from North America and Europe
At the moment Red Deer Rebels pivot Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is projected to go first overall but Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini, whose club has their second straight first-overall pick, says the team isn't locked in on a certain player as they were in 2010.
"This year it's different because I think there's more people in play," Tambellini told NHL.com. "You can talk to 30 teams and they may give you different answers in how they rank 1-5 in this year's draft, and they're all really good players. There's a lot of good depth, especially at the top. That's what's different about this draft."
With such the draft being so wide open, fans may be wondering how to even hazard a guess as what player their team will pick. One way to get a quick read on players is through NHL Central Scouting, which has broken down the top North American and European skaters and goalies. CalgaryFlames.com has taken their list and laid out what each player brings to the table.
The Flames pick 13th overall in the first round and given the breadth of talent among these players, any one of them could be a blue chip prospect for the organization. General Manager Jay Feaster has not given any clear indication if there is a specific position the club is looking to draft.
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