NHL Entry Draft 2011
NHL Entry Draft for 2011 is over and what a two-day it was. Of course the biggest news was the name of Winnipeg’s new franchise and oh how happy I am for it to be Jets. Since Teemu Selänne started playing there in 1992 (being #10 overall draft in 1988), Jets has had a place in my heart. I just hope they’ll take the old 1992 logo back.
About the actual draft this year, there are few players I’m interested about to see how they’ll play in NHL. First of all of course #1 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who got drafted to Edmonton Oilers and #2 Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche). While the whole world looks for the top guys drafted, I’m interested in lower rank draftees and Finns. #16 of Buffalo Sabres, Joel Armia from Porin Ässät is one great player of what I think is the new golden generation of players like Mikael Granlund (Minnesota #9, 2010), Joonas Nättinen (Montreal #65, 2009) and Joonas Donskoi (Florida #99, 2010). After maybe a year still developing in Finnish Elite League, I’m confident that Armia will break to Sabres’ roster.
Because of the Winnipeg Jets, their first round pick #7 Mark Scheifele got my attention and one Canadian youngster I really like is second round pick #32 of St. Louis Blues, Ty Rattie.
I’ve been fan of Penguins since early 90′s when I first started following NHL. There was pretty much no change for a young kid to watch NHL games in Finland early 90′s and the Internet was just coming so it was really much about video games and some hockey magazines that were available and Pens’ super duo Lemieux – Jagr became my favourites. New rising after picking Geno Malkin #2 2004 and Sidney Crosby #1 2005 has been a rocketing through the roof. This year Pens didn’t have any real good spots to pick and they mostly looked for defence men with Joe Morrow #23 and Scott Harrington #54. #174 Josh Archibald was a good choice for late pick winger and hopefully he’ll become a part of the NHL roster.
Season 2011-2012 will start in few months and hopefully the season will be little brighter for the Pens than the last with both Malkin and Crosby getting injured and Pens’ season ending little too early.