The Edmonton Oilers went with speed and finesse over defense in the 2010-11 NHL Entry Draft.
In Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers are getting a playmaking prospect from the Red Deer Rebels.
Nugent-Hopkins, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, scored 31 goals and 75 assists in 67 games in the Western Hockey League.
There is a very strong chance however that the Oilers will not have Nugent-Hopkins on their team this upcoming season. It is expected he will play another year of junior hockey before making the jump to the NHL.
The Oilers also had the 19th overall pick from the Los Angeles Kings, in their trade for Dustin Penner. Edmonton selected defenceman Oscar Klefbom from Farjestad of the Swedish elite league.
The Flames meanwhile selected Sven Batschi, a left winger from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Bartschi was on a very talented Winterhawks’ squad that included fellow Swiss star Nino Niederreiter (the 5th overall pick by the New York Islanders last season) and Ryan Johansen (the fourth overall pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010).
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