ST. PAUL -- The first five picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft went as many prognosticators had believed with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins going No. 1 overall to the Edmonton Oilers.
Winger Gabriel Landeskog went to Colorado; center Jonathan Huberdeau was chosen by Florida; defenseman Adam Larsson was taken by New Jersey (which made a certain Puck Daddy editor very happy); and to round out the top five picks, and the New York Islanders took pivot Ryan Strome.
The Panthers badly wanted to move up to the No. 1 spot to grab Nugent-Hopkins, but despite a rumored offer of Stephen Weiss and the No. 3 pick, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini wasn't biting. Whether or not Nugent-Hopkins makes the Oilers roster in October or spends another year playing for the Red Deer Rebels now becomes the question.
"From what I've heard, Steve's in no rush to get me playing," Nugent-Hopkins said. "But if I do go back to junior, I won't be disappointed at all.
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