A total of 33 Western Hockey League players realized their dream this weekend as they were taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
That was second-most among the CHL as the Ontario Hockey League once again led the way with 46 selections.
The WHL was highlighted by the first overall pick in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was chosen by Edmonton.
Here's a full list:
#1. Edmonton Oilers – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Red Deer Rebels
#11. Colorado Avalanche – Duncan Siemens; Saskatoon Blades
#13. Calgary Flames – Sven Bartschi; Portland Winterhawks
#18. Chicago Blackhawks – Mark McNeill; Prince Albert Raiders
#23. Pittsburgh Penguins – Joseph Morrow; Portland Winterhawks
#31. Edmonton Oilers – David Musil; Vancouver Giants
#32. St. Louis Blues – Ty Rattie; Portland Winterhawks
#46. St. Louis Blues – Joel Edmundson; Moose Jaw Warriors
#57. Calgary Flames – Tyler Wotherspoon; Portland Winterhawks
#67. Winnipeg Jets – Adam Lowry; Swift Current Broncos
#73. Carolina Hurricanes – Keegan Lowe; Edmonton Oil Kings
#74. Edmonton Oilers – Travis Ewanyk; Edmonton Oil Kings
#84. Phoenix Coyotes – Harrison Ruopp; Prince Albert Raiders
#106. New York Rangers – Michael St. Croix; Edmonton Oil Kings
#107. Buffalo Sabres – Colin Jacobs; Seattle Thunderbirds
#111. Phoenix Coyotes – Kale Kessy; Medicine Hat Tigers
#115. Detroit Red Wings – Marek Tvrdon; Vancouver Giants
#118. Philadelphia Flyers – Marcel Noebels; Seattle Thunderbirds
#119. Winnipeg Jets – Zachary Yuen; Tri-City Americans
#125. New York Islanders – John Persson; Red Deer Rebels
#127. New York Islanders – Brenden Kichton; Spokane Chiefs
#134. New York Rangers – Shane McColgan; Kelowna Rockets
#138. Montreal Canadiens – Darren Dietz; Saskatoon Blades
#141. Phoenix Coyotes – Darren Dzuirzynski; Saskatoon Blades
#144. Pittsburgh Penguins - Dominik Uher; Spokane Chiefs
#156. Ottawa Senators – Darren Kramer; Spokane Chiefs
#159. New Jersey Devils – Reece Scarlett; Swift Current Broncos
#164. Calgary Flames – Laurent Brossoit; Edmonton Oil Kings
#165. Dallas Stars – Matej Stransky; Saskatoon Blades
#167. Buffalo Sabres – Nathan Lieuwen; Kootenay Ice
#175. Detroit Red Wings – Richard Nedomlel; Swift Current Broncos
#186. Ottawa Senators – Jordan Fransoo; Brandon Wheat Kings
#193. Carolina Hurricanes – Brody Sutter; Lethbridge Hurricanes
A total of 4 Saskatoon Blades were chosen, as you can see on the list. A total of three Saskatchewan kids were also drafted during the 7 rounds.
A large of number of highly talented kids were actually undrafted from the WHL.
The biggest shockers to me were:
Myles Bell - Regina Pats - My 8th ranked WHLer
Jesse Forsberg - Prince George Cougars - My 11th ranked WHLer
Andrej Stastny - Vancouver Giants - My 17th ranked WHLer
Brent Benson - Saskatoon Blades - My 20th ranked WHLer
Dylan Wruck - Edmonton Oil Kings - My 21st ranked WHLer
Others inlcude Dylan Willick, Tyler Hansen, Luke Lockhart and Liam Liston.
For a full list of my WHL ranked players visit: