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NHL Draft 2011: Stars Of The Future Will Shine On Friday

The 2011 NHL Draft takes place this Friday and Saturday, and not only will it be broadcast live on the Versus network, it's actually being held right here in the Twin Cities at the XCel Energy Center.

The Minnesota Wild hold the tenth overall selection at this year's selection meeting, and there isn't a real consensus as to who the local hockey team is targeting with that pick. From taking a look at the outstanding 2011 NHL Draft page over at Hockey Wilderness, there are six different names from mock drafts across the internet that the Wild are projected to select, so it's going to be interesting in these last few days leading up to the draft.

The first overall selection belongs to the Edmonton Oilers, and their pick seems to be one of the few things that there is a consensus about, as it appears that they will be selecting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a center from Red Deer of the AHL. Outside of that, it appears to be all up for grabs leading into Friday night's draft.

Keep this page bookmarked here at SB Nation Minnesota, as leading up to the draft we will have as many updates as we can find on the NHL Draft, and more specifically on what the Wild might be doing and who they might be targeting with that tenth overall selection.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.