Nail Yakupov may be the No. 1 prospect, but if teams are wavering about his ability, Alvin Chang suggests they turn to one of the draft's top-3 centermen as a strong alternative.
ESPN Insider Alvin Chang writes that the Edmonton Oilers got lucky getting the No. 1 overall pick for the third consecutive year, and should they draft Nail Yakupov, they could be a few complementary players away from Cup contention.
Alvin Chang analyzes which characteristics of NHL prospects most determine their readiness to step in and contribute immediately. He also looks at which countries produce the most NHL-ready players.
Alvin Chang wraps up the 2011 NHL draft, noting the decline in Russians being drafted and the strengthening of the U.S. talent pool.