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Photos: 2011 NHL entry draft

6/25/2011

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NHL executives filled the Xcel Energy Center floor Friday night and Saturday morning.

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The wife and daughters of late director of NHL's Central Scouting E.J. McGuire, who died of cancer this spring, opened the show Friday night.

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2011 No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was greeted on the stage by 2010 No. 1 pick and new teammate Taylor Hall.

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Winnipeg fans were cheering long before the draft started and only got louder as it became official their team's name is the Jets.

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Max Everson sat watching his phone until the Maple Leafs called his name with the 203rd pick.

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Kevin Lowe, president of hockey operations for the Oilers, smiled with his son after Keegan Lowe was selected by the Hurricanes with the 72nd pick.

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The spotlight is now on Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau.