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Adam Larsson leads top D prospects

Updated: November 19, 2010, 11:10 AM ET
By Gare Joyce

You may be getting tired of hearing Adam Larsson's name. But if your team ends up draft the talented blueliner this June, you may not be able to hear it enough. Simply put, he's the most talented d-man in the draft. But he's not the only name of note.

Below are the top five defensemen in the 2011 draft class, according to the collective wisdom of the NHL scouts I've been talking up.

To again explain the categories, Skating is pretty straight forward, but Hands includes both stick handling and shooting ability. Size is, again, self-explanatory, but Hockey Sense not only includes a player's intuition on the ice, but also his vision. Two-way Play measures how well he back checks and is willing to play the body.

That said, let's see how the top five defensemen break down:

Adam Larsson, Skelleftea (Sweden)

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