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Erik Johnson, 18, plans on attending Minnesota in the fall.
American Made
The Blues selected American defenseman Erik Johnson with the No. 1 overall pick Saturday, while Pittsburgh took Jordan Staal at No. 2, the third of four Staal kids to be drafted into the NHL. Story

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E.J. Hradek's Top 30 Prospects
1. Erik Johnson 6-4 222 pounds D USDP
The oversized defenseman wowed scouts with his performance at the World Junior Championships. Johnson can skate and hit. He currently plans on attending Minnesota in the fall.
2. Jordan Staal 6-4 215 C Peterborough (OHL)
The third of the four hockey-playing Staal brothers, Jordan compares favorably with older brother, Eric, at the same age. He could go No. 1.
3. Jonathan Toews 6-1 195 C Univ. of North Dakota
Toews is a solid two-way pivot that can play in all situations. Scouts love his hockey smarts and competitive nature.
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NHL Entry Draft -- Vital Information
What: 2006 NHL Entry Draft
When: Saturday, June 24
Where: GM Place in Vancouver, 6 p.m. ET (OLN)
Rounds: Seven rounds
Draft Order
1. St. Louis Erik Johnson, D
2. Pittsburgh Jordan Staal, C
3. Chicago Jonathan Toews, C/W
4. Washington Nicklas Backstrom, C
5. Boston Phil Kessel, C
6. Columbus Derick Brassard, C
7. N.Y. Islanders Kyle Okposo, RW
8. Phoenix Peter Mueller, C
9. Minnesota James Sheppard, C
10. Florida Michael Frolik, C/W
11. Los Angeles Jonathan Bernier, G
12. Atlanta Bryan Little, C
13. Toronto Jiri Tlusty, C/W
14. Vancouver Michael Grabner, RW
15. Tampa Bay Riku Helenius, G
16. San Jose (via Montreal) Ty Wishart, D
17. Los Angeles (via Minn.) Trevor Lewis, C
18. Colorado Chris Stewart, RW
19. Anaheim Mark Mitera, D
20. Montreal (via San Jose) David Fischer, D
21. N.Y. Rangers Bobby Sanguinetti, D
22. Philadelphia Claude Giroux, RW
23. Washington (via Nsh.) Semen Varlamov, G
24. Buffalo Dennis Persson, D
25. St. Louis (via N.J.) Patrik Berglund, C
26. Calgary Leland Irving, G
27. Dallas Ivan Vishnevskiy, D
28. Ottawa Nick Foligno, LW
29. Phoenix (via Detroit) Chris Summers, D
30. New Jersey (via St. Louis) Matthew Corrente, D
Round: 1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5th | 6th | 7th


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