The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is scheduled to be held on June 24–25, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. University of Denver incoming Freshman defenseman Josiah Didier (6'2 - 200 lbs.) may be selected sooner that his #108 Final Ranking by the International Scouting Service. His projected draft position has risen steadily all season, and some think that he could be drafted as high as the second of third round.
Josiah Didier, D Cedar Rapids (USHL) - We're told that this kid is one of the bigger sleepers being mentioned in NHL circles and that someone could jump on him earlier than conventional thought. With good size, mobility and the raw tools to develop into a big league blue liner eventually, he's been under the radar for much of the season. Plays with an edge and will jump into the play/has puck-moving skills. He's got a lot to learn and may not have the instincts to be a two-way defenseman and regular in the NHL, but with his impressive physical attributes, is worth taking a chance on.
"Strong, raw defender who shows improvement. Skates and moves well. His arms allow him to use his stick to clog passing lanes, but still needs to play a tougher style and improve in judgement, skating, and offensive acumen," according to Bill Placzek