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2013 NHL Draft – Final Mock
1. Colorado Avalanche – Nathan MacKinnon
After he been bouncing between the 1 and 2 spot all year, the Colorado Avalanches have already confirmed their interest in the point producing centre from the Halifax Mooseheads.
2. Florida Panthers – Seth Jones
|D||03/10/94||6’4″||205 lbs.||Portland Winterhawks||WHL|
Expected to go first by many, Seth Jones drops to number 2 after the Avalanche confirmed they would be taking a forward with the first pick, the Florida Panthers aren’t settling for second best however.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning – Jonathan Drouin
|LW||28/03/95||5’10”||186 lbs.||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
Quick, creative, crafty and whatever other similar words you can find in a thesaurus describe the way Drouin plays. The CHL Player of the year should go third overall and should fit in nicely with the talent the Lightning have upfront.
4. Nashville Predators – Aleksander Barkov
The top rated European skater should be beginning his NHL career in Nashville. A big, mature centreman, Barkov should be a huge acquisition for the Predators who seem almost set on the blueline.
5. Carolina Hurricanes – Sean Monahan
|C||12/10/94||6’2”||187 lbs.||Ottawa 67s||OHL|
A smart two-way forward, Monahan has great vision and awareness that have made him a special teams specialist for the Ottawa 67s. The Hurricanes would do well to pick him up.
6. Calgary Flames – Elias Lindholm
The second European to be selected could be Elias Lindholm, like Monahan he’s well rounded, has a good two-way game who can create great chances thanks to his tremendous vision and passing accuracy.
7. Edmonton Oilers – Darnell Nurse
|C||04/02/95||6’4”||185 lbs.||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL|
The Oilers could’ve drafted Ryan Murray last year with the first pick put for the third year in a row they picked a forward with the first pick so Darnell Nurse would fill a looming gap. He’s big, strong and he’s quick enough to keep up with the speed the Oilers have.
8. Buffalo Sabres – Valeri Nichushkin
Nichushkin wants to play in the NHL now, he’s prepared to leave his contract in Russia to do so, and his skill set could grant him that wish. He’s a powerful forward who can burst past defenders and score with his wicked shot and could be a good winger for fellow Russian youngster Mikhail Grigorenko.
9. New Jersey Devils – Hunter Shinkaruk
|LW||13/10/94||5’10”||181 lbs.||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL|
What Shinkaruk lacks in size he makes up for in skill. He’s wicked fast and a magician with the puck and moves his feet better than most of the draft class. Despite his size he’s hard to knock off the puck and his 86 points this year show just how lethal he can be when he’s on the ice.
10. Dallas Stars – Max Domi
|C||02/03/95||5’9”||185 lbs.||London Knights||OHL|
Like Shinkaruk, Domi is small but he’s one of the most creative players available. He’s confident in his talent and rightly so, his ability to move the puck and keep speed make him a a safe bet to go in the top 10.
11. Philadelphia Flyers – Zachary Fucale
|G||28/05/95||6’1”||181 lbs.||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
Bryzgalov’s contract has been bought out and the Flyers wont be using Zach Fucale immediately but if they get a veteran in, Fucale should be ready in a couple of years. He wins, a lot. He played 55 games this year for the Halifax Mooseheads and he won 45 of them with a save percentage of .909%. He should be a future starting or elite goalie.
12. Phoenix Coyotes – Rasmus Ristolainen
|D||27/10/94||6’3”||201 lbs.||TPS Turku||FINLAND|
A big, physical player with great confidence. Rasmus Ristolainen is a great defensive defenseman who already has matched up against the men for TPS in Finland. He registered 15 points in 52 games and is only looking likely to drastically improve when he makes it to the NHL.
13. Winnipeg Jets – Alexander Wennberg
Listed as a centre, Alexander Wennberg is capable of playing the wing aswell. His skating is remarkable and his speed is lightning. Part of a very impressive core of young Swedish talent he shows he can set himself apart from the rest with his intelligence and should excel in the NHL.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets – Samuel Morin
|D||12/07/95||6’6”||202 lbs.||Rimouski Oceanic||QMJHL|
Columbus narrowly missed the playoffs this year and look to be on the way up, so drafting a big, 6’6″ physical blueliner can’t hurt. Samuel Morin isn’t just a physical presence, he’s worked on his play and is becoming a very good puck mover as well as a physical powerhouse.
15. New York Islanders – Anthony Mantha
|RW||16/09/94||6’4”||190 lbs.||Val d’Or Foreurs||QMJHL|
89 points in 67 games in the QMJHL shows the talent that Anthony Mantha possesses. He’s gifted with the puck with a tremendous shot, accuracy and passing ability and helps those around him get better. He should easily become a top six forward quickly.
16. Buffalo Sabres – Frederik Gauthier
|W||26/04/95||6’3”||193 lbs.||Rimouski Oceanic||QMJHL|
Frederik Gauthier is intelligent, he can make plays with the puck on his stick or even without. His work ethic is outstanding and his composure is even better, he comes up big in big situations and should benefit the Buffalo Sabres should they actually pick him.
17. Ottawa Senators – Nikita Zadorov
|D||15/04/95||6’4”||200 lbs.||London Knights||OHL|
Another big defenceman who can rattle opponents with big hits, Zadorov has great defensive awareness and picks the right time to play the body and is a difficult man to play against.
18. Detroit Red Wings – Bo Horvat
|C||04/05/95||6’0”||206 lbs.||London Knights||OHL|
One of many parts of the London Knights that contributed so much to their recent success, Bo Horvat is a great worker and hard to knock off the puck. Horvat is adaptable and his 61 points this year were no accident.
19. Columbus Blue Jackets – Mirco Mueller
|D||21/03/95||6’3”||176 lbs.||Everett Silvertips||WHL|
The Blue Jackets are yet to see just how rewarding drafting Everett blueline Ryan Murray was (now he’s healthy they’ll get a big reward) but they’ll also get a lot out of fellow Everett Silvertip Mirco Mueller. He’s a big physical guy, not afraid to drop the gloves and also has a good offensive touch.
20. San Jose Sharks – Kerby Rychel
|LW||07/10/94||6’1”||205 lbs.||Windsor Spitfires||OHL|
A speedy forward and a relentless forechecker, Kerby Rychel is a team player who is willing to get physical to make things hard on the opposition. Not only is good at pressuring opponents he’s a very consistent point scorer with 87 in 68 games this year.
21. Toronto Maple Leafs – Curtis Lazar
|C||02/02/95||6’0”||190 lbs.||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL|
A talented centreman on a talented Oil Kings team, Curtis Lazar is a quick, nimble skater who can beat defenseman with his speed. He’s also got great physicality and can assert his toughness at the right time to cause a turnover and make crucial plays.
22. Calgary Flames – Ryan Pulock
|D||06/10/94||6’0”||211 lbs.||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL|
A strong defenseman with an offensive touch, Ryan Pulock has tremendous vision and awareness that help him become one of the best blueliners in the draft. His 45 points show just how much he can contribute going forward as well as limiting the opposition offense.
23. Washington Capitals – Ryan Hartman
|RW||20/09/94||5’11”||185 lbs.||Plymouth Whalers||OHL|
After Evgeni Kuznetsov one of the most exciting Capitals prospects is Tom Wilson, so drafting his Plymouth Whalers teammate Ryan Hartman wouldn’t be a bad move. Hartman is a strong, physical player who will devastate opposition and isn’t afraid to get into the dirty areas. But he’s also an offensive contributer with 60 points in 56 games and a +29 rating.
24. Vancouver Canucks – Josh Morrissey
|D||28/03/95||6’0”||186 lbs.||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL|
A very good offensive defenseman, Josh Morrissey also has a great defensive game. He registered 47 points for the Prince Albert Raiders this year and finished +14 as well so he knows how to play a great two-way game and can deliver some impressive open ice hits.
25. Montreal Canadiens – Montreal Canadiens
|LW||15/05/95||6’0”||208 lbs.||Baie-Comeau Drakkar||QMJHL|
A prolific goalscorer, Valentin Zykov has such an accurate shot shown by his 40 goals this year. He can create plays out of nothing and has great instincts and awareness and tremendous consistency.
26. Anaheim Ducks – Robert Hagg
Another talented player to come out of what seems to be an endless supply of future Swedish stars, Robert Hagg should be a first round pick. He has all the skills required for a top defenseman. He’s a got little more of developing to do before he’s ready but he should be a top defender in years to come.
27. Columbus Blue Jackets – Jacob De La Rose
A bit of a gamble but Jacob De La Rose will go late in the first or early to midway through the second. Described as a powerful player who’s aware of his size and knows how to use it, De La Rose has tremendous speed and is lethal on the counter attack
28. Calgary Flames – Steve Santini
Not the most gifted offensively, Steve Santini works hard in his own zone and uses his size and his strength to his advantage to shutdown the opposition. He was a big part of Team USAs Under 18 campaign and should become a good top-four defenseman
29. Dallas Stars – Madison Bowey
|D||22/04/95||6’1”||195 lbs.||Kelowna Rocket||WHL|
A very naturally gifted skater, Bowey has excellent quickness and movement that allows him to match forwards for pace and force them to the wall. He keeps his head and is hard to rattle which allows him to stay composed in crucial situations.
30. Chicago Blackhawks – Andre Burakovsky
Another Swede who should hear his name called either late in the first or early in the second round, Andre Burakovsky is a creative forward who can use his explosiveness to power past the defense.
CHRIS BIGRAS – Defence, Owen Sound Attack
WILLIAM CARRIER – Left Wing, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
J.T. COMPHER – Left Wing, USNTDP
ERIC COMRIE – Goalie, Tri-City Americans
LAURENT DAUPHIN – Centre, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
JASON DICKINSON – Centre, Guelph Storm
ADAM ERNE – Left Wing, Quebec Remparts
DILLON HEATHERINGTON – Defence, Swift Current Broncos
TRISTAN JARRY – Goalie, Edmonton Oil Kings
MORGAN KLIMCHUK – Left Wing, Regina Pats
MICHAEL McCARRON – Right Wing, USNTDP
IAN McCOSHEN – Defence, Waterloo Black Hawks
NICOLAS PETAN – Centre, Portland Winterhawks
EMILE PORIER – Left Wing, Gatineau Olympiques
SHEA THEODORE – Defence, Seattle Thunderbirds