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2013 NHL Mock Draft – Mid-Season Edition

The NHL Lockout is finally over, just in time for NHLMockDraft’s mid-season update! The 2013 NHL Draft is just six months away and while we don’t have standings to project the actual draft order from, we’ve used TSN’s Preseason Power-Rankings (and extrapolating expected divisional and playoff finishes) to produce our second mock of the draft year.

Remember this is not a ranking. This is a projection based off of team needs, our estimation of others’ rankings and where we think the prospects would land if the 2013 NHL Draft were held today. For a look at our midseason rankings please head here.

 

1.)  Columbus Blue JacketsNathan MacKinnon, C – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 5’11, 180 lbs.

With all due respect to Ryan Johansen, the Jackets are still looking for a centerpiece forward and ‘face-of-the-franchise’. Jones is certainly an option, but after selecting Ryan Murray last summer, a forward like MacKinnon makes more sense. The Mooseheads’ center is a safe pick with plenty of upside – good news for the previously-burned Jackets. NHLMockDraft Rank: 2

Last Mock: MacKinnon – TOR

2.)  New York IslandersSeth Jones, D – Portland Winterhawks (WHL); 6’4, 205 lbs.

The Isles’ possess some excellent talent and youth at the forward position – but while they have some impressive depth among their defensive prospect corps (last year’s top pick Griffin Reinhart included) but Jones has the potential to be a transformative pick, stepping in as soon as next season to elevate New York in short order. NHLMockDraft Rank: 1

Last Mock: Jones – CBJ

3.)  Winnipeg JetsAleksander Barkov, C – Tappara (SM-liiga); 6’3, 205 lbs.

The Jets might be closer to contention than TSN’s Power-Rankings prognosticate, but if they do land here, Finnish phenomenon Barkov would be a significant consolation. The Jets prospect-pool is fairly top-heavy, anchored by Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele, but given their roster’s defensive talent – we’ll guess they’ll aim more toward skill up-front. NHLMockDraft Rank: 4

Last Mock: Barkov – CGY

4.)  Florida Panthers Jonathan Drouin, LW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 5’11, 175 lbs.

The Panthers surprisingly made the postseason in 2012 on a wing and a prayer, but they could just as easily have wound-up in the lottery. TSN is picking them to return to ignominy in 2013, and adding Drouin to join the league’s best prospect-corps up-front will make for a sick team in the near future… wherever that team is located… NHLMockDraft Rank: 3

Last Mock: Monahan – CBJ via LAK

5.)  Toronto Maple Leafs – Sean Monahan, C – Ottawa 67s (OHL); 6’2, 195 lbs.

Sean Monahan fits the bill perfectly for Toronto, giving them the big, strong, top-line centerman they’ve craved over the past half-decade. Brian Burke will be very happy to see him available at five… oh wait… NHLMockDraft Rank: 6

Last Mock: Lindholm – BOS

6.)  Colorado AvalancheRyan Pulock, D – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL); 6’1, 205 lbs.

The Avs’ prospect-corps is diverse enough that drafting BPA (Best Player Available) fits the bill. At that point it comes down to a decision between Elias Lindholm, Ryan Pulock and Rasmus Ristolainen – and Pulock could easily be that guy for Colorado. NHLMockDraft Rank: 9

Last Mock: Shinkaruk – FLA

7.)  Tampa Bay LightningElias Lindholm, C – Brynäs (Elitserien); 6’0, 185 lbs.

The Bolts are another team that doesn’t have any ‘holes’ in their system. In our eyes, Lindholm is the best prospect by a significant margin (especially with Nichushkin’s ‘Russian Factor’ in-mind) and he’s well-regarded in the scouting community as well. He immediately jumps to the top of their prospect-rankings and makes the organization that much better. NHLMockDraft Rank: 5

Last Mock: Pulock – SJS

8.)  Phoenix CoyotesHunter Shinkaruk, LW – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL); 5’11, 175 lbs.

Without question, the ‘Yotes will feel pressure to draft a forward with so much young talent at defense in their organization. Shinkaruk’s a dazzlingly talented forward who’s just a bit undersized, giving Phoenix a marketable sniper as they desperately try to remain in the desert. NHLMockDraft Rank: 8

Last Mock: Ristolainen – DET

9.)  Anaheim DucksDarnell Nurse, D – Soo City Greyhounds (OHL); 6’5, 195 lbs.

Seeing Justin Schultz dominate the AHL in his first pro action must be extremely frustrating for the Ducks organization and fans, but seeing Hampus Lindholm grow must offer some consolation. Nurse gives them a second big, talented blueliner to build their future defense around. NHLMockDraft Rank: 8

Last Mock: Morrissey – VAN

10.)  Calgary FlamesFrederik Gauthier, C – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL); 6’5, 215 lbs.

Gauthier is a big, talented forward with significant untapped upside. He’s probably a reach this early and the Flames might be better served drafting a blueliner, but we have absolutely no idea what Jay Feaster is doing at this point. NHLMockDraft Rank: 25

Last Mock: Drouin – CBJ via NYR

11.)  Minnesota WildRasmus Ristolainen, D – TPS Turku (SM-liiga); 6’3, 195 lbs.

Minnesota’s has some extensive experience bringing over Finns (and we’ve riffed heavily on the subject), and while they have some excellent talent on the blue line in their organization, Ristolainen is a great value at eleven and a good fit for the system. NHLMockDraft Rank: 11

Last Mock: Nurse – EDM

12.)  Carolina HurricanesMax Domi, C – London Knights (OHL); 5’10, 185 lbs.

With Jeff Skinner already in their lineup, the ‘Canes might be inclined to shy away from the undersized, ultra-skilled center from London. Then again, GM Jim Rutherford hasn’t been shy about preferring to draft forwards early – and Domi’s one of the most talented in this class. NHLMockDraft Rank: 13

Last Mock: Domi – MTL

13.)  Montreal CanadiensAdam Erne, RW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL); 6’0, 205 lbs.

The Canadiens continue their march back to relevance with the selection of American-born Erne. A power-forward finisher who plays a pro-style game, Erne will look fine on Alex Galchenyuk’s wing in a few short years. NHLMockDraft Rank: 12

Last Mock: Nichushkin – WSH

14.)  Edmonton OilersCurtis Lazar, C – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL); 6’0, 190 lbs.

Lazar’s a bit overrated – we don’t see the top-line potential that others in the draft-watching community have reported. Still, he’s a safe bet and the Oilers’ fanbase has already fallen in love with him during the Oil Kings’ Memorial Cup run… so Tambellini and staff might be hard-pressed to look elsewhere in their first not-first-overall pick. NHLMockDraft Rank: 17

Last Mock: Hägg – PHI

15.)  New Jersey DevilsZach Fucale, G – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 6’1, 181 lbs.

We’ve picked the Devils to try to shore-up their future goaltending situation for a while, now. However, with Scott Wedgewood’s struggles this season, picking a goalie early seems like a real possibility for the Devils. For the moment, Fucale seems like the only ‘A’-level prospect in-net this year, so if he’s on the board for NJ in the middle of the first or later, he will be a target. NHLMockDraft Rank: 38

Last Mock: Zadorov – TBL

16.)  Dallas StarsJosh Morrissey, D – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), 6’0, 180 lbs.

The Stars’ are another squad with impressive depth throughout their system though they lack star power at the top. Morrissey won’t change that but he’s a strong all-around talent who should be a solid mid-pairing blueliner for many years. NHLMockDraft Rank: 15

Last Mock: Erne – CAR

17.)  Ottawa SenatorsAndre Burakovsky, RW – Malmo, Jr. (SWE-Jr.); 6’1, 175 lbs.

The Senators have a ton of prospects with above-average value and good youth on their roster. We see Burakovsky as a heavy risk/reward player, but Ottawa’s in a position to take that risk and potentially see massive benefits if the Austrian-born Swede achieves his first-line potential. NHLMockDraft Rank: 31

Last Mock: Lazar – NYI

18.)  Buffalo Sabres Nikita Zadorov, D – London Knights (OHL); 6’5, 220 lbs.

We really, really like Zadorov and see him as a future top-pairing shutdown blueliner. That said, his nationality and modest offensive upside will probably conspire to push him out of the top-half of the first round and into Buffalo’s laps. For the second straight year the Sabres select a falling Russian from the CHL laden with value. NHLMockDraft Rank: 10

Last Mock: Burakovsky – OTT

19.)  San Jose SharksBo Horvat, C – London Knights (OHL); 6’0, 200 lbs.

The Sharks’ cupboard is still fairly bare after the 2012 draft netted them Tomas Hertl – so their prime focus is just getting more talent. Horvat is a winner and a two-way talent whose clutch capabilities will earn significant interest from the -ahem- choke-prone Sharks. NHLMockDraft Rank: 22

Last Mock: Rychel – Ducks

20.)  Philadelphia FlyersRobert Hägg, D – MoDo Jr. (SWE J-20); 6’2, 195 lbs.

With Timonen and Pronger headed towards AARP membership, we still feel the Flyers could use some youth on the blue line. Hägg’s puck-moving and offensive skillsets place him in the running for the mid- first round and he fits the Flyers future needs perfectly. NHLMockDraft Rank: 16

Last Mock: Compher – COL

21.)  Nashville PredatorsKerby Rychel, LW – Windsor Spitfires (OHL); 6’1, 200 lbs.

The Preds graduated a significant number of blueline prospects in recent years so they might be more inclined to boost their organizational talent there, but Rychel’s fall this season could set him in their laps and he’s got attractive upside as a physical, goal-scoring winger. NHLMockDraft Rank: 23

Last Mock: Duclair – DAL

22.)  Detroit Red WingsValeri Nichushkin, RW – Chelyabinsk (MHL); 6’3, 175 lbs.

Nichushkin has the potential to fall significantly simply based on his status as a Russian playing in Russia, but the Wings would be hard-pressed to find a better option in the late first. If he jumps the Atlantic, he could be the best value selection in the draft. NHLMockDraft Rank: 7

Last Mock: Lehkonen – MIN

23.)  Chicago BlackhawksShea Theodore, D – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL); 6’0, 170 lbs.

The Hawks emerged from 2012 as one of the big winners grabbing Teuvo Teravainen in the second-half of the first round, but pick-up Theodore to take over the role as their top defensive prospect. He’s pretty raw, but could emerge as one of the best puck-moving talents available this summer. NHLMockDraft Rank: 34

Last Mock: Kujawinski – WPG

24.)  Washington CapitalsJ.T. Compher, C – U.S. National U-18 Team; 6’0, 185 lbs.

Compher is a jack-of-all trades forward without any real ‘plus’ skills, but a very complete all-around game. With the Caps trend towards tougher, rounded players Compher’s aptitude for two-way play seems like a match made in heaven. NHLMockDraft Rank: 24

Last Mock: Horvat – CHI

25.)  Columbus Blue Jackets (via LAK)Anthony Mantha, LW – Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL); 6’4, 200 lbs.

The Jackets’ need to add more forwards to their current crop, and Mantha’s skill, skating and possession-game are all excellent for his size. He’s a safe pick late in the first and would significantly improve the organization – even if the impact won’t be immediate. NHLMockDraft Rank: 19

Last Mock: Theodore – BUF

26.)  Boston BruinsTyler Hill, LW – Hotchkiss School (US-HS); 6’6, 225 lbs.

With the impending graduation of top-prospect Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins may feel disposed to select a defenseman early this June but Tyler Hill is a huge sleeper with massive upside from New England who’d be a great fit up front for Boston and a great project for Chiarelli, Julien & Co. NHLMockDraft Rank: 26

Last Mock: De la Rose – STL

27.)  Vancouver CanucksMorgan Klimchuk, LW – Regina Pats (WHL); 5’11, 180 lbs.

Klimchuk’s offensive game is very well-developed even if his skating game is fairly pedestrian for his size. A smart distributor and effective finisher, the Pats star would rival Nick Jensen and Brendan Gaunce as the best prospect in the ‘Nucks’ system. NHLMockDraft Rank: 35

Last Mock: Gauthier – PIT

28.)  Columbus Blue Jackets (from NYR)Anthony Duclair, LW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL); 5’11, 175 lbs.

The third QMJHL-trained forward the Jackets’ nab in this midseason mock, Duclair has first-line upside but has to dodge some significant questions about his physicality and durability. Imagining a future lineup with the likes of Duclair, Mantha and MacKinnon should warm the hearts of depressed hockey fans in Ohio’s capital. NHLMockDraft Rank: 28

Last Mock: Fucale – NJD

29.)  St. Louis BluesArtturi Lehkonen, RW – KalPa (SM-liiga); 5’10, 155 lbs.

Extremely skilled and lighting up the SM-liiga in his seventeen year-old season, Lehkonen must overcome his slight stature to finagle a spot in 2013’s first round. The Blues own excellent talent across the board but with Tarasenko likely to jump to the NHL, they could use another top-flight forward in their system. NHLMockDraft Rank: 20

Last Month: Hill – PHX

30.)  Pittsburgh PenguinsJacob de la Rose, LW – Leksands (Allsvenskan); 6’2, 190 lbs.

The Penguins open the season atop TSN’s Power Rankings and we honestly can’t blame them. Should Crosby & Co. make it back to the Promised Land, they may have the ‘honor’ of selecting 30th overall come June and the opportunity to select Sweden’s de la Rose. While de la Rose lacks the pizazz of some of his contemporaries, he plays a highly efficient pro-style game, possesses the puck well and has a decent helping of skill to go with his solid frame. NHLMockDraft Rank: 21

Last Month: Fasching – NSH

 

 

Bob is the Boston Bruins correspondent for The Hockey Writers and a credentialed member of the Providence Bruins' Media.

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1.) Seth Jones – D – 6’4, 205
2.) Nathan MacKinnon – C – 5’11, 180
3.) Jonathan Drouin – LW – 5’11, 175
4.) Aleksander Barkov – C – 6’3, 205
5.) Elias Lindholm – C – 6’0, 185
6.) Sean Monahan – C – 6’2, 195
7.) Valeri Nichushkin – RW – 6’3, 175
8.) Hunter Shinkaruk – LW – 5’11, 175
9.) Ryan Pulock – D – 6’1, 205
10.) Nikita Zadorov – D – 6’5, 220
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