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2013 NHL Mock Draft – October Edition

With the NHL lockout still in effect with no end in sight, NHL Mock Draft opens the 2013 NHL Draft season with a mock-up of next summer’s first-round.

With no standings to base off of, the NHL Mock Draft staff held a first round lottery based on the League’s last post-lockout arrangement, with less-successful teams getting better chances for early selection. The results were very beneficial for a few select clubs (notably Toronto, which grabbed the first pick; and Columbus which earned three top-ten selections). There is no guarantee that the NHL will use the same mechanisms as they did in 2005, however.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) while the entertainment-value inherent in these mocks may increase as a result of the lockout lottery – the installment-to-installment consistency and accuracy will take a hit. As soon as the season gets underway (cross your fingers, folks!), we’ll be sure to update the mocks with a standings-based selection model.

While a league-wide lottery would certainly make next summer very interesting for draft-watchers, it would still be bad for the game. Hopefully, we’ll see the NHL take to the ice soon and this discussion will be moot. Until then, NHL Mock Draft will give you your hockey-fix with updates, scouting-reports, mocks and rankings.

Remember, this is not a ranking. This is where we believe players would go if a draft were held today – not where they should go. To see our opening-month rankings, head here.

 

1.  Toronto Maple LeafsNathan MacKinnon, C – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 5’11, 180 lbs., R

On the list of individuals who potentially ‘profit’ the most from a lost season, Brian Burke’s name can’t be far from the top. It’s fair to assume that he might be out the door in the event of the Leafs’ missing the postseason. Instead of that or a likely one-and-done, in this scenario, Burkie drafts first finally gets the elite young centerman the franchise has sought since the lockout – and arguably the most talented player in the draft. MacKinnon’s skills could re-invigorate a languishing fanbase and perhaps give the GM a bit more rope to work with. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 2

2. Columbus Blue Jackets (via NYR) – Seth Jones, D – Portland Winterhawks (WHL); 6’4, 205 lbs., R

Years of never winning the lottery despite many opportunities finally – and I mean finally – works out. While they don’t receive the top selection, the Jackets strike it rich with three picks inside the top-ten including second-overall. Despite the acquisition of Ryan Murray last June, Jones makes perfect sense to a team looking for an identity – a face to build the franchise around. Along with Murray, Columbus’s future top-pairing looks impressive to say the least. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 1

3. Calgary FlamesAleksander Barkov, C – Tappara (SM-liiga); 6’3, 205 lbs., L

Speaking of good fortune, the Flames jump into third-overall with an opportunity to grab whichever player they like after Jones and MacKinnon. Barkov might be ideal for a team looking for a forward to take the mantle from Jarome Iginla, and some folks are even considering him in the same hierarchy as the current top-two. The magnitude of the opportunity to pick-up a player who’s among Finland’s SM-liiga’s scoring leaders… as a 17 year-old… can’t be overstated. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 3

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK) – Sean Monahan, C – Ottawa 67s (OHL); 6’2, 195 lbs., L

The Jackets’ second pick allows them to add dynamic two-way pivot Monahan to Jones, giving them a pair of skilled bluechippers in one fell swoop. This would be the first time since 1999 that a team had two top-four picks – and just the second time in forty years. It would be a massive opportunity to rebuild in a heartbeat. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 5

5. Boston BruinsElias Lindholm, C – Brynäs (Elitserien); 6’0, 185 lbs., R

If the lockout ends, it’s highly unlikely that a team like the B’s will be picking anywhere near the top five, but if the NHL uses a lottery to determine selection, you never know who’ll benefit. Considering the Bruins’ youth and talent up-front, that’s a scary proposition for the rest of the Eastern Conference. Some even speak Lindholm’s name in the same breath as Jones and MacKinnon – so this would be a major coup for the 2011 champs. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 4

6. Florida PanthersHunter Shinkaruk, LW – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL); 5’11, 175 lbs., L

The Panthers’ offensive prospect-corps… heck, their prospect-corps as a whole is tops in the League. While Shinkaruk’s start of the 2012-13 season hasn’t overwhelmed, he’s arguably the premier sniper in this class. Imagining him alongside Jonathan Huberdeau in three years will have Panthers fans and brass beaming. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 6

7. San Jose Sharks Ryan Pulock, D – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL); 6’1, 205 lbs., R

The Sharks’ system remains pretty bare despite their 2012 first-round selection of Tomas Hertl. They need help at all positions, leaving them absolutely free to go with the best player available – which the general consensus seems to indicate is ultra-productive blueliner Ryan Pulock. Pulock immediately becomes San Jose’s top prospect and improves the organization significantly. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 9

8. Detroit Red WingsRasmus Ristolainen, D – TPS Turku (SM-liiga); 6’3, 195 lbs., R

A year after the retirement of soon-to-be Hall of Famer, Nick Lidstrom, the Red Wings select his potential long-term replacement in the two-way stud d-man from Finland, Ristolainen. Detroit owns one of the best systems in hockey and the opportunity to draft in the top-ten for the first time in two decades is just gravy. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 7

9. Vancouver CanucksJosh Morrissey, D – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), 6’0, 180 lbs., L

The ‘Nucks’ pipeline possesses depth but minimal upside. Morrissey’s performances in recent months have earned him commendations from around the hockey world – and he’d be a great addition to their organization. Does Morrissey’s skillset warrant top-ten attention? Perhaps… but his intelligence and complete game will earn him consideration. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 20

10. Columbus Blue JacketsJonathan Drouin, LW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 5’11, 175 lbs., L

The Jackets grab their third top-ten pick and take a modest risk with the dynamic but undersized forward from the Q’s Mooseheads. Corey Pronman correctly said Drouin “just bleeds tools.” He has point-per-game upside and could be Johansen or Monahan’s winger for the next decade. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 10

11. Edmonton OilersDarnell Nurse, D – Soo City Greyhounds (OHL); 6’5, 195 lbs., L

The Oilers pick outside the top-ten for the first time since 2008, when they grabbed Jordan Eberle at 22. With the eleventh selection, they take blue-chip blueliner Nurse to bolster their defensive prospect ranks. Nurse is pretty raw, but has dynamic two-way potential and outstanding size. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 13

12. Montreal CanadiensMax Domi, C – London Knights (OHL); 5’10, 185 lbs., L

The Habs’ extremely successful 2012 draft saw them add some tremendous talent up-front. However, the opportunity to add a top-end skilled forward like Domi can’t be passed-up. It’s easy to imagine Domi working the half-wall of a future Canadiens’ powerplay while Alex Galchenyuk sets-up down low. Montreal’s system’s improvement in the past few months has been staggering – and Domi only makes the future brighter for the Habs. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 11

13. Washington CapitalsValeri Nichushkin, RW – Chelyabinsk (MHL); 6’3, 175 lbs., L

Nichushkin has earned top-twenty billing across the board – and even top-five ranking from a few sources. Unfortunatel, the ‘Russian Factor’ may cost him significantly. The Caps’ are one franchise that’s willing to go after Russian nationals – and Nichushkin possesses tremendous value here. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 16

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

With Timonen and Pronger headed towards AARP membership, the Flyers could use some youth on the blue line. Hägg’s puck-moving and offensive skillsets place him in the running for the early first round and he fits the Flyers future needs perfectly. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 24

15. Tampa Bay LightningNikita Zadorov, D – London Knights (OHL); 6’5, 220 lbs., L

The Bolts tabbed Slater Koekkoek early in 2012, so they may not be looking to acquire another defensive prospect. Still, Zadarov’s size and physical talents would be too much to pass-up – even for a team with Hedman, Koekkoek and Barberio already in the organization. Zadorov could develop into a shutdown defender for Tampa for years to come. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 8

16. Carolina HurricanesAdam Erne, RW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL); 6’0, 205 lbs., L

Few franchises own young top-end talents like the ‘Canes possess. Skinner and Faulk are the envy of every organization. A power-forward for their future top-six, Erne’s finishing and possession-game should make an improving Carolina squad that much more dangerous. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 12

17. New York Islanders Curtis Lazar, C – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL); 6’0, 190 lbs., R

Lazar’s a talented, effort-heavy pivot who’s drawing rave reviews for his two-way game – but despite being a (nearly) consensus top-ten prospect, there are questions about his offensive potential. If his production fails to jump – those questions will linger. Still, if the Isles get him this late, that’s a major win for the franchise. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 14

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

The Sens pick-up yet another excellent Swedish talent with Malmo’s Burakovsky. His talent-level belongs among the elite forwards in this class but production hasn’t followed him to Sweden’s second division. Stockholm-west only gets better… and more Scandinavian… with this mid-round selection. Ottawa fans should cross their fingers Burakovsky gets an opportunity to learn from Alfredsson before the captain hangs up the skates. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 29

19. Anaheim DucksKerby Rychel, LW – Windsor Spitfires (OHL); 6’1, 200 lbs., L

Rychel was solidly in the argument top-ten during the preseason, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations for point-production after a forty-goal campaign in ’11-’12 – and he’s tumbled into mid-to-late first-round contention. The Ducks could use a young power-forward to protect themselves against the potential exit of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as UFAs next summer. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 19

20. Colorado AvalancheJ.T. Compher, C – U.S. National U-18 Team; 6’0, 185 lbs., R

Yes, the Avs have some impressive young two-way forwards like Laneskog and O’Reilly. So in a way, Compher’s skillset is redundant – but he represents massive value at twenty – and would immediately rate as the organization’s top forward prospect. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 15

21. Dallas StarsAnthony Duclair, LW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL); 5’11, 175 lbs., L

The Stars would probably benefit most from a defenseman, but the next tier of blueliners would mark a step-down in value that’s just too great. With a solid power-center in the organization already (Faksa), they might be inclined to go with a speedy, skill-heavy prospect like Duclair. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 26

22. Minnesota WildArtturi Lehkonen, RW – KalPa (SM-liiga); 5’10, 155 lbs., L

Minny possesses two elite forwards and two elite blueline prospects – and plenty of depth all around. The Wild have no major organizational needs and can focus entirely on B.P.A. – and the selection of the slight but remarkably productive Lehkonen fits the bill for this Finn-friendly club. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 27

23. Winnipeg JetsRyan Kujawinski, C – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL); 6’2, 205 lbs., L

With elite youngsters like Scheifele already in the organization, the Jets’ object should be drafting for system depth. Kujawinski’s upside won’t blow teams away – but he’s got size, strength, skill and skating. The ‘Peg’s moving in the right direction as a franchise, and the Frontenacs’ pivot would only help. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 23

24. Chicago BlackhawksBo Horvat, C – London Knights (OHL); 6’0, 200 lbs., L

The Hawks are loaded with high-end talent, particularly at forward. From guys like Kane and Toews in Chicago, to prospects like Teravainen and Saad – Chicago remains well-stocked. Horvat projects as a plus defensive pivot, who’ll anchor a team’s shutdown line in addition to clutch scoring. The Blackhawks are one of a select few teams who can afford to pass-up upside in favor of safer, conservative selections. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 21

25. Buffalo SabresShea Theodore, D – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL); 6’0, 170 lbs., L

Buffalo struck it rich with Grigorenko and Girgensons in last year’s first-round, giving them a half-dozen under-22 forwards with top-line potential… so they might be more inclined than most to make a play for a blueliner in ’13. While some might consider him a first-round reach, Theodore’s defense is improving and he’s already an elite attacking d-man. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 25

26. St. Louis BluesJacob de la Rose, LW – Leksand (Allsvenskan); 6’2, 183 lbs., L

From Tarasenko and Schwartz to Pietrangelo and Cole, the St. Louis enjoys a diverse group of talented young prospects and players. Absent any major ‘need’, the Bluenotes grab the Swedish power-forward, de la Rose. The scoring totals haven’t come as expected this season, but the Swede has a good physical game and intelligence. He could be a major steal this late in the first. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: HM

27. Pittsburgh PenguinsFrederik Gauthier, C – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL); 6’5, 219 lbs., L

The Penguins’ prospect-corps is fairly weighted towards the blue line. Only Beau Bennett breaks-up the seven-part blue line combo at the top of their organizational depth-chart. Thankfully, this level of the draft is saturated with talent up-front. Gauthier – whose size, hands and skating (and production as a Q rookie) have sent his draft-stock skyrocketing – makes perfect sense for the Pens here. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: HM

28. New Jersey DevilsZach Fucale, G – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL); 6’0, 166 lbs., L

The Devils could do with help at either goaltender or forward – but we’ve been expecting the Devils to go for a netminder early for a few years – and we’re not stopping now… Fucale’s workhorse record and athleticism earned him a spot in several top-thirty rankings early in the season. He would arguably leap-frog Scott Wedgewood as Jersey’s top prospect in-net and earn the mantle as Martin Brodeur’s heir-apparent. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: HM

29. Phoenix CoyotesTyler Hill, LW – Hotchkiss (US-HS); 6’6, 225 lbs., L

The ‘Yotes are another squad heavy on defensive talent – but desperate for high-end forwards. Despite still playing prep hockey, Hill has massive (massive!) upside given his size, wheels and hands. If he’s not off the board by this point, the risk-reward pendulum swings heavily in Phoenix’s favor and makes him a perfect pick-up late in the first. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: HM

30. Nashville PredatorsHudson Fasching, RW – U.S. National U-18 Team; 6’3, 210 lbs., R

The Preds lucked-out in 2012’s second-round, acquiring Pontus Åberg, a blazer with legitimate top-six potential. Smashville’s prospects are a far more diverse (positionally) bunch than previous. Fasching – a prospective power-forward could be a perfect fit for Barry Trotz & Co. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: HM

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2013 NHL Draft Preliminary Rankings

After around a month of action, here are NHL Mock Draft’s top-thirty prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. While there are a number of talented individuals throughout this roster, we believe there are five (count ‘em, five) players who have a shot at going first-overall come June of ‘13. Right now, Seth Jones sits justContinue Reading

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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