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NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Friday, May 10, 2013


While we know where the first 14 teams will pick in the Entry Draft, the final 16 have yet to be determined. The Stanley Cup finalists will select 29th and 30th respectively, but that result will not be known until the week before the Draft.

 

David Burstyn, McKeen's Hockey Director of Scouting, has put together the first round of the Mock Draft, using the reverse point order of where the team's finished at the end of the regular season for the final 16 selections. This will change by the end of the playoffs.

 

McKeen's Hockey will put out their top 120 picks for the Entry Draft on May 22. In addition, they will also preview the 2014 and 2015 Drafts. Click here to enter their site, it's a great buy.

 

Overall Team TRADED PICKS SELECTION NOTES
1 Avalanche   Seth Jones Jones gives the Avs a viable two-way threat who will play in all situations, local boy will be an instant fan favorite
2 Panthers   Jonathan Drouin Injuries helped derail momentum that the Panthers generated before the lock-out and cost them a playoff spot, Drouin will help them get back there as he does everything at a heightened pace and is a point producer
3 Lightning   Nathan MacKinnon Getting a little long in the tooth up-front, MacKinnon gives the Lightning power and scoring punch as he is a player who could easily step into the lineup next season
4 Predators   Aleksander Barkov Highest the Preds have picked since joining the league in '98, Barkov gives them size up the middle and a legitimate point producing offensive weapon who can score and distribute the puck 
5 Hurricanes   Darnell Nurse Temptation to grab a forward however with many key pieces up front locked up, Canes go back to the OHL to select Nurse, a steady, highly competitive defender who oozes upside and should mesh well with Ryan Murphy
6 Flames   Elias Lindholm The rebuilding begins and the Flames waste no time picking Lindholm, gritty, competitive, offensively charged and has a similar disposition to Peter Forsberg
7 Oilers   Nikita Zadorov With a solid cast of budding young forwards, Oilers nab Zadorov, a hulking 6'7 defender who helped London advance to the OHL finals and has all the tools to be a top 2 defender
8 Sabres   Sean Monahan Looking to get bigger up the middle, Monahan brings size and can play both sides of the puck, skating needs work but he is fuelled by a strong desire to win
9 Devils   Zach Fucale May look to trade down however Halifax Moosehead goalie Fucale would be a logical choice with Brodeur entering the twilight of his career
10 Stars   Max Domi Max Domi, the son of Tie plays a polar opposite game as he is a scoring machine who could possibly step into the lineup next year with several openings up front
11 Flyers   Samuel Morin Samuel Morin is this year's most intriguing prospect as he stands a whopping 6'8, can skate and make offensive plays, his stock is at a premium after a solid showing at the U18 World Championships where he helped Canada capture gold
12 Coyotes   Curtis Lazar Lazar is a character player who elevated his game in the post-season, fits in well with the philosophy and style of the team
13 Jets   Valeri Nichushkin Jets swing for the fences with Nichuskin, who is arguably the most athletic player in the draft with a sky high skill set  but also has a contract in the KHL
14 Blue Jackets   Rasmus Ristolainen GM Kekalainen steps up to the podium and grabs Ristolainen a defenseman he is more than familiar with in the SM-Liiga as he has been playing in that league since he was 16
L O T T E R Y 
15 Islanders   Ryan Pulock The Isles grab WHL defender Pulock, whose point shot may be the best in the draft, he has scored 33 goals the past two seasons and already has pro size at 6'1, 210 
16 Wild Sabres Adam Erne In an attempt to get harder to play against, the Sabres wisely pluck Adam Erne from the Quebec Remparts, whose bull in a china shop approach as well as ability to score instantly puts him in the Sabres mix
17 Senators   Alexander Wennberg Wennberg is an extremely smart two way player who has top six potential; Ottawa has also had tremendous success drafting Swedes
18 Red Wings   Robert Hagg Wings are drawn by the sheer natural ability of Swedish defenseman Hagg who can dictate the pace of the game and QB a PP
19 Rangers Blue Jackets Mirco Mueller Building from the back end out Kekalainen selects Mueller; a graceful and athletic defender who can complement any playing style and was exceptional at the WJC for Team Swiss
20 Sharks   Bo Horvat Bo Horvat gives the Sharks arguably one of the better penalty killers in the draft and a player who has some scoring touch as he led the Knights in post-season goals this year
21 Capitals   Josh Morrissey Morrissey injects a dynamic that is missing from the Caps back-end as he is capable of making end-to-end rushes and playing special teams
22 Maple Leafs   Hunter Shinkaruk Shinkaruk has shown a penchant for scoring goals in junior which is what the Leafs need, his speed in transition and especially off the mark makes him a threat to score in any situation
23 Canucks   Valentin Zykov Zykov is a player who can dominate down low and buy time and space for his line mates while also playing a skilled game
24 Kings Blue Jackets Andre Burakowsky Elated that Burkowsky is still available as he offers speed to burn and is highly creative, struggled in the SEL this year but was very dominant when lining up against his peer group
25 Blues Flames Kerby Rychel Rychel has a laser beam of a shot and can score goals with back-to-back 40 goal seasons as a Spitfire in the OHL; a player who can play in the Flames top six for many years
26 Bruins Stars Frederik Gauthier Gauthier is a player who is only starting to scratch the surface as the 6'4 center redeemed a poor second half with a stellar performance at the World U18 Championships playing on both special teams
27 Canadiens   Ian McCoshen McCoshen is a monster on the ice,  does everything hard and is  physically imposing, plays more of a defensive game as his game mirrors that of former Montreal first rounder; Ryan McDonagh
28 Ducks   Chris Bigras Bigras is not a flashy player but he does everything well and has a strong feel for the game  both in the offensive and defensive zone
29 Penguins Flames Anthony Mantha Flames need scoring and Mantha provides it as he led the QMJHL with 50 goals and was only 1 of 3 players in the entire CHL to eclipse the 50 goal plateau. Not always involved, Mantha brings a dimension that few prospects bring to the table, he scores!
30 Blackhawks   Michael McCarron The Hawks get bigger and nastier up front with the selection of 6'5 Michael McCarron who led the USNDTP in PIM but also marked considerable improvement to both his skating and puck skills as the year progressed 


Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator with McKeen’s Hockey, publishers of industry leading scouting and fantasy guide, the McKeen’s Annual Hockey Pool Yearbook. He also contributes to popular blog MapleLeafsHotStove.com ... he can be followed on Twitter @KatsHockey
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