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NHL Mock Draft 2013
- Updated: March 27, 2013
Article By: Michael Balzano
With the season winding down it seems fitting to start to look ahead to the future of the NHL. The picks in this draft were determined by the current standings in the NHL. Columbus obtained a first round pick from the L.A. Kings last year in the Jeff Carter/Jack Johnson trade. Columbus also obtained a first round pick this summer from the New York Rangers for the Rick Nash trade.
1. Florida Panthers- C, Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)– The Florida Panthers need to improve their offense. This fleet-footed and highly skilled forward has proven himself worthy of filling that void. He could make a great linemate for rookie phenom Jonathan Huberdeau.
2. Colorado Avalanche- D, Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)– Seth Jones is an animal. The Avalanche need help on the defensive front and Jones could be exactly what the Doctor ordered. He has an explosive slapshot and is not afraid to take the body when need be. Not to mention his father is the great Popeye Jones of the NBA. Colorado could be the perfect fit for Seth Jones.
3. Philadelphia Flyers- D, Darnell Nurse, Sault St. Marie (WHL)– One thing many have come to realize about the Flyers is that they are too deep when it comes to forwards. They have players that they could move to improve the defense but they also realize that their forwards are starting to age a bit. With Danny Briere at 34 and on the end of his contract, they have plenty to replace him with. The smart choice here would be to look to a defenseman. Kimmo Timonen has logged many years in the NHL and there is just no knowing when he will call it quits. The Flyers already lost Pronger as well so it may be time to refresh a bit at the point.Darnell Nurse is a monster at his position. He’s big, he’s tough and he’s mean. Talk about a perfect fit for the Broad Street Bullies.He knows how to rumble and he has some impressive speed. He is also a great leader for his team in Sault St. Marie. Not to mention he is a nephew of former NFL QB Donovan McNabb.
4. Calgary Flames- LW Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)– Calgary is in a rebuilding phase. They are offering up names like Kippursoff, Iginla, and Bouwmeester if the price is right but in the mean time they need to look to the future. Look no further than the highly skilled and fully proven Jonathan Drouin. As a teammate of Nathan MacKinnon he has helped turn Halifax into a force to be reckoned with. He may be small but Drouin can get to the dirty areas and he can find ways to score. He has great hockey sense and would give any team something to build off of.
5. Tampa Bay Lightning- C, Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)- Tampa needs to add depth. When you think Tampa Bay Lightning hockey right now you are thinking Steve Stamkos. It used to be Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier but that spotlight was stolen when Stamkos lit it up his first year in the NHL. Shinkaruk is explosive and excels in each of the offensive categories and this is exactly what the Lightning need, another good offensive forward.
6. Buffalo Sabres-C, Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL) – The Buffalo Sabres need talent and need to rebuild a depleted and defeated team. Tossing names like Vanek and Miller into trade talks is evidence of this. They are even considering trading their captain who hasn’t performed to the teams expectations. Sean Monahan should provide some top notch goal scoring here along with the possibility of adding leadership to this team.
7. Phoenix Coyotes- RW Aleksander Barkov Tappara (FIN)– Phoenix is still a rebuilding team. They worked on defense last year and solidified it this year signing Oliver Ekman-Larsson long term. Now it is time for them to focus this draft on forwards. Barkov has top notch hockey sense and, at least in Finland, always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
8. Washington Capitals- D, Joshua Morrissey, Prince Albert (WHL)– Washington is at that point where a team has to decide whether to dump off a couple of players and try again next year or make some trades and make a serious push. It is very difficult to do so with Ovechkin sucking up the majority of the salary cap. That being said, they could look to add both a forward and a defenseman in this draft. With such depth in forwards for this draft it only seems reasonable to go for a defenseman at first. Since Washington is already loaded with leadership the team should look to Morrissey instead of Darnell Nurse for his playing ability and his defensive stature.
9. Edmonton Oilers- D, Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL)– After four top notch draft picks for the Edmonton Oilers, it is time to work on the defense. Pulock has great hockey sense and has impressed the scouts with his ability to keep the puck in play. He is very reminiscent of the late great Al MacInnis. Even wears his number.
10. Carolina Hurricanes- C, Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SWE)– Carolina needs to add maybe one or two pieces to return them to their glory that they felt in 2006. Lindholm is an interesting piece because he is the ultimate team player. He looks for openings, he has great puck control and is really maintaining himself in the Swedish leagues. He could provide some serious assist numbers playing on either of the Staal brothers lines.
11. Columbus Blue Jackets- C, Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)– The Columbus Blue Jackets have three opportunities to add to their already youthful team. With the departure of Jeff Carter and Rick Nash, the Jackets are looking to add some star power. This 6’5″ monster of a centerman can handle his own and should prove to be a force to be reckoned with in the NHL.
12. New York Islanders- D, Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)– The Islanders have a lot of things finally starting to factor into their season. They are scheduled to finally make their move to Brooklyn and are going to be looking to add another piece to their puzzle. London Knights D-man would fit very well in an Islanders uniform. A very physical player for a very physical division.
13. Dallas Stars- RW, Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)– Dallas has had a disasterous year and may even drop lower in the standings. They will be looking to add scoring power and a big body forward. Look no further than Anthony Mantha. He has five hat-tricks in his career and isn’t afraid to throw the body around.
14. Nashville Predators- RW, Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)– The scouts say he is a fantastic two way forward. Good, because the Nashville Predators lack in one specific area. They have the defense and the coaching is there. They need a good offensive players. Scouts also say that he is very reminiscent of Mike Richards.
15. San Jose Sharks- LW, Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)-Let’s face it Shark fans. You see it as well as we all do that the Sharks are getting old, especially on the offensive front. Erne has incredible talent and can easily fill the void that gets left in San Jose after a couple of years.
16. Columbus Blue Jackets (From NYR)- RW, Valerie Nichushkin, Chelmet (RUS-2)– With their second pick they could add a number of players to this line-up. Nichushkin is a great playmaker and has great hockey sense. He’s a big body and can get to the dirty areas when necessary.
17. St. Louis Blues- C/LW, Max Domi, London (OHL)– While the Blues may not need to add much this would be a great time to capitalize on the road ahead. Max Domi is an incredible young offensive player. Some people live in the shadows of their fathers. Domi may leave his father’s career in the shadows if he develops the way scouts see him developing.
18. New Jersey Devils- C/LW, Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL) – Talk about speed, this guy flies down the ice and makes it look easy too. Kerby Rychel is the son of former NHL’er Warren Rychel. Unlike his father, and much like Max Domi, he is a big threat on the offensive front. New Jersey could have some competition going in their minor league system on who will be the next to wear the red and black.
19. Winnipeg Jets-LW, J.T. Compher, US-U18 (USHL)– The scouts were quite impressed by Compher’s skill and quickness. That should be good enough for a Jets team who is oh so close to making a good run in the playoffs.
20. Columbus Blue Jackets (From LAK)- LW, Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
21. Detroit Redwings- C/RW, Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL)
22. Toronto Maple Leafs- C, Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
23. Minnesota Wild- C, Jason Dickinson, Guelph (OHL)
24. Vancouver Canucks- D, Ian McCoshen, Waterloo (USHL)
25. Ottawa Senators- LW, Andre Burakovsky, Malmo (SWE)
26. Boston Bruins- LW, William Carrier, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
27. Montreal Canadiens- D, Shea Theodore, Seattle (WHL)
28. Anaheim Ducks- D, Robert Hagg, Modo Jr. (Swe-Jr)
29. Calgary Flames- D, Mirco Mueller, Everett (WHL)
30. Chicago Blackhawks- D, Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS (FIN)