The Official 2013 (Annual) Habs Board Mock Draft Thread (Officially Underway!!)
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Habsfan18 - Detroit Red Wings
Whitesnake - Pittsburgh Penguins
Hototogisu - Dallas Stars
Overlords - Vancouver Canucks
CrimsonSkorpion - Edmonton Oilers
habsprospects - Minnesota Wild
Yarfangor - Buffalo Sabres
Watsatheo - Florida Panthers
Grant McCagg - Ottawa Senators
Dr Gonzo - New York Islanders
DekeLikeYouMeanIt - New Jersey Devils
Et le but - Tampa Bay Lightning
le_sean - Toronto Maple Leafs
HomaridII - Winnipeg Jets
Habitants - Colorado Avalanche
Jeffrey - New York Rangers
Ohashi_Jouzu - Chicago Blackhawks
WeThreeKings - Montreal Canadiens
zaluty - Philadelphia Flyers
Monctonscout (Carey Price) - Carolina Hurricanes
eaglesmaster - Boston Bruins
Duff88 - Nashville Predators
TinordiandSubban (Kyle West) - Calgary Flames
Turtleneck Plek - Columbus Blue Jackets
Hawkguy (HawkeyeCB) - St. Louis Blues
Marc the Habs Fan - Phoenix Coyotes
That - Los Angeles Kings
Analyzer - Washington Capitals
Habs 4 Life - San Jose Sharks
NLHabsFan - Anaheim Ducks
Jeromehp (markov79fan), Mathradio, Garo, Schooner Guy, and 2 Chainz (Pernell Karl) have declined invitations to return. Buddahsmokah1 is MIA.
1. Colorado - Jonathan Drouin
"Jonathan is a player with impressive talent. He has superior puck skills and great hockey sense. We are very happy to be able to add a player of his caliber to our organization and look forward to his development with the Avalanche."
2. Florida - Seth Jones
"We feel this is the best player on the board and thrilled he's still available. Adding a franchise D to play with Kulikov for the next decade+ in front of Markstrom is going to make the team much tougher to play against."
3. Tampa Bay - Nathan MacKinnon
"We believe MacKinnon is the best player in the draft. A complete forward whose speed, skill and work ethnic are unmatched, he has the potential to make our offense unstoppable for years to come."
4. Nashville - Aleksander Barkov
"We are ecstatic to be adding a big center of the calibre of Barkov to our team. He has been playing pro since age 16 and we believe he is the most NHL-ready player in this draft. His hockey sense is uncanny, and he projects as an all-around first line center in the NHL."
5. Carolina - Sean Monahan
"We believe Sean will be acore player for us with his strong 2 way game and presence in the dressing room. We feel he has strong offensive skill to be a dominant NHl player."
6. Calgary - Valeri Nichushkin
"We just got the best player in the draft...again. Valeri is a physical beast who is already able to power through defenders twice his age in the KHL. He has dominated amongst his peers and been a difference-maker at every level. He is already being considered for the full senior team and the Olympics which means we will have to be patient to see him in a Flames jersey. He is a generational talent, the best Russian player since Kharlamov, and represents the beginning of a new era in Flames history-the Baertschi-Jankowski-Nichushkin top line will one day be the league's best!"
7. Edmonton - Elias Lindholm
"Lindholm is an excellent offensive centre with amazing playmaking ability, good skating -- his agility and acceleration are what impress us the most, along with his first step -- and his vision and high hockey IQ tell us that he'll be a #1 centre for our organization very soon. On top of that, his defensive game is impressive as well. He is willing to throw his weight around and because he is so well balanced and smart in the defensive zone, more often than not he comes out of the defensive zone with the puck on his stick. We were shocked to see him fall into our spot and we are even more pleased to use our pick to snag him."
8. Buffalo - Darnell Nurse
"At 6'4 185lbs we feel Nurse is a top pairing D in the making. He is an authoritative force on the back end both as a shutdown defenseman AND an offensive threat. We feel at our position with who was available he was the best player available. This was quite simply a no brainer move."
9. New Jersey - Hunter Shinkaruk
"This is a great pick for the Devils. You look at their wing depth past Kovalchuk and you see why they made that pick. Shinkaruk is not just a small skillful winger. He's feisty and gritty. Great hands around the net and an NHL ready wrist shot. He can burn you with speed, skill or will."
10. Dallas - Nikita Zadorov
"We fell in love with Nikita's mobility, offensive instincts, and willingness to punish opposing players. He has great size and no qualms about throwing it around, but he can also pinch into a rush and has the footspeed to recover in time in his own end. He has a special skillset and we anticipate him wreaking havoc on our blueline for years with twin tower and fellow first rounder Jamie Oleksiak."
11. Philadelphia - Rasmus Ristolainen
"The Flyers see Rasmus as the top pair dman who may contribute right away. His physical presence is something we may have been lacking lately."
12. Phoenix - Max Domi
"In case you hadn't realized, we probably have the worst set of forwards in the NHL and have a nice group of young defenceman. We badly need offence, especially at the center position, so Domi is a perfect fit! His offensive skills are top notch, he thinks the game well, he's extremely strong and he's a heck of a competitor despite his lack of height. So far in the OHL playoffs, he has been a big game player, stepping up his game in elimination games."
13. Winnipeg - Valentin Zykov
14. Columbus - Alexander Wennberg
"We're happy to add such a talented player to our organization. Alexander brings a mix of elite playmaking abilities and defensive play to his game and we feel confident going forward that he is a great building block for this Columbus team. Alexander needs to bulk up but he will get the chance to do so while playing against men next year in the Elitserien and we hope to see him very soon in a Jackets jersey."
15. NYI - Ryan Pulock
16. Buffalo (From Minnesota) - Zachary Fucale
"A goalie with the elite potential that Fucale has is nearly impossible to pass up, and with selecting Fucale we feel he will usher in a new era for the Buffalo Sabres. We feel that Fucale has a very bright future, and we couldn't be happier to select a future Franchise Netminder."
17. Ottawa - Curtis Lazar
" Lazar brings a winning pedigree, having guided his midget team to a Telus Cup championship, and the Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup and two straight WHL finals. Lazar is a natural leader with strong two-way skills and great hockey sense."
18. Detroit - Bo Horvat
"Bo is a player we've had our eyes on for quite some time now. He's a player that can play in any situation, and he's not afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice. We really like his hockey sense, and the fact that he can protect the puck with ease. Character players who can also score are in high demand in this league, so we know he'll be a big part of our future and will most certainly contribute for our club down the road."
19. Columbus (From NYR) - Kerby Rychel
"We love Kerby's drive and his ability to score goals whether it's with his lethal wrister, his accurate one-timer or his ability to get close to the net and use his body to beat the goaltender. He has excellent hockey bloodlines and plays with an edge that will be a big plus for our organization."
20. San Jose - Adam Erne
21. Washington - Anthony Mantha
"The Capitals organization is happy to add Mantha to our prospect group along with Tom Wilson to continue supply our team with big body players who have the capability to score."
22. Toronto - Josh Morrissey
"We can't believe this player has fallen to us at 22nd. We feel he is the biggest steal of the draft. Josh is extremely talented, with great vision and creativity, combined with excellent skating ability. We also feel he is underrated defensively and showed very good things at the World U-18 Championships. We are very excited to have him help anchor our blueline in the future with the likes of Morgan Rielly"
23. Vancouver - J.T. Compher
24. Columbus (From Los Angeles) - Mirco Mueller
25. Calgary (From St. Louis) - Frederik Gauthier
"He's a smart kid with size and superior defensive awareness who can be our go-to shutdown center. We loved his play with Canada at the U-18, where he scored the GWG in the gold medal game, and feel he's just scratching the surface of his upside. He's going to be our Joel Otto, only...better."
26. Boston - Robert Hagg
"We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to select this smooth skating dman who is also in possession of remarkable poise. His cerebral play and exceptional puck moving skills will surely be an asset on our blueline someday."
27. Montreal - Andre Burakowsky
"Andre Burakowsky is a skilled winger from Sweden with nice size to go along with his skill. While he does not throw his weight around, he does not shy from the traffic areas and will go to the boards or the front of the net. His skating (speed, agility and acceleration) allow him to be a threat. To go along with his quick feet, Burakowsky has an excellent pair of hands, able to deke and gain the zone and get off a quick, hard and accurate shot. If Burakowsky can put all the tools together and learn to trust his teammates more, he could be a game breaking talent on the wing at the NHL level."
28. Anaheim - Ryan Hartman
"He is a player we have been watching closely since the new year. We believe he is a future NHL player due to his immense versatility. He can play center or wing, plus in either a scoring or grinding role. He is a phenomenal skater, one of the best in the draft. He plays a fearless game, aggressive on the forecheck, throws his weight around and has no problem with picking up for himself or a teammate. Hartman is a solid, all around player, with big game experience at the U20 WJC. We look forward to having him as a part of our organization."
29. Calgary (From Pittsburgh) - Samuel Morin
"Flames just got bigger and a whole lot harder to play against. Sam is a tower of strength in his own end and has started to show some offensive instincts as the year progressed, eventually running the Oceanic powerplay. His size, toughness and mobility makes for a rare prospect with enticing upside, one we are all to happy to invest in."
30. Chicago - Shea Theodore
"Simply put, this guy is an incredible puck-mover with a pretty heavy shot as well. Made great strides defensively, despite being on a collectively weak Seattle team, as he grew/bulked up and gained some experience. He has also worked a lot on his shot and it shows. He's already drawing comparisons to another former late 1st rounder, Mike Green, and has already had plenty of success in the spot light as a Winter Games, Hlinka, and U18 gold medalist. We think teams will look back in a few years and wonder how they passed on him."
31. Florida - Morgan Klimchuk
"We are happy to get this good skating forward that can already play a complete game. Has had an impressive U18 for Canada."
32. Colorado - Chris Bigras
33. Tampa Bay - Ian McCoshen
"We believe this kid will be the future of our blueline."
34. Montreal (From Nashville) - Zach Nastasiuk
"Nastasiuk adds grit and size to the wing position of the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool. We believe that a team could have taken a chance on him in the first round and are thrilled to see him fall to us early in the 2nd round. Nastasiuk knows how to play without the puck as well as with it. Nastasiuk needs to improve his skating a bit to catch up with his frame but we believe that his offensive upside is higher than originally thought.. He scored at a near point per game pace in the OHL play-offs and followed it up with a nice performance at the U-18s for Canada."
35. Carolina - Steve Santini
36. Montreal (From Calgary) - Jason Dickinson
"Jason ended last year with a solid showing in the play-offs. He has grown a few inches since being drafted into the NHL and while he has not filled out his frame yet, he is still tough to knock off the puck. Dickinson has versatility in that he can play center or wing and we are hoping he can develop those flashes of brilliance into something that is more consistent and refined. First round size and skills, Dickinson possesses great hockey IQ, quick feet for a big man and nice hand-eye coordination. Dickinson has shown a development in the nastier side of his game this season and we hope he can develop that further."
37. Edmonton - Madison Bowey
"Bowey is a solid defenseman that can pitch on offensively and is sound defensively. He plays all three zones effectively and has a very good first pass. Over time, he'll need to add some muscle to his frame, as he is not overly big, but he plays with a physical edge which is something missing on the Oilers blueline -- besides needing defenseman in general."
38. Buffalo - Nicolas Petan
"Nic has all the tools to be an effective NHL forward and the only knock people have against him is his size. We believe with our success with Ennis, Gerbe and looking at this year's potential Calder cup winner Brendan Gallagher, that the only size that matters is the size of your heart. Nic possesses the drive, skill, speed and IQ to be a great player for the Buffalo Sabres organization and we are ecstatic to select him."
39. New Jersey - Dillon Heatherington
40. Dallas - Artturi Lehkonen
"We feel that it's worth taking a chance on a player with Artturi's skill at this point in the draft. He's not the biggest forward but he doesn't shy away from contact and knows how to get to the dirty areas. We could see him as being comparable to Montreal's Brendan Gallagher in the NHL."
41. Philadelphia - Justin Bailey
"We feel with his skill and toughness Justin will become a great power forward in the league."
42. Phoenix - Jacob De La Rose
"We are very excited to add De La Rose to our prospect pool, especially after picking a bit of a boom or bust prospect in Max Domi. While Jacob may only top out as a 3rd liner, his size, smarts and intangibles should make him a quality 3rd liner in the NHL. And we think he could become a top 6 forward if certain things go right, he certainly has the tools to be one."
43. Winnipeg - Jonathan-Ismail Diaby
"Diaby is a huge Defensemen that likes to hit, is a very good skater, loves to clear his crease and can fight. He has the tools to develop into a very good overall player as his first pass and shot are very good as well. He will make a great addition to our prospect list."
44. Columbus - Anthony Duclair
"We feel that Anthony is a player that has many game-breaking qualities that we think will translate well to the NHL. He still needs to work on his overall game but he has the attitude and the drive to become a very good player for us."
45. Anaheim (From NYI) - Eric Roy
"Strong puck mover with very good offensive instincts. Needs polish on his defensive game and to add muscle to his frame. Improving his defensive positioning is something we believe can be taught, whereas his offensive abilities are natural."
46. Minnesota - Jackson Houck
"Houck does the heavy lifting on a nightly basis for the Giants besides providing offence. He gets in the corners, he battles in front of the net, he fights and he even wins his share of faceoffs."
47. St. Louis (From Ottawa) - Marko Dano
"The St. Louis Blues are so pleased to add, who we feel, is a top-20 player in this year's draft. Mr. Dano is a jack-of-all-trades. He can score goals. He can set players up. He can play effectively on both the powerplay or penalty kill. He's got a feisty side that we really cherish. There is nothing about this kid that we don't absolutely love and we're very pleased to add him to our organization."
48. Detroit - Michael McCarron
"McCarron is a player who absolutely loves to use his frame and is willing to run right through you. He creates scoring chances with his solid play around the opponents net. He also has an underrated shot that he can release with ease. There have been some questions about his consistency, but we feel that it's worth to take a gamble on him, and view him as a 1st round talent, if he's able to put it all together. Potential top 6 power-forward. We look forward to seeing how he develops with the Western Michigan Broncos."
49. San Jose (From NYR) - Emile Poirier
50. San Jose - William Carrier
51. Washington - Nick Sorensen
"We add another sizeable body to our group of young, talented forwards."
52. Toronto - Jimmy Lodge
"We are very pleased to have landed a player with as high of a skillset as Jimmy Lodge to our system. He has the skating, shot and grit to go along with a very projectable frame to succeed at the next level. With some time we feel he could be a high impact forward in the NHL"
53. Dallas (From Vancouver) - Laurent Dauphin
"Laurent is a highly skilled, intense player who could be a good fit on any of our top three lines. He has a good shot, slick hands, is a strong skater and can turn it on when it counts, and we're very happy to find a player of his caliber still on the board at this point in the draft."
54. Los Angeles - Linus Arnesson
"We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to add Arnesson to our already deep group of young defenceman. Linus is a 6'2, smooth skating defenceman who brings a consistent level of high-end defence. He is gifted with very high hockey sense and an active stick that allow him to break up plays effectively and quickly begin the transition. His willingness to support the offence, his accurate shot, and poise with the puck lead us to believe he has untapped offensive upside."
55. Buffalo (From St. Louis) - Pavel Buchnevich
"We are shocked that Pavel was still on the board by our pick, he has all the tools to be a very successful top 6 forward in the NHL, it is just a matter of time for him. He was stellar in the WJC-U18 potting 11 points in 7 games, and we feel he has the drive, and high-end skill set to be a very special player that will make an impact on the Sabres roster in the not so distant future."
56. Dallas (From Boston) - Jordan Subban
"What excites us most about Jordan are his bloodlines. Even though he may not be as highly touted as his brothers, we believe he'll have the drive to be as good or better than either of them. He has incredible puck skills and while he may not be the tallest player, he can follow in his brother P.K.'s path of bulking up and using his skating to dominate bigger forwards."
57. Montreal - John Hayden
"Hayden is going to the program in Yale which just participated in the frozen four tournmanet, we believe this will help his development. Hayden has power forward size and a power forward's game. He crashes the net, has good hands in tight and always goes to the dirty areas of the ice. His right handed shot at the center position is also something else we covet highly. We look forward to him developing his offensive game more and rounding out his game in all 3 zones."
58. Edmonton (From Anaheim) - Oliver Bjorkstrand
"It's amazing to us that Oliver was available to us at this point in the draft, but we are pleased to be the ones selecting this young man. Bjorkstrand has high offensive upside to his game and has the skillset to someday make the top 6. The only trouble is his size, which can become a concern if he is not able to pack on some weight to his small frame. Still, we believe he has the motivation and the passion to do so, and his scoring ability will be much appreciated in the Oilers organization."
59. Winnipeg (Compensatory) - Brett Pesce
"At 6'3 but only 175 lbs, Pesce will grow have to work on getting bigger, but he has all the tools to be a good all around defenseman. Pesce is very athletic, has a superb outlet pass, a very active stick and plays the position with extreme calm, as evidence by all the minutes he logged as a freshman."
60. San Jose (From Pittsburgh) - Keaton Thompson
61. Winnipeg (From Chicago) - Adam Tambellini
"Tambellini has the bloodlines to have a long NHL career, as well as the body, listed by the NHL at 6'2 but closer to 6'3, he is a big body sniper who scored 26 points in his last 16 games after a mid-season trade to Surrey, as well as scoring 18 points in 17 playoff games. He is a hard working player who never takes a shift off, qualities that will serve him well when he makes the NHL. Winnipeg is hopeful that this long term development project develops at the University of North Dakota in the same manner Canadiens prospect Danny Kristo did."
62. Phoenix (From San Jose, NYR, Florida) - Eric Comrie
"We believe we may have just stolen a quality goalie. Often compared to Carey Price, Comrie was touted as a legit 1st round candidate and a clear rival to Zach Fucale until a hip injury ended his season in mid-January. When you look at our goalie prospects, Mark Visentin had a bad year in the AHL and constantly loses big games, then it's guys who are more or less longshots like Domingue and Lee. We think Comrie will be our goalie of the future."
63. Colorado - Connor Hurley
64. Nashville (From Tampa Bay) - Nick Baptiste
"Baptiste adds speed and a solid frame to our prospect depth up front. We like his upside and believe he will really add to his status with a great season in Sudbury next year."
65. NYR (From Nashville) - Lucas Wallmark
"Young swedish player that dominated on every level he has played thus far. He grew from 5'9 tu 6'0 during the year and he is still one of the youngest player in the draft so there might be still room for him to grow even more. He is a very versatile player that can play any role asked. Very good on face-off, very good offensive skillset. He is more of a longterm project but at this point in the draft he is definately worth the risk IMO."
66. Carolina - Tommy Vannelli
"We love his size and skating and the way he moves the puck, we see him as a future catlalyst of our transition game and we had him much higher, real happy he made it to our pick."
67. Calgary - Yan-Pavel Laplante
"He missed most of his draft year with injury so maybe a lot of scouts didn't see enough of him, but we saw a dynamic, skilled player who can play anywhere in the lineup and in any situation. Coaches love these types of hard-working players who go flat out every shift and we predict he will be a fan favorite in Calgary."
68. Dallas (From Edmonton) - Nick Moutrey
"Nick has a tantalizing mix of size and skill, and plays a strong power forward type game. His offense was solid if not spectacular all year but we feel like once he puts everything together he'll be a real dangerous player for a long time."
69. Buffalo - Jan Kostalek
"We are very happy to be selecting Jan at 69, we feel he has a very bright future in the NHL as he's already played over 40 international games at the ripe age of 18 years old. He plays a mature two-way game beyond his years and is has showed great work ethic wanting to improve. We feel with hard work and some added muscle mass Jan will have a solid career in the NHL and we wouldn't be surprised to see him contribute offensively as well."
70. Minnesota (From New Jersey) - Juuso Ikonen
"Very skilled player with good vision. Is a good skater. Produced relatively well at the senior level for a young player on a weak team."
71. Montreal (From Dallas) - Tristan Jarry
"We like Jarry's size and his technical ability. He plays behind Laurent Broissoit and so his sample size is small, which may have helped him slip under the radar. He posted better numbers and more shut-outs than Broissoit albeit playing weaker competition. However, when Jarry has played play-off WHL teams, he has shined. He will need to prove he can handle the work load of a number 1 goaltender. Jarry is an intelligent kid, spends time learning the craft, has a working relationship with Broissoit and soaks up his coaching. He wants to learn and master the position which increases his upside. Most importantly, Jarry understands the need to be intense, athletic and acrobatic in the net despite his great size."
72. Philadelphia - Hudson Fasching
73. Phoenix - Ryan Fitzgerald
"I've never seen him play. Seems like he's a skilled and smart player. I know he's Tom Fitzgerald's son, he's a smurf, Button has him ranked 40th, he's headed to Boston College and he won the John Carlton Award, a prestigious honor given annually to top student hockey players in the Boston area."
74. Winnipeg - Mason Geertsen
"Geersten was traded midseason for Dabid Musil. Since joining the Giants he has seen his ice time and responsibilities increase. He is only 17 years old and is already 6'4 and over 200 pounds. He has the body to grow into 220-230 lbs easily. He projects into a physical, nasty shutdown defenseman, open ice hitter and punishing body checker."
75. NYR (From Columbus) - Marc-Oliver Roy
"I'm excited to get Marc-Olivier that late in the draft and I was surprised to see him available at this point of the draft. I see him as an hard-worker player with good offensive potential. He needs to get stronger like most kid his age but the upside on him is very good. He seems to be able to raise his game when his team need it the most."
76. NYI - Michael Downing
"At almost 6'3, 185 lbs, Downing is a big defender that is coming into his own. Shows physicality, a quick stick, long reach, mobility, and skill. Displays excellent reach, and poise when he has the puck, and passes very well up ice. Is not a polished up ice guy or on the PP, but shows potential to develop into a strong defensive defenseman who will control areas with his stick and physicality. His defensive game is a work in progress, his transition game will only get better. Tremendous upside. Committed to the University of Michigan."
77. Pittsburgh (From Dallas, Philadelphia, Minnesota) - Ryan Kujawinski
"We are pleased to see how Ryan develop his game as the year progresses. Solid player, strong skater (though not with the most beautiful stride), physical, very good IQ on all 3 zones, we believe this kid has everything needs to develop into a very good NHL'er."
78. Ottawa - Zach Sanford
79. Detroit - Remi Elie
"A power forward with a big shot, and another player who isn't afraid to get his nose dirty, Elie didn't play a large role for London this year mainly due to who he was playing behind. The OHL playoffs was his true coming out party, and we look forward to seeing him in an expanded role next season for the Knights."
80. NYR - Vincent Dunn
81. Minnesota (From San Jose) - Connor Rankin
"Rankin is a talented and crafty player that plays both ends of the ice very well."
82. Washington - Nikolas Brouillard
83. Toronto - Sean Malone
"We really like that he dropped to us in the 3rd round. Sean has great speed and a motor to match. Though we wanted to see a bit more from him at the U-18, we feel his season in the USHL makes up for it. He is committed to go to Harvard."
84. Vancouver (From Florida) - Tyler Hill
85. Los Angeles - Peter Cehlárik
"Peter's a 6'2 left winger from Slovakia who scored three goals and added three assists in just eight games with Luleå. He also played at a near point-per-game in the U20 league and was the leading scorer for Slovakia at the U18s. Peter uses his size at a high level to protect the puck and screen the goaltender. He possesses extremely soft hands and a very good touch around the goal. His skating is a work in progress, but he's shown lots of dedication to improving all aspects of his game. We feel that Peter has the ability to be a very dangerous goal scorer for us in the future."
86. St. Louis - Myles Bell
"We believe in second chances and we believe that Mr. Bell deserves a second chance. He's dealt with some pretty unfortunate things in his life and we feel that it's helped him grow as a both a person, a leader, and a hockey player. We love the total package. He's got good size, a nose for the net, great offensive instincts, and a howitzer from the blueline. He's a very interesting prospect because he can play so many different positions on the ice. He's played defense at a high level and he made the transition, rather easily, to forward this season, which is pretty crazy when you think of how high a level he's playing at. He's played center at lower levels as well. We're extremely excited to welcome Mr. Bell to the organization."
87. Boston - Niklas Hansson
"The boston bruins are ecstatic to add another gifted swedish dman to our prospect core. We have faith that Hansson will continue to improve in his skating, and that the rest of his game, mainly his offensive abilities coming from the backend, will translate to the NHL."
88. Montreal - Gustav Olofsson
"Olofsson is a Swedish Born defenseman who came over a couple years back to learn the North American game and is scheduled to play for Colorado College where we hope he fills out his 6'2" frame. Although he has a nice frame, Olofsson does not go out of his way to be physical but does use his body to separate players from the puck. He uses his reach exceptionally well and is always calm with the puck. We believe he has all the tools to be a two-way defender at the NHL level and his size/reach will help fend off forecheckers."
89. Anaheim - Spenser Jensen
"Jensen is a right handed defenseman with a high hockey IQ when it comes to defensive positioning. He is tall, listed at 6'3, but still needs to add more muscle to his frame, and is a strong skater that allows him to neutralize oncoming forwards. He has the potential to be a future reliable partner for one of our young offensive defensemen like (earlier pick) Eric Roy and last years first pick Hampus Lindholm. We believe the future of our defense is very bright."
90. Pittsburgh - Kurt Etchegary
"Feel that his kid is really talented on all zones, strong on his feet, and anybody who takes Samuel Morin for a fight is courageous enough...or crazy enough to go as high as he just did."
91. Winnipeg (From Chicago) - Tyler Motte missed pick
92. Florida - Philippe Desrosiers
"Was impressed with his play at the U18 and you can't go wrong with good goalie depth."
93. Colorado - Mitch Wheaton
94. St. Louis (From Tampa Bay) - Andreas Johnson
"Although going deep in the draft, Mr. Johnson has the potential to be one of the better players to come out of the entire 2013 draft class. Mr. Johnson has incredible vision, so he sees the ice very well. He's got good hands, a good shot, and fantastic speed. He does need to put on a little size, but he plays the game with so much energy, that the size is almost a non-factor. We are very pleased to add Mr. Johnson to our organization."
95. Nashville - Jusse Saros
96. Los Angeles (From Carolina) - Spencer Martin
"We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to select Spencer this late in the draft. Spencer is a positionally sound goalie who combines a high level of athleticism and a never say die attitude. After beginning the season with an incredible stretch, Spencer cooled off considerably. However, he regained form in the final couple months. It's no secret that Spencer's consistency needs a lot of work and that he is a long-term project, but he possesses all of the tools to a quality starting netminder in the NHL."
97. Calgary - Sergei Tolchinsky
"He's small but may be the fastest player in the draft and he loves the North American game. There are flashes of Datsyukian skill with him and we are excited about his ability to make plays at high speed."
98. Florida (From Edmonton) - Taylor Cammarata
"He's definitely a dynamic skater," Central Scouting's David Gregory told NHL.com. "He's very good stopping and starting, so he can get to full speed quickly. When you talk about his size, it's going to be something he has to continue to develop and have be a big part of his game to be effective as a pro. He's pretty smart with the puck too. He can dish it well, he's a good passer, a creative passer. … For his size he's not afraid to go into traffic and make a play, and he has enough vision that he can make a play even when he is in some tough spots. What stands out most about Cammarata is the effectiveness of his game at his size. While some might see that as a hindrance to having a career in professional hockey, Cammarata sees it as an advantage."
99. Nashville (From Buffalo) - Carter Verhaeghe
100. New Jersey - Wilhelm Westlund
"Westlund is a very good skater with great lateral movement and agility as well as a high level of 2-way hockey sense at a young age."
101. Dallas - J.C. Lipon
"We're pleased and a little surprised to find J.C. still on the board at this point in the draft. Despite being undersized and having gone undrafted last year, we felt he was the engine that drove one of the best lines in junior hockey this year. His selection to Team Canada at the World Junior's shows how highly thought of he is around the junior hockey world, and we believe he has the determination to be a solid NHLer down the road."
102. Ottawa (From Tampa Bay, Philadelphia) - Gage Ausmus
103. Los Angeles (From Philadelphia, Columbus, Phoenix) - Jesse Lees
"Jesse is very good skating, mobile defenceman who possesses fantastic agility and speed. He has a good shot, which he uses effectively in all situations. Despite being an offensive-minded defenceman, he is exceptionally poised his in own zone and makes the simple, smart play most of the time. He is also the youngest player in the draft, born one day before the cutoff. We believe he can be an impact player down the road and we couldn't be happier to draft a defenceman from a team that has produced talents like Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Tyler Myers, and Josh Gorges, just name a few."
104. Winnipeg - Martin Reway
"We like this skilled speedy centerman and are not worried about his size because of his feisty, strong on the puck and has a great attitude."
105. Columbus - Alexandre Coulombe missed pick
106. NYI - Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau
"Gabryel may be the lightest player in hockey not named Erik Karlsson, but we immediately plan to put him on a strict steroid base regime. We have already contacted Lance Armstrong and the wheels are in motion. Once he comes back from Bulgaria he should be pushing 220 lbs of pure McMasterville rage. VICTORRRYYYYYYYYYYYY. We foresee great things for this 'Pti' Choo Choo de Chez Nous'."
107. Minnesota - Anthony Florentino
"He has a bomb of a shot and the ability to run a power play at the next level. He can hit like a truck. He has good tools to develop and doesn’t have a glaring weakness in his game. He is going to Providence College next season."
108. Ottawa - Cole Ully
109. Detroit - Viktor Arvidsson
"While some teams were surely scared off by his small stature and the fact that he's 20 years old, we definitely think he was worth the risk as a pick in the 4th round, as we feel his skill level is that of a top 2 round player in this draft. A strong rookie season in the SEL was capped off by a breakthrough performance in the playoffs which lead to his winning of the Junior of The Year award. He also had a strong performance at the WJC, scoring 4 goals in 6 games. A fantastic skater with great speed, he works his ass off and uses his intensity to help his team win."
110. NYR - Sven Andrighetto
"Since it's the time to draft overager and small player... Why not do both and continue my trend to draft LHJMQ player. I, also, don't have so many draft pick left and I absolutely love his game and there is no way that he would be available on my next pick."
111. San Jose (From Chicago) - Roberts Lipsbergs
112. Washington - Jean-Sebastian Dea
113. Nashville (From Toronto) - Will Butcher
114. Vancouver - Carl Dahlström
115. Los Angeles - Matt Buckles
"Matt is a robust centre who possesses a great offensive skillset. His very hard shot and large frame, make him extremely hard to contain. He loves get his nose dirty and can score in a variety of ways. He's a project, but if developed right, he has the potential to be a special player. Matt is committed to Cornell University."
116. St. Louis - Andrei Mironov
"We love the style of game that Mr. Mironov brings. He's a big guy who can throw some pretty nice hits, he's a smart passer, and knows how to protect his goalie. He's already had some huge accomplishments in his career with winning a Bronze Medal at the World Juniors as well as becoming a full-time regular, as an 18-year-old, on the Gagarin Cup championship team - and he wasn't just along for the ride, he played every single Playoff game for Dynamo. We're very proud to welcome him to our organization."
117. Boston - Emil Djuse
"After much deliberation, we elected to go for broke and add another Swedish defencemen who excels at moving the puck and is in possession of very good hockey sense."
118. NYI (From Montreal) - Victor Crus Rydberg
"We are extremely happy to see Victor available this late in the 4th round. Victor finished the year in the Elitserien, in addition to playing several games with the U18 national team. His vision is impressive as is his skill-set. His ability to create time and space for him self impresses us the most. He will need to work on his skating and learn to use his lethal shot more often, but his defensive responsibility and work ethic makes him an ideal project."
119. Toronto (From Anaheim) - Anton Cederholm
"We believe we got really good value here. Anton played 12 games in the SEL as a 17 year old and plays a physical style, combined with solid mobility. With our crop of puck moving defencemen in the system, it was imperative to get this kind of player on the backend."
120. Pittsburgh - Fredrik Bergvik
121. Chicago - Calvin Petersen
"Cal has phenomenal quickness, good size (6-1.25, 175) and offers good low net coverage. His wingspan is great, so he covers a lot of the net and is capable of coming up with big games. We like his compete level, and he has a knack for coming up with timely, spectacular saves. While obviously a project who is a few years away from the NHL, we already like his fundamentals and consistency. His experience handling his role in what developed into a two goalie system should serve him when he eventually gets his chance to break into the NHL."
122. Florida - Gustav Possler
123. Colorado - Avery Peterson
124. Tampa Bay - Stephen Harper
125. Nashville - Rinat Valiev
126. Carolina - Michael Brodzinski
"We feel he has a strong future as a puck moving defenseman that can play the PP and contribute offensively, he is currently working on improving his overall game and we feel he will be a strong asset in the future. He is heading to the University of Minnesota next year to further his development."
127. Washington (From Calgary) - Jayden Hart
128. Edmonton - Alexander Henriksson
"Alex has shown that he is a true competitor. He goes to the corners and the dirty areas, battles hard every shift and is a talented skater and stick-handler. He has shown that he can handle the puck very well at top speeds and has a very hard, accurate wrist shot to boot. We are VERY pleased that Alex was available to us in this round, as we had him scouted since day one and were kicking ourselves when we traded both our 3rd and 4th round selections."
129. Buffalo - Bogdan Yakimov
"Bogdan has a fantastic set of tools to go with his power forward frame but what gets us really excited is his style of play, which is that of an NHL power forward. Bogdan goes to the dirty areas of the net and loves to score where it is hardest, he also thrives in the face off circle. He’s a true north and south player that has all the tools to one day make it in the NHL. We feel that Bogdan has to polish his game but he is well on his way to being a future NHLer; we feel in 1-2 years it will be the right time for Bogdan to come over to North America, by that time we feel he’ll be an offensive threat that physically intimidates opponents, and we couldn’t be happier."
130. Buffalo (From Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey) - Luke Johnson
"Johnson has been spoken about many times in the last two years about the possibility of being a first round talent, and while he has slipped this year, it’s no mystery as to why he was mentioned with such high praise. Johnson has been on our radar for a while, he is a hard working two way forward, with high end work ethic, and stellar character to boot; he was selected to be captain for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game along with three others. He has excellent speed, excellent acceleration, great hockey IQ, however what really makes him dangerous is his lethal shot which he uses often to fool net minders. We feel that Johnson has a future in the NHL, and while he’ll take all the time he needs to round out his game, we are very excited by what he has to offer, and we can see him wearing a letter on his jersey in the future. This is a great day for the Buffalo Sabres."
131. Dallas - Mackenzie Weegar
"Mackenzie really turned heads this year in his first year in the CHL. He was a little buried under a great blueline but put up solid numbers, really coming on in the second half. He has a lot of smarts, moves the puck well and can work the PP with his great shot."
132. Philadelphia - Henri Ikonen
"Henri came over to NA and played with 2 first round picks next year and showed a great ability to score and play in the corners."
133. Phoenix - Jérémy Grégoire
"Honestly, I can't believe he's still available! While he won't be a star, he profiles as potentially gritty 3rd line center with some offensive potential. His faceoff work is also quite solid. Once he was traded from Chicoutimi and their big ice surface, he played much better for Baie-Comeau and his development should only continue to go well with a strong coach like Veilleux at the helm."
134. Winnipeg - Alex Kile
135. Calgary (From Columbus) - Cole Cassels
"He's had a quiet season, playing a solid two-way game, but we feel he has potential for much more. He's the son of a former Hab (another bad trade in the 90s) and he passes the puck as well as his Dad used to. Next year with Laughton and Jenner in the pros he'll need to step up and show his skills in the Top 6."
136. NYI - Sergey Stetsenko
137. Minnesota - Gregory Chase
"He's the kind of player you simply notice when he's on the ice. He's a fairly good skater, has good offensive instincts, thinks the game well and goes out of his way to have a physical presence on the ice."
138. Ottawa - Rushan Rafikov
139. Detroit - Tyler Lewington
"A physical defender with decent size, Tyler is the type of player many organizations covet. He drops the gloves when needed, and sticks up for his teammates quite frequently. We're excited to add him to the organization, and feel he was definitely worth a pick in the middle of the 5th round."
140. Nashville (From NYR) - Hunter Garlent
141. San Jose - Ross Olsson
142. Washington - Patrik Bartosak
143. Toronto - Anton "Whitesnake" Slepyshev
"We'd first like to apologize to HFBoards poster Whitesnake. We'd also like to apologize on behalf of Whitesnake for wasting a 1st rounder on Anton last year We believe Anton is a 1st round talent that is dropping due to the KHL factor. He has the size and offensive ability to make an impact at the NHL level. We've also had previous success luring KHL players to our league (Kulemin and Komarov)."
144. Vancouver - Matt Murphy
145. Los Angeles - Filip Sandberg
146. Buffalo (From St. Louis) - David Pope
"We are pleased to add a young man of Pope's qualities to the Sabres organization, he brings size, and skill to go with great work ethic and an attitude to win. He is committed to the Omaha Lancers where we expect him to improve on his overall game and add some muscle to his 6'2 frame. We are very excited by his potential and we feel he has a future in the NHL."
147. Boston - Jake Guentzel
"The boston bruins are excited to add a young man with the talent and work ethic that Jake possesses. His high end hockey sense and passing ability, along with his strong work ethic are the most prominent features in his toolkit that allowed him to win USHL rookie of the year. The biggest knock on him is his size, since he stands at 5'9, but with his skills in combination with his work ethic, we are confident that he will make an impact in the nhl someday."
148. Los Angeles (From Montreal, Nashville) - Trevor Murphy
"We are very pleased to add a player of Trevor's talent level to our prospect pool this late in the draft. Trevor is a smooth skating offensive defenceman who makes a good first pass and possesses a howitzer of a shot. His defensive game is fairly good, but still has considerable room to grow. Despite only standing at 5'10, Murphy is strong player who does not easily get pushed around. He also plays with an edge and isn't afraid to drop the gloves."
149. Anaheim - Tyler Stanton
150. Dallas (From Pittsburgh) - Evan Allen
"Evan may not have put up gaudy numbers this year but he's an opportunistic scorer with quick feet, good hands, and a great release. We'd like to see him get bigger and work on his two-way play, which he should be able to accomplish in the great program he's heading to at the University of Michigan."
154. Tampa Bay
160. New Jersey
171. San Jose
175. Los Angeles
176. St. Louis
182. Dallas (From Florida)
184. Tampa Bay
186. Tampa Bay (From Carolina)
187. San Jose (From Colorado, Calgary)
190. Winnipeg (From New Jersey)
191. Los Angeles (From Dallas)
194. Pittsburgh (From Winnipeg)
198. Chicago (From Ottawa)
200. Minnesota (From NYR)
201. Nashville (From San Jose)
205. Los Angeles
206. St. Louis
211. Calgary (From Chicago)
Damn, some major adds! Grant full-time, natey, Marc and That? Gonna be tougher than ever to steal some guys late...
Marc was holding out for more money, but we got a deal done right under the wire. ;)
Count me in!
Bad draft last year. :laugh:
41. Oscar Dansk, G -> went 31st
72. Tomas Hyka, W -> went 171st
132. Quentin Shore, C -> undrafted
162. Connor Carrick, D -> went 137th
192. AJ Michaelson, C -> undrafted
Maybe some redemption if Shore and Michaelson get drafted this season and Dansk plays better.
To quote my draft history before this:
12. Jonathan Blum
26. Oscar Moller
42. Maxime Tanguay
8. Tyler Myers
37. Anton Gustafsson
38. Yann Sauve
48. Johan Motin
6. Jared Cowen
36. Carl Klingberg
66. Robin Lehner
9. Vladimir Tarasenko
39. Jarred Tinordi
60. Brock Beukeboom
69. Connor Brickley
99. Kevin Sundher
129. Josh Shalla
159. Luke Moffatt
189. Tomas Filippi
12. Sven Bartschi
42. Daniel Catenacci
72. Reece Scarlett
102. Kalle Johansson
162. Brent Benson
192. Frankie Simonelli
9. Morgan Rielly
39. Andreas Athanasiou
70. Devin Shore
130. Brian Cooper
160. Frank Vatrano
190. Miro Aaltonen
Definitely some hits and misses. :laugh:
Anton Slepyshev. 'Enuff said. :D
I've decided that each year it may make sense to have a new person put names in a hat (or whichever way to draw names you'd like) to determine who drafts for which team.
I've been doing names in a hat since 2010, and you all have my word I do it legit, but I can see if some people would think that may be a bit fishy, having the same person do it every year.
So, I can either assign it to someone this year, or to make it even more fair, we can have an outsider do it for us.
Up to you guys. :)
Only one undrafted player in two years too.
Talent is obviously there.
Not confirmed? I am already working on my seventh round projections!
Sign me up please, and I think it would be in everyone's best interests to give me the Habs this year.
Only way to build on Trevor's good work last year.
Welcome back to Carey Price, eaglesmaster, Duff88 and TinordiandSubban who have been confirmed this afternoon.
Now just waiting on:
Sounds like a lot of fun if ever possible I'd like to join
here is my track record. im a little disappointing how last year turned out but i had limited choices with only 4 picks. hopefully i get more to work with this yr.
13. Buffalo - Scott Glennie
43. Buffalo - Richard Panik
73. Buffalo - Brayden McNabb
10. New York Rangers - Alexander Burmistrov
40. New York Rangers - Stephen Johns
100. New York Rangers - Brandon Davidson
130. New York Rangers - Kendall McFaull
160. New York Rangers - Pontus Netterberg
190. New York Rangers - Brandon Herrod
16. Buffalo - Zack Phillips
76. Buffalo - Austen Brassard
106. Buffalo - Andrew Fritsch
136. Buffalo - Daniel Pribyl
166. Buffalo - Pascal Zerressen
196. Buffalo - Brennan Serville
17. Florida - Zemgus Girgensons
78. Florida - Dillon Fournier
108. Florida - Cody Corbett
168. Florida - Gustav Rydahl
Anybody mind if I get Phoenix again? :laugh:
Would be nice if Yarf gets the Habs again, thought he did an awesome job there last year, only for the real habs to surpass him. Should try and keep the momentum going no? :P
Habsfan18....you're the initiator of that great project. Keep the names and the hat. At least, that's my view.
Went for the homerun...ended up with a bunt. I will be playing it safer this year, don't worry.
In all seriousness....I ALSO had another sleeper pick in mind 1 year ago. I was going to make another Slepyshev move this year. With a certain.....Valeri Nichuskin....No need to say that I won't be making this pick now....Not THAT surprising anymore....;)
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