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The Official 2013 Draft Thread
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08-27-2012, 11:25 AM
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The Official 2013 Draft Thread
JonnyMacSen brought up the idea of creating the new draft thread, and I know that myself and some others are probably dying to get on to this years draft class. In all honesty, since studying the draft and its prospects pretty religiously since 2008, I think this year is the most exciting other than 2008 itself. It's loaded with talent on offense and defense, and while Mackinnon seems to be the overwhelming favourite for the 1st overall pick, there are plenty who could provide competition.
In order to get a good basis on all the prospects, I think we should start this thread off by talking about a player that you've seen before. Talk about them like you're a scout yourself, I'd much prefer someones own opinion than the regurgitated analysis that gets brought up on these boards. Ideally, we want to get as many junior programs or leagues covered. We all know Steffe and others will come up in the clutch and provide us with some info on the Swedes and potentially Finns. There are plenty here who follow the OHL. Any opinions on WHL, the Q, or the USHL is always greatly appreciated.
So far, the Top 5 has been generally agreed upon. Most think it will go somewhat like this.
1. Nathan Mackinnon, RW (Halifax Mooseheads)
2. Seth Jones, D (USNTDP)
3. Sean Monahan, C (Ottawa 67s)
4. Rasmus Ristolainen, D (TPS)
5. Alex Barkov, C (Tappara)
I'll start off with some prospects that I've seen frequently enough to comment on.
Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67s)
Probably going to be the most popular topic in this thread, Monahan is everything you could ask for in a center. When I first saw him in Minor Midget, he was the Captain of the Mississauga Rebels in the OHL Cup. It was hard not to notice him, as he scored winning goals all the way through, including ALMOST single-handedly winning the OHL Cup over the heavily favoured Marlies. Like that wasn't clutch enough, the next year he scored two goals in the gold medal game to lead Canada to the U17 Championship. He's an elite two way player who can score, pass, shoot, hit, and defend. He's currently listed at 6'1.5", and I think he'll top out at 6'3". I forget if it was MoO or ILCN or whoever that compared him to Jonathon Toews, but to me that comparison is almost spot on. I don't think there is a single prospect in this draft class that can do so many aspects of the game at an elite level.
Max Domi (London Knights)
This is a guy that has been hyped for awhile now, partly because he's a very good hockey player, and partly because of his last name. He was a part of the absolutely powerhouse Don Mills Flyers where his dad was an assistant, and his line was the show of the tournament as he and Ottawa 67s 3rd Round Pick BJ Salerno were all over the scoresheet. For me, Domi is an intriguing prospect. He's very small, probably 5'9" if I had to take a guess. His skill is undeniable, with his best asset probably being his shiftiness. He also has amazing puck control. That said, I did catch him not backchecking quite frequently and when the opposition hit him hard, he wasn't as noticeable. If I had to guess now, he'll likely be taken in the mid first round, closer to 10 than to 20. I'm excited to see more of him.
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
First and foremost, I got to give this guy props. Back in the day, the OHL draft used to be before the end of the playoffs. When the Barrie Colts were facing the Spitfires in the OHL Finals, they had the pick before the Spitfires. If you didn't know by now, Rychel is the son of former NHLer and current GM of the Spitfires Warren Rychel. In act of douchebaggery, the Colts picked Rychel the pick before, after Warren had stated that he wouldn't select his son until the 2nd round at the earliest. If you think they actually wanted him, you're wrong, because he was traded right after the Colts got swept. After a brief stint with Mississauga, he was traded back to his fathers team the Spitfires? Did he earn his spot on the team? Well he scored 41 goals in only 68 games. As for a scouting report, his best asset is his ability to put the puck in the net. Similar to Puempel in his draft year, Rychel seems to have that natural scoring ability that very few have. Only difference is that Rychel has actually been able to achieve more success already while being younger than Puempel.
Darnel Nurse (Soo Greyhounds)
Playing Minor Midget with the powerhouse Don Mills Flyers (same team as Domi), Darnell Nurse was a man among boys the entire year. Already ~6'3", he dominated in almost every aspect of the game. But how much of that has translated into the OHL? Well, surprisingly enough, the 6'3" defenseman is an incredibly strong skater. He's not so much of a smooth and silky skater, but his acceleration is simply amazing. He frequently rushes, and is pretty smooth in his own end. This year should be quite interesting. I think he has the chance to be a riser.
I'll keep writing more, I just want to get this rolling.
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