NHL 2013 Draft War Room Top 90 December Rankings
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12-12-2012, 10:28 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Calgary, Canada
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If this is a mock draft, leaving Nichushkin out might have some validity.
If we are simply ranking the best draft eligible players for 2013, Nichushkin shouldn't be any lower than 15 and realistically should be top 10.
I'm speaking for E-Mac here, and he can correct me if I'm wrong: this is not a mock draft; it is E-Mac's rankings on where he'd draft them based on longterm NHL potential. He recognizes Nichushkin as a tremendous talent, but until he sees him in NA, he has doubts - rightfully so. I do still have him as mid-1st ranked (stay tuned for The Next Ones December rankings). Even if he expresses interest to play on our side of the pond, until he comes over, acclimatizes, and it all comes together for him, who really knows. There's many GM gun-shy about drafting Russians - can't criticize E-Mac for being of the same ilk.
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