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01-27-2013, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by MapleLeafGardens View Post
There are 4 top center's projected to go in the top 10.

And the 2 top ranked goalies in the 1st round could be future #1's.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax

Though his role with Canada at the world juniors was limited, it did prove that the dynamic offensive presence can also play a complete game and a physical one, at that. Scouts werenít flustered, either; they love his explosiveness and North American pro game.

2. Seth Jones, D, Portland

A key to Team USAís gold medal performance at the world juniors, Jones locked down some of the most dangerous opponents thrown at him while also demonstrating his puck-moving abilities. Heís got the offense, the defense and the edge. Is there anything else?

3. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax

The highlight-reel type of player that everyone loves. Drouin has an unparalleled set of hands for his age and teams them with vision for deadly results. Size is a slight drawback, but only in a nitpicky way that wonít affect his stock too much.

4. Sasha Barkov, C, Tappara

Had a decent world juniors, though Finland as a whole disappointed. The son of a local hero is dealing with an incredible amount of hype back home, but is still putting up points and his big frame makes him an enviable asset for the future.

5. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas

As part of a young Swedish team that surprised the WJC in earning a silver medal, Lindholm backed up his stature as a two-way player who can really contribute. He showed great hands in Russia and a commitment to defense.

6. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa

With the 67ís stripping themselves down for a rebuild, Monahan is pretty much on his own for the rest of the season. That may hurt his stats (and definitely his plus-minus), but at his core heís still an intelligent player with a great frame and excellent offensive capabilities.

7. Robert Hagg, D, Modo

Another breakout player at the world juniors, Hagg was a late injury replacement for the Swedes, but ended up playing an integral shutdown role on the blueline, taking on Nail Yakupov head-to-head. On top of defensive prowess, Hagg can also rush the puck with ease.

8. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS

Surrounded by locked-out NHLers before heading to the world juniors, the big Finnish kid gained valuable experience in his nationís top league. In Russia, he was surly without being careless and proved himself to be a threat at both ends of the ice.

9. Hunter Shinkaruk, LW, Medicine Hat

Points machine on a middling Tigers team has a mid-sized frame, but his speed is his main gift. Paired with that explosiveness, Shinkaruk also has great offensive skills and with time he has the character to become a more complete player.

10. Adam Erne, RW, Quebec

The points kept coming even without Mikhail Grigorenko around and Erne is now the Rempartsí leading scorer. A power forward in the making, Erne is getting great direction from Patrick Roy in Quebec and heís not afraid to mix it up in the corners.

11. Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie
12. Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton
13. Valery Nichushkin, LW, Chelyabinsk
14. Anthony Mantha, LW, Val díOr
15. Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert
16. Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina
17. Jacob De La Rose, LW, Leksands
18. Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon
19. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski
20. Valentin Zykov, RW, Baie Comeau
21. Zach (Zachary) Fucale, G, Halifax
22. Nikita Zadorov, D, London
23. Artturi Lehkonen, LW, Kalpa
24. Max Domi, C, London
25. Steve Santini, D, USNDTP
26. Jason Dickinson, LW, Guelph
27. Ian McCoshen, D, Warterloo
28. Eric Comrie, G, Tri City
29. Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgardens
30. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor
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