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02-25-2013, 10:15 PM
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VKW's 2013 Mock Draft(Top-30)

So I thought I might try my hand at this, based on current NHL standings. Criticism is welcome.

1) Nathan Mackinnon

With Mackinnon and Jones being the consensus 1-2 punch(although Drouin is hot on their heels), Columbus will decide to play it safe and take Mackinnon, as defensemen are generally harder to predict in their development(See E. Johnson, Hedman, etc.) Mackinnon is a guarantee to be a cornerstone of their franchise for years to come, as well as addressing their biggest need for high end skill up front.

2) Seth Jones

With the way the current defense has been playing and Myers dramatically underperforming, it's hard to see any reason why Buffalo would turn down the hands-down best defenseman in the draft, especially given the future depth at forward they have with Hodgson, Ennis, Armia, Grigorenko, and Girgensons to with the still relatively young Vanek and Pominville. Defense is the greatest need for the Sabres, and Jones is the BPA, so this pick is a no-brainer.

3) Jonathan Drouin

For the Capitals, they'll simply go BPA. Drouin is the most talented player left on the board, and his dynamic offensive skill might help reignite the former powerhouse, possibly giving new life to Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Green after their prolonged slump.

4) Aleksander Barkov

With Huberdeau moving to wing and Florida's current defense already consisting of young studs in Gudbranson and Kulikov, a true number one centre is the most glaring need. Barkov's high end talent and experience playing in a men's league will give the Panthers an immediate impact player who will be a major building block for them moving forward.

5) Rasmus Ristolainen

With the Avalanche's blueline arguably the worst in the league, in part due to injuries, but mainly due to lack of depth, they will make looking for a potential top-pairing defenseman their top priority. Ristolainen's high-end potential makes him worth taking in the top-5, especially for a team that has an embarassment of riches at centre.

6) Elias Lindholm

The Islanders could benefit from an impact player at virtually any position, but assuming Strome moves to Tavares' wing, and having just drafted Reinhart last year, and Neiderreiter having an extremely disappointing rookie season and his subsequent request to be traded, centre looks to be the best position the Islanders would look to improve, and having Tavaes-Lindholm as a 1-2 centre punch moving forward would be the envy of every team in the league.

7) Sean Monahan

While Jets fans everywhere pine for the day that hometown boy Jonathan Toews comes to Winnipeg, in the meantime they'll have to "settle" for drafting his clone. A great all-round player with intangibles galore, Monahan is a great pickup for the Jets.

8) Ryan Pulock

After 3 years of drafting fantastic offensive talent, it's now time to overhaul their defense, and for a player like Pulock to fall into their laps like this, the future looks bright indeed for Edmonton. A great all-round defender, Schultz, Pulock, Smid, and Klefbom would make for a great core top-4 moving forward.

9) Hunter Shinkaruk

Shinkaruk is a dynamic offensive talent, and might just become the number 1 centre the Flames have lacked for so long. His ceiling is quite high, and although his game might be better suited to wing, with Iginla winding down the Flames will need some young offensive talent to help shoulder the load going forward.

10) Darnell Nurse

Having shot up the rankings this past year, by dint of hard work and perserverance Nurse makes it into the top-10 of one of the deepest drafts in some time. The Wild have an admirable prospect pool at the moment, and at this point you can't go wrong taking the big, all-round defender with leadership qualities.

(via NYR)

11) Max Domi

This small but highly skilled forward will help add another eventual scoring threat to their lineup. Columbus needs some high-potential players to act as core pieces to which their other players can rely on to generate offense, and Domi certainly has the offensive flair to do so.

(via LAK)

12) Adam Erne

Here Columbus decides to preempt the eventual need for grit in their top-6 by drafting the most highly touted power forward of the draft. Scoring is still the greatest need for the Jackets, and drafting 3 players all likely to become solid top-6 players will help continue a dramatic turnaround for this struggling franchise.

13) Josh Morrissey
This highly skilled offensive defenseman would fit the Flyers system to a tee. Morrisey is just what they need to help revitalize a defense missing Pronger and eventually Timonen.

14) Curtis Lazar

The Coyotes would be very happy to get this complete two-way forward who would suit their system very well. While he's slowly been falling in the draft rankings, he still has the potential to be a very good top-6 centre able to play a well-rounded game, this is an easy pick for Phoenix.

15) Nikita Zadorov

This big-bodied, shutdown defenseman would be a boon to the defensively-starved Dallas blueline. He's very close to being NHL ready, and will be able to contribute to the team possibly as soon as next season. He and Oleksiak will form a towering defensive core that not many would take lightly.

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