Thread: Speculation: 2013 NHL Entry Draft
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03-10-2013, 12:08 PM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by Markstrom Rules View Post
Quite a range from Crosby to Toews, but no, there's no Crosby-like generational talent in this draft. It's a draft deep in premier talent though and it will be one of the best top 10's in quite a long time. For comparison's sake:

Seth Jones- Shea Weber
Nathan MacKinnon- Stamkos lite
Jonathan Drouin- Pat Kane lite
Aleksander Barkov- Mikko Koivu
Sean Monahan- Toews lite
Elias Lindholm- Spezza
Darnell Nurse- Seabrook
Hunter Shinkaruk- Cory Conacher
Valery Nichushkin- Van Riemsdyk
Rasmus Ristolainen- Timmonen
Frederik Gauthier- Couturier
Adam Erne- James Neal
I think the draft is tiered in a similar way to 2006, but find comparisons to current players somewhat redundant.

Wennberg should be mentioned, as should Zadarov. These two players are certainly mixed with the guys above.

I still think this draft has a Top 6 and then the wildcard in terms of talent. Nichushkin is a clear candidate to fall, however he's having a brilliant finish to his year. Dominant at an U-18 tournament and now producing well in the KHL. He's by far the hardest player to peg in this draft. He has the best physical package in this draft, but questions over hockey sense and his nationality loom large. I wouldn't consider taking him above the Top 6, who i all i see as impact players who are also somewhat safe. After 6, assuming due diligence is done, i'd seriously consider Nichushkin. Waiting 2-3 years doesn't bother me either (Infact, not drafting him because of his contract in Russia is stupid, you're looking at having a player for 15-20 years, so 2 years of good development elsewhere is a concern why?).

Nichushkin isn't the same level of prospect that Tarasenko and Kuznetsov are however IMO. Kuznetsov is IMO the best prospect outside the NHL. His skillset is almost unique. Kuznetsov is a better prospect than Tarasenko, it's just funny how the hype has worked out. I think Tarasenko will be a PPG winger no doubt, but Kuznetsov has truely top end potential.

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