2013 NHL Entry Draft Talk 11.0
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06-12-2013, 11:12 AM
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Nice Draft writeup taken from another board...
Dark Knight's Detailed 2013 Mock w/ Comparisons (2nd Edition)
2013 Entry Draft
1. Colorado - C Nathan MacKinnon
Best player available. One who coach Roy has had a look at in the QMJHL and one he can confidently build his franchise around. With him, Duchene, Landeskog and O'Reilly he has a young core and he can explore trade options with Stasny to improve the team's D.
Comparison - Vinny Lecavalier (In his Prime)
2. Florida - D Seth Jones
They're happy to select a guy they can build their D around. They have some good pieces at D already but none like Seth. This pick will push them out of mediocrity for the next decade or so.
Comparison - Chris Pronger
3. Tampa Bay - C/W Jonathan Drouin
Another great piece for Tampa to build their offense around especially with MSL getting up there in age and Vinny having his health issues sporadically. Ideally, they should go with a D and Nurse would have been perfect just as long as he wasn't a reach. They should go with the BPA route and pick Drouin.
Comparison - Pavel Datsyuk
4. Nashville Predators - C Sasha Barkov
The best position for Nashville to be in. They get the player they've been linked to from the get go. He's a two-way beast in the making and will almost certainly provide Nashville with a first line C they've lacked since their inception.
Comparison - Anze Kopitar
5. Carolina Hurricanes - RW Valerie Nichushkin
Carolina finds themselves either upgrading their wing position here with Nichushkin who has been in contention for a top 3 pick, or their D with Nurse, but I think they go with the high ceiling guy here with Nichushkin to round out their top 6 for the next decade with the Staals, Tlusty, Semin, Skinner and now Nichushkin.
Comparison - Evgeni Malkin
6. Calgary Flames - C Sean Monahan
This is the guy everyone has going here and it makes sense. It is a strong start to a legit rebuild for Calgary in the post-Iginla era. Skating needs work but everything else is well above-average and he projects as a strong top 2 line C for any team that drafts him.
Comparison - Paul Stasny
7. Edmonton Oilers - C Elias Lindholm
It's a great draft to have a top 7 pick in and Edmonton gets the last of the sure-fire impact guys. Lindholm is a very good playmaker and projects as a top 2 line C for Edmonton to form a great 1-2 punch with RNH. He's also very willing to get into the dirty areas and be physical.
Comparison - Anze Kopitar
8. Buffalo Sabres - D Darnell Nurse
With 2 picks in the first round and a farm system stocked with very good forwards in Larsson, Grigorenko and Girgensons, Buffalo takes the best D on board with Nurse who doesn't excel in any one area but projects as a very good two-way D-man who could be a physical force with his size. Is more known for his defensive play though for which he is the best in this draft, IMO.
Comparison - Mattias Ohlund
9. New Jersey Devils - C Bo Horvat
Yes! I know Devils fans that you have Adam Henrique, Travis Zajac and Andrei Loktionov but when you have a C available at this spot in the draft who projects to be captain material, and is made for Devil's hockey you can't look past it. I know you guys want Shinkaruk, but Horvat will have the better career IMO. He's a guy you win rounds with.
Comparison - Mike Richards
10. Dallas Stars - RW Hunter Shinkaruk
Jim Nill has just come from Detroit who are known to leave their prospects and leave no stones unturned in terms of their development in the minors. Any guy over here will be given all the time in the world to develop. Shinkaruk is a guy who is not physically ready but he does have potential to become a top 2 line scorer.
Comparison - Phil Kessel lite
11. Philadelphia Flyers - D Nikita Zadorov
Huge size at 6'7 and has gotten his feet wet in North America playing in London. Already has adjusted well to the N.A rink sizes and was the best D-man on the best team in the OHL. He's a great pick for the Flyers to build their D around along with Luke Schenn. They would need some puck movers eventually but reaching for Josh Morrissey here won't be the best thing. Zadorov is close to being NHL ready.
Comparison - Victor Hedman
12. Phoenix Coyotes - W/C Max Domi
Domi goes to Phoenix where he's needed. Phoenix has a bunch of good, young D-men on their roster already and a few including Gormley are on their way. They lack a high ceiling F and Domi is exactly that.
Comparison - Tyler Ennis
13. Winnipeg Jets - C Alexander Wennberg
Jets need help on the wing and would have loved for Shinkaruk to fall but instead they add another two-way C. He's already a good two-way player and is willing to get involved physically as well. Along with Mark Scheifle he'll form a good future core with Ladd, Kane and co.
Comparison - Frans Neilsen
14. Columbus Blue Jackets - D Rasmus Ristolainen
I just think with Jarmo's Finnish connections, this pick makes sense. But whoever Jarmo takes here, Columbus fans should be excited about him. He's a solid two-way D-man in the mold of Alex Edler but scouts have identified some issues with his level of compete night in and out. The talent is there and he projects as a safe top 4 D-man.
Comparison - Alex Edler
15. New York Islanders - C Curtis Lazar
Lazar falls to the Islanders to number 15 and fills a need of a smart two-way player who won't be too far from the NHL. He projects to be a 2nd line C in the mold of Mike Fisher who will provide more offense than Frans Neilsen and also shut down oppositions top players.
Comparison - Mike Fisher
16. Buffalo Sabres - LW Anthony Mantha
With Nurse in the farm now the Sabres improve their depth on the wing with a scoring forward in Mantha. He has the skill to score 30+ goals but needs to improve other areas of the game. With Buffalo rebuilding, he'll have ample time to round out his game.
Comparison - Max Pacioretty
17. Ottawa Senators - Frederik Gauthier
Big two-way C who can patrol Ottawa's 3rd line, shutting down oppositions top forwards and providing adequate offense. Would have taken Morrissey but Ottawa took a D in Cody Ceci earlier and Gauthier won't take long in the minors before reaching the NHL.
Comparison - Martin Hanzal
18. Detroit Red Wings - D Joshua Morrissey
The best defenseman available and also the BPA IMO. Detroit has a plethora of youngsters at the F position with Nyquist, Jannkrok, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco etc, except for Sproul and Oullet they don't have much. Morrissey has that two-way game which translate well into a top 4 D position with the Red Wings.
Comparison - Duncan Keith
19. Columbus Blue Jackets - LW Morgan Klimchuk
Klimchuk is a true wild-card in this draft. He's gifted with a scoring touch that will enable him to score 30 goals in the NHL and has great speed on top of that. He's a hard worker as well and it wouldn't surprise me if he goes higher than this but Jarmo's keen scouting eye won't let him past 19.
Comparison - Jeff Skinner
20. San Jose Sharks - LW Adam Erne
The Leafs are rumored to like Adam Erne but San Jose nabs him right before their pick. His size and scoring ability will enable him to become a top 6 PF in the NHL if he develops properly.
Comparison - Alex Chiasson
21. Toronto Maple Leafs - RW/LW Artturi Lehkonen
A small winger but one that has the drive and heart to battle tenaciously in the corners. He is gifted with great goal scoring instincts and amazing Ice-Q. Very gifted skater and a stick handler as well. The Leafs haven't drafted a youngster this talented since Nazem Kadri. That small Finnish kid that Morrison was talking about in the combine interview was Lehkonen. Won't be surprised if they like him enough to take him here.
Comparison - Patrick Elias
22. Calgary Flames - D Sam Morin
Morin won't make it past this pick. His size is too tempting for the Flames to pass up. Great start to the draft for Feaster with Monahan and Morin. Morin is lauded for his skating even with that size and if he develops well, you're looking at a top pairing guy who might not have the offense that Chara does, but he'll at least shut down the opposition as effectively as Chara does.
Comparison - Zdeno Chara minus the offense.
23. Washington - Valentin Zykov
Washington drafts another high ceiling Russian forward, but one who unlike Kuznetsov has already played in North America and would prefer to stay. Plays a North American game. He has a good scoring touch but I'm not sure if the offense that he's putting in the QMJHL will translate to the NHL but I can safely say he has the skill to put up at least 25 goals in the NHL. Has good hands and a hard shot which is his bread and butter. Is a good skater, but not a great one and is a smart player on both ends of the ice.
Comparison - Nikolai Kulemin
24. Vancouver Canucks - LW Nicolas Petan
Petan offers a lot more potential offense than someone like Kerby Rychel would even if he's more NHL ready. Vancouver drafts a C who may be on the smaller side but can make a transition to the wing and be a gifted playmaker for them going forward.
Comparison - Ray Whitney
25. Montreal Canadiens - LW Kerby Rychel
I was thinking Ian McCoshen here but Rychel falling has me thinking Montreal might just want to keep adding on toughness with skill, with the addition of Rychel. He will definitely become an NHL'er and he's got potential to be a 2nd line PF.
Comparison - Andrew Ladd
26. Anaheim Ducks - LW Laurent Dauphin
Love him. He's a coach's dream and a guy who will display more heart out there than your best players and will creep into your top 6 and become a staple there much like Brad Marchand did with Boston. Dauphin is not the agitator that Marchand is, but he's comparable in the skills department.
Comparison - Less pesky Brad Marchand
27. Columbus Blue Jackets - D Ryan Pulock
Smart pick by Blue Jackets. Pulock has suffered a lot after losing his brother and his game while did not deteriorate, but didn't improve much either this season which lead him to fall in a lot of draft rankings. He's still got best shot of anyone in this draft and Columbus has no one on their team right now with the shot like Pulock's. They take him with the hope that he'd become a PP fixture for them in the future.
Comparison - Bryan McCabe
28. Calgary Flames - LW/RW Andre Burakovsky
Burakovsky falls to the flames who finish their first round with Monahan, Morin and Burakovsky, an impressive start to a rebuild which shouldn't last too long with the impressive youngsters that are already being stocked in their farm in Wotherspoon, Gaudreau and Jankowski.
Comparison - Mikhail Grabovski
29. Dallas Stars - D Steve Santini
A rock to build their D around. He prides in shutting down opposition's top players and gives it his all every single night. He'll willingly block shots and will do all it takes to win. In a mediocre draft this guy easily goes before we hit 20, but this draft is so deep that he falls to the Stars, and Nill's keen scouting eye nabs him before the end of R.1.
Comparison - Dan Girardi
30. Chicago Blackhawks - LW Emile Poirier
High-high ceiling. Poirier is a speedy offensive forward who can make plays at top end speed and has the offensive touch to score on top of that. He's got the talent to go in the top 20 in a mediocre draft as well but this draft's depth slips him to the last selection for Round 1. Has the talent to make something out of nothing, but needs to improve his two-way game along with gaining strength. Plenty of teams after 20, including the Leafs have interest in this guy and he could be a riser come draft night. Remember this name.
Comparison - Jakub Voracek
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