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Dark Knights Detailed 2013 Mock Draft 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.
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

Barely Missed the Cut:

Madison Bowey
Pavel Buchnevich
Shea Theodore
Mirco Mueller
Anthony Duclair
Jason Dickinson
Ryan Hartman
J.T Compher

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Looks decent to me but nurse compared to ohlund I'm not sure about

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Looks decent to me but nurse compared to ohlund I'm not sure about
I was thinking Hatcher, but Nurse sure has him beat with his footspeed.

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I was thinking Hatcher, but Nurse sure has him beat with his footspeed.
That is just knit picking though other then that good mock. I would love montreal to get klimchuk as I've seen him live and his speed agility and nose for the net will make him an nhler. Why no Hartman in the 1st?just curious

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That is just knit picking though other then that good mock. I would love montreal to get klimchuk as I've seen him live and his speed agility and nose for the net will make him an nhler. Why no Hartman in the 1st?just curious
I like Hartman a lot and he compares favorably to a guy like Ryan Callahan/David Backes but that's if he reaches his top potential. That's what led to a guy like Backes falling back to the 2nd round in the first place. Without reaching his true potential, Hartman is a third line grinder in the mold of Casey Cizikas - good player but not worth spending a 1st rounder on. A team that is really sure on him reaching his potential may just take him anywhere post 20th overall.

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I would be pretty annoyed if we passed on Pulock for Petan.

Gillis won't draft anyone undersized, Pulock is the BPA(imo), and he fills an area of need(Right hand defenseman)

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I'm a fan of Lehkonen, but I'll be disappointed if we take him at 21... especially if Zykov is still available.

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Typical Jarmo, stealin' everyone's lunch money. More I learn, more I want Klimchuk at 20. Still, happy with Erne. I feel like people doing mocks around here are starting to get annoyed with me criticizing everything and just giving me who I want.

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Although I don't like the idea of the Jackets taking two defensemen, I will say that if Pulock I available at 27 they have to get him.

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Hey DK - really like your mocks and the effort you put into it. While I'd be up for the Gauthier pick, not sure this is where Ottawa goes. Bryan Murray has already said that given their drafting success since 2009, they might look towards filling a need rather than BPA. I think most Sens fans would agree, that need is size/speed down the wing. The talk this summer has already turned to how to fit Spezza, Turris, Zibanejad, Smith/Pageau down, the middle.

I'd be happy with Gauthier, but if I'm betting, I say they take someone like Rychel or Erne.

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I think the Jets would probably go for Ristolainen over Wennberg. I think Ristolainen's talent would outweigh the fact that he's an RHD, compared to what Wennberg will do.

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Also, the Jackets do have Wisniewski with a really hard shot from the point.

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Can't see Buffalo spending both 1sts on high risk picks like that.

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I like the Wennberg comparison and furthermore, I love the Lazar pick. I am kinda shocked to see most mocks (and that goes for the media as well) slotting Lazar in the early to mid 20s.

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I like the Wennberg comparison and furthermore, I love the Lazar pick. I am kinda shocked to see most mocks (and that goes for the media as well) slotting Lazar in the early to mid 20s.
Craigs List has him falling completely out of the 1st round and I do see the point. This is a very strong draft. Much stronger than I've seen in recent memory. There are players like Poirier, Dauphin, Lehkonen, Klimchuk and Dickinson who have more top end potential than someone like Lazar who, at his best, will top out as a 2nd line C with a two-way game.

He's a good prospect and I'm glad you like the pick, but he isn't someone I'd want the Leafs to take as much as most of my Leafs brethren would.

There is some serious talent that will get pushed into late 1st and early 2nd.

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Can't see Buffalo spending both 1sts on high risk picks like that.
If my team came out with Mantha and Nurse as the 1st rounders, I'd be ecstatic.

Nurse projects safely as a two-way top 4 D-man, and may even become a top pairing one if he reaches his potential.

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If my team came out with Mantha and Nurse as the 1st rounders, I'd be ecstatic.

Nurse projects safely as a two-way top 4 D-man, and may even become a top pairing one if he reaches his potential.
Just a guess, not knowing who you cheer for, but your team probably doesn't have the amount of risk/reward players at key positions that Buffalo already does (Myers, Armia, Grigorenko).

I definitely wouldn't say Nurse is "safe". I personally think he's every bit as much a project as Myers was when he was drafted, albeit with a different skill set. Safe, as far as D goes, would be Ristolainen.
I wouldn't hate drafting Nurse (though he's not my first choice at 8 by any means), but if we do take him, I can't imagine Regier spending his 2nd first on anything other than a high-floor prospect, a la Grigorenko and Girgensons last year.

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Just a guess, not knowing who you cheer for, but your team probably doesn't have the amount of risk/reward players at key positions that Buffalo already does (Myers, Armia, Grigorenko).

I definitely wouldn't say Nurse is "safe". I personally think he's every bit as much a project as Myers was when he was drafted, albeit with a different skill set. Safe, as far as D goes, would be Ristolainen.
I wouldn't hate drafting Nurse (though he's not my first choice at 8 by any means), but if we do take him, I can't imagine Regier spending his 2nd first on anything other than a high-floor prospect, a la Grigorenko and Girgensons last year.
I cheer for Toronto and yes we do not have nearly enough high ceiling prospects save for Rielly which lead me to go after Arturri Lehkonen. For me, Lehkonen is top 20 in this draft and I won't be a least bit surprised if Columbus nabs him with their 2nd 1st rounder.

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Your comparisons are often way off, and some of your mock leaves me scratching my head, but overall pretty good.

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I can't see the Leafs drafting a small, concussed, Euro in the first round...especially with guys like Rychel, Hartman and Pulock on board.

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I like it as a Stars fan. I'd like to see your second round if you plan on doing one!

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