With the 22 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames are proud to select, from the Oceanic de Rimouski of the QMJHL, Samuel Morin
With Nikita Zadarov off the board the Flames are really happy they could grab Morin this late in the first round At 6’6 and over 206 pounds already Samuel Morin will be a important piece at our blue line for many years
Scout’s take: “He’s a monster on the ice,” says Ross MacLean, head scout for International Scouting Services. “He has tremendous size and moves very well for his size. While he is a good skating and decently mobile defender, he still has a lot of technical development left to do with his footwork. He has smooth hands for a big man and some decent offensive upside but his biggest appeal is that he is a capable two-way defender who has a ton of room to develop and who has the potential to be cultivated into a real stud defender.”
“Samuel Morin is another one of those players that just got better and better,” adds David Burstyn, director of scouting for McKeen’s Hockey. “I thought he really did himself favours at the under-18s. He just made really good decisions, was good on the big ice, used his size well, angled off players and his puck decisions were much better.
“He’s one of those players that’s just raw, but he played with a little bit of a physical edge. He certainly played up to his size. When you look at projection and you look at a guy of his proportions already, he’s just starting to scratch his potential. I wouldn’t make any comparisons to Zdeno Chara, but I’d say that he has the ability to play in the NHL in a top-four. You look at a guy like Jamie Oleksiak who got drafted 14th overall (in 2011) – Oleksiak might have been a little bit of a better skater, but I don’t think he has the puck skills that Samuel Morin does. Everything about Samuel Morin right now is just raw, but at six-foot-six, 205, he’s probably going to play at six-foot-six, 240 and those guys play.”
The Washington Capitals select goaltender Zach Fucale from the Halifax Mooseheads.
Dreger: What madness is this? Surely Mr. McPhee you must be possessed by some half-witted demonic presence. Goaltender is arguably a position of strength for Washington. Holtby, Neuvirth and Grubauer are not only talented but very young and still growing. What is your major malfunction George?
McPhee: Well, we looked at the draft board and nothing stacked up against taking a player we were quite smitten with who, it's true, happens to play goalie. We know about our organizational depth but that can always get better, especially at such a critical position. With Zach we're sure we can continue our trend of developing NHL caliber goaltenders for the foreseeable future.
Gillis: The Vancouver Canucks would like to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup victory, as well as the New Jersey Devils, their fans and their staff here in New Jersey for putting on this momentous occasion. We would also like to say a warm hello to our Season Ticket Holders at the Rogers Arena back home in Vancouver. With that said, our first selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks are proud to select... from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, Josh Morrissey!
James Duthie: Next up to the podium, to make the 25th selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, we have Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens.
Pierre Mcguire: This is a team that needs to get bigger and stronger Bob - they were manhandled last year in the playoffs by the Ottawa Senators and they need to bring in some players with size and grit if they’re going to compete physically in a division with the Bruins, Leafs and Sens.
Bob McKenzie: For a team that needs to get bigger and stronger you’ve got to think the Montreal Canadians are a bit disappointed to see big physical guys like Adam Erne, Kerby Rychel, Frederik Gauthier and Samuel Morin go off the board a few picks earlier.
Marc Bergevin: First of all, I would like to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup victor. I would also like to thank the New Jersey Devils and city of New Jersey for the hospitality in hosting the NHL draft.
With the 25th overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens select from the Malmo, Sweden Andre Burakowsky.
Pierre Mcguire: This is a boom or bust guy. He’s got loads of talent and a decent sized frame but the question is will his compete level be where it has to be. On talent alone he could be in the top 15 of this draft because he is a fantastic skater with incredible acceleration. He wasn’t particularly good in the Allsvenskan this year but was very good in international play. He still needs to fill out more as he’s a bit lanky but if he can consistently compete at a high level then he’ll be a steal at 25 for the Montreal Canadiens.
With the 26th selection of the 2013 NHL entry draft the Anaheim Ducks are proud to select.. from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League ... Curtis Lazar
TSN Scout Craig Button:
He is very good in traffic and he is a player who bears down in the scoring areas to get his opportunities. His skating is very good and he's a guy who can play at a high pace and tempo. He gets involved and will assert physically to win the puck and gain advantages. He is a good all-around player who finds a way to impact the game in many ways, even physically. Excellent hockey sense and he reads and anticipates the play very well which combined with his skill, makes him very hard to keep in check. Curtis may be the player who could take on multiple roles at the NHL level, either as a scoring winger or as a real solid two-way centre.
with the 30th pick in the 2013 NHL draft the chicago Blackhawks select Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats in the WHL
Craig Button Scouting analysis:
Morgan is a player who plays with tremendous determination and consistency. When you watch him, one would never know the score of the game because he plays at the same high level all the time. He's smart and has the ability to complement others and make them better. He has excellent understanding in all areas of the game and he makes the 'right' plays continuously. He can beat you with a pass, a shot, a strong play along the boards and a defensive play. He is multi-dimensional in his play and when you combine that versatility with the IQ and the determination, you have a player who helps teams win in all of the substantive areas. He's a strong skater who is always up to the pace but always finds himself at least a half-step ahead because he so attuned to what is happening and what could happen.
With the 33rd overall selection the Tampa Bay Lightning are proud to select WILLIAM CARRIER from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb:
"He has very quick feet and smooth hands, plays a solid two-way game, and uses his speed and hockey sense to his advantage. He's full of surprises in the offensive zone, can score the big goals and accelerates quickly, especially when in possession of the puck. While he's not very big or strong, he's still a first-round talent."
3rd Overall: Seth Jones
33rd Overall: William Carrier