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Adam Kimelman's 2013 Mock Draft

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 11:00 AM
Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.

1. Florida - Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)

Panthers make first pick a franchise defenseman who can anchor their blue line for a decade or more

2. Colorado - Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

Most offensively gifted player in the draft would give Avs nice depth down the middle to go with Duchene and O'Reilly

3. Tampa Bay - Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)

Excelling against men in top Finnish pro league and won't turn 18 until September

4. Nashville - Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Dynamic offensive performer was named MVP, best pro prospect in QMJHL this season

5. Carolina - Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS)

Talented power forward met every challenge thrown his way; helped Russia win bronze at WJC, earned promotion to KHL

6. Edmonton - Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL)

Solid all-round player fills an area the Oilers struggled to find depth in this season

7. Calgary - Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)

Versatile forward excelled while being the target of every team he faced

8. Philadelphia - Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (FIN)

Big, tough, nasty blueliner is something the Flyers have needed since Chris Pronger left the lineup

9. Buffalo - Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Fast-rising blueliner comes from an athletic family -- dad played in the CFL, uncle is Donovan McNabb

10. New Jersey - Shea Theodore, D, Seattle (WHL)

Sturdy blueliner has developed nicely into a two-way threat

11. Phoenix - Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE)

Playmaker with great skating ability and vision already excelling in Swedish Elite League

12. Dallas - Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)

Talented offensive-minded blueliner had 45 points in 61 games despite missing time with a facial injury

13. Detroit - Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Big, talented center can put up points, and is equally well-regarded for his 200-foot game

14. Winnipeg - Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)

Big, strong and talented, would give Jets another power forward to match with Evander Kane

15. Columbus - Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

Skilled with the puck, but also able to use size and strength to his advantage

16. Columbus (from NY Rangers) - Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL)

Swiss-born blueliner could be reunited in Columbus with Everett defense partner Ryan Murray

17. Ottawa - Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

Versatile power forward can play a skilled game or a nasty one; played big role in U.S. winning WJC gold

18. Buffalo (from Minnesota) - Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL)

Sabres look to the post-Ryan Miller era by selecting draft's top goaltender

19. NY Islanders - Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL)

Isles drafted seven blueliners last year, but giant Russian (6-5.25, 221) is too talented to let pass

20. Washington - Andre Burakovsky, LW, Malmo (SWE-2)

Another talented young forward for the Capitals to add to their prospect base

21. Toronto - Zach Nastasiuk, RW, Owen Sound (OHL)

Promising forward keeps improving -- 20-goal scorer in the regular season now leads Attack in playoff scoring

22. Calgary (from St. Louis) - Robert Hagg, D, Modo Jr. (SWE-JR.)

Talented blueliner opened eyes with strong WJC for Sweden, and play stayed strong all season

23. San Jose - Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo (USHL)

Two-way defenseman can skate well, and at 6-2.25 and 205 pounds, physical play won't be a problem

24. Columbus (from Los Angeles) - Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor (OHL)

A good mix of skill and nastiness; a playmaker that's also good in the faceoff circle

25. Vancouver - Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)

Gritty power forward skates hard, is aggressive offensively and wins battles at the net for loose pucks

26. Montreal - Max Domi, C/LW, London (OHL)

Tie Domi's son has the same feistiness as his father, but a ton more skill

27. Boston - Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Giant blueliner (6-6.25, 202) has learned how to use his size to his advantage

28. Anaheim - Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)

High-end offensive player not afraid to play physical if needed

29. Calgary (from Pittsburgh) - Eric Comrie, G, Tri-City (WHL)

Hip surgery shortened season, but talent level remains high; should be ready for start of next season

30. Chicago - Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert (WHL)

Fits Hawks' mold of high-skill, offensive-minded blueliners; good at controlling pace of play

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