Mike G. Morreale's 2013 Mock Draft

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 11:00 AM
Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

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

It's rare to get a defenseman with his size (6-3.5, 205), skating ability and smarts; also is a great leader

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

The speed and pro-style game he plays could enable him to step right onto an NHL team and contribute

3. Tampa Bay - Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

The rebuild continues with selecting this highly skilled forward capable of pulling fans from their seats

4. Nashville - Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)

Shoulder injury sidelined him for playoffs; consistent two-way player had 21 goals, 48 points in 53 games

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

The next Evgeni Malkin? He's big (6-4, 202), skilled, has a nose for the net and is clutch in key situations

6. Edmonton - Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE)

Two-way forward possesses all the necessary tools; won silver medal at 2013 World Junior Championship

7. Calgary - Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Has steadily climbed the Central Scouting rankings; defends well, plays with an edge, good off transition

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

A solid skater who is effective at both ends of the ice, including in front of his net; plays with an edge

9. Buffalo - Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)

Skilled, smart, deceptive and explosive, with hands as quick as anyone in this year's draft class

10. New Jersey - Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL)

The big, rangy center has great hockey sense, is tough and creative; had 31 goals, 78 points in 58 games

11. Phoenix - Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

Leading scorer among QMJHL rookies; had 40 goals, 75 points in 67 games

12. Dallas - Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Great hands and scoring touch for the 6-4.5, 214-pound center; one of the top two-way players in the draft

13. Detroit - Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)

The 6-foot, 211-pound blueliner offers one of the best shots of the entire draft; enjoys a physical game

14. Winnipeg - Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2)

A 6-1, 190-pound workhorse with good offensive instincts; likely will spend at least one more season in Sweden

15. Columbus - Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL)

Could form a great pair with fellow Everett alum Ryan Murray; good off transition, excellent positioning

16. Columbus (from NY Rangers) - Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)

A solid high-end competitor who is aggressive on the forecheck and finishes checks; also a fantastic penalty killer

17. Ottawa - Zach Nastasiuk, RW, Owen Sound (OHL)

Excellent penalty-killer with good offensive awareness and speed off the transition; has Jordan Staal-like instincts.

18. Buffalo (from Minnesota) - Shea Theodore, D, Seattle (WHL)

The 6-1.75, 178-pounder is great off the transition, smart and is effective at running the power play

19. NY Islanders - Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)

Hulking 6-3.75, 190-pound sniper skates well for his size; led QMJHL with 50 goals, 10th with 89 points

20. Washington - Chris Bigras, D, Owen Sound (OHL)

Makes the smart play with quick outlet passes, and is consistent with his simple approach each game

21. Toronto - Max Domi, C/LW, London (OHL)

The son of Tie returns to Toronto after leading Knights with career highs in goals (39) and points (71)

22. Calgary (from St. Louis) - Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL)

Tough to pass on the best goalie available when 36-year-old Miikka Kiprusoff isn't getting any younger

23. San Jose - Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL)

Good skater with great compete level; had 6 goals, 25 points and plus-33 rating as an OHL rookie

24. Columbus (from Los Angeles) - Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

Gold medalist for U.S. at the World Juniors; plays with heart and feistiness; great hands and smarts

25. Vancouver - Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor (OHL)

Solid skater with speed, agility and good play-making ability; son of Stanley Cup winner Warren Rychel

26. Montreal - William Carrier, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

A relentless puck-pursuer with good hockey sense; reminds some scouts of Patrice Bergeron

27. Boston - Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo (USHL)

The 6-2.5, 205-pound Boston College-commit plays with an edge, defends well and has a great point shot

28. Anaheim - Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL)

Great speed and a nose for the net; closed regular season with 30 goals, 44 points in final 45 games

29. Calgary (from Pittsburgh) - Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski (QMJHL)

The 6-6.25, 202-pounder rose 53 slots to No. 23 in Central Scouting's final rankings; long reach and good 1-on-1 player.

30. Chicago - Andre Burakovsky, LW, Malmo (SWE-2)

Excellent acceleration and clever in traffic; hands and vision complement great playmaking skills

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