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Mike G. Morreale mini-mock Draft

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 12:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft
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Mike G. Morreale mini-mock Draft
Mike G. Morreale provides an updated mock draft after the first 14 teams' order have been revealed.


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ORDER TEAM PLAYER SKINNY
1 COL Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
He was introduced to the game by Joe Sakic, so it's fitting the defender with great ability has chance to join the Avs
2 FLA 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 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL) Ultra-talented forward who will bring fans to their feet; had 41 goals, 105 points and a plus-48 rating in 49 games
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) A shoulder injury sidelined him for playoffs, but showed this season he's a consistent two-way player; had 21 goals, 48 points in 53 games
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) The next Evgeni Malkin? Is big (6-4, 202), skilled, has a nose for the net and has shown himself to be clutch in key situations
6 EDM Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Has had a steady climb up the Central Scouting rankings; defends well, plays with an edge and is good off transition
7 EDM Rasmus Ristolainen, D,
TPS (FIN)
Solid skater and effective at both ends of the ice, including in front of his own net; plays with an edge
8 BUF 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
9 NJD Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
Two-way forward possesses all the necessary tools; won a silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship
10 DAL 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
11 PHI Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Skilled, smart, deceptive and explosive with hands as quick as anyone eligible in the 2013 NHL Draft
12 PHX Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Leading point-scorer among first-year QMJHL players; had 40 goals, 75 points in 67 games
13 WPG Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2) A 6-1, 190-pound work horse with good offensive instincts; likely will spend at least one more year in Sweden
14 CBJ 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