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Steven Hoffner mini-mock draft

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 12:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

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Steven Hoffner mini-mock draft
NHL.com's Steve Hoffner 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)
Drafted by the team he grew up watching? That's a storybook beginning to a career
2 FLA Nathan MacKinnon, C,
Halifax (QMJHL)
The Panthers can build their team around this outstanding offensive player in the draft and 2011 first-round pick Jonathan Huberdeau
3 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Martin St. Louis will be able to pass the torch to his hockey clone and the best player in this year's draft
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) Insiders say Nashville might be high on the young Finnish flash
5 CAR Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE) High-end finesse Swedish skater has the makings of another Nicklas Backstrom 
6 CGY Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS)  Calgary in need to players to step up soon and this big Russian might be pro-ready soon
7 EDM Ryan Pulock, D,
Brandon (WHL)
The Oilers badly need to build their blue line around Justin Schultz
8 BUF Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL) With the Ryan Miller era likely over and too much risk going all-in with Matt Hackett, the Sabres should take the best goalie in this year's draft
9 NJD Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL) If this high-tempo, two-way forward is still on the board at this spot, it would be a steal for the Devils
10 DAL Robert Hagg, D, Modo Jr. (SWE-JR) The dark horse of draft; has a physical game like a Niklas Kronwall and offensive tools new GM Jim Nill covets 
11 PHI Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) Would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia, with ex-Eagles quarterback uncle Donavan McNabb able to be mentor him; plays a hard-nosed Philly-type of game
12 PHX Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Highly skilled forward would help the Coyotes score more goals, something badly needed
13 WPG Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) The tall, lanky forward is a goal-scoring machine; had league-best 50 this season
14 CBJ Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL) Two-way forward with the makings of another Mike Richards; GM Jarmo Kekalainen might see elements of one of his former players, Blues captain David Backes