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Steven Hoffner's 2013 Mock Draft

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

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Steven Hoffner's 2013 Mock Draft
Steven Hoffner's 2013 Mock Draft

Draft experts agree on top two picks, not much else

Related mock drafts: Adam Kimelman | Mike G. Morreale
NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
ORDER TEAM PLAYER SKINNY
1 COL Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
The Avalanche need to build a better blue line, and what better place to start than this all-round winner? Jones brings size and strength, and scouts say he has potential to be the next Chris Pronger.
2 FLA Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL) Dominated the Memorial Cup and proved he can step up at a bigger stage. A highly competitive star who will be a nice complement to Jonathan Huberdeau in Florida.
3 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL) I still believe Drouin is best player in this year’s draft skill-wise. He possesses ridiculous hands and will be a nice replacement for Martin St. Louis once he decides to retire.
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) He'll give the Predators sorely needed offense up the middle in the immediate future. Has size, and is the most coveted power forward in the draft.
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, LW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) Some scouts believe he is the best player in the draft. Played in the KHL final this season, but wants to and will play in the NHL.
6 CGY Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa (OHL)
Calgary is in need of a high-impact offensive player and they get one with Monahan, who has one of the best two-way games in the draft.
7 EDM Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Uncle Donavan McNabb will be proud once Darnell pulls on that Oilers jersey. Big, highly competitive defenseman does what it takes to win.
8 BUF Ryan Pulock, D,
Brandon (WHL)
One of best defensemen in draft has a great shot and plays a good physical game. He's needed on a team ailing in most areas.
9 NJD Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Speedy forward with not much size, but that hasn’t stopped the Devils from picking small forwards before.
10 DAL Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
New GM Jim Nill would be pleased if Lindholm is available at 10. Needs to get bigger, but has makings of another Nicklas Backstrom.
11 PHI Zach Fucale, G,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Philadelphia puts its faith in a goalie who does nothing but win. With Ilya Bryzgalov's future with the Flyers uncertain, Fucale could find himself in black and orange.
12 PHX Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) The big forward popped in 50 goals this season and the Coyotes are in need of high-impact offensive talent.
13 WPG Max Domi, C/LW,
London (OHL)
Showed in the OHL playoffs he can get the job done. Would be a nice fit in Winnipeg.
14 CBJ Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL) Hurt toward end of the season, but he's a deceptive goal-scorer and plays tough.
15 NYI Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
Had a really impressive playoffs and Memorial Cup. Would do well by joining fellow Knights alum John Tavares in New York.
16 CBJ
(From MIN)
Adam Erne, LW,
Quebec (QMJHL)
Reminiscent of a Jeff Skinner-type of high-octane offensive player.
17 OTT Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
The Senators need goals, and Rychel put in 40 this season. Has an edge to his game as well, which will serve Ottawa well.
18 DET Frederick Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) Plays the kind of two-way game that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes.
19 CBJ
(From NYR)
Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE) Possesses high-finesse game, and new GM Jarmo Kekalainen should have a solid feel for the top European talent.
20 SJS Rasmus Ristolainen, D,
TPS (FIN)
With an aging blue line, Ristolainen will bring size and puck movement.
21 TOR Samuel Morin, D,
Rimouski (QMJHL)
Though the Maple Leafs have prospect depth on the blue line, this hulking 6-foot-7 defenseman has risen up the ranks and will be taken in the first round.
22 CGY
(From STL)
Mirco Mueller, D,
Everett (WHL)
Big defenseman mentored by Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray. Will complement fellow Swiss young player Sven Baertschi on the squad.
23 WSH Nikita Zadorov, D,
London (OHL)
The 6-foot-5 Russian played this season in the OHL, and will be an asset for a Washington team with a blue line that needs some tinkering.
24 VAN Nicolas Petan, C,
Portland (WHL)
Small forward put up big results: 120 points in 70 games this season.
25 MTL Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Habs scouts will know all about Zykov’s 40 goals in the QMJHL this season.
26 ANA Ian McCoshen, D,
Waterloo (USHL)
Can't help but think advisor Brian Burke will have GM Bob Murray's ear for this top U.S. defenseman.
27 CBJ
(From LAK)
Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina (WHL) Had a great World Under-18 tournament and could be a nice addition to Jackets' third or fourth line.
28 CGY
(From PIT)
Joshua Morrissey, D,
Prince Albert (WHL)
Calgary native would love chance to prove himself a piece in team's rebuild.
29 DAL
(From BOS)
Robert Hagg, D,
Modo Jr. (SWE-JR)
Swedish blueliner can score and make a physical impact. Could turn some heads in the future.
30 CHI Shea Theodore, D,
Seattle (WHL)
Rumor is the Blackhawks are targeting another offensive-minded defenseman. Theodore had a successful World U-18 tournament this year in Russia.