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2013 NHL Draft

Mock drafts agree on top pick -- and that's it

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 11:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

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The 2013 NHL Draft is regarded as one of the deepest of recent memory, with talented players at every position.

How will teams sift through all that talent? We won't know until June 30, when all 30 teams convene at Prudential Center for the draft.

While the teams might not be sure how to approach their picks, the draft experts at NHL.com -- Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Steven Hoffner -- have analyzed the prospects and all 30 teams and made their best guesses at which players could end up with which teams.

While the final draft order won't be known until the end of the Stanley Cup Final, the draft order for this exercise is based on the League standings as they looked on the morning of Wednesday, April 24.

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U.S., Canada advance to World U-18 semifinals

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 3:55 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The United States kept its hope alive for a fifth straight gold medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, with a 4-0 defeat of Sweden in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Thatcher Demko, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, stopped all 28 shots he faced, and four prospects for the 2013 draft -- Will Butcher, Tyler Motte, Michael McCarron and JT Compher -- supplied the offense in a game played at Shayba Arena.

The United States had beaten Sweden in the gold-medal game the past three years, and playing two rounds earlier in the 2013 tournament, the result was the same.

"We knew that we'd have to be at our very best facing a talented Sweden team," U.S. coach Don Granato said. "Our goal is to get stronger and stronger each game. We're happy with the performance [Thursday], but will continue to work hard [Friday]."

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2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery to be held Monday

New rules enable all non-playoff teams chance to win No. 1 pick

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 3:03 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO – The 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery™, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2013 NHL Draft™, will take place Monday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network and will re-air on NHL Network™ U.S. at 9:00 p.m. ET.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be in TSN's studio in Toronto to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery will be the first in NHL history in which all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup® Playoffs -- or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams -- will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection.

The odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years and determined by the teams' regular-season point totals. The lottery-winning team will draft first overall, with the remaining 13 teams slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. In previous years, the winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order.

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Barkov, Nichushkin lead European draft class

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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The last time as many as two European prospects were chosen among the top five players at an NHL draft was nine years ago, when Russians Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were selected with the opening two picks.

While it's a long shot that we'll see a repeat of that at the 2013 NHL Draft, there's a good chance Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov of Tappara in Finland and Valeri Nichushkin of Chelyabinsk in Russia could be among the top five picks.

Barkov is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of draft-eligible European skaters that was released Wednesday, a position he also held when the midterm rankings were released in January.

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Seth Jones tops Central Scouting final rankings

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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The team holding the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will need to consider one important question prior to stepping to the podium to announce its selection on June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

What do we need right now?

Is it a poised and polished minute-munching, two-way defenseman? Or a sublimely skilled center? There are no wrong decisions at the top this year.

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr and his staff made that point loud and clear Wednesday with the release of Central Scouting's final rankings of the top draft-eligible skaters and goaltenders from North America and Europe.

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Halifax goalie Fucale has look of NHL player

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 10:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale is considered the best player available at his position for the 2013 NHL Draft, and for good reason.

"When I first saw Zach play, I saw NHL written all over him; there's not a doubt in my mind," NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen told NHL.com. "He's not a flashy goalie, so if you're looking for someone like that, you need to look elsewhere. He reads the play, is smart and backs that up with quickness. When he moves laterally, he's always in position."

It's for those reasons Jensen has Fucale rated No. 1 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders.

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Morrissey finding success with up-tempo style

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Joshua Morrissey is a staunch advocate of pushing the pace whenever possible for the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League.

"This year, I forced myself to push the pace all the time," Morrissey told NHL.com.

It's no wonder he finished second among rookie WHL blueliners in 2011-12 with 38 points in 68 games and ranked 12th among defenders in scoring this season with 47 points (15 goals) in 70 matches.

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McDavid shines, Canada keeps rolling in U-18 tourney

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 4:43 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Connor McDavid again showed hockey fans why the 2015 NHL Draft can't come soon enough.

The 16-year-old forward continued to cement his status as the best player at his age by scoring a hat trick to lead Canada to a 6-0 win against Sweden on Tuesday, the final day of the preliminary round at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Three top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft -- Zach Nastasiuk, Morgan Klimchuk and Nick Ritchie -- also had a goal each, and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 28 shots as Canada finished atop Group B.

Canada and Sweden entered unbeaten in group play, but it didn't take long for Canada to assess its dominance. McDavid opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:17 into the game when he redirected a Madison Bowey shot, then Nastasiuk, Klimchuk and Ritchie scored in the second.

"We just wanted to play our style of game, and getting the first goal I thought was a really positive thing for us," Canada coach Don Hay told reporters. "It gave us the ability to push pucks down the boards and be strong down low, and as the game went on we got stronger and stronger in that area."

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Canada rolls past Switzerland at World Under-18

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 4:53 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Canada defenseman Joshua Morrissey, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored twice in a six-goal second period as Canada routed Switzerland 10-1 on Monday in Group B play at Shayba Arena on Day 5 of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Laurent Dauphin also had a pair of goals, and Zach Nastasiuk and Morgan Klimchuk each had a goal and two assists as Canada improved to 3-0 at the tournament.

Nastasiuk, No. 33 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 draft, opened the scoring 7:03 into the game, and moments later set up Sam Bennett's goal to make it 2-0.

Canada opened things up in the second, scoring six times on 13 shots. Morrissey, No. 11 on Central Scouting's list -- fourth among defenseman -- made it 3-0 just 1:06 into the second. Klimchuk, No. 24 on Central Scouting's list, made it 4-0 just over five minutes later.

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U.S. discovers offense in rout of Latvia

Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 4:37 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

A trio of 2013 NHL Draft prospects helped the United States to a 7-1 win against Latvia in Group A play at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Day 4 of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Tyler Kelleher scored twice, and Tyler Motte and Hudson Fasching each had a goal and an assist as the U.S. won Sunday, a day after beating the Czech Republic 4-3.

"It's nice to score goals, no question," United States coach Don Granato said. "It helps the kids' confidence quite a bit. The first two games were very tough, very challenging, so [Sunday] was nice to jump out early, to be able to have some breathing room."

The Americans took a 4-0 lead after one period on goals by Kevin Labanc, Kelleher, Michael McCarron and Evan Allen, who scored in the final second of the period.

Latvia captain and 2013 draft prospect Georgs Golovkovs scored the lone goal of the second, but the U.S. came out firing in the third, getting goals from Motte and Fasching 3:53 apart to make it 6-1. Tommy Vannelli's goal closed the scoring in the game's final minute.

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