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2013 NHL Draft

Top draft prospects confident they're NHL-ready

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 7:20 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- During the 2003-04 season, seven players skated in at least 30 games after being picked in the 2003 NHL Draft.

With many experts believing the 2013 NHL Draft features the deepest crop of talent since 2003, how many of the players selected Sunday could emerge as full-time NHL players for the 2013-14 season?

"I think the top four [Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov] all could be NHL-ready," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said during a press event Friday outside the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel overlooking the Hudson River. "If any of them were to make a team out of training camp, that would not surprise me."

Top prospects trying to avoid draft rumor mill

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 5:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- The odds of there being a trade or two when the 2013 NHL Draft is held Sunday at Prudential Center (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) are pretty good.

The most recent time the draft was held in one session -- 2006 in Vancouver -- there were 20 trades made on draft day. Many feel this year's event could produce similar results as teams jockey not only to bolster their lineups but to maintain salary cap-friendly rosters.

Thursday, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman decided to use one of his two compliance buyouts on captain Vincent Lecavalier. The move sent a few shockwaves throughout the League. It also may have changed Tampa Bay's plan on how to use the No. 3 pick in the draft.

1998 re-draft would put Datsyuk over Lecavalier

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 11:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

The collection of players selected in the 1998 NHL Draft will not be remembered as one of the greatest of all time (unlike the talent of five years later).

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a pair of great picks, one that was obvious and one that wasn't. Vincent Lecavalier was the consensus top prospect, and though he might not be among the top few No. 1 selections in League history, he made a significant impact on the ice and in the community in his 14 seasons.

Tampa Bay didn't have a second-round pick, but the Lightning made their third-round choice count with Brad Richards. He and Lecavalier joined forces with Martin St. Louis and became one of the most feared offensive trios in the League, culminating with a Stanley Cup in 2004.

Top prospects take a break in the Big Apple

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 6:51 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- After months of playing, practicing, training and interviewing, the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft have descended on New York for a few days of fun before the big event Sunday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Darnell Nurse, NHL Central Scouting's top four North American skaters for this year's draft, saw some of the sights of New York on Thursday, including a tour of Yankee Stadium, tickets to the Yankees-Rangers game and then a trip to the top of the Empire State Building.

"I've never been to New York City," Jones said. "It's a new experience for me here. Seeing all the people, the constant traffic, taxis everywhere. It's just like the movies."

The players took pictures of the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, then posed for pictures for media and a throng of fans who strained to see the next generation of NHL stars.

It's the first of a series of events leading up to the draft for the top players, including a luncheon and more media interviews Friday, and a clinic Saturday at the AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark for local youth hockey players.

2008 re-draft has Stamkos still on top

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 3:10 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

In the days leading up to the 2008 NHL Draft, the narrative about the class of prospects came into focus: There was a potential franchise scorer at the top, and a bushel of intriguing defensemen available.

Sure enough, Steven Stamkos was the first pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, a decision the franchise is unlikely ever to regret. The next four picks were defensemen, and that position provided 12 first-round selections -- including 10 of the first 20 players drafted.

Some of the best young defensemen in the sport came from the 2008 draft, and it's possible it will be remembered as the best class at that position in the history of the League. There are players who still have the potential to join the elite, like Jake Gardiner and Justin Schultz, which would bolster a group that already has at least eight players capable of logging top-pairing minutes and several potential Norris Trophy winners (including Erik Karlsson, who already has won).

Draft needs: Breaking down positions by team

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 1:32 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

All 30 teams arrive at the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) with different lists of players and different goals to accomplish.

Each has a plan in place on how to either replenish its roster now, or in years down the line.

There will be trades and surprises and all sorts of machinations as the day progresses, but here's a team-by-team look at what each organization could be looking to do when they set up on the floor of Prudential Center for Sunday's 2013 NHL Draft (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC):

Important guests helped Comrie develop mental side

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 12:47 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Goaltender Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League recently was asked what he would say to an NHL general manager in need of a little convincing that he could be a future star for their organization.

"I battle as hard as I can to stop every single puck … and it doesn't matter if my helmet comes off in the process," Comrie told NHL.com. "I'm going to dive across head-first to make that save. It's all about keeping the puck out of the net and winning games.

"I'm an athletic goalie … I'll never give up on the puck."

2003 re-draft would have Staal, not Fleury, at No. 1

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

It has been 10 years and many of these players have yet to reach the second half of their NHL careers, but the 2003 NHL Draft already is considered one of the greatest of all time.

After the NHL resumed play in the 2005-06 season, it was Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin who garnered the majority of the attention as the new, young faces of the League. Though they are special players, a big reason the NHL is as vibrant today as it's ever been is the depth of this '03 draft.

The Class of 2003 provided the NHL a diverse crop of star-quality players. There are 24 players who have played in an NHL All-Star Game, even though there hasn't been a game four times since they were drafted because of work stoppages or Olympic breaks.

Franchises rose and fell because of this draft, and not just because of the players at the top. The first round was incredible: All 30 players have appeared in an NHL game and 27 of them in at least 240.

Several teams head into NHL Draft with extra picks

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 5:10 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2013 NHL Draft is seen by some as the strongest since the famed 2003 class.

If that's the case, the Buffalo Sabres could be one of the happier teams starting June 30, when the draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

The Sabres have two picks in the first round and 10 in the seven-round selection process, tying them with the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets for the most.

Buffalo has the eighth pick and the 16th selection, acquired from the Minnesota Wild as part of the Jason Pominville trade. The Sabres also have two picks in the second round and one in the third, giving them five in the top 69.

Order of selection for the 2013 NHL Draft

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 4:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2013 NHL Draft, Sunday, June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. All seven rounds of the Draft will take place Sunday, starting at 3 p.m., ET. TSN will televise the Draft live in Canada and RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network will present live coverage from 3p-8p, after which NHL Network will provide continuing coverage.

Visit NHL.com for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports rankings and video.

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