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Mike G. Morreale's 2013 Mock Draft

by Mike G. Morreale /

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

Related mock drafts: Adam Kimelman | Steven Hoffner
NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
1 FLA Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
It's rare to get a defenseman with his size (6-3.5, 205), skating ability and smarts; also is a great leader
2 COL 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)
The rebuild continues with selecting this highly skilled forward capable of pulling fans from their seats
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) Shoulder injury sidelined him for playoffs; consistent two-way player had 21 goals, 48 points in 53 games
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) The next Evgeni Malkin? He's big (6-4, 202), skilled, has a nose for the net and is clutch in key situations
6 EDM Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
Two-way forward possesses all the necessary tools; won silver medal at 2013 World Junior Championship
7 CGY Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Has steadily climbed the Central Scouting rankings; defends well, plays with an edge, good off transition
8 PHI Rasmus Ristolainen, D,
A solid skater who is effective at both ends of the ice, including in front of his net; plays with an edge
9 BUF Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Skilled, smart, deceptive and explosive, with hands as quick as anyone in this year's draft class
10 NJD 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
11 PHX Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Leading scorer among QMJHL rookies; had 40 goals, 75 points in 67 games
12 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
13 DET 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
14 WPG Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2) A 6-1, 190-pound workhorse with good offensive instincts; likely will spend at least one more season in Sweden
15 CBJ Mirco Mueller, D,
Everett (WHL)
Could form a great pair with fellow Everett alum Ryan Murray; good off transition, excellent positioning
16 CBJ
(From NYR)
Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
A solid high-end competitor who is aggressive on the forecheck and finishes checks; also a fantastic penalty killer
17 OTT Zach Nastasiuk, RW,
Owen Sound (OHL)
Excellent penalty-killer with good offensive awareness and speed off the transition; has Jordan Staal-like instincts
18 BUF
(From MIN)
Shea Theodore, D,
Seattle (WHL)
The 6-1.75, 178-pounder is great off the transition, smart and is effective at running the power play
19 NYI Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) Hulking 6-3.75, 190-pound sniper skates well for his size; led QMJHL with 50 goals, 10th with 89 points
20 WSH Chris Bigras, D,
Owen Sound (OHL)
Makes the smart play with quick outlet passes, and is consistent with his simple approach each game
21 TOR Max Domi, C/LW,
London (OHL)
The son of Tie returns to Toronto after leading Knights with career highs in goals (39) and points (71)
22 CGY
(From STL)
Zachary Fucale, G,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Tough to pass on the best goalie available when 36-year-old Miikka Kiprusoff isn't getting any younger
23 SJS Nikita Zadorov, D,
London (OHL)
Good skater with great compete level; had 6 goals, 25 points and plus-33 rating as an OHL rookie
24 LAK
(From LAK)
Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL) Gold medalist for U.S. at the World Juniors; plays with heart and feistiness; great hands and smarts
25 VAN Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
Solid skater with speed, agility and good play-making ability; son of Stanley Cup winner Warren Rychel
26 MTL William Carrier, LW,
Cape Breton (QMJHL)
A relentless puck-pursuer with good hockey sense; reminds some scouts of Patrice Bergeron
27 BOS Ian McCoshen, D,
Waterloo (USHL)
The 6-2.5, 205-pound Boston College-commit plays with an edge, defends well and has a great point shot
28 ANA Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL) Great speed and a nose for the net; closed regular season with 30 goals, 44 points in final 45 games
29 CGY
(From PIT)
Samuel Morin, D,
Rimouski (QMJHL)
The 6-6.25, 202-pounder rose 53 slots to No. 23 in Central Scouting's final rankings; long reach and good 1-on-1 player
30 CHI Andre Burakovsky, LW, Malmo (SWE-2) Excellent acceleration and clever in traffic; hands and vision complement great playmaking skills

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