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Jack Michaels' 2013 Mock Draft

by Jack Michaels / Edmonton Oilers

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1 COL Nathan MacKinnon, C,
Halifax (QMJHL)
I'm very suspicious of Colorado's public proclamations that it won't be taking hometown stud defenseman Seth Jones here. What I think the Avs realize is that had they owned the #3 pick, they still might have been able to get Jones.  So don't be surprised if they try to work a deal with either Florida or Tampa Bay to obtain a tangible asset in return for a pick swap. Otherwise, what did Colorado possibly have to gain by revealing its intentions early, other than to prepare the market that the Denver product would not be in the mix?
2 FLA Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)

19 years ago, Florida selected Ed Jovanovski with the 1st overall pick, and two years later, the Panthers went to the Stanley Cup Final in his rookie season. By the transitive property, then, it'll be Edmonton-Florida playing for the chalice in 2015, right???
3 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)

Tampa Bay will happily take Drouin here...perhaps the most skilled offensive player with the best hands in the entire draft, Drouin will help ease the loss of Art Ross winner Marty St. Louis to retirement in a couple of years -- no question, he'll be the heir apparent in Tampa.
4 NSH Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa (OHL)

In its history, Nashville has drafted one forward who has scored 30 goals (Patric Hornqvist) and one who has managed as many as 60 points (David Legwand). My guess is they'll go with the two-way reputation of Monahan rather than the potentially greater upside of Barkov or Nichushkin.
(From CAR)
Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)
I think there's a good chance Carolina trades out of this pick to get the Staals some immediate help, perhaps a defenseman like Brendan Smith. In return, Ken Holland gets a pick in the top 10 for the first time in two decades, and perhaps the most gifted power forward in the entire draft.
6 CGY Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS)

Far from a guarantee that he'll still be on the board, and Calgary needs a centre, so why does this pick make sense? Well, at this point, Nichushkin, who played in the KHL Final and scored the OT winner to earn Russia bronze at the World Juniors, is the most talented player on the board, and his size and speed compare favorably with Lindholm, probably the top centre remaining at this point.
7 EDM Darnell Nurse, D, Sault St. Marie (OHL)
My sense is that Edmonton's brass came away really impressed with Nurse, whose athletic bloodlines are off the charts (most notably, Donovan McNabb is his uncle). If he's here, and the trade waters in both directions are tepid, the Oilers will take him.
8 BUF Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)

Buffalo needs help just about everywhere, including at centre, where last year the club dealt second-liner Derek Roy.  Lindholm, who put up 30 pts in 49 games in the SEL, can fill that slot sooner rather than later.
9 NJD Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) New Jersey, who has never been averse to selecting smallish forwards, hopes the Calgary native is another Zach Parise.
10 DAL Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL) Dallas adding a right-hand shot defenseman to its organization?  Say it isn't so!
11 PHI Zach Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL) With an amnesty buyout of Ilya Bryzgalov perhaps looming this summer or next, the search continues in Philly....but don't be shocked if Buffalo or New Jersey nab Fucale first.
12 PHX Anthony Mantha, RW,
Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
The only player in this year's draft class to score 50 goes to a team in need of at least that many...
13 WPG Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (Finland) 6-4, 207-pound defenseman plays with an edge and gained valuable experience last year playing with NHL defensemen Kris Russell, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Alec Martinez during lockout.
14 CBJ Frederick Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) At 6-5, Gauthier can score, win faceoffs, and plays the kind of strong two-way game that will fit perfectly in Columbus.
15 NYI Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL) Anything goes on Long Island, so why not a 6-5, 225-pound defenseman who can skate and was +33 for the OHL champs?
16 CBJ
(From MIN)
Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
I'm betting that Buffalo takes the San Jose approach here, and drafts another centre, and another London Knight who might be the best of this draft class in the circle.
17 OTT Max Domi, C,
London (OHL)
A chance for Ottawa to hit its Ontario rival where it hurts, not to mention acquire the leading scorer from the OHL champions. (Three in a row from London, really?)
18 DET
(From DET)
Curtis Lazar, C/RW,
Edmonton (WHL)
Some have Lazar going much earlier, some have him falling out of the first round.  I'm splitting the difference.
19 CBJ
(From NYR)
Alexander Wennberg, C,
Djurgarden (Sweden)
Again, when in doubt, draft a centre.  Strong year in SEL (14-21-35 in 49 GP).
20 SJS Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL) Swiss-born defenseman from the Everett Silvertips, who at 6-3, would be solid fit for San Jose blue line in transition.
21 TOR Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
Perfect fit for a team that can score and fight. Born in Los Angeles, Rychel does both, with back-to-back 40-goal campaigns for the Windsor Spitfires.
22 CGY
(From STL)
Robert Hagg, D,
Modo Jr.  (Sweden)
6-2, 205-pounder became best defenseman for a Swedish World Junior team riddled with injuries to its back end. Played very well head-to-head with Nail Yakupov in semifinal win over Russia at that tournament.
23 WSH Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL) Played tough through shoulder injuries and helped Team USA claim Gold at World Juniors. Can play both wing and centre.
24 VAN Nic Petan, C,
Portland (WHL)
For a team frustrated by its lack of second-line production in the last couple of seasons, hard to overlook Petan's 46 goals, 120 points and +68 rating with Portland last year, regardlesss of size (5-9, 165).
25 MTL Samuel Morin, D,
Rimouski (QMJHL)
At 6-7, 200 pounds, Habs more than content to watch his offensive game continue to develop.
26 ANA Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL) Connecticut-born, but played out West for L.A. selects. Don't think that's lost on GM Bob Murray and advisor Brian Burke.
27 CBJ
(From LAK)
Morgan Klimchuk, LW,
Regina (WHL)
The Calgary native, who trains in the off-season with Jordan Eberle, doubled his goal total for Regina this past season and has shined for Team Canada at World U-18 and Ivan Hlinka tournaments.
28 CGY
(From PIT)
Josh Morrissey, D,
Prince Albert (WHL)
The Jarome Iginla trade nets this homegrown product who plays bigger than his listed 5-11, 182 pounds.
29 DAL
(From BOS)
Ian McCoshen, D,
Waterloo (USHL)
One of two highly-ranked, U.S.-born defensemen heading to Boston College (Steve Santini being the other), McCoshen will ripen for Dallas, who acquired this pick in the Jaromir Jagr trade.
30 CHI Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Top rookie scorer in the QMJHL registered 40 goals for Baie-Comeau and plays a Bryan Bickell-type game when at his best.
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