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As we gradually progress towards the tail end of winter, more and more focus will begin shifting towards the 2013 Entry Draft which will be hosted by the Devils in New Jersey. We're at about the halfway mark of the evaluation period with the tail end of junior seasons coming up before playoffs and the combine this summer.
Over at The Hockey News, resident prospect guru Ryan Kennedy
has put together his top 30 prospects
as we hit the midway mark. It goes as follows:
1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax
2. Seth Jones, D, Portland
3. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax
4. Sasha Barkov, C, Tappara
5. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas
6. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa
7. Robert Hagg, D, Modo
8. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS
9. Hunter Shinkaruk, LW, Medicine Hat
10. Adam Erne, RW, Quebec
11. Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie
12. Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton
13. Valery Nichushkin, LW, Chelyabinsk
14. Anthony Mantha, LW, Val d’Or
15. Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert
16. Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina
17. Jacob De La Rose, LW, Leksands
18. Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon
19. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski
20. Valentin Zykov, RW, Baie Comeau
21. Zach (Zachary) Fucale, G, Halifax
22. Nikita Zadorov, D, London
23. Artturi Lehkonen, LW, Kalpa
24. Max Domi, C, London
25. Steve Santini, D, USNDTP
26. Jason Dickinson, LW, Guelph
27. Ian McCoshen, D, Warterloo
28. Eric Comrie, G, Tri City
29. Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgardens
30. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor
You'll note that Nathan MacKinnon is still getting first overall praise despite playing a minimal role for Canada at this year's World Juniors. American defenceman Seth Jones is close behind with MacKinnon's Halifax teammate Jonathan Drouin rounding out the top three.
Also of note is Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's checking in at number six.
For those of you wondering where the Sens check in to all of this, it's still to early in the NHL season to tell. With only a quarter of the season in the rearview mirror, literally anything could happen. With that in mind, if we assume that the season plays out exactly how the standings currently dictate — the Sens currently sit seventh in the NHL — they would pick up Max Domi of the London Knights. Mixed emotions for those who remember his father's clashes with the Sens I'm sure, but a quality player nonetheless. This, of course, assumes this happens to be the exact draft order which is highly unlikely.
As we progress down the stretch I'll be sure to keep an eye on draft rankings and update you accordingly.
Who would you like to see the Sens come away with from the upcoming draft? Shoot me a tweet
and let me know.