Backdraft 2013, 2014 & 2015: An early ranking of the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 NHL drafts

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Backdraft 2013, 2014 & 2015: An early ranking of the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 NHL drafts
Backdraft 2013, 2014 & 2015: An early ranking of the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 NHL drafts

It’s too soon to say too much about the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NHL drafts, as the vast majority of players selected have barely scratched the surface of their professional careers. But that doesn’t mean we can’t peek in on their progress so far. For each year, we've ranked the forwards and defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

2013 NHL DRAFT: FORWARDS

Here are the top 10 highest-scoring forwards selected in the 2013 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played:

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FORWARDS

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Sean Monahan

6th overall

237

159

Nathan MacKinnon

1st overall

218

153

Aleksander Barkov

2nd overall

191

119

Elias Lindholm

5th overall

221

99

Bo Horvat

9th overall

150

65

Valeri Nichushkin

10th overall

166

64

Andre Burakovsky

23rd overall

132

60

Alexander Wennberg

14th overall

137

60

Max Domi

12th overall

81

52

Anthony Duclair

80th overall

99

51

NOTE: Jonathan Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, ranks 11th among forwards with 42 points in 91 NHL games.

2013 NHL DRAFT: DEFENSEMEN

Here are the top 10 highest-scoring defensemen selected in the 2013 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played: 

DEFENSEMEN

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Seth Jones

 4th overall

 240

83

Rasmus Ristolainen

 8th overall

 194

 65

Nikita Zadorov

 16th overall

 89

 18

Brett Pesce

 66th overall

 69

 16

Darnell Nurse

 7th overall

 71

 10

Shea Theodore

 26th overall

 19

 8

Ryan Pulock

 15th overall

 15

4

Mirco Mueller

 18th overall

 50

4

Chris Bigras

32nd overall

 31

 3

Ben Harpur

 108th overall

 5

 1

 NOTE: Three other defensemen from the 2013 draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. They are: Josh Morrissey, 13th overall pick (one NHL game, zero points); Steven Santini, 42nd overall pick (one NHL game, zero points); Gustav Olofsson, 46th overall pick (two NHL games, zero points).

2013 NHL DRAFT: GOALIES

A total of three goalies selected in the 2013 NHL draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. Here they are ranked by NHL wins, with draft position and NHL games played:

GOALIES

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Wins

Mackenzie Skapski

170th overall

2

2

Kristers Gudlevskis

124th overall

2

1

Juuse Saros

99th overall

1

0

NOTE: No goalies were drafted in the first round in 2013, but four were picked in Round 2. They are: Zachary Fucale (36th overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens), Tristan Jarry (44th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins), Philippe Desrosiers (54th overall pick by the Dallas Stars) and Eric Comrie (59th overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets).

2014 NHL DRAFT: FORWARDS

Here are the top 10 highest-scoring forwards selected in the 2014 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played:

FORWARDS

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Leon Draisaitl

3rd overall

109

60

David Pastrnak

25th overall

97

53

Dylan Larkin

15th overall

80

45

Sam Reinhart

2nd overall

88

43

Nikolaj Ehlers

9th overall

72

38

Robby Fabbri

21st overall

72

37

Sam Bennett

4th overall

78

37

Jared McCann

24th overall

69

18

Viktor Arvidsson

112th overall

62

16

William Nylander

8th overall

22

13

Jake Virtanen

6th overall

55

13

NOTE: The early returns are very promising when it comes to forwards selected in the 2014 NHL draft. First-round selections from 2014 who have yet to appear in the NHL include: Michael Dal Colle (fifth overall by the New York Islanders), Brendan Perlini (12th overall by the Arizona Coyotes), Jakub Vrana (13th overall by the Washington Capitals), Alex Tuch (18th overall by the Minnesota Wild), Nick Schmaltz (20th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks), Conner Bleakley (23rd overall by the Colorado Avalanche), Nikita Scherbak (26th overall by the Montreal Canadiens), Josh Ho-Sang (28th overall by the New York Islanders), Adrian Kempe (29th overall by the Los Angeles Kings) and John Quenneville (30th overall by the New Jersey Devils).

2014 NHL DRAFT: DEFENSEMEN

Two defensemen selected in the 2014 NHL draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. Here they are ranked by NHL points, with draft position and NHL games played:

DEFENSEMEN

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Aaron Ekblad

 1st overall

 159

75

Nikita Tryamkin

66th overall

 13

 2

 NOTE: Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick, leads all players who were drafted in 2014 with 75 NHL points. That's not going to last forever, but it speaks to Ekblad's seamless transition to the big leagues. Four other defensemen were selected in the first round in 2014, they are: Haydn Fleury (seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes), Julius Honka (14th overall by the Dallas Stars), Travis Sanheim (17th overall by the Philadelphia Fleyrs) and Anthony DeAngelo (19th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning).

2014 NHL DRAFT: GOALIES

No goalies selected in the 2014 NHL draft have appeared in an NHL game.

NOTE: No goalies were taken in the first round in 2014, but five went in Round 2. They are: Mason McDonald (34th overall by the Calgary Flames), Thatcher Demko (36th overall by the Vancouver Canucks), Alex Nedeljkovic (37th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes), Vitek Vanecek (39th overall by the Washington Capitals) and Brandon Halverson (59th overall by the New York Rangers).

2015 NHL DRAFT: FORWARDS

Five forwards selected in the 2015 NHL draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. Here are the top 10 highest-scoring forwards selected in the 2015 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played:

FORWARDS

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Jack Eichel

2nd overall

81

56

Connor McDavid

1st overall

45

48

Pavel Zacha

6th overall

1

2

Daniel Sprong

46th overall

18

2

Dominik Simon

137th overall

3

1

NOTE: If Pavel Zacha can sustain that points-per-game average, we're going to forget all about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel....

2015 NHL DRAFT: DEFENSEMEN

One defensemen selected in the 2015 NHL draft has appeared in at least one NHL game. He's listed here with NHL points, draft position and NHL games played: 

DEFENSEMEN

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Noah Hanifin

 5th overall

 79

22

 NOTE: Ivan Provorov (seventh overall by the Philadelphia Flyers) and Zach Werenski (eighth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets) were the two other defensemen drafted in the top 10 in 2015.

2015 NHL DRAFT: GOALIES

No goalies selected in the 2015 NHL draft have appeared in an NHL game.

NOTE: Ilya Samsonov (22nd overall by the Washington Capitals) was the only goalie drafted in the first round, Mackenzie Blackwood (42nd overall by the New Jersey Devils) was the only goalie drafted in the second round.

More in the 'Backdraft' series:

Backdraft 2012: Galchenyuk, Rielly and Andersen lead the positional rankings

Backdraft 2011: Landeskog, Hamilton and Gibson on top

Backdraft 2010: Seguin, Fowler and Andersen setting the pace

Backdraft 2009: Tavares, Hedman and Lehner at head of 2009 NHL draft class

Backdraft 2008: Stamkos, Karlsson and Holtby sit in No. 1 spot in positional rankings

Backdraft 2007: Kane, Subban and Darling lead the way

Backdraft 2006: Backstrom, Johnson and Mason top the positional rankings

Backdraft 2005: Crosby, Yandle and Quick headline the 2005 draft derby

Backdraft 2004: Ovechkin, Streit and Rinne lead the way

Backdraft 2003: Staal, Weber and Fleury rank No. 1 by position

Backdraft 2002: Nash, Keith and Lehtonen at head of class

Backdraft 2001: Kovalchuk, Zidlicky and Anderson on top

Backdraft 2000: Heatley, Visnovsky and Lundqvist lead the rankings

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