NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Gus Katsaros
Rotoworld
Rotoworld enlists the help of McKeen's Hockey and takes its first look at the first round of the 2013 Entry Draft

NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Rotoworld enlists the help of McKeen's Hockey and takes its first look at the first round of the 2013 Entry Draft

While we know where the first 14 teams will pick in the Entry Draft, the final 16 have yet to be determined. The Stanley Cup finalists will select 29th and 30th respectively, but that result will not be known until the week before the Draft.

David Burstyn, McKeen's Hockey Director of Scouting, has put together the first round of the Mock Draft, using the reverse point order of where the team's finished at the end of the regular season for the final 16 selections. This will change by the end of the playoffs.

McKeen's Hockey will put out their top 120 picks for the Entry Draft on May 22. In addition, they will also preview the 2014 and 2015 Drafts. Click here to enter their site, it's a great buy.

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1

Avalanche

 

Seth Jones

Jones gives the Avs a viable two-way threat who will play in all situations, local boy will be an instant fan favorite

2

Panthers

 

Jonathan Drouin

Injuries helped derail momentum that the Panthers generated before the lock-out and cost them a playoff spot, Drouin will help them get back there as he does everything at a heightened pace and is a point producer

3

Lightning

 

Nathan MacKinnon

Getting a little long in the tooth up-front, MacKinnon gives the Lightning power and scoring punch as he is a player who could easily step into the lineup next season

4

Predators

 

Aleksander Barkov

Highest the Preds have picked since joining the league in '98, Barkov gives them size up the middle and a legitimate point producing offensive weapon who can score and distribute the puck 

5

Hurricanes

 

Darnell Nurse

Temptation to grab a forward however with many key pieces up front locked up, Canes go back to the OHL to select Nurse, a steady, highly competitive defender who oozes upside and should mesh well with Ryan Murphy

6

Flames

 

Elias Lindholm

The rebuilding begins and the Flames waste no time picking Lindholm, gritty, competitive, offensively charged and has a similar disposition to Peter Forsberg

7

Oilers

 

Nikita Zadorov

With a solid cast of budding young forwards, Oilers nab Zadorov, a hulking 6'7 defender who helped London advance to the OHL finals and has all the tools to be a top 2 defender

8

Sabres

 

Sean Monahan

Looking to get bigger up the middle, Monahan brings size and can play both sides of the puck, skating needs work but he is fuelled by a strong desire to win

9

Devils

 

Zach Fucale

May look to trade down however Halifax Moosehead goalie Fucale would be a logical choice with Brodeur entering the twilight of his career

10

Stars

 

Max Domi

Max Domi, the son of Tie plays a polar opposite game as he is a scoring machine who could possibly step into the lineup next year with several openings up front

11

Flyers

 

Samuel Morin

Samuel Morin is this year's most intriguing prospect as he stands a whopping 6'8, can skate and make offensive plays, his stock is at a premium after a solid showing at the U18 World Championships where he helped Canada capture gold

12

Coyotes

 

Curtis Lazar

Lazar is a character player who elevated his game in the post-season, fits in well with the philosophy and style of the team

13

Jets

 

Valeri Nichushkin

Jets swing for the fences with Nichuskin, who is arguably the most athletic player in the draft with a sky high skill set  but also has a contract in the KHL

14

Blue Jackets

 

Rasmus Ristolainen

GM Kekalainen steps up to the podium and grabs Ristolainen a defenseman he is more than familiar with in the SM-Liiga as he has been playing in that league since he was 16

L O T T E R Y 

15

Islanders

 

Ryan Pulock

The Isles grab WHL defender Pulock, whose point shot may be the best in the draft, he has scored 33 goals the past two seasons and already has pro size at 6'1, 210 

16

Wild

Sabres

Adam Erne

In an attempt to get harder to play against, the Sabres wisely pluck Adam Erne from the Quebec Remparts, whose bull in a china shop approach as well as ability to score instantly puts him in the Sabres mix

17

Senators

 

Alexander Wennberg

Wennberg is an extremely smart two way player who has top six potential; Ottawa has also had tremendous success drafting Swedes

18

Red Wings

 

Robert Hagg

Wings are drawn by the sheer natural ability of Swedish defenseman Hagg who can dictate the pace of the game and QB a PP

19

Rangers

Blue Jackets

Mirco Mueller

Building from the back end out Kekalainen selects Mueller; a graceful and athletic defender who can complement any playing style and was exceptional at the WJC for Team Swiss

20

Sharks

 

Bo Horvat

Bo Horvat gives the Sharks arguably one of the better penalty killers in the draft and a player who has some scoring touch as he led the Knights in post-season goals this year

21

Capitals

 

Josh Morrissey

Morrissey injects a dynamic that is missing from the Caps back-end as he is capable of making end-to-end rushes and playing special teams

22

Maple Leafs

 

Hunter Shinkaruk

Shinkaruk has shown a penchant for scoring goals in junior which is what the Leafs need, his speed in transition and especially off the mark makes him a threat to score in any situation

23

Canucks

 

Valentin Zykov

Zykov is a player who can dominate down low and buy time and space for his line mates while also playing a skilled game

24

Kings

Blue Jackets

Andre Burakowsky

Elated that Burkowsky is still available as he offers speed to burn and is highly creative, struggled in the SEL this year but was very dominant when lining up against his peer group

25

Blues

Flames

Kerby Rychel

Rychel has a laser beam of a shot and can score goals with back-to-back 40 goal seasons as a Spitfire in the OHL; a player who can play in the Flames top six for many years

26

Bruins

Stars

Frederik Gauthier

Gauthier is a player who is only starting to scratch the surface as the 6'4 center redeemed a poor second half with a stellar performance at the World U18 Championships playing on both special teams

27

Canadiens

 

Ian McCoshen

McCoshen is a monster on the ice,  does everything hard and is  physically imposing, plays more of a defensive game as his game mirrors that of former Montreal first rounder; Ryan McDonagh

28

Ducks

 

Chris Bigras

Bigras is not a flashy player but he does everything well and has a strong feel for the game  both in the offensive and defensive zone

29

Penguins

Flames

Anthony Mantha

Flames need scoring and Mantha provides it as he led the QMJHL with 50 goals and was only 1 of 3 players in the entire CHL to eclipse the 50 goal plateau. Not always involved, Mantha brings a dimension that few prospects bring to the table, he scores!

30

Blackhawks

 

Michael McCarron

The Hawks get bigger and nastier up front with the selection of 6'5 Michael McCarron who led the USNDTP in PIM but also marked considerable improvement to both his skating and puck skills as the year progressed 

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