2013 NHL Draft Results: Top 10 Team Performances

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The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is now in the books and what a marathon day of emotional and strategical ups and downs it was. It was a day of intrigue and building excitement. From Cory Schneider getting traded to the hosts New Jersey Devils for the 9th overall pick (ultimately Bo Harvat), to Seth Jones falling to the Nashville Predators at pick number 4, to offensive dynamo Hunter Shinkaruk slipping to the Vancouver Canucks at  number 24. Shinkaruk’s hometown Calgary Flames passed on him just two picks before – a team desperate to find that shiny new forward they can call their own new franchise player.

Hunter Shinkaruk

Hunter Shinkaruk (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

While it is way too soon to tell if picks like Emile Poirier by the Flames is a winner or a swing and a miss, early impressions are in and here are the early perceived 2013 NHL Draft Top 10 Team Performances.

In most instances it will be three to five years or longer to truly evaluate how teams did at the draft table this year.

Early Impression: 2013 NHL Draft Results – Top 10 Team Performances

(Selection information from NHL.com)

1. Buffalo Sabres

From the onset to the conclusion, from round 1 through to round 7, from Ristolainen to Locke, no team had a better overall draft than the Sabres. Each pick presented really good value from the respective draft position. While Ristolainen and Zadorov add the obvious size, skill and skating ability to the blueline every team covets, the true gold mine was in the second round, where Cup contenders often find key contributors (see Blackhawks and Bruins lineups).

Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Ristolainen [photo: Teemu Saarinen, HC TPS]

J.T. Compher has the skill and will to be a winner. Connor Hurley possesses an impressive offensive skill-set; the youngest player drafted will need some time to develop before being NHL ready, but should be well worth the wait. Justin Bailey, son of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey, has immense potential, but was slowed by injuries this past season. Eastern hockey bird dog Eldon MacDonald has stated that Bailey reminds him somewhat of former NHL great – the gentleman and ultra-smooth Jean Beliveau.

Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
18 RASMUS RISTOLAINEN DFIN6′ 4″207FINLAND
116 NIKITA ZADOROV DRUS6′ 5″221OHL
235 J.T. COMPHER LWUSA5′ 10″184USHL
238 CONNOR HURLEY CUSA6′ 1″174HIGH-MN
252 JUSTIN BAILEY RWUSA6′ 3″186OHL
369 NICHOLAS BAPTISTE RWCAN6′ 0″189OHL
5129 CALVIN PETERSEN GUSA6′ 2″183USHL
5130 GUSTAV POSSLER RWSWE6′ 0″183SWEDEN-JR.
5143 ANTHONY FLORENTINO DUSA6′ 1″227HIGH-CT
6159 SEAN MALONE CUSA5′ 11″183USHL
7189 ERIC LOCKE CUSA5′ 10″184OHL

2. Vancouver Canucks

While the Cory Schneider trade made the draft almost stand still and stole many of the headlines,  the Canucks scouting squad made a killing on the draft floor. While some perceive Bo Horvat as too little a return for the star netminder, the all-around Ryan Kesler 2.0 type forward has a bright NHL future ahead of him and will not be denied.

Hunter Shinkaruk is perhaps the biggest draft day steal, despite being drafted in the first round. The Canucks committed Grand Theft Hunter, after his hometown Calgary Flames opted for Emile Poirier at 22nd.

Cole Cassels, son of former NHLer Andrew, was a solid 3rd round choice, but maybe taken slightly higher than projected. Jordan Subban could very well prove to be a 4th round steal with many projecting him to be a second rounder. Size is the issue; skill certainly is not. Anton Cederholm is definitely 5th round worthy and Miles Liberati is one to watch for the 2013-14 season.

Vancouver Canucks
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
19 BO HORVAT CCAN6′ 0″206OHL
124 HUNTER SHINKARUK C LWCAN5′ 10″181WHL
385 COLE CASSELS CUSA6′ 0″178OHL
4115 JORDAN SUBBAN DCAN5′ 9″175OHL
5145 ANTON CEDERHOLM DSWE6′ 1″204SWEDEN-JR.
6175 MIKE WILLIAMSON DCAN6′ 2″187AJHL
7205 MILES LIBERATI DUSA5′ 11″195OHL

3. Winnipeg Jets

Some thought Morrissey was a reach at 13th, but The Next Ones had him ranked 12th overall. Morrissey has been called a blend of Kris Letang and Niklas Lidstrom by NHL scouts – decent praise indeed.

Josh Morrissey

Josh Morrissey was one of the top puckmoving defenseman available for the 2013 NHL draft. [photo: David Chan]

Eric Comrie was one of the best goalies available in this draft class. Jimmy Lodge was a steal of a 3rd round pick. He had an outstanding second half of the season and some thought he might even squeeze into the latter part of the 1st round, or at the very least a surefire 2nd round pick.

Third time eligible J.C. Lipon should be able to find a role as a bottom six forward in the big league. Andrew Copp was slotted as a sleeper pick by more than a few hockey scouts. Jan Kostalek is a solid and mature two-way who has 2nd-3rd round talent, making him a very crafty 4th round pick.

Winnipeg Jets
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
113 JOSHUA MORRISSEY DCAN5′ 11″186WHL
243 NICOLAS PETAN CCAN5′ 8″165WHL
259 ERIC COMRIE GCAN6′ 0″167WHL
384 JAMES LODGE CUSA6′ 0″166OHL
391 J.C. LIPON RWCAN5′ 11″180WHL
4104 ANDREW COPP CUSA6′ 0″188CCHA
4114 JAN KOSTALEK DCZE6′ 0″181QMJHL
5127 TUCKER POOLMAN DUSA6′ 2″199USHL
7190 BRENDEN KICHTON DCAN5′ 10″175WHL
7194 MARCUS KARLSTROM DSWE6′ 2″181SWEDEN-JR. U18

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets continue to add tons of talent, now under the direction of GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Alexander Wennberg projects to be an all around super effective 2nd line center. Kerby Rychel adds a physcial goal-scouring presence. Agitating, but skilled two-way Slovakian forward, Marko Dano, was taken a little earlier than projected, but Kekelainen and staff obviously could not want to say, “Book ‘em, Dano!”

Heatherington was a very astute 2nd round pick; he is a tantalizing combination of size, very good skating ability and defensive acumen. Bjorkstrand is a very talented forward pegged by many to be a 2nd rounder himself. Nick Moutrey has plenty of upside and presented outstanding 4th round value.

Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
114 ALEXANDER WENNBERG CSWE6′ 1″190SWEDEN-2
119 KERBY RYCHEL LWUSA6′ 0″205OHL
127 MARKO DANO CAUT5′ 11″183KHL
250 DILLON HEATHERINGTON DCAN6′ 3″196WHL
389 OLIVER BJORKSTRAND RWDNK5′ 10″166WHL
4105 NICK MOUTREY C LWCAN6′ 2″208OHL
6165 MARKUS SOBERG RWNOR6′ 0″187SWEDEN-JR.
7195 PETER QUENNEVILLE C; RWCAN5′ 11″183USHL

5. Colorado Avalanche

The Avs draft was more than about the explosive and supremely talented Nate MacKinnon. Chris Bigras is an ultra-steady blueliner who will help solidify any blueline he is a part of with his reliable, mistake-free play.

Spencer Martin was one of the better netminders available. Mason Geertsen is extremely tough and has very good size – the potential is there. Will Butcher’s stock dropped this season, but the undersized blueliner was well worth a 5th round selection. Swedish blueliner Wilhelm Westlund was slated to be a 3rd rounder by many, but fell to the 7th round.

Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
11 NATHAN MACKINNON CCAN6′ 0″182QMJHL
232 CHRIS BIGRAS DCAN6′ 0″186OHL
363 SPENCER MARTIN GCAN6′ 2″198OHL
493 MASON GEERTSEN DCAN6′ 3″199WHL
5123 WILL BUTCHER DUSA5′ 9″191USHL
6153 BEN STORM DUSA6′ 6″216USHL
7183 WILHELM WESTLUND DSWE5′ 11″184SWEDEN-JR.

6. Edmonton Oilers

The nephew of former NFL QB Donovan McNabb and son of former CFLer Richard Nurse, the athletic, talented and nasty two-way blueliner Darnell Nurse was the obvious cornerstone of the Oilers 2013 draft class, but a team already full of young guns added plenty of talent in New Jersey.

Marc-Olivier Roy possesses plenty of upside as an offensive, gritty and defensively responsive forward. Yakimov and Slepyshev are talented and intriguing Russian forwards who are 3rd round worthy.

Houck was a nice 4th round find – he had a tremendous second half for the Dub’s Vancouver Giants. Kyle Platzer is a forward who is a candidate by many hockey bird dogs to be a breakout player next season. When you can get a player with 3rd round talent in the 7th round, like Calgary Hitmen forward Greg Chase, you do so without blinking. Chase’s drop was a curious one, as the two-way extremely competitive forward has really good upside.

Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
17 DARNELL NURSE DCAN6′ 3″185OHL
256 MARC-OLIVIER ROY CCAN6′ 0″175QMJHL
383 BOGDAN YAKIMOV CRUS6′ 5″202RUSSIA-JR.
388 ANTON SLEPYSHEV LWRUS6′ 2″194RUSSIA
494 JACKSON HOUCK RWCAN6′ 0″186WHL
496 KYLE PLATZER CCAN5′ 11″185OHL
4113 AIDAN MUIR LW RWCAN6′ 3″182MWEHL
5128 EVAN CAMPBELL LWCAN6′ 1″175BCHL
6158 BEN BETKER DCAN6′ 5″200WHL
7188 GREGORY CHASE C RWCAN6′ 0″195WHL

7. Montréal Canadiens

A power forward, a surefire two-way 2nd or 3rd line NHL all-around forward, the best goalie in the draft, an accomplished Finnish sniper along with a couple of slippery diminutive forwards from the Q – a Swiss and a Czech. Bergevin  along with Trevor Timmins and staff do their thing.

Montréal Canadiens
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
125 MICHAEL MCCARRON RWUSA6′ 5″228USHL
234 JACOB DE LA ROSE LWSWE6′ 2″190SWEDEN-2
236 ZACHARY FUCALE GCAN6′ 1″181QMJHL
255 ARTTURI LEHKONEN LWFIN5′ 11″163FINLAND
371 CONNOR CRISP LWCAN6′ 3″225OHL
386 SVEN ANDRIGHETTO RWCHE5′ 9″175QMJHL
4116 MARTIN REWAY LWCZE5′ 8″158QMJHL
6176 JEREMY GREGOIRE CCAN5′ 11″190QMJHL

8. Nashville Predators

If Grand Theft Seth at 4th overall wasn’t enough, the Preds added another huge blueliner who can skate and has intriguing upside in Diaby. They were not done there as they were able to land the #1 rated European goaltender (NHL CS), the undersized Juuse Saros, in the 4th round. Forward Felix Girard had a breakthrough season after going undrafted last year – he is a two-way centre who is difficult to play against. Puckmoving defender Kivihalme was amongst some of their other stealth-like picks throughout the draft.

Seth Jones

Seth Jones – did the Nashville Predators commit “Grand Theft Seth” at the 2013 NHL Draft? (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
14 SETH JONES DUSA6′ 3″205WHL
364 JONATHAN-ISMAEL DIABY DCAN6′ 5″223QMJHL
495 FELIX GIRARD CCAN5′ 11″190QMJHL
499 JUUSE SAROS GFIN5′ 10″178FINLAND-JR.
5125 SAKU MAENALANEN RWFIN6′ 3″176FINLAND-JR.
5140 TEEMU KIVIHALME DUSA5′ 11″161HIGH-MN
6155 EMIL PETTERSSON CSWE6′ 1″158SWEDEN-JR.
6171 TOMMY VEILLEUX LWCAN6′ 0″188QMJHL
7185 WADE MURPHY RWCAN5′ 11″176BCHL
7203 JANNE JUVONEN GFIN6′ 1″183FINLAND-JR.

9. Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes get an offensive centrepiece in Domi and a Patrice Bergeron clone in Dauphin. Laplante is a good skating versatile forward with offensive upside. Redl Line Report’s Kirk Luedeke had Clifton as a draft day sleeper (New England Hockey Journal).  Netminder project Brendan Burke goes to the team for which his father is the goaltending coach – one of the best of his trade on the planet.

Phoenix Coyotes
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
112 MAX DOMI C LWCAN5′ 9″197OHL
239 LAURENT DAUPHIN CCAN6′ 0″165QMJHL
362 YAN PAVEL LAPLANTE CCAN6′ 0″178QMJHL
5133 CONNOR CLIFTON DUSA5′ 10″175USHL
6163 BRENDAN BURKE GUSA6′ 3″176WHL
7193 JEDD SOLEWAY CCAN6′ 2″208BCHL

10. (t) Detroit Red Wings

In tenth place, we have a tie between the Red Wings and Flames. Neither team knocked it out of the park with each and every pick. Each team raised more than a few eyebrows with some selections early on. Both teams, on the whole, however, added some intriguing talent.

When you can get the only draft eligible 50 goal scorer, 6’3″ winger Anthony Mantha, at 20th overall, you’re doing okay. Some scouts would like him to give a more consistent effort, but he has the ability to dissect goalies in multiple ways. It’s not easy to teach that.

Nastasiuk kept raising his stock as the season went on. Tyler Bertuzzi has the obvious good hockey bloodlines as the nephew of Todd. He was widely regarded as more of a late round talent. Mattias Janmark-Nylen was a bit of an unknown, but can anyone really doubt when Detroit ventures to Sweden for their draft choice?

Pope, Wheaton and McNulty were very good value picks for where the Red Wings landed them.

Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
120 ANTHONY MANTHA RWCAN6′ 3″190QMJHL
248 ZACH NASTASIUK RWCAN6′ 1″190OHL
258 TYLER BERTUZZI LWCAN6′ 0″178OHL
379 MATTIAS JANMARK-NYLEN CSWE6′ 1″189SWEDEN
4109 DAVID POPE LWCAN6′ 2″187BCHL
5139 MITCHELL WHEATON DCAN6′ 4″228WHL
6169 MARC MCNULTY DCAN6′ 5″185WHL
7199 HAMPUS MELEN RWSWE6′ 2″165SWE JR

10. (t) Calgary Flames

What could have been versus what will be…the curious draft day of the Calgary Flames:

Sean Monahan was a smart money pick for the Flames.  The perplexity came with the 22nd overall pick, Emile Poirier. Poirier bring speed, offensive potential and much needed grit. Then what was the problem? Although some had him ranked as a 1st rounder, the consensus seems to be that he was more of a second round talent. But the Flames see more and view him differently than most. That’s okay – isn’t it?

Emile Poirier

Emile Poirier (Gatineau Olympiques)

The major issue with hockey fans and specifically local Flames fans was the fact that one of the draft’s potent offensive threats was still available – Calgary’s own Hunter Shinkaruk. Some question his attitude; in my dealings and observations, Shinkaruk always gives maximum effort and is a very composed, confident and articulate young man. He is always dangerous on the ice. In my opinion, he was a top ten talent in this deep draft class.

The fact that he was snatched up just two picks later by the rival Canucks makes it all the more bitter for Flames fans – potentially, of course. I’m not sure why Flames brass would take the chance at this point in the rebuild phase – if Shinkaruk, for some strange reason, does not excel at the next level, no one would fault them for taking him 22nd. Poirier, on the other hand, has to turn out or this pick will be yet another that haunts the scouting staff.

They did strike gold at 28th with the selection of hometown kid Morgan Klimchuk, an all around very talented forward who should develop into a top six forward.

The Flames made a mammoth splash in the 3rd round selecting collossal blueliner Keegan Kanzig, the biggest player drafted who is deemed to be a project with skating and puck skill issues that need development.

The 5th round saw Calgary getting a probable steal in defenseman Eric Roy. Many projected him as a 2nd/3rd round pick. He is an extremely intelligent young man with obvious offensive upside and in definite need of refining his defensive game.

Ironically, I would have more favourably view the Flames draft had they had taken Eric Roy in the 3rd and Kanzig in the 5th. It’s odd how things works out sometimes.

Calgary Flames
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
16 Sean Monahan CCAN6′ 2″187OHL
122 Emile Poirier LWCAN6′ 0″183QMJHL
128 Morgan Klimchuk LWCAN5′ 11″180WHL
367 Keegan Kanzig DCAN6′ 7″241WHL
5135 Eric Roy DCAN6′ 2″180WHL
6157 Tim Harrison RWUSA6′ 3″175HIGH-MA
7187 Rushan Rafikov DRUS6′ 2″181RUSSIA-JR.
7198 John Gilmour DCAN5′ 11″173H-EAST

Honourable Mentions

A) New York Islanders

Ryan “The Rifle” Pulock adds another weapon to the Isles’ attack. McAdam was a solid 3rd round goaltender to take. Cammarata is undersized but very talented. Crus Rydberg may prove to be a very savvy 5th round selection.

New York Islanders
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
115 Ryan Pulock DCAN6′ 0″211WHL
370 Eamon McAdam GUSA6′ 2″188USHL
376 Taylor Cammarata C LWUSA5′ 7″156USHL
4106 Stephon Williams GUSA6′ 1″194WCHA
5136 Viktor Crus Rydberg CSWE5′ 11″190SWEDEN-JR.
6166 Alan Quine CCAN5′ 11″188OHL
7196 Kyle Burroughs DCAN5′ 11″182WHL

B) New York Rangers

Despite not having any 1st or 2nd round selections, the Rangers came away with a very solid haul. Tambellini, Buchnevich and Duclair were three outstanding 3rd round selections with all three pegged by most to be second round talents. All three may, in fact, have 1st round skill level, but each have their own respective obstacles to overcome.

New York Rangers
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
365 Adam Tambellini CCAN6′ 2″169BCHL
375 Pavel Buchnevich LWRUS6′ 1″176RUSSIA-JR.
380 Anthony Duclair LWCAN5′ 11″177QMJHL
4110 Ryan Graves DCAN6′ 4″220QMJHL
6170 MacKenzie Skapski GCAN6′ 2″186WHL

C) Tampa Bay Lightning

When it’s all said and done, the Lightning may very well have the best player out of this draft class in Jonathan Drouin, the Human Hockey Highlight Film.

Jonathan Drouin

The secret is out – Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin is a sensational talent in his own right and now sits atop The Next Ones 2013 NHL Draft Final Rankings – Photo Mike Dembeck

To get 1st round talent Adam Erne in the 2nd round was a bonus for Yzerman and crew.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League
13 Jonathan Drouin LWCAN5′ 10″186QMJHL
233 Adam Erne LWUSA6′ 0″210QMJHL
5124 Kristers Gudlevskis GLVA6′ 4″190RUSSIA-JR.
6154 Henri Ikonen LWFIN5′ 11″184OHL
7184 Saku Salminen CFIN6′ 3″198FINLAND-2
7186 Joel Vermin RWCHE5′ 11″192SWISS

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Let’s reconvene in 3 to 5 years and revisit this discussion, shall we? How do you think your team did in Newark, NJ on June 30th, 2013?

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Christopher Ralph



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  • JamesF

    Shinkaruk was passed over by most of the teams in the NHL. Get over it.

  • Ice_Hawk

    The reason the Flames took Poirier when they did was because they felt Montreal would take him @25 as per the Redline report who predicted he would be the steal of the draft. He was a borderline concensus 2nd round pick at most. In addition to RLR, Craig Button had him going in the first round as well.

    As for Hunter Shinkaruk, he was definitely rated as a top ten talent, but look how late he was picked. Detroit passed over him as well and no one scouts players better than they do. The Flames have a better insight into Hunter than anyone however, because his father is the Calgary Hitmen’s dentist.

    They had their reasons for both passing him over and picking Poirier. I agree Emile could be the steal of the draft. His skill set really aligns well with Monahan’s too, although that is probably just coincidence.

    I agree about the curious third-round selection of Kanzig, although they didn’t have a 4th rounder and perhaps felt they wouldn’t get him in the 5th. He must have been high on the list. Medium risk/high reward pick. If he pans out, this guy will be unlike anyone in the league.

    A couple of over age draft picks were somewhat unexpected as well, but these guys really show a lot of faith in their scouts and work their list without regard for outside criticism. I respect that a lot.

    Just my .02c.

  • gruce

    you sir, have no clue, go back to writing obituaries

  • http://thehockeywriters.com/author/cralph Christopher Ralph

    Thanks Steven – enjoyed your unique take as well!

    re: Stars: I guess for me Nichushkin went about where he should have as I rated him 9th in my rankings. I like him, but simply like others better. While I liked many of the players the Stars drafted, I thought they may have selected them a little earlier (Dickinson, Elie) than I would. But…like the Flames with Poirier, their scouts obviously liked what they saw.

    I felt like including Jersey, but for me it was more about players the respective team actually drafted. For feel good stories also can’t really beat the Brodeur moment.

  • Steven Ives

    terrific column as always, Chris. I think Dallas deserves a nod, simply for the Grand Theft Nichushkin. That kid would have likely gone first overall in the last three drafts and they get him at #10? Unreal fortune there.

    If we are including trade acquisitions, it is difficult to discount New Jersey. When Schneider is added onto their three terrific value picks of Santini (should’ve went in the first), Kujawinski (should’ve went in the second) and Bell (should’ve went in 2011) — well, it’s one hell of a draft-day haul.