2013 NHL Mock Draft: The Next Ones Memorial Cup Edition

Whether it be the Phoenix Coyotes going off the board to take a Blake Wheeler or the Los Angeles Kings selecting Thomas Hickey seemingly out of nowhere, one’s mock draft can be wrecked quicker than Nathan MacKinnon can do a lap around the rink.

Sill, inevitably it is difficult to hold back and not go through the futile process of creating a NHL mock draft. This year’s edition of the Memorial Cup has generated an enhanced buzz around the NHL draft with the multitude of high end 2013 eligible prospects playing substantial rolls on three of the four squads.

NHL Draft Lottery:

The NHL Draft Drawing took place on Monday, April 29, 2013 for the 14 non-playoff teams. The entry draft will be held on June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with all seven rounds occurring on the same day this year.

[Click here for odds, how the lottery works and results]

Notes:

  • This is not an attempt to rank prospects. This is mere a guesstimate at what teams might choose if they were to draft today based on weighing out best player available with team need and past experiences at the draft table, with an obvious dose of influence from my personal thoughts.
  • For much more information on the NHL entry draft, including rankings, be sure to check out our live updated draft home page: 2013 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones
  • As well, check in with the 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Index to easily locate in depth articles on this year’s draft class.

2013 NHL Mock Draft – The Next Ones Memorial Edition: The Picks

1. Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/185 lbs
Position: C
Team: Halifax (QMJHL)

Maybe the best blueliner prospect since Chris Pronger, Popeye’s son seems almost destined to singlehandedly revamp the Avs’ less than stellar defense corps. Avalanche Hall of Famer Joe Sakic now the executive vice-president of hockey operations even had a hand (albeit small) in Jones’ early development.

That’s precisely why they, in typical Avalanche fashion, go against popular opinion and draft the explosive game-breaker MacKinnon 1st overall.

2. Florida Panthers

Seth Jones

Seth Jones – 2013 Top Prospects Game [photo: David Chan]

Seth Jones

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/205 lbs
Position: D
Team: Portland (WHL)

Panthers shocked Jones available as they had hoped MacKinnon would develop into their explosive NHL sniper like cross-state rival Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. GM Tallon contemplates Drouin, but decides on the tower of power Seth.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Drouin

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/185 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Halifax (QMJHL)

The Next Ones Draft Rankings has had the dynamic winger with astronomical skills and hockey IQ ranked #1 since January. Yzerman and crew ecstatic to get the most purely talented player in the draft. Drouin makes everyone on the ice better. How many goals can Steven Stamkos muster playing with Jonathan? He’s also the newly crowned Human Hockey Highlight Film.

4. Nashville Predators 

Aleksander (Sasha) Barkov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/209 lbs
Position: C
Team: Tappara (FIN)

As long as he gets clear bill of health, Sasha is the obvious choice for David Poile and staff. He has had an impressive season in Finland’s top men’s league (SM-Liiga) given it is his first year of draft eligibility, finishing 9th in league scoring.

5. Carolina Hurricanes 

Darnell Nurse

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/190 lbs
Position: D
Team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

The Flyers seem the perfect fit for nephew of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb – will they trade up to secure him from the Canes?

6. Calgary Flames

Sean Monahan

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/186 lbs
Position: C
Team: Ottawa (OHL)

He seems to stay out of all the draft limelight and may not be the sexy pick Flames fans had hoped for, but Calgary might have finally found their a true franchise center.

7. Edmonton Oilers

Nikita Zadorov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 5″/230 lbs
Position: D
Team: London (OHL)

The colossal blueliner with ever-evolving skills and decision-making will be another key piece in the eventual Oilers evolution into an elite NHL team.

8. Buffalo Sabres

Ryan Pulock

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/210 lbs
Position: D
Team: Brandon (WHL)

The Jason Pominville trade reinforced the prospect foundations. Pulock stock seems to be dipping in some rankings, but Sabres envision his absolute cannon of a shot terrorizing opposing netminders to go with his all around game.

*9. New Jersey Devils 

Elias Lindholm

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Brynäs (SWE)

Lamoriello and staff can’t believe their luck as the Swedish prospect who draws the inevitable Peter Forsberg comparison falls in their lap with the number nine selection.

10. Dallas Stars

Hunter Shinkaruk

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/175 lbs
Position: LW/RW
Team: Medicine Hat (WHL)

Shinkaruk is an elite offensive forward with outstanding instincts and skating ability. The Stars get the potential game-breaking forward they covet. Hunter gets picked by the team he grew up cheering for.

11. Philadelphia Flyers 

Rasmus Ristolainen

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/205 lbs
Position: D
Team: TPS (FIN)

Rasmus is a poised, two-way blueliner who is close to NHL ready. Flyers hoping Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen can somehow have a positive impact on his development on and off the ice.

12. Phoenix Coyotes 

Valeri Nichushkin

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/202 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Chelyabinsk (RUS)

A top 10 or even top 5 talent; Russian Roulette Factor mostly responsible for Mikhail Grigorenko-like fall on draft day. He also had an underwhelming World Junior U18s.

13. Winnipeg Jets 

Max Domi

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: London (OHL)

Tie could only dream of the offensive skillset his son Max possesses. Winnipeg would embrace the talented forward.

14. Columbus Blue Jackets

Curtis Lazar

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Edmonton (WHL)

The Blue Jackets go with the Edmonton Oil Kings forward, snatching up Lazar. Lazar has consummate pro player written all over him. In 4 to 5 years, people may be left wondering why he went even this low in the draft.

15. New York Islanders

Bo Horvat

Bo Horvat making a statement with his play with the London Knights recently; will it result in him shooting up the 2013 NHL Draft Rankings? (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Bo Horvat

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/200 lbs
Position: C
Team: London (OHL)

Horvat’s impressive play this year has had him rising the draft ranks; his offensive output may have been underestimated – the rest of the package he brings to the ice each and every game is very enticing. He’s a true ice warrior with a penchant for playing his best when it matters most.

*16. Buffalo Sabres

Adam Erne

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/195 lbs
Position: RW
Team: Quebec (QMJHL)

Erne is an adaptable, offensive physical forward with a thirst to improve his knowledge of the game and a good work ethic. The Sabres get a good one as part of the package which came back from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville. Erne already quite familiar with Sabres’ prospect Mikhail Grigorenko.

17. Detroit Red Wings

Anthony Mantha

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4’/190 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Val-d’Or (QMJHL)

https://twitter.com/Jerome_Berube/status/32166600139984076

In a surprising development, the Red Wings do not look to Sweden for this pick. Mantha has many weapons with which he can dissect goaltenders. Once he truly figures out how to utilize his size, he’ll be even more of a force to contend with.

18. Ottawa Senators

Alexander Wennberg

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Djurgardens IF (SWE)

Versatile, excellent skating ability and extremely smart, fits in well with the Swedish contingent in Ottawa.

19.* Columbus Blue Jackets

Morgan Klimchuk

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/175 lbs
Position: C
Team: Regina (WHL)

Klimchuk is a elusive player who has an elite shot. He plays a very smart all-around game. Fear not his sub-6’ height Blue Jackets fans; Klimchuk can more than handle the physical rigors of the game.

20. San Jose Sharks

Frederik Gauthier

Ht/Wt: 6′ 5″/210 lbs
Position: C
Team: Rimouski (QMJHL)

Sharks hope towering centreman can learn from franchise centre Joe Thornton.

21. Toronto Maple Leafs

Zach Fucale

Zach Fucale: does that black and red-sweatered goalie remind you of anyone? [Photo: David Chan]

Zachary Fucale

Ht/Wt: 6’1”/176 lbs

Position: G

Team: Halifax (QMJHL)

While I wouldn’t be caught drafting a netminder in the first round, the Leafs feel they have a future franchise goalie in Fucale.

22. Washington Capitals

Kerby Rychel

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/200 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Windsor (OHL)

His skating is one of very few questionable aspects of his game; his passion and goal-scoring are certainly not. He’s the second forward in the first round to be the son of a former NHL enforcer – his father was Warren.

23.* Columbus Blue Jackets

Robert Hagg

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/205 lbs
Position: D
Team: MODO (SWE)

Swedish defender  is an all-around blueliner who has been touted as this year’s defenseman from Sweden who gets taken a lot higher than projected. His stock has recently taken somewhat of a dip after a subpar U18s, but the potential and combination of size and skill is just too enticing.

24. Vancouver Canucks

Valentin Zykov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/210 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

https://twitter.com/CBJProspects/status/321242865919459329Don’t be fooled by Zykov’s nationality; he plays a North American brand of hockey. He is one of the biggest risers this season amongst the various draft rankings with a great season in the QMJHL. The Canucks help replenish their prospect coffers.

25.* Calgary Flames

Josh Morrissey

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/185 lbs
Position: D
Team: Prince Albert (WHL)

The Flames sit through nineteen agonizing picks hoping hometown kid slides to them in this slot. Morrissey is a scintillating skater with tremendous offensive ability. He also possesses very good defensive acumen and does not shy away from physical play.

26. Boston Bruins

Laurent Dauphin

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/167 lbs
Position: C
Team: Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

The Bruins nab the star of the CHL Top Prospects game; Dauphin also showed his big game ability with a key goal in Team Canada’s 3-2 win over USA to win the gold medal at the World Junior U18s.

27. Montreal Canadiens

Ian McCoshen

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/207 lbs
Position: D
Team: Waterloo (USHL)

McCoshen can play the role of shutdown defenseman, but also possesses first-rate offensive upside as shown by an outstanding season in the USHL. The Boston College recruit is a poised player and can play a physically menacing game.

The Habs hope they get a defenseman who can evolve into a similar presence to now New York Rangers blueliner Ryan McDonagh – the one who got away in the notorious Scott Gomez trade.

28. Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Hartman

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/185 lbs
Position: RW
Team: Plymouth (OHL)

Ryan is a definite “Hart” and soul player, doing whatever it takes to win. He was an absolute force for Team USA at the 2013 World Juniors in Ufa, Russia. Hartman is one of those guys you hate to play against.

29.* Calgary Flames

Andre Burakowsky

Ht/Wt: 6’2”/176 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Malmo (SWE)

Flames think they’ve struck gold this late in the draft with the talented winger who is a tantalizing combination of speed, good hands, a good shot and subsequent savvy scoring ability. He’s had a tough year, but ended off his hockey season with 4 goals in 5 games in the World Junior U18s.His father, Robert, suited up for the Ottawa Senators for 23 games in the 1993-94 campaign.

30. Chicago Blackhawks

J.T. Compher

Ht/Wt: 6’0”/184 lbs
Position: Center
Team: US-NTDP

No one will be questioning Compher’s will to win when he finally suits up for the ‘Hawks. Combine that with his skill level and Chicago has added yet another key cog to keep the franchise at or near the top over the coming seasons.

The Blackhawks considered a number of options with this last pick of the first round including: rock solid blueliner Steve Santini, diminutive but dynamic Nic Petan, mammoth defenseman Samuel Morin, scintillating skating defenseman Madison Bowey, and offsensive puck-moving defenseman Shea Theodore.

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First Round Notes:

#16 – Sabres obtained the Wild’s 2013 1st round pick, 2014 2nd round pick, G Matt Hackett and LW Johan Larsson in exchange for Jason Pominville and a 2014 4th round pick.

#19 – Blue Jackets obtained Rangers’ 2013 1st round pick, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and Artem Anisimov for Rick Nash, Steve Delisle and a conditional 3rd round pick (If Rangers make it to Cup finals, Blue Jackets keep pick).

#23 – Blue Jackets obtained Kings’ 2013 1st round pick (Blue Jackets decided not to use the pick in 2012) and Jack Johnson for Jeff Carter.

#25 – Flames obtained Blues’ 2013 1st round pick, D Mark Cundari and G Reto Berra for D Jay Bouwmeester. The 2013 1st round pick could morph into a 2013 4th round pick and 2014 1st round pick if the Blues miss playoffs this year (a.k.a. Bouwmeester curse)

#29 – Flames obtained Penguins’s 2013 1st round pick, Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski in exchange for Jarome Iginla.

*New Jersey must surrender their 1st round pick either in 2013 or 2014 as a punishment for circumventing the salary cap in the infamous Ilya Kovalchuk contract. (They also gave up their 2011 3rd round pick as well as $3 million.)

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Email: CRalph@TheHockeyWriters.com

Twitter: @ChrisRalphTHW

Christopher Ralph

Christopher Ralph

Managing Editor/Lead Prospect &Draft Analyst at THW
Chris is THW's senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for Chris' regular column "The Next Ones" Prospect Profile series as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphTHW on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com
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