2013 NHL Draft Guide: The Next Ones

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The 2013 NHL Draft

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Consider this your live home page for information for the 2013 NHL entry draft. Bookmark and check back often as it will be constantly updated leading up to hockey’s version of Christmas. THW’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones is your quintessential draft resource featuring:

  • Detailed unique prospect profiles in The Next Ones format
  • Mock Drafts
  • Exclusive rankings
  • Fantasy based rankings
  • Team Previews
  • Looking ahead to the 2014 draft and beyond

This year the 2013 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. For prior year’s detailed draft previews:

Team Performance Reviews:





Sean Monahan
Sean Monahan could ultimately end up being one of the best players to come out of the 2013 NHL Draft class (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)


2012 NHL Draft Flashback: to get an idea of what to expect for 2013 draft coverage:


Mock Drafts:

Essential Link:


The Next Ones: Prospect Profiles:

(Alphabetical order by surname: click on name/link for detailed prospect profiles)


THW Overtime – Draft Feature Articles:

  • Divining A Solution: The Quest of the NHL Draft
  • The NHL Entry Draft: Investment or Gamble?


THW Prospect Features:


Other Draft Feature Articles:


International Tournaments Prospects Coverage:


Fantasy-Based Draft Coverage:


Team Specific Prospect Articles:

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  • Buffalo Sabres:

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  • Calgary Flames

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  • Carolina Hurricanes

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  • Chicago Blackhawks

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  • Colorado Avalanche

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  • Dallas Stars

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  • Detroit Red Wings:

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  • Edmonton Oilers:

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  • Florida Panthers

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  • Los Angeles Kings:

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  • Minnesota Wild:

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  • Montreal Canadiens

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  • Nashville Predators:

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  • New Jersey Devils:

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  • New York Islanders:

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  • New York Rangers:

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  • Ottawa Senators:

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  • Philadelphia Flyers:

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  • Phoenix Coyotes:

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins

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  • San Jose Sharks:

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  • St. Louis Blues:

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Post-Draft Analysis:


The Next, Next Ones – Beyond the 2013 Draft:

Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid: Exceptionally talented prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Eric Cornel
Eric Cornel (right): selected 3rd overall in 2012 OHL Priority Draft by Peterborough Petes



Extra Reading:

John Tavares
John Tavares enters into his 4th NHL season in 2012-13 (Icon SMI)

In the era of in-depth analysis, sabermetrics and advanced statistics, more and more fantasy experts are talking about the magical fourth season for NHL players. Most of you would ask, “What is exactly the magical fourth season?” Well, roughly speaking, offensive players make big jumps in their production in years two through six. In the fourth year, 24 percent of players see an increase in the offensive numbers by around 25 percent. In 2011-12, several players saw their offensive numbers jumped considerably compared to the previous season. The most notable were James Neal, Blake Wheeler, Max PaciorettyWayne Simmonds and Jamie McGinn.


Undrafted Prospects:




THW Combine Draft War Room Prospect Profiles:

This series is from Eastern hockey bird dog Eldon MacDonald and edited by Chris Ralph.


Special thanks to fellow THW  writers and integral contributors:


THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph

Christopher Ralph is THW’s senior prospect & draft analyst & a Managing Editor at THW.



*For the various sections highlighted in our exclusive The Next Ones prospect profiles.

  • Draft rankings are based on the BPA (Best Player Available). This is not an attempt at predicting who will be drafted at a certain position. Mock drafts are constructed by various THW writers.
  • Check back to this article often. A series of prospect profiles, in The Next Ones formatwill be released regularly, leading up to the June NHL entry draft in New Jersey.
  • The rankings will be updated below simultaneously as the prospect profiles are released, with links to the respective profile. .
  • “THW Close-Up heading is meant to be a synopsis of each prospect.
  • Scout’s Honour highlights what the hockey scouting world (and occasionally coaches) have to say about the prospect.
  • NHL Player Comparisons” are simply intended to give the reader a feel for the player’s style and ultimately likely equal the player’s ceiling potential being reached. It is often an exercise in futility, but does offer up some value. If you see the suffix “-lite” or “Jr.” after a NHL player comparison, it simply refers to the fact the prospect likely has no chance to reach that high a potential, but rather resembles or plays a style reminiscent of the respective NHLer.
  • “Scouting Combine Performance”: included where available to give the reader some insight on the prospects fitness levels. This is definitely not a sole basis for drafting a prospect, but might be a deciding factor when considering too closely rated players. It is also a good resource when a prospect is coming back from an injury as guidance to what his health level is.
  • “Risk/Reward Analysis”: Both “Risk” and “Reward” rated out of “5”. For the risk rating, the higher the rating out of five, the higher the risk of the prospect not turning out as projected. For the reward rating, also out of five, the higher the rating, the higher the potential the prospect has. For the latter, of course, the prospect has to still reach that potential.
  • “Fantasy Hockey Potential”: Offensive and defensive ratings out of 10 are given for forwards and defenseman based on perceived potential in each area. Offensive potential is obviously the key factor in most fantasy hockey leagues, but defensive potential should prove useful for those armchair hockey simulator GMs.
  • Legend: ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival to NHL