Top 15 NHL Draft Prospects for 2013 (November Edition)
Nathan MacKinnon and Sydney Crosby at Practice
NHL Draft Prospects for 2013
1. NATHAN MACKINNON
Using his incredible speed, quick hands and elite vision, Nathan Mackinnon is scoring almost at will in the QMJHL, racking up 18 goals and 29 points in just 16 games to open the season. He is as dominant a player there is in junior hockey and a generational talent. Expect him to go #1 overall and make an immediate impact in the NHL next season.
- 5’11 180 LBS
- Center, Halifax Mooseheads
2. SETH JONES
After a quiet first few games in the WHL, Seth Jones has begun to find the score sheet with regularity and has reasserted himself as a lock for the top 3 in the draft. He’s big, mobile and has a cannon of a shot that he’s not shy to use. A two-way defenceman in the mold of Rob Blake, Jones would be a welcome addition to any NHL team’s blueline as early as 2014.
- 6’4 205 LBS
- Defence, Portland Winterhawks
3. SEAN MONAHAN
Sean Monahan is the kind of dependable center every team loves to have. He exhibits strong two-way play and exceptional hockey sense at both the offensive and defensive side of the rink. His offensive game is driven by his elite vision and playmaking ability and his drive, heart and leadership ability are qualities that all scouts admire.
- 6’2 190 LBS
- Center, Ottawa 67′s
4. SASHA BARKOV
Sasha Barkov is a physically imposing, offensively gifted centerman out of Finland. He already has an NHL ready body and has shown flashes of dominance in a professional men’s league at the age of 17. Similar to Mats Sundin in both playing style and physical edge, there won’t be much holding Barkov back from playing in the NHL next season.
- 6’2 205 LBS
- Center, Tappara
5. ELIAS LINDHOLM
Elias Lindholm is all about high-end playmaking ability and has arguably the best vision of any player in the draft. Like Barkov, Lindholm is playing against men and already looks like one of the most dangerous centers in the Elitserien at the age of 17. Drawing comparisons to fellow swede Niklas Backstrom, Lindholm projects to be a top 6 playmaking center in the NHL as early as 2014.
- 6’0 190 LBS
- Center, Brynas
2013 Draft Prospects from #6-15:
6. RYAN PULOCK – Defence, BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
7. JOSH MORRISSEY – Defence, PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS
8. JONATHAN DROUIN – Center, HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS
9. VALERY NICHUSHKIN – Forward, CHELYABINSK
10. CURTIS LAZAR – Center, EDMONTON OIL KINGS
11. HUNTER SHINKARUK – Center, MEDICINE HAT TIGERS
12. ADAM ERNE – Forward, QUEBEC RAMPARTS
13. ANDRE BURAKOWSKY – Left Wing, MALMO
14. MAX DOMI – Center, LONDON KNIGHTS
15. RASMUS RISTOLAINEN – Defence, TPS TURKUY
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Anton has a degree in Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo and is currently studying a Master's of Sport Management at California State University. He specializes in covering major junior hockey and NHL draft prospects playing in the CHL. Anton currently writes the Back Row, Corner Seat: Prospect Reports at Jr Hockey Recruit and covers the Anaheim Ducks for The Hockey Writers.