2013 NHL Mock Draft: Version 1!
It's rather early, not to mention the NHL standings are currently nonexistent, but here's the year's first mock draft. I'll be pretty busy for the next little while so my monthly rankings are currently on hold, and this is my way of making it up to you guys. Draft order is decided through the Bodog Stanley Cup Odds
, with any ties broken through my personal standing predictions
Just to re-iterate, these are based on consensus and not my opinion. If you are unable to grasp the concept of being able to separate the two, I apologize in advance for your below-average IQ. If you are unable to grasp the concept of large words such as "consensus" and "opinion", then you are either A]a caveman (do not worry my friend, I'm sure the latest Apple time machine will be available soon enough) or B]a domesticated animal whose owner finds it amusing to put his cat in front of a laptop, take a picture, and post it on "ICanHazCheezburger".com. In which case I will happily supply a list of anti-Animal Cruelty websites and organizations upon request.
1. CBJ: Nathan MacKinnon: I'm sure this one may have shocked you all. /s
2. NYI: Seth Jones: This one too. Easily the 1B to MacKinnon's 1A right now.
3. WPG: Alexander Barkov: Not sure why the Jets are getting all the hate, but I'll take it.
4. DAL: Sean Monahan: Another B to Barkov's A. For good reason too.
5. CGY: Ryan Pulock: Screw you too Bodog. Pulock is basically icing on a very depressing cake.
6. COL: Hunter Shinkaruk: A true "hyper-lethal vector" on offense; maybe in the lockerroom too.
7. ANA: Elias Lindholm: Slick Swedes are in style in California.
8. MTL: Jonathan Drouin: Quebec native, offensive dynamo....why not?
9. PHX: Curtis Lazar: If this isn't an immediate match made in heaven, then....
10. OTT: Anthony Duclair: Speedy scoring winger who plays best with a center who can control the game i.e. Spezza.
11. FLO: Rasmus Ristolainen: Possibly the best draft-eligible Finnish blueliner in the past 10 years.
12. TOR: Kerby Rychel: Windsor scoring forward will get a chance to be the top dog this year.
13. EDM: Robert Hagg: Second Swede goes to a team where he can get the development time he needs.
14. TBL: Valeri Nichushkin: Yzerman sure gets bang for his buck out of his Russian scouts.
15. NJD: André Burakovsky: Top scoring winger, decent two-way play, offensively skilled, Swedish.
16. BUF: Josh Morrissey: Slick defender is slick. And Buffalo has no big need so why not.
17. NSH: J.T. Compher: Nashville prides on being a lunchbucket team; Compher brings offensive dash with grit.
18. WSH: Ryan Kujawinski: A darkhorse candidate; scouts love him.
19. CAR: Nikita Zadorov: Big two-way Russian blueliner who plays in hte OHL.
20. SJS: Eric Roy: Offensive defenseman could go either way this season.
21. MIN: Hudson Fasching: Minny's prospect pool is among the best; they can go for the sleeper pick.
22. STL: Will Butcher: Another defenseman in the system for Hitchcock to work with.
23. BOS: Shea Theodore: Offensive defenseman, may slide into Boston's up-tempo and aggressive style of play.
24. DET: Madison Bowey: Another WHL defender. Imagine that.
25. CHI: Zach Fucale: Goalie drops a little, but Chicago will take him easily.
26. PHI: Connor Rankin: Big center is what Philly already has, but plenty of truculence is a good thing for them.
27. CBJ(LAK): Lucas Wallmark: Skilled Swede is right up the Jackets' alley.
28. CBJ(NYR): Max Domi: A lot of skill in an economically friendly package.
29. VAN: Jacob de la Rose: Another big body to finish off the Bucks' big and Swedish collections.
30. PIT: Adam Erne: Still trying to fill out Crosby's line.
Once again, sorry for the list delays. I'll try and find time to get them up before the end of the month but no guarantees. Busy busy busy....and my own ability to procrastinate on even the tiniest things doesn't help matters much.