Future Considerations 2013 NHL Draft Guide

Future Considerations 2013 NHL draft guide is out and here’s a look at their top-30 rankings and my thoughts about the publication (for last year’s go here; for their predictive accuracy go here):

1). D Seth Jones, Portland, WHL, 6-4, 205

2). C/RW Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax, QMJHL, 6-0, 180

3). C/LW Jonathan Drouin, Halifax, QMJHL, 5-11, 175

4). C Aleksander Barkov, Tappara, SM-liiga, 6-2, 205

5). RW Valeri Nichushkin, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL, 6-4, 200

6). C Elias Lindholm, Brynas, Elitserien, 6-0, 185

7). D Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL, 6-5, 195

8). C Sean Monahan, Ottawa, OHL, 6-2, 195

9). LW Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat, WHL, 5-10, 170

10). C/LW Max Domi, London, OHL, 5-10, 195

11). D Nikita Zadorov, London, OHL, 6-5, 225

12). D Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS, SM-Liiga, 6-3, 205

13). LW Alexander Wennberg, Djurgården, Allsvenskan, 6-0, 175

14). D Ryan Pulock, Brandon, WHL, 6-1, 210

15). D Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert, WHL, 6-0, 185

16). C Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski, QMJHL, 6-5, 215

17). C Curtis Lazar, Edmonton, WHL, 6-0, 195

18). LW Anthony Mantha, Val-d ‘Or, QMJHL, 6-3, 200

19). LW Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL, 6-0, 210

20). D Shea Theodore, Seattle, WHL, 6-2, 175

21). LW Morgan Klimchuk, Regina, WHL, 5-11, 180

22). RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth, OHL, 5-11, 185

23). C Bo Horvat, London, OHL, 6-0, 195

24). D Robert Hägg, Modo J20, SuperElit, 6-2, 205

25). LW André Burakovsky, Malmo, Allsvenskan, 6-1, 175

26). LW Kerby Rychel, Windsor, OHL, 6-1, 200

27). C Nic Petan, Portland, WHL, 5-9, 165

28). RW Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-0, 200

29). C J.T. Compher, U-17 USDP, USHL, 6-0, 165

30). C Connor Hurley, Edina, USHS, 6-1, 175

31). D Madison Bowey, Kelowna, WHL, 6-1, 195

In FC‘s mock draft they have Ottawa selecting Samuel Morin, saying:

They need have some talent coming but could boost their defensive pool. Ottawa is the first to go off the board as they take this big kid who has jumped up many lists after a very impressive season of development. They like his size, willingness to use that size and upside, especially in his own zone.

Last year they expected Ottawa to take Hampus Lindholm, but the Swede was no longer on the board when Ottawa made their selection.  The Sens rarely draft for need so expect them to take the best player available.  FC‘s mock draft extends through the second round, but the Sens don’t have a second-rounder to select this year so there’s nothing further to examine.

There’s no assessment of the organisation beyond the above comment, but they do offer a comment about the quality of this year’s draft:

We do not see a generational talent in this current draft crop. We do however project one franchise talent in Portland defenseman in Seth Jones. After Jones, we project upwards of seven ‘elite’ level talents with another forty plus ‘skilled’ prospects. That is where the strength of this class comes from, the depth of skilled talent as well as the amount of elite talent at the top. There is more than few ‘depth’ guys, many with good NHL size too, sprinkled around a bunch of wildcards that ultimately could make this a class to remember.

The guide contains profiles of varying extent for all 210 prospects listed and at less than half the cost of ISS and over 30% cheaper than McKeen’s it’s a worthwhile product to buy for draft enthusiasts.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)