2013 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers Big Board

By Dustin Leed (@D_LEED)

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My big board for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

I’m going to assume this: 1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado; 2. Seth Jones, Florida; 3. Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay; 4. Aleksander Barkov, Nashville.

In my opinion, here’s the order of players the Flyers should select, no matter where they are picking:

1. Valeri Nichushkin

Eager to come to the NHL to compete, Nichushkin is a big Russian winger with strong skating ability and he has proven to be a dangerous scorer.

2. Sean Monahan

Monahan has remained in the top 10 discussion all season long, a testament to his complete two-way game and ability to make teammates better using his advanced playmaking skills.

3. Rasmus Ristolainen

Blessed with great size and a calming demeanor, Ristolainen is a strong skater and an effective puck moving defenseman. Projects as a big minute, all situations type of blue liner.

4. Nikita Zadorov

Beast of a two-way defenseman with untapped offensive potential. Great defensively and a very good skater. Physicality is his specialty and he is getting better offensively.

5. Ryan Pulock

One of the best offensive defenseman in the draft class, Pulock owns an excellent shot and can quarterback a power play. Average skater. Average defensively.

6. Darnell Nurse

Considered a top defenseman in this draft class, Nurse’s size, outstanding mobility and nasty physicality are qualities teams covet. Made huge strides in his development this season.

7. Hunter Shinkaruk

Scouts either love him or hate him, Shinkaruk is a dynamic offensive talent with an impressive compete level. He is an explosive skater with equally as dangerous shooting skills. Strength and defensive coverage need improvements.

8. Max Domi

Domi is an excellent playmaker who sees the ice exceptionally well and is a high end passer. Great skater with tons of heart.

 9. Josh Morrissey
Excellent skater who can move the puck or rush it at an equal level. Has high-end offensive instincts. Good vision. Contributes at both ends of the rink.
 10. Zachary Fucale
Fucale backstopped his Mooseheads team to QMJHL and CHL Memorial Cup Championships showing the poise and confidence NHL starters must possess. Great lateral coverage and quick reflexes.
I’m a big believer in best available, even if it’s a center like Monahan. If the Flyers choose a forward, it still gives you options to upgrade your defense one way or another.
All blurbs can be found in The Hockey Guys’ 2013 NHL Entry Draft Final top-60 Rankings right here. Thanks to The Hockey Guys’ Draft Team @RossyYoungblood and @ToddCordell.
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