2013 NHL Draft Rankings – New Face Tops February Edition

THG 2013 NHL Draft Collage

THG 2013 NHL Draft Collage

At the top of The Hockey Guys’ 2013 NHL Draft February Rankings stands 6-foot-4-inch Seth Jones alone at number one for the first time this season.  After careful collaboration between our six contributors, the Portland Winterhawks’ defenseman edged out Halifax Mooseheads’ forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin for the top spot. Jones’ rare package of size, mobility, poise and skill was too prevalent to ignore. In saying that, MacKinnon and Drouin both received votes as the top player available and will continue to battle their North American counterpart up until the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in late June.

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Finn Aleksander Barkov, Swede Elias Lindholm and Canadian Sean Monahan remained positioned exactly as they did in the Midterm rankings at 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Similarly, Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin and Hunter Shinkaruk remained stationary in their 7th and 8th positions inside a talented top 10 talent pool. Greyhounds’ defender Darnell Nurse slide his way up three spots to stake himself at number nine and Ryan Pulock showed well enough to remain THG’s 10th ranked prospect.

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Two new fresh faces cracked the Top 30 as Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats moved up to claim the 28th position while the leading scoring  of the entire 2013 NHL draft class, Nicolas Petan of the Portland Winterhawks debuts at the 30th position. Petan was the first draft eligible skater to clear the 100-point plateau and continues to battle his way up the ranks despite concerns surrounding his undersized body frame. In a league that has recently witnessed a surge in undersized NHL star players, Petan could see a drastic rise in his draft stock if he continues to impress teams with his exceptional play deep into the playoffs.

Entering the final weeks of gameplay before post-season action commences, players will be eager to showcase their talents to leave a lasting impression with NHL teams, and our team will be watching closely to pass on our thoughts in the coming months. Be sure to follow TheHockeyGuys’ draft team for all of your prospect information as the 2013 NHL Entry Draft draws nearer.

  1. Seth Jones, D (Portland, WHL)
  2. Nathan MacKinnon, C (Halifax, QMJHL)
  3. Jonathan Drouin, LW (Halifax, QMJHL)
  4. Aleksander Barkov, C (Tappara, FIN)
  5. Elias Lindholm, C (Brynäs, SWE)
  6. Sean Monahan, C (Ottawa, OHL)
  7. Valeri Nichuskin, C (Chelyabinsk, RUS)
  8. Hunter Shinkaruk, LW (Medicine Hat, WHL)
  9. Darnell Nurse, D (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
  10. Ryan Pulock, D (Brandon, WHL)

For the complete Top 30 mid-term rankings as well as comprehensive player lists including: Rossy’s Favourite Players, Top 5 Defensive Defensemen and Top 5 Two-way Forwards, be sure to download the informative PDF February Draft Guide.

See you all at the rinks,

TheHockeyGuys’ Draft Team

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