2013 NHL Entry Draft Rankings – November Edition

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The first edition of The Hockey Guys’ 2013 NHL Entry Draft Rankings leads off with Halifax Mooseheads’ Nathan MacKinnon sitting atop the rankings. The Cole Harbour native has been under the 2013 NHL draft spotlight since he was a youngster following in the footsteps of NHL Superstar Sidney Crosby as he attended and excelled as a member of Shattuck St. Mary’s hockey program. MacKinnon is off to a strong start in his draft season posting 18 goals and 30 points lifting his Mooseheads team to an dazzling 16-1-0-1 record. Following closely behind MacKinnon in the rankings is Portland Winterhawks’ Seth Jones, a big poised two-way defenseman who plays a mature game that one would expect of a seasoned NHL veteran. Every year when the annual NHL Entry Draft rolls around debates surface on which player is deserving of the first overall selection. The battle for the 2013 first overall slot should remain as competitive as ever with MacKinnon and Jones, both franchise type of players, going head to head.

The Hockey Guys’ third ranked player for November features rising Finnish star pivot Aleksander Barkov, a player capable of fulfilling his elite potential and becoming a factor in the first overall debate as well. Barkov is a skilled forward playing against men in Finland’s top professional league and his 10 goals and 20 points for Tappara through twenty games places the 17-year-old in top 10 SM-liiga scoring. The sky is the limit for this big Finnish forward as he enters the 2013 NHL Draft as one of the draft class’ youngest entries, only a dozen days removed from being eligible in 2014.

Rounding out The Hockey Guys’ top ten rankings includes one of the draft’s most complete players in Ottawa 67’s forward Sean Monahan (4th), rising QMJHL star Jonathan Drouin (5th), responsible and creative Swede Elias Lindholm (6th), offensively potent Hunter Shinkaruk (7th), big poised offensive defenseman Rasmus Ristoläinen (8th), hard-working forward Curtis Lazar (9th) and Ryan Pulock (10th), an offensive defenseman with a booming slap shot. Each of these skilled players is special in their own right and the list of potential franchise-changing talents continues on well into the depths of the first round. The upcoming draft class features a ton of talent within the opening first round as players like Max Domi, Josh Morrissey, Adam Erne and Valeri Nichushkin are just a few more names considered threats to crack the top 10.

Overall, The Hockey Guys’ initial rankings are highlighted by a league high nine players from the Ontario Hockey League followed by eight skaters from the European leagues, seven Western Hockey League competitors, four players from the eastern Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and two members of the United States National Training Development program. Additionally, The Hockey Guys’ top 30 consists of 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and two goaltenders (Zach Fucale and Spencer Martin). The London Knights of the OHL and Halifax Mooseheads lead the way with three players each as potential first round selections. Brandon Wheatkings rearguards Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy join J.T. Compher and Steve Santini of the USNTDP as teammates featured in the top 30. As a bonus, The Hockey Guys’ have included an extensive list of over 75 names to keep on your radar as these young talents continue their journey of making the big show via the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Hockey Guys’ team of scouts consists of avid hockey enthusiasts that spend countless hours living at the rinks in search of the next potential NHL star. The rankings were formulated in a collaborative effort from six regional scouts and while the outcome was an agreed-upon top 30 ranking, the process included intense discussion and debate on each individual prospect. The Hockey Guys team of scouts each have their individual favourites and as the season progresses it is assured that their opinions will be reflected in the fluctuations within the rankings.

Meet The Hockey Guys’ Draft Team

Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) – Creditialed THG OHL/Prospect Writer, DobberHockey Writer, DobberProspects Manager, Sarnia Sting OHL Writer, THW Prospect Writer

Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) – THG Editor & Credentialed OHL Writer, New Jersey Devils Writer for HockeyBuzz, OHL Writer for InTheORadio

Brian Huddle (@BrianHuddle) – HockeyBuzz and credentialed THG OHL Writer

Matt Burnside (@MattBTHG) – Credentialed THG OHL Writer

Jonathan Dunphy (@Jonathan_Dunphy) – Credentialed THG QMJHL Writer

Cody Nickolet (@WHLFromAbove) – Credentialed WHL Writer & WHL Play-By-Play Man

Full PDF File: THGTop30 2013 DraftRankingsNOV

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