MacKinnon edges Jones in Mid-Term Rankings: 2013 NHL Entry Draft

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Despite a great showing from Seth Jones en route to leading Team USA to a Gold Medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon remains the top ranked skater in TheHockeyGuys’ Mid-Term draft rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Though given serious consideration for the top spot, Seth Jones remains at No. 2 while MacKinnon’s teammate in Halifax, Jonathan Drouin, held down his spot at third with an impressive showing at the World Juniors.

Tappara’s Aleksander Barkov is the top ranked European skater as he comes in at number four once again while Swedish centre Elias Lindholm surpassed Ottawa 67′s centre Sean Monahan in the rankings to move up and round out the top-five.

 

After a standout performance in Ufa, Russian forward Valeri Nichuskin moved up three spots in the rankings for the second consecutive month after showcasing his tantalizing package of size and skill as one of Russia’s top forwards.

Halifax goaltender Zach Fucale experienced a moderate drop but still remains the top ranked goaltender at the midway point. Tri-City American’s puckstopper Eric Comrie, Frédérik Gauthier of Rimouski, and pesky forward Ryan Hartman of Plymouth all make their debuts in our Top 30.

With no significant “fallers” in TheHockeyGuys’ latest rankings, the 2013 draft class continues to remain ultra-competitive headlined by a large quantity of quality prospects. London Knights’ forward Bo Horvat was the biggest riser jumping up seven spots from 24th to his current ranking of 17th. After a strong performance at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects game, Horvat continues to be proving that he is a ‘gamer’. Forward Laurent Dauphin, goaltender Tristan Jarry and Darnell Nurse were also a few notable standout performers at the annual showcase game.

Moving forward, the 2013 NHL draft class has no more showcase events to benefit from and their draft rankings will be determined by their hard work as they near the end of the draft season and prepare for playoff action.  Be sure to follow TheHockeyGuys’ draft team for all of your prospect information as the 2013 NHL Entry Draft draws nearer.

  1. Nathan MacKinnon, C (Halifax, QMJHL)
  2. Seth Jones, D (Portland, WHL)
  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. Rasmus Ristoläinen, D (TPS, FIN)
  10. Ryan Pulock, D (Brandon, WHL)

For the complete Top 30 mid-term rankings as well as “on the radar” players, be sure to download the informative PDF Draft Guide.

Included in the mid-term rankings are collaborative lists of “Under-the-Radar” players and “2013 WJHC Top Performers”.

See you all at the rinks,

TheHockeyGuys’ Draft Team

Download THG 2013 NHL Draft Mid Term Rankings: THGTop30 2013 DraftRankingsJANMT

 

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