That time has come again, the time in which General Managers listen to scouts and answer phone calls with offers to trade up so they can land their next Franchise Player or the last nail in their coffin. The 2013 NHL Draft is the deepest draft in years with three can’t miss prospects (Dallas native Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin) and could rival the storied 2003 Draft that has been considered the best draft in NHL history (Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton, Ryan Suter, Dion Phaneuf and Thomas Vanek were all drafted just in the Top 10). The fun with a deep draft is that after a certain pick no one including most GMs know where players are going to go. With 4 picks in the first two rounds new Dallas Stars savior/GM Jim Nill has a chance to reboot and put his stamp on our farm system just two months into the job. Since clearly I have no life I took the time to look at countless prospect lists, way too many mock drafts and actually been able to skate with and watch some of the prospects that are in this years draft. All of this useless information has led me to what I think the first two rounds of this Sundays NHL Entry Draft will look like. I have included the scouting reports for the players I have chosen with the Stars first 4 picks.

 

Pick #/Team

Player

Pos.

Junior Team

Colorado

Nathan MacKinnon

C

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Florida

Seth Jones

D

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Tampa Bay

Jonathan Drouin

LW

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Nashville

Aleksander Barkov

C

Tappara (Finland)

Carolina

Darnell Nurse

D

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

Calgary

Sean Monahan

C

Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

Edmonton

Valeri Nichushkin

RW

Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia)

Buffalo

Elias Lindholm

C

Brynas (Sweden)

New Jersey

Rasmus Ristolainen

D

TPS Turku (Finland)

Dallas

Bo Horvat

C

London Knights (OHL)

Philadelphia

Nikita Zadorov

D

London Knights (OHL)

Phoenix

Hunter Shinkaruk

LW

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

Winnipeg

Max Domi

C

London Knights (OHL)

Columbus

Ryan Pulock

D

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

New York Islanders

Curtis Lazar

C

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

Buffalo

Anthony Mantha

RW

Val d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

Ottawa

Alexander Wennberg

C

Djurgardens (Sweden)

Detroit

Robert Hagg

D

Modo (Sweden)

Columbus

Adam Erne

LW

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

San Jose

Samuel Morin

D

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Toronto

Frederik Gauthier

C

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Calgary

Zach Fucale

G

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Washington

Josh Morrissey

D

Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

Vancouver

Kerby Rychel

LW

Winsor Spitfires (OHL)

Montreal

Emile Poirier

LW

Gatineu Olympiques (QMJHL)

Anaheim

Ian McCoshen

D

Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

Columbus

Valentin Zykov

LW

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Calgary

Jacob de la Rose

LW

Leksands (Sweden)

Dallas

Ryan Hartman

RW

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

Chicago

Andre Burakowsky

LW

Malmo (Sweden)

Florida

Chris Bigras

D

Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

Colorado

Madison Bowey

D

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Tampa Bay

Nic Petan

C

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Montreal

Laurent Dauphin

C

Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

Carolina

Tommy Vannelli

D

Minnetonka (USHS-MN)

Montreal

Jason Dickinson

C

Guelph Storm (OHL)

Edmonton

Artturi Lehkonen

LW

Kalpo Kuopia (Finland)

Buffalo

Mike McCarron

RW

USNTDP (USHL)

New Jersey

Linus Arnesson

D

Djurgardens (Sweden)

Dallas

Morgan Klimchuk

LW

Regina Pats (WHL)

Philadelphia

J.T. Compher

C

USNTDP (USHL)

Phoenix

Justin Bailey

RW

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Winnipeg

Dillon Heatherington

D

Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Columbus

Connor Hurley

C

Edina (USHS-MN)

Anaheim

Nick Sorensen

RW

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Minnesota

Steven Santini

D

USNTDP (USHL)

St. Louis

Zach Nastasiuk

RW

Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

Detroit

Jordan Subban

D

Belleville Bulls (OHL)

San Jose

Marko Dano

C

Slovan Bratislava (KHL)

San Jose

Nicholas Baptiste

RW

Sudbury Wolves (OHL)

Toronto

Jonathan Diaby

D

Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

Buffalo

Eric Comrie

G

Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Washington

Shea Theodore

D

Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Dallas

Hudson Fasching

RW

USNTDP (USHL)

Montreal

Marc-Olivier Roy

RW

Blainville Armada (QMJHL)

Edmonton

William Carrier

LW

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

Los Angeles

Oliver Bjorkstrand

RW

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

San Jose

Jan Kostalek

D

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Winnipeg

Eric Roy

D

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Boston

Brett Pesce

D

New Hampshire (HE)

Winnipeg

Ryan Kujawinski

C

Kingston Fronteacs (OHL)

 

My Dallas Stars Picks and Scouting Profiles:

(Scouting Reports from McKeens Hockey)

#10 Overall Pick Bo Horvat, London Knights, C, 6’0 205, 4/5/95

67 Games Played 33 Goals 28 Assists 61 Points

SCOUTING REPORT .. smart, skilled, and industrious .. plays a gritty and courageous game – never cheating on effort and always looking to make an impact .. a model of work consistency .. scores the hard ‘greasy’ goals by staying in front of the net and taking abuse in traffic .. astute slot presence – who won’t hesitate to unleash a fierce and heavy wrist shot .. strong and skilled on his blade – unloads a powerful strike at full extension – enhanced by broad shoulders and wingspan .. equally adept firing in-tight to his body – roofs shots close to goal – getting surprising trajectory .. plays physical though is an honest combatant who would benefit from adding a nastier edge at times .. utilizes his body as a defender .. positions himself strategically and is a stout shot-blocker who knows how to clog lanes .. sacrifices himself along the boards to clear the zone .. sluggish skater – stride is short and stunted due to limited lower-body flexibility – which in turn hampers his pickup and acceleration speed .. also harnessed by odd footwork – such as unusual wobbles .. needs to work on balance and agility .. does possess a strong lateral step however – and his skating did improve over the second half .. works diligently to mask his shortcomings by constantly being in motion .. a driven player who oozes character and skill.

#29 Overall Pick Ryan Hartman, Plymouth Whalers, RW, 5’11 185, 9/20/94

56 Games Played 23 Goals 37 Assists 60 Points

SCOUTING REPORT .. fearless, hi-octane playmaker .. tough and nasty competitor – pugilistic by nature .. agitates, chirps, gets under the opponent’s skin .. plays much bigger than his size – partially due to being in tip-top shape .. can take abuse just as much as he dishes it out .. a stable, compact skater .. first-step quickness and top speed are only average thanks to a shorter, regimented stride .. does have good agility, balance, and edge strength .. sees the ice well and is a skilled puckhandler and passer .. works diligently away from the puck, and finishes checks with authority .. sets the tempo with his physical aggression – and can inspire teammates with his work ethic and hitting prowess .. also prone to going overboard and taking undisciplined penalties, albeit did show improving maturity in this area .. dangerous in the offensive zone .. excels generating a cycle and making skilled plays off the wall – or slipping off coverage to unleash a quick shot from the slot .. sparkled at the Top Prospects Game, showcasing his ability to complement high-end linemates – playing alongside Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon – and even engaging in a fight with Kerby Rychel .. an ideal second-rounder who may go higher.

 

#40 Overall Pick Morgan Klimchuk, Regina Pats, LW, 5’11 180, 3/2/95

72 Games Played 36 Goals 40 Assists 76 Points

SCOUTING REPORT .. clinical finish and potent one-touch skills tops his list of assets .. hops and spins in startup before engaging a fast forward stride .. packs an explosive acceleration burst and change of pace – and excellent top speed .. dangerous off the rush – lurks in the soft spaces and has a knack for getting into prime scoring lanes .. excels providing the final touch – supported by a powerful snapshot and precise accuracy .. exploits his tempo to challenge defenders 1-on-1 .. deploys quick stickhandling shifts and clever puck maneuvers to open up lanes .. despite quick hands and an ability to execute at full throttle – is still more of a distributor and shooter than a ‘carry-and-create’ type .. doesn’t always make optimal playmaking decisions .. plays a determined and responsible two-way game .. gradually improving defensively and developing into a viable penalty killer .. must continue to refine his checking skills however .. wastes energy by taking inefficient angles and can do a much better job blocking lanes .. seems to have trouble reading the opposition’s intentions.. not overly big or powerful – yet surprisingly resilient .. worked diligently last off-season to upgrade his strength and stamina and is better able to absorb and give hits, albeit still gets knocked around pretty good .. should gain confidence in his physical play as he does display solid hitting technique .. a hard-working and dedicated team player – with natural goal-scoring ability that may overshadow the size factor in the long run.

 

#54 Overall Pick Hudson Fasching, USNTDP, RW, 6’2 215, 7/28/95

65 Games Played 11 Goals 25 Assists 36 Points

SCOUTING REPORT .. strong, big-bodied forward – difficult to knock off the puck – or clear from the slot once he parks his wide, brawny frame .. best weapon is a hard shot that features a quick, compact release .. displays vision in the offensive zone – and an ability to make plays from the boards – exploiting soft hands, excellent hand-eye co-ordination, and a large lateral transition step .. clunky skater however, limited by sloppy footwork and sluggish startup quickness .. will have to work diligently to upgrade his co-ordination and footspeed .. not sure whether ‘Jekyll’ or ‘Hyde’ side will show up either .. needs to find better consistency – especially as a physical factor .. lacks urgency at times and doesn’t play up to his size – too easy to play against .. will attend the University of Minnesota .. intriguing potential given his size and skill set, however his skating did not show the progress needed to guarantee a top 60 spot.

Written by: Trent Ritchie

Trent Ritchie
tritchie@nahl.com
Coordinator of Hockey Administration 
NA3HL & NAPHL Easton Representative
Twitter: Trent_Ritchie