HW Midseason 2013 Mock Draft (Prospect Update 26/2/13)

Bruce Bennett

NHL.com produces mock drafts throughout the year every season. Much of the time, its an interesting read because it is always interesting someone elses take, especially if you do not agree with it.

This time, we were given the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and who did the three NHL.com writers have us choosing?

Valentin Zykov, Valeri Nichushkin, and Adam Erne.

All solid picks, all I disagree with. So I decided to come up with my own mock draft.

And with the 16th overall pick, the Minnesota Wild select defenseman Joshua Morrissey!

Rank Team Name Pos Notes
1 Medium_medium
Seth Jones D Jones gives the Caps a franchise defenseman to compliment its talented forward core
2 Medium_medium Nathan Mackinnon C Fills the star forward spot that the trade of Rick Nash left
3 Medium_medium
Jonathan Drouin LW Skilled winger to play along with any number of the Sabre's talented, young centermen
4 Medium_medium
Aleksander Barkov C Bluechip prospect who arguably is the most NHL ready in this years draft
5 Medium_medium
Elias Lindholm C Slick centerman will match perfectly with Jonathan Huberdeau
6 Medium_medium
Rasmus Ristolainen D Big and strong; perfect playing partner for promising prospect Griffin Reinhart
7 Medium_medium
Darnell Nurse D Gives Oilers some insurance on the backend, should match well with Justin Schultz
8 Medium_medium
Sean Monahan C The best player available that needs bluechip talent in all positions
9 Medium_medium
Hunter Shinkaruk C/LW Gives the Avs some badly needed goal-scoring potential
10 Medium_medium Nikita Zadorov D The most dominant combination of defensive skill and physical play
11 Medium_medium
Ryan Pulock D Safe and smart defenseman that gives Flyers more stability in their prospect pool
12 Medium_medium
Adam Erne LW Helps fill the powerforward role the Red Wings to compliment their more dynamic players
13 Medium_medium
Anthony Mantha RW Big, goal-scoring winger; Stars need some offensive potential
14 Medium_medium
Valeri Nichushkin C Bolts likes their Russians and needs offense; Nichushkin has huge powerforward upside
15 Medium_medium
Frederik Gauthier C Size, skating, good all-round game. Smart pick to refill the prospect cupboards
16 Medium_medium
Josh Morrissey D Gives the Wild a more mobile and stronger two-way presence on the blueline
17 Medium_medium Zach Fucale G Blue Jackets don't mind spending their third first round pick on a potential starting goaltender
18 Medium_medium
Alexander Wennberg C Speedy, responsible winger with good offensive skills; strong prospect for Tipett run team
19 Medium_medium
Morgan Klimchuk LW Hard-working forward which fits the Sharks prospect mold, but also has a nose for the net
20 Medium_medium
Curtis Lazar C/RW Character, energy forward that compliments the group of offensive Blues prospects
21 Medium_medium
Jacob De La Rose C/W Versatile and tenacious with decent offensive skills; great fit to a Trotz style of game
22 Medium_medium
Shea Theodore D Offensive blueliner that gives the Senators a potential powerplay quarterback outside of Karlsson
23 Medium_medium
Max Domi C Undersized but a skilled and resilient forward; gives the team some offense
24 Medium_medium
Madison Bowey D Great on the transition; should compliment Dougie Hamilton well
25 Medium_medium
Valentin Zykov LW Solid, hardworking winger with good offensive skills; Pens continue looking for ideal partner for Crosby
26 Medium_medium
Robert Hagg D Another Swedish defenseman for the Canucks. Good size and strong all-round game.
27 Medium_medium
Bo Horvat C Devils like responsible forwards; Horvat brings intangibles and a solid two-way game
28 Medium_medium
Kerby Rychel C Gives the Habs some physical game and net presence
29 Medium_medium
Nicolas Petan
C Deep prospect pool allows Ducks to gamble; Petan is very undersized but very elusive
30 Medium_medium Mirco Muller D Provides the Hawks with some physical presence from the blueline

Prospect Update

NHL


Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Mikael Granlund C/W 21 5.10 180 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 15 1 5 6 4 -2 0 0 18





Houston Aeros (AHL) 21 8 13 21 8 -4 4 0 40
Jonas Brodin D 19 6.01 166 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 14 0 3 3 2 -1 0 0 15





Houston Aeros (AHL) 9 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 13
Jason Zucker LW 21 5.11 180 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 3 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 4





Houston Aeros (AHL) 47 19 22 41 43 -8 10 1 175
Charlie Coyle RW/C 20 6.02 205 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 6 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 7





Houston Aeros (AHL) 47 14 11 25 22 -8 5 0 70
Johan Larsson C/LW 20 5.10 200 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2





Houston Aeros (AHL) 50 13 14 27 24 1 5 1 66

Minors


Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Justin Fontaine RW 25 5.10 160 Houston Aeros (AHL) 43 13 21 34 8 8 4 0 89
David McIntyre LW/C 26 6.00 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 54 13 12 25 28 18 0 0 117
Chay Genoway D 26 5.09 177 Houston Aeros (AHL) 52 4 15 19 41 12 2 0 72
Zack Phillips C/RW 20 6.00 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 50 2 13 15 6 -12 0 0 77
Steven Kampfer D 24 5.11 197 Houston Aeros (AHL) 34 1 13 14 18 -8 0 0 75
Chad Rau C 26 5.11 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 40 7 5 12 4 4 0 0 39
Carson McMillan RW/C 24 6.01 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 43 6 6 12 19 8 0 3 56
Kris Foucault LW 22 6.01 202 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 5 6 11 2 -7 3 0 37
Marco Scandella D 23 6.02 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 27 1 10 11 17 1 0 0 63





Minnesota Wild (NHL) 6 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 7
Jarod Palmer RW 27 6.00 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 17 2 6 8 26 6 0 0 19
Tyler Cuma D 23 6.02 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 33 1 7 8 14 -5 0 0 32
Joel Broda LW/C 23 6.00 196 Houston Aeros (AHL) 28 2 2 4 22 -5 0 0 45
Brett Bulmer RW 20 6.03 185 Houston Aeros (AHL) 29 2 2 4 35 -12 0 0 42
Kyle Medvec D 24 6.05 191 Houston Aeros (AHL) 32 4 1 5 23 2 0 0 37





Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 12 3 4 7 16 2 0 0 27
Josh Caron D 22 6.02 215 Houston Aeros (AHL) 11 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0





Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 25 1 1 2 41 -4 0 0 12

Canadian Juniors


Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Raphael Bussieres LW 19 6.01 195 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 52 24 34 58 37 23 6 0 172
Tyler Graovac C 19 6.03 179 Belleville Bulls (OHL) 20 14 13 27 10 22 5 0 -





Ottawa 67s (OHL) 30 21 14 35 8 -16 5 2 -
Matt Dumba D 18 6.00 183 Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 54 13 23 36 67 5 4 1 -
Colton Jobke D 20 6.00 175 Regina Pats (WHL) 25 2 14 16 48 -1 0 0 -

USA/BCHL


Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Adam Gilmour RW 19 6.02 193 Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 50 17 22 39 10 19 4 0 131
Erik Haula C/LW 21 5.11 170 U of Minnesota (WCHA) 29 15 24 39 14 14 3 1 114
Louis Nanne LW 18 5.10 162 Penticton Vees (BCHL) 42 18 20 38 16 - 4 0 -
Mario Lucia LW 19 6.02 187 Notre Dame (CCHA) 25 10 9 19 12 -2 4 0 46
Nick Seeler D 19 6.00 170 U of Nebraska Omaha (WCHA) 28 2 6 8 49 6 1 0 36
John Draeger D 19 6.02 186 Michigan State (CCHA) 34 1 7 8 18 -8 1 0 51
Anthony Hamburg RW 21 6.01 185 Rochester Inst. of Tech (AHA) 27 4 7 11 12 0 0 0

European

Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Hits
Cody Almond C/LW 23 6.02 199 Geneve-Servette (NLA) 36 8 19 27 52 3
Daniel Gunnarsson D 20 6.04 191 Lulea (Elitserien) 51 6 9 15 18 9 3 0 9
Christoph Bertschy C 18 5.10 170 Bern (NLA) 38 3 2 5 16 2
Bern U20 (Elit Jr) 2 2 1 3 2
Bjorn Krupp D 21 6.02 189 Kolner Haie (DEL) 35 1 7 8 16 6

Goaltenders

Age Height Weight Team League GP Min GA SO GAA W L SOL/T SA Svs Sv%
Darcy Kuemper G 22 6.04 195 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 119 4 0 2.02 1 1 0 61 57 0.934
Houston Aeros AHL 16 940 28 4 1.79 10 6 0 448 420 0.938
Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 3 184 8 0 2.61 0 2 1 113 105 0.929
Matt Hackett G 22 6.02 170 Houston Aeros AHL 40 2392 103 0 2.58 18 18 3 1142 1039 0.91
Johan Gustafsson G 20 6.02 202 Lulea Elitserien 31 55 4 1.74 18 13 0 774 719 0.929
Stephen Michalek G 19 6.02 196 Cedar Rapids USHL 17 992 51 0 3.09 7 6 3 508.9 458 0.9
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