HW Midterm 2013 Draft Rankings (Prospect Update 2/2/13)

Seth Jones doing a pose - Bruce Bennett

A quick look at the midterm rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

It has been awhile so I've done a prospect update so I thought I would change the format once again to get some interest sparked up.

This week, we'll be doing our HW Midterm 2013 Draft Rankings!

It is for all those draft junkies and maybe for those looking for the next Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin.

A few notes:

Nathan Mackinnon vs. Seth Jones

Comment: Both are talented prospects but I felt Mackinnon's ability to score goals outweighs Jone's unique athletic toolset. Plus, I do not think Jones is particularly creative. It isn't a prerequisite to be a talented NHL player, but it is when it comes to seperating oneself from a potential franchise player like Mackinnon.

Valeri Nichushkin at #15

Comment: I am not a particular fan of prospects based in Russia. Alot of question marks when it comes to contracts. In addition, while Nichushkin is extremely skilled, he needs alot more muscle to his frame, and that will require some work over the years.

Rank Name Pos Team League Comment
1 Nathan Mackinnon D Halifax QMJHL Goal-scoring machine, solid body and energetic game
2 Seth Jones D Portland WHL Big, athletic defenseman with all the tools
3 Aleksander Barkov C Tappara Finland Strong, reliable center presence that can score and create plays
4 Jonathan Drouin LW Halifax QMJHL Undersized electrifying offensive talent
5 Elias Lindholm C Brynas Sweden Smart and slick playmaking centerman with two-way acumen
6 Sean Monahan C Ottawa OHL Mature and smart centerman whose above average in every area.
7 Rasmus Ristolainen D TPS Finland Big, mobile defenseman, very well-rounded, can eat tons of minutes
8 Nikita Zadorov D London OHL Extremely well built, can be dominant physically, has a strong slapshot
9 Hunter Shinkaruk C/LW Medicine Hat WHL Strong skater, good offensive skillset, needs more muscle to reach upside
10 Frederik Gauthier C Rimouski QMJHL Large two-way centerman. Very strong, presence made in all zones
11 Darnell Nurse D Sault Ste Marie OHL Mobile, big, physical, and strong with the puck. Needs alot more muscle.
12 Ryan Pulock D Brandon WHL Smart d-man with a great shot. Questionable upside but just so reliable.
13 Josh Morrissey D Prince Albert WHL Mobile & great puck skills. Good two-way game. Needs more dynamic energy.
14 Adam Erne LW Quebec QMJHL Strong; great puck protection. Other offensive skills not as dynamic as others.
15 Valeri Nichushkin C Chelyabinsk Russia Great powerforward. Moves well. Needs to bulk up. Russian factor.
16 Alexander Wennberg C Djugarden Swe-Jr Speedy, offensive forward. Needs more muscle.
17 Zach Fucale G Halifax QMJHL Solid size, mobile, smart.
18 Andre Burakovsky LW Malmo U20 Swe-2 Fast, competitive, good offensive skills. Limited icetime in Sweden.
19 Max Domi C/LW London OHL Extremely skilled. Even though very built, 5-9 is hard bump to overcome
20 Anthony Mantha RW Val-D'Or QMJHL Talented goalscorer, big frame. Needs to fill out alot.
21 Curtis Lazar C/RW Edmonton WHL Electrifying forechecker. Good shot. Questionable offensive upside
22 Kerby Rychel LW Windsor OHL Strong, good near the net. Questionable offensive upside.
23 Jacob De La Rose C/W Leksand Swe-2 Strong on the forecheck. Decent offense skills. Needs alot more muscle.
24 Valentin Zykov LW Baie-Comeau QMJHL Strong, competitive player. Inconsistent.
25 Shea Theodore D Seattle WHL Top draft offensive potential. Inconsistent. Needs to fill out more.
26 Morgan Klimchuk LW Regina WHL Smart offensive goalscorer. Quick skater. Inconsistent, non-factor physically.
27 Bo Horvat C London OHL Consistent two-way player, untapped offensive potential
28 Jason Dickinson C Guelph OHL Good frame and skating, solid offensive skills. Inconsistent.
29 Ryan Hartman RW Plymouth OHL Aggressive, excellent forechecker and agitator. 5-10 not preferred size.
30 Madison Bowey D Kelowna WHL Mobile, great transition player. Inconsistent, bad defensive reads

Now for the rest of the prospect report!

NHL

Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Mikael Granlund C/W 20 5.10 180 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 9 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 11
Houston Aeros (AHL) 21 8 13 21 8 -4 4 0 40
Jonas Brodin D 19 6.01 166 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 6 0 2 2 2 -2 0 0 9
Houston Aeros (AHL) 9 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 13
Marco Scandella D 22 6.02 190 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 5 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 6
Houston Aeros (AHL) 24 1 10 11 13 2 0 0 56
Charlie Coyle RW/C 20 6.02 205 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Houston Aeros (AHL) 44 14 10 24 22 -9 5 0 69

Minor League

Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Jason Zucker LW 21 5.11 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 42 18 21 39 39 -9 10 1 162
Justin Fontaine RW 25 5.10 160 Houston Aeros (AHL) 34 9 18 27 6 5 4 0 60
Johan Larsson C/LW 20 5.10 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 45 12 13 25 22 0 5 1 60
David McIntyre LW/C 26 6.00 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 45 10 11 21 26 14 0 0 98
Chay Genoway D 26 5.09 177 Houston Aeros (AHL) 43 4 14 18 37 11 2 0 60
Zack Phillips C/RW 20 6.00 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 42 2 11 13 4 -13 0 0 69
Kris Foucault LW 22 6.01 202 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 5 6 11 2 -7 3 0 37
Steven Kampfer D 24 5.11 197 Houston Aeros (AHL) 25 0 9 9 16 -14 0 0 55
Jarod Palmer RW 26 6.00 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 17 2 6 8 26 6 0 0 19
Chad Rau C 26 5.11 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 31 5 3 8 4 0 0 0 25
Tyler Cuma D 23 6.02 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 33 1 7 8 14 -5 0 0 32
Carson McMillan RW/C 24 6.01 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 34 2 4 6 19 0 0 0 38
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) 27 2 2 4 35 -10 0 0 41
Kyle Medvec D 24 6.05 191 Houston Aeros (AHL) 23 3 0 3 17 -1 0 0 18
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 12 3 4 7 16 2 0 0 27
Josh Caron D 21 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 Junior Leagues

Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Raphael Bussieres LW 19 6.01 195 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 45 22 28 50 26 20 6 0 148
Tyler Graovac C 19 6.03 179 Belleville Bulls (OHL) 11 3 8 11 6 11 0 0 -
Ottawa 67s (OHL) 30 21 14 35 8 -16 5 2 -
Matt Dumba D 18 6.00 183 Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 45 11 14 25 59 -1 3 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) 44 14 20 34 10 16 4 0 116
Erik Haula C/LW 21 5.11 170 U of Minnesota (WCHA) 23 11 20 31 8 8 3 0 90
Louis Nanne LW 18 5.10 162 Penticton Vees (BCHL) 35 13 17 30 14 - 3 0 -
Mario Lucia LW 19 6.02 187 Notre Dame (CCHA) 19 9 8 17 10 0 4 0 36
Nick Seeler D 19 6.00 170 U of Nebraska Omaha (WCHA) 24 2 5 7 47 7 1 0 32
John Draeger D 19 6.02 186 Michigan State (CCHA) 28 1 4 5 12 -12 1 0 43
Anthony Hamburg RW 21 6.01 185 Rochester Inst. of Tech (AHA) 21 3 7 10 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) 34 8 19 27 50 5
Daniel Gunnarsson D 20 6.04 191 Lulea (Elitserien) 45 6 6 12 14 6 3 0 9
Christoph Bertschy C 18 5.10 170 Bern (NLA) 36 3 2 5 16 2
Bern U20 (Elit Jr) 2 2 1 3 2
Bjorn Krupp D 21 6.02 189 Kolner Haie (DEL) 30 1 6 7 16 8

Goaltender

Age Height Weight Team League GP Min GA SO GAA W L SOL/T SA Svs Sv%
Johan Gustafsson G 20 6.02 202 Lulea Elitserien 44 51 3 1.73 17 12 0 728 677 0.930
Matt Hackett G 22 6.02 170 Houston Aeros AHL 33 1966 90 0 2.75 13 16 3 920 830 0.902
Darcy Kuemper G 22 6.04 195 Houston Aeros AHL 14 821.5 27 3 1.97 9 5 0 386 359 0.93
Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 3 184 8 0 2.61 0 2 1 113 105 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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