Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon Still Dominating The 2013 NHL Draft Rankings

Derek Zona
January 31 2013 07:32PM

Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Ristolainen remains a fixture in the top 10.
Photo by: Tuomas Vitikainen, via Wikimedia Commons

The 2013 NHL Draft is shaping up to be a boring one, outside of the 1 vs. 2 debate, akin to the 2010 "Taylor vs. Tyler" debate.  Halifax Moosehead centre Nathan MacKinnon and Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones still have a stranglehold on the top two spots and Aleksander Barkov has locked down #3.  

Swedes are slumping, the Q is rising and as always, everyone is unsure about the Russians in the 2013 NHL Draft Consensus Ranking.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, Ryan Kennedy, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

#   Pos   Name   DOB   HT   WT   L/R   Team   Move
1 F Nathan MacKinnon 9/1/95 5'11 180 R Halifax Moosehead 0
2 D Seth Jones 11/3/94 6'3 205 R Portland Winterhawks 0
3 F Aleksander Barkov 9/2/95 6'2 205 L Tappara 0
4 F Jonathan Drouin 3/27/95 5'11 180 L Halifax Moosehead 2
5 F Sean Monahan 10/12/94 6'2 180 R Ottawa 67s -1
6 F Elias Lindholm 12/2/94 6 183 R Brynas -1
7 F Hunter Shinkaruk 11/13/94 5'10 170 L Medicine Hat Tigers 1
8 D Rasmus Ristolainen 10/27/94 6'3 210 R TPS Turku -1
9 D Ryan Pulock 10/6/94 6 195 R Brandon Wheat Kings 0
10 F Adam Erne 4/20/95 6 200 L Quebec Remparts 2
11 F Valeri Nichushkin 3/4/95 6'3 180 R Chelyabinsk -1
12 D Josh Morrissey 3/28/95 6 185 L Prince Albert Raiders 1
13 D Nikita Zadorov 4/16/95 6'4 205 L London Knights 1
14 F Curtis Lazar 2/2/95 6 190 R Edmonton Oil Kings -3
15 D Robert Hagg 2/8/95 6'2 201 L MODO 0
16 F Max Domi 3/2/95 5'9 185 L London Knights 3
17 F Kerby Rychel 10/7/94 6'1 185 L Windsor Spitfires -1
18 D Darnell Nurse 2/4/95 6'4 185 L SSM Greyhounds -1
19 F Andre Burakovsky 2/9/95 6'1 175 L Malmo -1
20 F Frederik Gauthier 4/26/95 6'1 210 L Rimouski Oceanic 4
21 F Anthony Mantha 9/16/94 6'4 180 L Val - D'or 2
T-22 F Bo Horvat 4/5/95 6 195 L London Knights 5
T-22 F J.T. Compher 4/8/95 6 170 R USNT -2
24 F Jason Dickinson 7/4/95 6'2 179 L Guelph Storm 4
25 G Zach Fucale 5/28/95 6 170 L Halifax Moosehead -5
26 F Valentin Zykov 5/15/95 6' 210 R Baie Comeau 9
27 F Jacob De la Rose 5/20/95 6'2 185 F Leksand -5
28 F Artturi Lehkonen 7/4/95 5'10 163 L TPS Turku -3
29 F Anthony Duclair 7/26/95 6 160 L Quebec Remparts -3
30 F Ryan Hartman 9/20/94 5'11 185 R Plymouth Whalers -1
31 D Steve Santini 3/7/95 6'2 205 R USNT -1
32 F Alexander Wennberg 9/22/95 6'1 174 L Djurgarden 0
33 D Shea Theodore 9/3/95 6'2 182 L Seattle Thunderbirds 6
34 F Morgan Klimchuk 3/2/95 5'11 174 L Regina Pats -1
35 D Ian McCoshen 8/5/95 6'3 205 L Waterloo Blackhawks -1
36 F Ryan Kujawinski 3/30/95 6'2 180 L Kingston Frontenacs -5
37 D Keaton Thompson 9/14/95 6'1 170 L USNT -1
38 D Madison Bowey 4/22/95 6'1 195 R Kelowna Rockets 0
39 F Pavel Buchnevich 4/17/95 6 165 l Almaz Cherepovets -2
40 G Eric Comrie 7/6/95 6'1 175 L Tri City Americans 1
41 F Hudson Fasching 7/28/95 6'3 208 R USNT -1
42 F William Carrier 12/20/94 6 195 L Cape Breton 0
43 G Spencer Martin 6/8/95 6'2 192 L Mississauga 1
44 F Connor Hurley 9/15/95 6'1 175 L Edina High School -1
45 D Samuel Morin 7/12/95 6'5 184 L Rimouski Oceanic 3
46 F Stephen Harper 3/25/95 6'2 202 L Erie Otters -1
47 F Nicolas Petan 3/22/95 5'9 155 L Portland Winterhawks 15
48 D Eric Roy 10/24/94 6'3 190 L Brandon Wheat Kings -1
49 D Linus Arnesson 9/21/94 6'2 180 L Djurgarden 1
50 D Mike Downing 5/19/95 6'3 190 L Dubuque Fighting Saints -4
51 F Justin Bailey 7/1/95 6'3 194 R Kitchener Rangers 3
52 F Laurent Dauphin 3/26/95 6'0 187 L Chicoutimi 19
53 F Nick Sorensen 10/23/94 6'1 168 R Quebec Remparts -1
54 F Anton Slepyshev 5/13/94 6'2 194 R Novokuznetsk -5
55 D Jan Kostalek 2/17/95 6 175 L Sparta Praha 1
56 C Marko Dano 11/30/94 5'11 183 L Sloven Bratislava 37
57 F Ryan Fitzgerald 10/19/94 5'9 168 L Valley Jr. 7
58 D Chris Bigras 2/22/95 6'1 189 L Owen Sound Attack 18
59 D Keegan Kanzig 2/26/95 6'5 200 L Victorial Royals -6
60 F Juuso Ikonen 1/3/95 5'7 165 R Espoo Blues -9
61 D Dillon Heatherington 5/9/95 6'2 185 R Swift Current Broncos 12
T-62 F Tyler Hill 4/13/95 6'6 225 L Hotchkiss School -7
T-62 D Mirco Mueller 3/21/95 6'4 184 L Everett Silvertips 42
64 D Tommy Vannelli 1/26/95 6'2 170 R Minnetonka 28
T-65 F Tyler Motte 3/10/95 5'10 165 R USNT -8
T-65 F Zack Nastasiuk 3/3/095 6'1 191 R Owen Sound 35
T-65 G Tristan Jarry 4/29/95 6'2 178 L Edmonton Oil Kings 30
68 D Jordan Subban 3/3/95 5'9 175 R Belleville Bulls 31
69 G Eamon McAdam 9/24/95 6'2 185 L Waterloo Blackhawks 29
T-70 F John Hayden 2/14/95 6'2 220 R USNT 36
T-70 G Philippe Desrosiers 8/16/95 6'1 187 R Rimouski Oceanic 45
72 F Mike McCarron 3/7/95 6'5 228 R USNT 37
73 F Bogdan Yakimov 10/4/94 6'4 225 L Nizhnekamsk -14
T-74 F Evan Allen 2/3/95 5'11 185 R USNT -14
T-74 F Sergei Tolchinsky 2/3/95 5'7 150 L Sault Ste. Marie -14
76 F Markus Soberg 4/22/95 6' 175 R Frolunda -13
77 F Matt Murphy 5/1/95 6'2 185 L Val - D'or -11
78 F Nick Baptiste 8/4/95 6' 198 R Sudbury Wolves -11
79 F Connor Rankin 11/30/94 6' 184 L Tri City Americans -11
80 F Alex Forsberg 1/4/95 5'9 170 L Prince George  -15
81 F Gustav Possler 11/11/94 5'11 172 L MODO -12
82 D Mason Geertsen 4/19/95 6'3 199 L Edmonton Oil Kings -12
83 F Lukas Wallmark 9/5/95 5'10 175 L Skelleftea -11
84 F Tobias Liljendahl 1/10/95 6'2 194 R Djurgarden -10
85 F Jordan Maletta 4/30/95 6'3 199 R Windsor Spitfires -10
86 D Will Butcher 1/6/95 5'11 190 L USNT -28
87 D Martin Kokes 6/13/95 6'2 195 L Litvinov -10
88 F Taylor Cammarata 5/13/95 5'7 155 L Waterloo Blackhawks -10
89 F Cole Cassels 5/4/95 6'0 176 R Oshawa Generals -10
90 G Brendan Burke 3/11/95 6'3 176 L Portland Winterhawks -10
T-91 F Eddie Ellis 1/12/95 6'2 200 L Andover -9
T-91 F Jay Merkley 5/27/95 5'11 185 R Lethbridge -3
T-91 D Wilhelm Westlund 3/15/95 6'0 178 L Farjestad -12
T-94 C Luke Johnson 9/19/94 5'11 177 R Lincoln -11
T-94 C Maxim Mamin 1/13/95 6'1 183 L CSKA -11
96 D Gage Ausmus 4/22/95 6'1 211 L USNT -11
T-97 C Saku Salminen 10/20/94 6'3 198 L Jokerit -7
T-97 G Ville Husso 2/6/95 6'1 185 L HIFK -12
99 C Avery Peterson 6/20/95 6'2 192 L Grand Rapids High -12
100 D Ryan Graves 5/21/95 6'4 220 L PEI -12

RISING:

  • Valentin Zykov, the muti-faceted talent playing for Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the QMJHL jumped 9 spots this month to #26.  Zykov began the year outside of the top 120, so his rise has been amazing.  Like Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, he's committed to playing in North America.  More exposure is only going to drive his rank higher.
  • Another Q forward, Frederik Gauthier, the play-making centre from Rimouski Oceanic, jumped four slots to #20.  Gauthier has been the best player on the revitalized Rimouski squad and he's doing it in all situations.

FALLING:

  • Anton Slepyshev, a 2012 draft eligible, fell yet again.  Slepyshev is playing in the KHL, yet has made no indication he's going to come to North America.  He's definitely a first-round talent so any message from his agent about North American interest would cause him to shoot up the board.
  • Curtis Lazar, the forward from the Edmonton Oil Kings, fell yet again, this time to 14.  Lazar began the season in the top ten.

TRENDS:

  • Last month the QMJHL held 7 of the top 30 spots, this month they hold down 8, with the addition of Zykov.  It could be the strongest Q draft in 30 years.
  • There is very little high-end American talent beyond Seth Jones, but the second and third rounds area loaded with U.S.-born players.
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