2014 NHL Draft Consensus Top 25

Derek Zona
July 31 2013 11:46AM


Photo by Bri Weldon via Wikimedia Commons

It's early, but the 2014 NHL Draft is just 11 months away!  We don't have much data on the top players yet, and most of the relevant bits seem to come from the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.  One thing we do know is that the names involved in the early part of the draft in June are some of the best we've had in a long time:  Willie, Leon, Roland, Ivan, Joshua Ho-Sang, Kaspar, Oskar, Sonny, and Arkhip.  Toss in Rihards Bukarts for good measure and it's a great group of monikers.

The sources for the consensus list are Future Considerations, ISS, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Future Considerations' rankings carry the most weight as they were the most accurate prognosticator in the group. 

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The QMJHL Rebounds: Origins of NHL Draft Picks

Derek Zona
July 24 2013 12:57PM

In my first look at the origins of NHL draft picks, I noted the drop in selections made from Eastern Europe:

In 2003 and 2004, leagues in Belarus, The Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia accounted for 19% of all picks.  In 2011 and 2012 those same leagues accounted for just 5% and 4% of all picks.  In fact, since 2007, those leagues haven't combined for more than 5% of all selections.

In 2013, it didn't get any better. Leagues in those six countries produces eight draft choices (all from Russian leagues), for 4.3% of the draft.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Team-by-Team Breakdown Through Round 3

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 11:55AM

Valentin Zykov
Zykov to Washington? Yeah, that's about right.
Image:
Antoine Letarte, CC BY 3.0

Check out Round 1 here.

Check out Round 2 here.

Check out Round 3 here.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Round 3 - The Rangers and Penguins Finally Pick

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 10:35AM

Glen Sather
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Check out Round 1 here.

Check out Round 2 here.

 Third round draft picks have ~7% chance of turning into impact players, so for the General Managers with picks in this round, it's akin to shooting house-weighted dice.  Seems like a perfect setting for Glen Sather, who makes his first appearance in the 2013 Draft in the third round.  Only 23 of the 30 teams have picks in this round.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, 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.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Round 2 - Montreal, San Jose and Winnipeg Own The Round

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 10:10AM

Logan Couture
Can Doug Wilson find help for Couture?
Photo by Derek Ortiz,
via Wikimedia Commons

 

Check out Round 1 here.

30% of Round 2 of the 2013 NHL Draft belongs to three teams: the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.  For the Sharks and Jets, the grouping of picks is an opportunity to add to an extremely shallow prospect pool.  It's a longshot that any of the players become impact players, but the grouping greatly increases the odds.  

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, 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.

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