Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2013 08:29AM

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Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.

We start with the top-10 selections.

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Jets Draft Preview: Frederik Gauthier

Kevin McCartney
June 11 2013 05:32PM

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Photo by Bri Weldon

Making draft predictions is always hard. Predicting down to 13? Come on! How's a guy supposed to look competent with a draft position like that?! Oh, and we're looking at the Jets, whose scouting staff aren't afraid to go off-board. But they have to take someone... The good news is that Jets Nation is here to help you get excited about the many impact players that might be available at #13, just tempting the Jets to make a reach pick. Because it wouldn't be the Jets if you weren't confused and disappointed on draft day!

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Jets Off-Season Trade Targets: Ales Hemsky

Kevin McCartney
June 11 2013 02:56PM

I'll admit up front that this potential addition makes my inner 10 year old giddy, and my adult self fearful of the comments section to come. I suspect there are very few in Jets Nation who consider Ales Hemsky a legitimate option for the top 6, but take it from a long time Oilers fan - 'Hemmer' is a unique player with elite level skill. A play making RW with speed, agility, and incredible hands, Hemsky is a multi-tool offensive threat. When every game comes with that 'we're going to lose' sick feeling in your stomach, this guy is like 50 seconds of Pepto delivered 20 times a game. He's an absolute treat to watch. He also has a long injury history that no one can claim is behind him as he played through a broken foot this past season, and questions surrounding his ability to rebound to the impressive point totals of his increasingly distant past. With Edmonton moving their cluster back several years, Hemsky is available. Does he make sense for the Jets in 2013/14?

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Gonchar Signing: Why Jets Fans Should Care

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 10 2013 11:27AM

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This weekend the Dallas Stars made what can be considered the first “big” move of the NHL’s 2013 Free Agency period. After obtaining his rights from the Ottawa Senators, the freshly branded Stars signed upcoming UFA Sergei Gonchar to a 2-year, $10 million contract, officially removing him from the market. Although this may seem like a simple decision for the Jets new rivals, it may have more of a tickle-down effect than some may think. Especially, in my opinion, on the signing of Zach Bogosian.

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Jets Free Agent Targets: Michael Ryder

Kevin McCartney
June 07 2013 02:01PM


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After four seasons away, Michael Ryder returned to Montreal part way through the season to post his best points per game rate since his rookie year, going 10-11-21 in 27 games. Despite the Habs winning their first Northeast Division title since Ryder left, and scoring at their highest goals per game rate since Ryder's last season as a Hab in 2007/08, GM Marc Bergevin apparently doesn't have Ryder in his plans for next season. Come July 5th, Ryder could be a free agent target for the Jets, who have a widely recognized hole at right wing in their top six, and a general lack of offensive punch on the powerplay. Does Ryder make sense for the Jets? Let's take a closer look.

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