Nation Network Mock Draft: Final Rankings

Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.

Mock Draft Results

The Canadian teams come away with the following players:

  • Calgary: Sean Monahan (6), Robert Hagg (22), Mirco Mueller (28)
  • Edmonton: Elias Lindholm (7)
  • Montreal: Ryan Hartman (25)
  • Ottawa: Anthony Mantha (17)
  • Toronto: Kerby Rychel (21)
  • Vancouver: Valentin Zykov (24)
  • Winnipeg: Max Domi (13)

A lot of talent stays on the board for round two. Two way forwards like JT Compher and Jacob De La Rose, skilled forwards like Artturi Lehkonen and Connor Hurley, quality defencemen like Shea Theodore, Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini and many more.

  • JI123

    I think I would rather take Horvat over Lindholm. From what I have been reading he sounds to be a bigger and more intense center. In all reality, would either have much of a chance playing for us right away?? Probably not….then trade down.

    • OilLeak

      Lindholm and Horvat are the exact same height, and Lindholm finished in the top 10 in 2 strength categories at the combine. Lindholm also has a much better chance to play in the NHL right away as he’s been playing in the SEL.

      Lindholm is not a soft player, the NA media loves to portray all europeans players as “soft”. If Lindholm is available at 7 and the Oilers don’t take him they’ll be regretting the choice for years.

      • OilersBrass

        Hello OilersAss, today’s show is brought to you by the letters F.U. I’ve been reading articles from and Hockeyprospects. Check them out, they also have pictures so you can follow along.

        @OilLeak Just read the combine results. Pretty good for the Swede. Horvat, did finish pretty high in the VO2 test and was playing at 206lbs when he scored the finals winner.

  • JI123

    We need someone to play right now. if Horcs is indeed gone, thenwho do we have sliding in?? Lander….please no. Trade up for a viable center or trade down and see what you can get in return. Crossing fingers…. I am really starting to loathe June.

  • Leafs, I hope they get a c, nay, I demand they draft a c. I was hoping last year that we would draft the high end c and have our 1C set for the next decade. I like Morgan pick, don’t get me wrong, and if we parly him or Jake for a 1C, then I’ll be happy. I dream of course of the Leafs trading up to get someone like Barkov,or higher. Why not? It is a dream. I will be ever so pissed if we do not try to move up and take a 1C, the best one we can get. It would be nice to have for the first time since Sittler and MacDonald to have a #1c and a #1Winger. We are a little thin at the blue line now, but we much in the pipeline. The same can’t be said for C’s. If you don’t count Colbourne, the next best is Mckeeg and then it drops for after him. Mckeeg I don’t see him as being any better than 2ndC, tops. This is the year that is supposed to be so strong, so lets get, by hook or by crook, the stud, power #1C we’ve needed for so long. If they pick another D I will scream.

    • BurningSensation

      I think it will be hard to be disappointed with what the Flames get if they use all three picks given the quality that remains at the bottom of the draft.

      That said, I highly doubt that our late rounders will both be used on defensemen. I can see either Hagg or Mueller being the Flames choice late in the draft – but not both.

      Given Nic Petan was asked back for a 2nd interview after the combine I highly suspect he is our target at #22.

  • Calgary wants centers with size , Oilers need size at center and defence , Winnipeg probably defence with eye on Pulock , Van looking for 3rd line center and may move up dangling Edler . Barkov is interesting being as he just had shoulder surgery and has dual citizenship (Russian dad and Finnish ) . Has a slight Calgary connection as he played last season with ex Flame Ville Neminen .

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    I hope we take Nurse over Lindholm………we have no tough defenseman and in the glory days we always had an ample supply of tough defenseman.

    Paired with Gernat in a couple of years , the twin towers will return to the Oil.

    • OilLeak

      The game has changed, defenseman who can produce offense as well as defense have more value than a pure shut down defenseman. Not saying Nurse won’t be a good player, but not at 7 with better choices still available.
      Go check out Scott Reynold’s comparables for Nurse at the coppernblue, the offense just isn’t there.

      • OilersBrass

        I think the Oilers will pick a forward at #7. It makes the most sense.

        Reynolds was not aware of this fact regarding Nurse.

        “The article seems to insinuate that Nurse is primarily a stay at home defenseman, which he is not. Offensively, he’s very solid and there’s massive room for growth in that department. He played on the second powerplay unit because the Hounds had two of the best (including the CHL d-man of the year) running the top unit, which got 75% of the time. When he’s on the first unit next year, his stat line will jump.”

        • OilLeak

          Reynolds was in fact aware of this fact, if Nurse can’t crack the top powerplay unit or 1st line duties in the CHL how is he supposed to impact the NHL offensively? For arguments sake, look at Alex Plante’s point totals from His draft year, similar to Nurse, no? Not saying Nurse is going to turn out like Alex Plante(Nurse is a far better skater) but even average D prospects post some offense at the junior level. If Nurse isn’t shouldering the offensive load at this point in the CHL, that’s a tell.

          • OilLeak

            I’ve read them and the comments don’t paint a clear picture either way. The consensus among scouts is that Lindholm is better pick than nurse, why pretend to be the smartest person in the room and go for the reach pick?

          • OilLeak

            Do you know why Bob Mackenzie’s final list is considered the benchmark.

            It is not because he asks opinions of writers ex Scott Reynolds

            He talks to Hockey scouts. as does Redline has independent scouts, ISS.

            It is nice reading opinions by Reynolds, but he is not a scout. So when you use him as the authority you should know this.

          • OilersBrass

            I don’t think CdnMaDCow understands that playing in the SEL means that you’re playing against men, and tougher competition.

            I wonder how “intense” Horvat would be playing in the SEL.

          • OilersBrass

            Just not too sure about these “boys” drafted out of this not good enough to be in the NHL “men” league. Take a look back at the first round draft picks in the past five years. OHL-SEL

            Now go put a plug in that leak.

          • OilersBrass

            Hahahaha only going back 5 years hey!? How ignorant. Why don’t we go back 30 years? How many great Swedish hockey players have there been?

            Erik Karlsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Gabriel Landeskog, Mika Zibanejad, Jonas Brodin, Oscar Klefbom, Filip Forsberg. There’s a bunch of great Swedish players from the past 5 or 6 years I can name of the top of my head. Don’t be naïve in thinking that Canadians are so much better than European players

          • OilLeak

            One-hundred and eighty… now you’re just throwing darts.

            Karlsson= great
            Larsson= good , although drafted from SWE-1
            Landeskog= 3 games against”men” in the SEL
            then 2 years in the OHL= great
            Zibanejad= good
            Klefbom= hope
            Brodin= should be good…thanks Sutter
            Forsberg= jury’s not out , and yet another SWE-1

            Now go look at the OHL picks and look at their transitions into the NHL. Just because ( most) of these guys you have mentioned played with men in the SEL , it doesn’t mean they are better prepared for the ” intensity ” of the NHL.

          • Citizen David

            Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman. I’ve always been cautious about taking Swedes who play in the SEL because generally they get very little ice time and opportunity and the scouting reports are all about potential, and they look like they should… It seems clear though that the high end players, which Lindholm is, are solid bets. I would take Lindholm over Monahan and Nichuschkin, and even Barkov. There is a wide gap between what Pajaarvi was in his draft year and what Lindholm is. Lindholm will be a solid top six player.

  • BurningSensation

    What MacT. wants and what he can get remains a mystery . He may end up with no more success than former Gm . So far his on ice products fall outside the Nhl players, and several incumbents appear to be on way out . To what degree can he change things to make us a contender ? We simply don’t know if Mact. is going to be a successful wheeler dealer type .

  • BurningSensation

    I for one would be good with the Oilers taking Lindholm at centre though I would rather have Barkov if the Oil could somehow deal with Nashville for the 4th pick…without any of the core being involved (Hall, RNH, Ebs, Yak, Schultz, Klefbom).

    But I am also liking that Horvat kid being high praised by scouting reports.. for his two way play….hockey sense, his toughness/grit, good offence, very good skating…

    If he was chosen at #7, I would not be disappointed one bit at all.

    Many also talk that the Oil need defencemen and I agree but for now the Oilers have one excellent one now ready (Klefbom) and then excellent big sized puck moving prospects coming up in Marancin, Musil, Gernat, Davidson, Fedun, and Simpson.

    I see the Oil needing two top 4 type very good skating/very mean defencemen now and not in the future. This can be traded for or in UFA dealings coming up.

    • BurningSensation

      NO way Nichuskin or Monahan fall to number 7………..both of these players will be gone by then.

      I say Nichuskin ends up in the top three, a lot of team are jockying for position and state they like a certain player, only to throw other teams above them off.

      I say even Mckinnion has a chance to upset Jones and go number one.

  • BurningSensation

    Everyone has an opinion including me. What I would love to know is what is Stu Mcgregor thinking right about now. Does anyone have an insight into what he’s thinking these days? Who decides ahead of his decision BPA or try to move up or down?

    Clearly he must have players in mind to make his decision on once he sees what the Oil want to do on draft day.

  • Fred-65

    If Morin is still there I wouldn’t go past him. Did you see him play for the U-18 team in Europe. I couldn’t believe his foot work for such a big guy. Nice touch of meaness too

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    The problem with trading down is you have no idea if the player you want will still be there. Someone like Bo Horvat who knows where he will go. Could go #8- 15.

    The advantage of trading up is you know the player you want is there.

  • OilersBrass

    I am leaning on the belief that the Oilers will be looking at centremen moreso than defenceman….with that #7 pick in mind.

    I think the Oil want Monahan but will re-position their pick by trading down alittle with Horvat in mind. I like Lindholm so he has to be in the mix too.

    Lindholm does seemingly project to be a very good 2nd line centre and to be even better than Gagner…while Horvat makes a top grade type 3rd line centreman in the future.

    I also think now, that Hemsky (according to new rumours) is being dealt in a type package(plus a prospect or future pick) to the NYI for either one of Hamonic or Strome and a lower pick back. It makes sense to deal with the Islanders or even the Buffalo Sabres too.

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    Oilers new roster for season might /could look like this : Defence : Myers , Belov , Smid , Klefbom , Ristolainen , Jeff and Nick and Justin Schultz . Vanek also added . Coutourier or better centerman a possibility if we choose . Fourth line to include B.Sutter , C.Neil and E. Nystom or J.Boll . We retain Eberle , Hall , Hopkins and Yakupov and maybe Paajarvi . Dubnyk and unknown back up . Book it .

    • MKE

      There is no way. How could you add Myers, Ristolaninen, Vanek, Coutourier, and Sutter?
      And keep all your best players?

      And still have a first round pick available to draft Ristolainen?

      It’s just not possible.

      • OilLeak

        Should be able to get everything and not have to touch valuable prospects while keeping our valuable youth . See if they’ll accept this : Blockbuster deal with Buffalo for players and draft picks , minor Washington , and enough from deal left over to acquire a centerman like Couturier or better using the acquired 16th pick + . Our new 8th gets Ristolainen . Fourth line proposal I believe we have enough left over to acquire 3-4 of them . without touching main prospects or Paajarvi I hope . Names you can figure out for yourselves whom i’m using by deduction . May not happen but the pieces are there to make it happen in all or part .

        • BurningSensation

          This literally made me laugh out loud.

          There is no combination of players and picks on the Oilers that does not include; Eberle, Yakupov, Hall, The Nuge, Klefbom and Schultz the Good, that will get you Couturier from Philadelphia. Philly knows they have a quality stud in the 20 year old and they aren’t going to deal him for 2nd rate vets on bad contracts.

          If I was an Oiler fan, I would be looking to dangle Eberle and Klefbom to Philly for Couturier and their 1st, then packaging Philly’s first into a deal that nets you Myers, and even that is a fantasy scenario (I highly doubt that Philly parts with Couturier for anything outside of the big 4, Hall, Nuge, Schultz and Yakupov),

          • BurningSensation

            What do you find so appealing about a player that only had 15 points this year and fell to -8 plus minus ? You want to offer up Eberle plus – give your head a shake, no way i’d do that deal straight across .

          • BurningSensation

            Couturier is a BEAST;

            – His advanced stats are excellent, including a ridiculous def zone start that he pushes to be an almost even zone finish.

            – He has prototype size and strength

            – His stats against the Eastern Conferences best centers is excellent (in particular he creates huge issues for guys like Malkin and Backstrom)

            – As a scoring star in jr, he showed he has untapped offensive upside

            – His points have come with almost no powerplay time

            – He’s only 20 and has a high ceiling that he hasn’t scraped yet

            There is a reason every Oiler fanboy dreams that they can get Couturier for spare parts, he’s really, really good.

      • BurningSensation

        Nothing madjam says is possible. He is probably playing nhl 13 or something. I thought DSF was bad but at least he had intelligent things to say to counter an agruement, even if they were biased and just trolling for the sake of it. I can’t believe some people get their panties in a bunch with guys like DSF but are perfectly fine with people who don’t even understand hockey to voice their ‘great’ opinions.

  • DoubleJ

    If the Oilers keep the 7 th pick. They take the BPA. Plain and simple. If lindholm is still there( I doubt he will be) the oilers will run up there to get him.

    Theres a drop off after the top three , then there’s a drop of after the top six. Monohan and Nurse are 7 and 8 by most scouts. Forwards are always faster at developing.
    I’m positive if they keep the pick it will be Monahan. Or if by any chance if Lindholm, nichuskin are available they are very excited to get up there and take one.

  • MKE

    Dudes and Dudettes…as much as Nurse or Ristolainen or zadorov are very good defencemen prospects to chosse at the #7 pick position, the Oilers will not liely choose any in the first round at #7.

    Why?…Cause none of these great prospects are ready for the next probable 3-5 yrs and the Oilers want to get into the playoffs now and the next few years.

    Are any of these…such as Nurse, Zadorov, Pulock, Ristolainen etc,…as good to go now this season as was like Pronger in his first year? or Neidermayer? Scott Stevens? etc, or even Doughty or Fowler???

    No…These are great kids for down the road but the Oilers want to select now a very good 2nd line centre prospect and a top 3rd line top prospect as Travis Iwanyk is not too guaranteed to get there as the next 3rd line centre as yet.

    If not choosing one at #7 then I see the Oilers making trades for a good 2nd line prospect such as Jenner, Strome, and also, then signing up a UFA type guy like such as like Chipchura, Adam Hall,etc for the time being.

    If choosing at #7, then it is surely down to one of such as Lindholm, Monahan, Horvat, Nichushkin or the Oilers even trade somewhere down to between probably 11th (Philly), to with Columbus (19th).

    Personally, I can even see IMO of the Oilers getting Hamonic or Strome and #15th…from the NYI for ….Hemsky, maybe Omark rights, a prospect (Musil/Davidson, and the #7th. Unless thats too much and if so then drop the Oilers’ prospect