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MacKinnon leads TSN’s early draft rankings

Sep 20, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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Hot prospect Nathan MacKinnon took the top spot in the preseason edition of TSN’s 2013 NHL Draft rankings. In fact, he was a unanimous No. 1 choice among the 10 scouts.

While Craig Button compares MacKinnon to Peter Forsberg – at least from a “determination” standpoint – Bob McKenzie plays up the parallels between MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby.

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native (same as Sidney Crosby), who left home to play prep school hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s (same as Sidney Crosby) before being chosen first overall in the Quebec League draft (same as Sidney Crosby), starts this season as the favorite to be the first pick in the NHL draft following a lockout (same as Sidney Crosby).

Even with a unanimous nod for MacKinnon, TSN’s scouts say that Seth Jones has a shot at being the top pick if a given team needs defense more than offense. All but one scout ranked Jones second overall.

If the two top prospects jockey for the first spot as expected, the real drama might begin at No. 3.

Either way, a lot can change between today and the 2013 draft.

While we wait, perhaps it’s time to come up with a “Fail for Nail” type slogan for the top picks. Let’s start off with “Not winnin’ for MacKinnon” and “Jonesing for Jones.”

(You could probably do better.)

  1. tyreeimagery - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Not so sure about doing better. That not winnin tag was awesome. Lol

  2. hockinj25 - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Imagine what could happen if an African American player was drafted #1. That might cause a major influx of African Americans playing hockey as kids, much like Yao Ming and basketball in China. It would be huge for the sport.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Amen to that!

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    No season, another lottery and the Wings pull out 1st overall

    • lordfletcher - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      that would be impossble if I remember the lockout rules for a draft.

      Isn’t it a combined record of the past three seasons and then a lottery from those results?

      Just a quick guess,


      I would be PISSED if EDM gets that lucky again to be in the top 5, let alone 1-2!!!!!!

      I don’t see a fully lockout to happen anyhow, but a shorten season could make an interesting year for some teams to tank / sell / trade top players to cup potential teams at the deadline

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        I was just thinking about Edm getting another 1st rd draft pick. T.O. or Mtl could get a crack at him too…

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Every team had a chance to win 1st overall in Crosbys draft year. It was a weighted lottery based on the last 3 seasons. Teams either had 1,2 or 3 balls

        So no, not impossible

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus and the New York Rangers were the teams with 3 balls that year

  4. bcjim - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Already sick of hearing about these 2.

    Unless a pick is Crosby/Malkin/Ov level…just let us know when they make the roster of whatever team drafts them.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      the top two of MacKinnon / Jones may rival the best top two drafted in recent years… (no doubt in my mind that they do not change in the power rankings all year #1 / #2)

      tho, saying get back to me unless your name is Ov / Malkin / Crosby is a bit stubborn

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Stupid posts are stupid

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