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Jones, MacKinnon highlight NHL Central Scouting ’13 Draft rankings

Nov 20, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, the NHL’s Central Scouting Services unveiled its list of the top prospects of the 2013 Entry Draft and, to nobody’s surprise, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones are at the top.

MacKinnon — a high-scoring center from the Halifax Mooseheads — is the top-ranked skater from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League while Jones, a physically-imposing defenseman from the Portland Winterhawks, is the No. 1 skater from the Western League.

It’s widely believed one of the two will go first overall when the 2013 draft takes place in Newark, N.J. on June 28.

Other noteworthy rankings from the CSS preliminary list:

— Ottawa’s Sean Monahan was the top-rated skater from the OHL.

“His production probably would be quite a bit more if he had somebody who could finish for him,” Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards told “He gets pucks through traffic, has real good hands, real good play-making ability. He’s got an excellent shot, gets it off real quick and gets himself involved in battles for pucks. He’s used in every situation, double- and triple-shifted at times.”

— JT Compher of the US U-18 team is the top-rated skater from the USHL. Compher is slated to play at the University of Michigan next fall, but has missed his last 15 USHL games with an undisclosed injury.

— Aleksander Barkov Jr. is the top-rated Finnish skater and arguably the top European prospect heading into the draft.

“He’s smart, cool, effective and creative,” Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told “He’s a two-way strength, who sees the ice very well. His father was a great player, who played in Russia and then spent 10 years with Tappara. Aleksander Jr. plays the same style as his dad did.”

— Elias Lindholm is the No. 1 Swedish skater while Valeri Nichushkin, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound winger, is the No. 1 Russian skater.

Lindholm has drawn rave reviews by scoring 14 points in 22 Swedish Elite League games this year, while some are saying Nichushkin could be an Evgeni Malkin prototype given his combination of size and skill.

  1. rhornsburg - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Anyone want to bet that, if there is a lottery, the Coyotes end up with MacKinnon?

    • rhornsburg - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      And by lottery, I mean a full 30 team lottery like in 2005, not the 14 team lottery they have every year.

  2. mrchainbluelightning - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    If there was a lottery like the one in Crosby’s draft year, following the same rules as back then it would look like this …

    • lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Thanks for the breakdown. I knew the rules but seeing everyteam helps.. and LOLOLOLZ at Edmonton, kinda funny

      • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        The Wild with 3 balls entered is a scary thought

      • lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        I agree and have been saying it for a while now… if there is a lockout, the Wild could benefit from it the most. All of their young talent gets to play in Houston and they would have a great chance in landing a top pick.

        Adding someone like Mackinnon / Jones / Barkov / Monahan / Shinkaruk / Lindholm … could just put them over the top….

        and more than likely Columbus would get screwed over seeing as they should be a almost certain top 2 pick if there is a season.

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