ICYMI, check out part 1 here.
16th: Buffalo Sabres (from MIN) – ANTHONY – RYAN PULOCK
With our second selection of the day at 16, the Sabres are proud to select Ryan Pulock.
If I’m being honest, there are players still on the board I like better than Pulock, but considering I already drafted a forward for Buffalo, I felt I had to take a defenseman and Pulock was the guy. A lot of people thought he would be a top 10 pick going into the year, but his season was hindered by injuries, his team was worse, and it was his first year as captain. He’s a puck-moving defenseman with what has to be the hardest shot of anyone in this draft, and he has some physicality to his game as well.
17th: Ottawa Senators – MICHAEL – NIC PETAN
With the 17th selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators (intense, prolonged chorus of boos to follow) are proud to select – from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, centerman Nicolas Petan.
Petan comes to the nation’s capital as the WHL’s top scorer with 120 points (tied with teammate Brendan Leipsic). He finished first in the league in assists, +/- and was a first team allstar. He also saw his point totals increase by 85 compared to last season, an almost unprecedented offensive outburst. Quite creative in the offensive zone, he seems to turn nothing plays into something dangerous almost every shift. While he has a good shot it’s his shiftiness and vision that make him such a scoring threat. He also a great first step and the ability to beat defenders either sweet dangles or a burst of speed.
There are two knocks on Petan’s game, the kinds that make him a ‘project pick.’ The first, and ironically the bigger of the two, is that he lists at a modest 5’9 and 165 lbs., quite a bit smaller than you’d like a top flight centreman to be. The second is that he played on an absolutely stacked Winterhawks team, so he’ll be hard pressed to repeat his incredible performance next season. But in the spirit of swinging for the fences, it’s hard not to like pure offensive dynamism and skill that Petan brings to the table. Could be the next Brendan Gallagher.
18th: Detroit Red Wings – MATT – JORDAN SUBBAN
Jordan Subban, because we’re used to Nick Lidstrom winning Norris…es, and apparently guys named Subban can do that really easily, without needing to deserve them.
19th: Columbus Blue Jackets (from NYR) – JON – ALEXANDER WENNBERG
The Columbus Blue Jackets are pleased to select with the 19th pick of the first round, from Djurgardens of the Swedish Tier 2 League, Alexander Wennberg.
Holy windfall Batman! The Blue Jackets went into this draft thinking they’d be making the best of the mid-round but have been able to land two prospects ranked in their (Jon’s) top ten. Ideally this pick would have been for a defenseman, but you can’t ignore a player this talented still on the draft board.
The biggest selling point on Wennberg is the way he sees the ice (though being one of the faster players in the draft doesn’t hurt either). If moved back to centre Wennberg could very easily be top playmaker in the years to come, and at the very least he’ll be a solid top six forward at whatever position he is needed at. Spending the year in the Swedish Tier two League, playing against older competition could have Wennberg ready to make a jump to the NHL sooner than a lot of the other players available.
20th: San Jose Sharks – BRIAN – FREDERIK GAUTHIER
With the 20th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, San Jose is proud to select, from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior League: Frederik Gauthier.
We feel Gauthier brings the all important size down the middle and a top end defensive game. He’s been used on big stages to shut down the top opposition and we feel that’s a desirable quality long term for our organization as well as every organization. They say you need to ultimately draft the Sutter’s of the world to have them on your team, and we feel Gauthier will fill a similar role long term for us.
21st: Toronto Maple Leafs – ANTHONY – KERBY RYCHEL
With the 21st pick the Toronto Maple Leafs are proud to select Kerby Rychel.
I had planned on drafting Frederik Gauthier here, but Brian snagged him right before me with San Jose, so I decided between Mantha and Rychel and ultimately chose Rychel. He’s a 6’1 winger who is a goalscorer and all out hustle player. Rychel put up 39 points in his first 39 games before Alex Khokhlachev came back to Windsor, after which he put up 48 points in his next 29 games. Some consider that a knock against him, but scoring at a point per game pace in your draft is very good, so when you consider that he was well above that once he was paired with some talent, I actually consider it a positive. His skating needs work, but this guy should be an NHL player and he’s going to add scoring ability to the Leafs’ prospect pool.
22nd: Calgary Flames (from STL) – BLUE CHIP PROSPECTS – JOSH MORRISSEY
With the 22nd pick the Calgary Flames are proud to select Josh Morrissey.
Initially, I had this pick earmarked for Curtis Lazar — the perfect player to pick at this stage of the draft. What that strategy failed to recognize was that Lazar once saved Mislav’s dog from a burning building, which led to a dramatic boost in his draft stock.
As I mentioned earlier, I like swinging for the fences in the middle of the first round and after Calgary picked up a safe bet in Monahan early, they’ll roll the dice on ceiling with Morrissey. A fantastic skater and puck-mover, Morrissey has all the makings of a great powerplay defenseman. His transition defense is perfectly adequate though he doesn’t handle the cycle game particularly well in his own zone. Still, at this stage of the draft, Calgary is fortunate to be adding a player of his calibre.
23rd: Washington Capitals – MISLAV – ROBERT HAGG
With the 23rd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals are pleased to select defenseman Robert Hagg from MODO Hockey (Sweden).
The Capitals organization was quite surprised when they saw Hagg available this late in the draft. This 18 year old uses an extremely high hockey IQ with a smart stick defensively while offering a well rounded game. While being a quality player in his own end of the ice, Robert possesses untapped offensive potential, is a good puck mover and has already featured as a standout for Sweden at the WJC. Along with those traits, Hagg has a solid frame and is still expected to fill out. We’re delighted to make him a member of the Washington Capitals.
24th: Vancouver Canucks – ALEX – Anthony Mantha
With the 24th selection, Vancouver takes forward Anthony Mantha from the Val-D’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL.
Anthony offers an exciting blend of size, skating and natural scoring ability that simply does not come around very often. We feel that with the right work ethic and commitment to improving at both ends of the ice, this is a kid with the potential to become a gamebreaker someday.
25th: Montreal Canadiens – MICHAEL – Mirco Mueller
With the 25th selection, the Montreal Canadiens are happy to select, from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, defenseman Mirco Mueller.
Mueller has shot up the rankings in his draft year, his first since coming over from his native Switzerland. The left-shooting rearguard finished second in rookie scoring from a defenseman in the ‘Dub (behind No. 2 selection Seth Jones), with 31 points in 63 games. He sees the ice very well, and excels in the transition game using pin-point passing or good footspeed to carry the puck out of the defensive end. He’s also got an absolute rocket of a shot, and can work a power play.
He’s got ideal size for a defender at 6’3”, but at a scant 176 pounds he’ll definitely need to fill out before getting a shot with the Habs. Along with some added muscle and bulk, he’ll also need to improve upon his physicality. Modelling his game after Nik Lidstrom (cause seriously, who wouldn’t do that?), he relies on positioning to suffocate offensive players rather than levelling a big hit.
26th: Anaheim Ducks – BRIAN – RYAN HARTMAN
With the 26th selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, Anaheim is proud to select, from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League: Ryan Hartman.
We feel that Ryan continues to add an important element to our hockey team with his agitating play and well-rounded game. Not only can he get under opponent’s skin real well, he brings an offensive ability to score and set up linemates, and play a good defensive game. As witnessed at the World Juniors he can play in a checking role, and we also feel there’s an ability for him to be a good complimentary scorer to ignite our more pure skilled players.
27th: Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK) – JON – ADAM ERNE
With our third pick of the first round, 27th overall, the Columbus Blue Jackets are pleased to select, from the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior League, Adam Erne.
This was a tough pick. I really wanted to get Columbus a defenseman, but none of the players I would have considered fell far enough, and I couldn’t justify my reaching picks with Erne left up on the draft board.
What the Jackets are adding is one of the best power forward prospects available in the draft. He’s a player who will drive the net at an impressive top speed and he’s capable of playing in any situation. He’s primary a finisher so don’t expect too much creativity, just goals. Since the Jackets have picked twice prior to this selection they’ll be able to take their time on developing Erne who might be a bit more of a project.
28th: Calgary Flames (from PIT) – BCP – JT COMPHER
With the 28th selection, the Calgary Flames select, from the US National Team Development Program, JT Compher.
As I hinted at earlier, Curtis Lazar is a player who I think may have slipped a bit further than he should have on a lot of draft boards and, in my mind, he’s a great value pick-up for a team looking to add a Lazar-esque skill set. Compher is a very well rounded player. and a tenacious forechecker who has nice puck skills and a heavy shot. If the Flames were to add Monahan, Morrissey, and Compher then I’d say they’ve had an awfully strong draft. Knowing them though, they’ll probably take some kid from highschool who nobody was even looking at until the mid-third round.
29th: Dallas Stars (from BOS) – Samuel Morin
With the 29th selection, Dallas takes defenseman Samuel Morin from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.
Samis another mammoth defenseman with good fundamentals and plenty of upside. We like his pedigree of success and his impressive performance for Canada at the World U-18’s. This is a player who has put in a great deal of work on his game and it’s showing as he seems to be improving every time he steps on the ice. Sam’s still a few years away from being NHL ready but we’re thrilled to welcome him into the organization.
30th: Chicago Blackhawks – MATT MISTELE – ?
The guy mock drafting for the Blackhawks in this slot really is terribly educated on the prospect pool beyond the top guys, so we’re going to trade this pick to Calgary in exchange for their 2014 first rounder. (Because we believe that pick will be high, and because there’s a 2014 draft-eligible kid named Matt Mistele currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers that we think looks pretty great.)
just watched some of that ,top advisor to the white house ,while getting a bear hug from a bear lol,uhhh not bad ,the blonde was kinda hot to
Dave Nonis Press Conference:
I cannot imagine how insane it would be of an off season to sign Lecavalier and Clarkson and then trade for Letang.
Would we fit it in the cap?
Sorry, I have to post this a second time. Bizarre.
THNRonnieShuker: The combined buyouts of the contracts for Ilya Bryzgalov and Vincent Lecavalier are greater than the 2012-13 payrolls of 9 NHL teams.
Blackhawks parade: Crazy photos from Chicago's 2013 Stanley Cup celebration
THNRonnieShuker: The combined buyouts of the contracts for Ilya Bryzgalov and Vincent Lecavalier are greater than the 2012-13 payrolls of 9 NHL teams.
Corey Crawfords parade speech: "fuckin rights Chicago!!! being a buncha beauties in this league, fuckin worked their nuts off for this trophy, WOOOOO!!!!!! No one will take this away from us!!! WE'RE THE CHAMPS!!!!"
Lotta ppl at the chitown parade. Can only imagine what itd be like in Toronto. Ppl would be lined up all the way to Ottawa. Can only imagine how much that would piss off the 14 sens fans that exist.
Anyone think Weber may be looking for a trade. He was having trouble with Nash and signed that crazy offer sheet with Philly.The year is up and he is able to be traded. With the 3rd overall pick Nashville is kind of in rebuild mode so I doubt he wants to ride that out. Food for thought, his contract is ridiculous tho.
NHLPA sends out memo concerned state of Devils, addressing delayed player payments. NJ "in process" of being sold. http://www.thefourthperiod.com/columnists/pagnotta/dp130628.html…
I said this earlier on my phone but I don't think it when through, so if it did yall just have to read it again.. Even tho its another D prospect, If Pulock is on the board at 21 I would take him. He is the team captain and all around good player who can hit.The kid was clocked as having a 100mph slap shot at the age of 18 imagine what he can do once he fills out.
He fell in the draft due to a nagging injury and still managed to lead his crappy team in points. How many D have lead their team in production? On a good team I say he would have put up a lot more points and would be an easy top 10. Last year when he had a decent team he was 3rd overall in D scoring and had more points than Dumba despite being a year younger.
trading for Letang would be a big mistake imho.........i do believe the Leafs will announce a deal with nyi for dipietro's contract(and the assets they will acquire) at the draft!
Having said that im as excited as a kid just before Christmas. Please Nonis dont let us down. i want to see a big splash. Its a pivitol time for this team. Nonis can if he does it correctly add a few good player to put us over the top. Making the wrong decisions could potentially ruin what looks like a young budding championship team.
Im sure all the Letang wants to play in Toronto rumours are bogus. The agents now the media will help in their negotations if they spread rumours through the Toronto media. There`s no way Nonis is going to give Letang a 7 year contract 7.5 mil to 8 mil. we all fall for these ploys.Im sure whatever happens it will come out of left field.
Kinda glad this might put the Vinny to TO rumours to rest. I suspect he might try playing in Manhattan...
Kulie, Liles, +Picks for Letang... Am I dreaming? Pitz needs a PF, and Gino loves Kulie. + We don't need to do anything we don't want since Letang is being difficult.
My poor wife and kids... Canada Day this weekend and all I'm looking forward to is the draft and banter on this site ;)
Hey boys, i just ran into our boy stewart percy at a gas station, in typical fanboy fashion i approached him, said i was a huge leafs fan, shook his hand, and wished him luck in making the Leafs one day. Very nice guy, hes missing one of his front teeth, hes a tall guy and drives a nissan truck with a majors and leafs logo on the back. He looks like a gamer to me
Does anyone else use this site: http://www.mynhltraderumors.com/ seems like a good collection of tweets, etc... any other sites people recommend for supplemental hockey addiction purposes :)
If we could do something like
1st + Gunnarsson+ good prospect I would do it for Letang. Not sure if I would give Reilly but man, we are talking a Norris type defenceman here at what age? 26?
A Letang for Subban swap possible? With a few other pieces thrown in to even it out. Letang seems pissed with Pitt and PK had that nasty hold out and then signed the cheapie deal. You know after next year he'll won't sign with the habs unless they make him the highest paid player in the land. Meanwhile I could do without either on the Leafs. Jake and Morgan are our future.
I wonder if the players will wear hats at the draft...unlike burkes worry the hat will "obscure" their face in the photos. LOL.
I noticed Lupul on City BT the other day and it struck me. Lupul is a guy who is out and getting his face out there in the community and willing to do media interviews. Phaneuf does charity work and does his part in the community - but Lupul seems like the real captain of this team. I starting thing Leafs management is beginning to see it that way too...
it would be a great day if leafs just get kadri,franson,gunnar,colborne re-signed ....... PLEASE !!!!
I wonder how many times we are going to hear Bettman come onto the stage on Sunday and announce "there has been a trade". I'm hoping for lots of action