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2013 NHL DRAFT
Our 2013 edition of our immensely popular NHL Draft Guide is now available (digital PDF version) for INSTANT DOWNLOAD. The print version will be available soon on amazon.com for $26.99. This years NHL Draft Guide contains 170 reports on players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. We also include full 7 round rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft. As a bonus, we include 20 player reports for prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft!
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CHL announces Import Draft change
For Immediate Release
Tuesday June 11, 2013
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2013 will be the final opportunity for member clubs to select European goaltenders in the annual CHL Import Draft.
European goaltenders born in 1994 or 1995 may be selected by CHL clubs in the first round of the 2013 CHL Import Draft. For all current CHL Import goaltenders and any that may be selected in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, such goaltenders may continue to play in the CHL until they have exhausted their major junior eligibility.
“The goaltender position is the most important in our game,” said CHL President David Branch. “In partnership with Hockey Canada, the CHL has identified the need to further develop Canadian goaltenders by providing increased opportunities for them to compete in our league and succeed at the next level. The CHL will continue to be the world’s largest development league and the number one supplier of talent to the National Hockey League and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.”
The decision was made by the CHL Board of Directors at their meeting in May.
The 2013 CHL Import Draft takes place on Wednesday July 3 with the Vancouver Giants currently holding the first overall pick. The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from the 2012-13 season. Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
From CHL.ca LINK
HockeyProspect.com releases Final 2013 Top 30 Prospects list
June 4th, 2013, Oakville, Ontario - HockeyProspect.com has released the first Top 30 prospect rankings to the general public since February 15. The release of the list goes hand in and with the release of the 2013 NHL Draft Black Book and it's included Top 210 ranked prospects.
Leading the way from our first published list of 2013 prospects posted on February 15th, 2012 to June1st, 2013 at the top overall spot is the Halifax Mooseheads' Nathan Mackinnon. "Nathan is a special talent, while Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin are exceptional players, Nathan is our choice to be the most valuable prospect to an NHL team in the years ahead." HockeyProspect.com's Director of Scouting, Mark Edwards explained. "I love his competitiveness and when you combine that with his on ice skill, it's a lethal combination for opponents. His acceleration is elite and he is fantastic and creating time and space for himself."
There are a couple of changesto the list since the previously posted February list. Climbing once again is Nikita Zadorov. The London Knights prospect has been a steady climber. "I think he is already playing at a high level, but what I really like is the room I see for potential growth." Edwards explained.
HockeyProspect.com also released it's Top 10 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft. "Keep an eye on the Lyamkin kid we have at #6 overall. We didn't get dozens of viewings, but we sure liked him in the games we scouted. If he is willing to come to Canada he could be a very high import pick." Said Edwards.
For more information on the NHL Draft and CHL import Draft, check out our 2013 NHL Draft Black Book.
Saros has moved up the ranks with HPK rather rapidly and started in goal as a 16 year old in the U20 league posting very good numbers last season. He returned to this league and showed his talents internationally as well. Juuse will need to overcome his size. It’s what’s made us most cautious about him as 5’10” is a tough height to succeed at the NHL level as a goaltender. However, Juuse seems to be defying the odds at this point of his development. Hands down his best attribute is his leg movement. It looks like someone hit the turbo button every time he drops into the butterfly. What’s more impressive is how quickly he gets up.
Monahan was a bright spot on a team that did not have very much of that this season. He projects to be a top ten pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and we believe he has the potential to be selected in the top five. He was drafted 16th overall by the Ottawa 67s at the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft out of the Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget program. He made the 67’s in his 16 year old season and represented Ontario in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.
Elias Lindholm first caught the attention of HockeyProspect during the 2011 World Jr. A Challenge Tournament. He was undoubtedly the best player, and has since been touted as the best player available in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from Sweden by many scouts. It is difficult to not notice Lindholm when he is out on the ice. He always seems to be around the puck and plays with such a high intensity at all times. He positions himself properly without the puck to give himself a chance to be a target for a pass or to make a great defensive play. Lindholm battles hard for loose pucks, and backchecks extremely hard. He makes smart stick checks from behind and is able to create takeaways after takeaways and get a quick transition play started for his team.
Here's a quick interview with J.T Compher from the USNTDP. JT was the captain of the U18 team and did an excellent job of leading by example with his intelligent, two-way play. He’s a Swiss army knife of sorts, the type of player coaches are happy to put on the ice in any situation at any time of a game.
The late-birthdate Émile Poirier has enjoyed a tremendous season with the struggling Gatineau Olympiques, scoring 32 goals in 65 games. He was Gatineau’s best forward in most of our viewings and never stopped going up in our monthly rankings as the season progressed. Émile Poirier has amazed us with his speed and especially the second gear he showed, scoring multiple goals and creating chances going wide on defensemen. He is very deceptive and will create space for himself.
Read more in our NHL Draft Black Book!
Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads, our 14th overall ranked player. Zachary Fucale has been a part of the big 3, with MacKinnon and Drouin in Halifax that hockey people have been raving about for this year’’s draft. He has piled up 77 wins in 123 games in his young career and has been one of the major reasons why Halifax have been such a major junior power house in 2012-2013.
Owen Sound Attack W Zach Nastasiuk has had an eventful year. He has participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game, won a Gold Medal on the Canadian Under 18 team who travelled to Sochi and had a good season for the Owen Sound Attack. On top of that, he won the Standing Long Jump event among all Draft Eligible players at the NHL Combine. Ranked 13th among N.A. prospects by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings, Nastasiuk discusses his season with HockeyProspect.com
June 1st, 2013, Oakville, Ontario - HockeyProspect.com announces official release of the 2013 NHL Draft Black Book. HockeyProspect.com is used by numerous hockey organizations and is a leader in Independent Scouting of prospects eligible for the National Hockey League Draft. No other service reports on as many prospects or provides the comprehensive scouting reports from games attended.
The 2013 NHL Draft Black Book provides detailed scouting reports on over 600 prospects who are eligible for the 2013, 2014, 2015 and even the 2016 NHL Draft. With over 380 scouting reports on prospects eligible for the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft, it’s easy to understand why hockey industry leaders are turning to HockeyProspect.com.
“The Hockey Prospect NHL Draft Black Book provides NHL executives and fans alike, with a comprehensive look at the top prospects for the NHL Draft. The HockeyProspect.com scouting staff are visible at rinks throughout the course of the entire hockey season around the world, giving subscribers confidence that Hockey Prospect scouting reports are reliable and accurate. The in-depth player profiles provide a great overview of the top prospects skills and abilities. If you want to be fully prepared for the NHL Draft then the Hockey Prospect NHL Draft Black Book is a must have.”
- Mike Oke – General Manager, Peterborough Petes
QMJHL Championship Series Preview
(1) Halifax Mooseheads vs. (2) Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Mooseheads won season series 2-0
The top two seeds in the QMJHL playoffs will meet in the championship series for the first time since the 2006/07 season, when Lewiston defeated Val-d'Or.
Both teams are undefeated at home during the post-season - Halifax is 6-0, Baie-Comeau is 7-0 - and neither team has lost when leading after the 1st period.
The Mooseheads own the #1 power play & #1 penalty kill in the playoffs and they've scored 5 short-handed goals in 12 games. The Drakkar have balanced scoring, with 8 players in double-digits heading into the final.