Nation Network Mock Draft: Final Rankings

Jonathan Willis
June 15 2013 07:04AM

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.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 07:25AM
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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.

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#2 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 07:32AM
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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.

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#3 JI123
June 15 2013, 07:57AM
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I would be fine with Zykov, would be a great pick at 24. Might not happen with Gillis and his fear of Russians though.

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#5 whichonespink
June 15 2013, 08:48AM
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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.

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#6 Ben
June 15 2013, 09:34AM
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I would rather have Hartman or Klimchuck over Zykov, personally

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#7 Gmac84
June 15 2013, 10:07AM
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Hard to be disappointed with that haul for the flames. They fill two critical needs at C and on D.

Also, as if Montreal wasn't already a frustrating team to play against they add Hartman to the mix. Good choice.

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#8 madjam
June 15 2013, 10:07AM
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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 .

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#9 Rama Lama
June 15 2013, 10:45AM
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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.

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#10 madjam
June 15 2013, 10:53AM
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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 .

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#11 WhattaMike
June 15 2013, 11:01AM
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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.

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#12 BurningSensation
June 15 2013, 11:07AM
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Gmac84 wrote:

Hard to be disappointed with that haul for the flames. They fill two critical needs at C and on D.

Also, as if Montreal wasn't already a frustrating team to play against they add Hartman to the mix. Good choice.

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.

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#13 madjam
June 15 2013, 11:11AM
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Has Katz wined and dined any of the draftees as yet ?

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#14 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 11:51AM
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@madjam

I thought I heard that Monohan and Horvat were visiting this weekend. If this is true we could be in store for either. That would be just fine with me.

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#15 Greg
June 15 2013, 11:58AM
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I could see any of these players being available at #7.

Monahan

Lindholm

Nichushkin

Nurse

Oilers will pick 1 of these players if they stay at #7.

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#16 Rama Lama
June 15 2013, 12:07PM
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Greg wrote:

I could see any of these players being available at #7.

Monahan

Lindholm

Nichushkin

Nurse

Oilers will pick 1 of these players if they stay at #7.

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.

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#17 madjam
June 15 2013, 12:13PM
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CdnMaDCoW wrote:

I thought I heard that Monohan and Horvat were visiting this weekend. If this is true we could be in store for either. That would be just fine with me.

Interesting if true . Might we be dealing for Horvat , and thus get both ?

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#18 Greg
June 15 2013, 12:18PM
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@Rama Lama

Monahan - #5 -7

Lindholm #5- 7

Nichushkin 3-7

Nurse 5-10

That is how I see it.

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#19 Norm
June 15 2013, 12:19PM
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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.

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#20 OilersBrass
June 15 2013, 12:56PM
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Norm wrote:

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.

Stu doesn't even know what he's thinking these days! I still think that guys deserves about 30,000 smacks after that 2007 draft.

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#21 Fred-65
June 15 2013, 01:06PM
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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

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#22 Jed
June 15 2013, 01:11PM
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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.

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#23 madjam
June 15 2013, 01:53PM
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Who's going to be the best mover and shakers and in what order ? Oilers , Flames ,Canucks ,Sabers , Flyers or someone else come draft day ?

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#24 OilLeak
June 15 2013, 02:00PM
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CdnMaDCoW wrote:

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.

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.

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#25 OilersBrass
June 15 2013, 02:15PM
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CdnMaDCoW wrote:

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.

Has Sesame Street been putting out these articles you've been reading??

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#26 OilLeak
June 15 2013, 02:20PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

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.

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.

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#27 FSD
June 15 2013, 02:25PM
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@OilLeak

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."

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#28 sathome
June 15 2013, 02:27PM
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Not sure I see the Flames taking defensemen with both 22 and 28.

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#29 OilLeak
June 15 2013, 02:33PM
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FSD wrote:

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."

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.

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#30 FSD
June 15 2013, 02:40PM
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@OilLeak

You are aware that Ryan Sproul was the #1 dman for the Hounds he is 20yrs old and the CHL Dman of the year and not Seth Jones but Ryan Sproul.

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#31 WhattaMike
June 15 2013, 02:50PM
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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.

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#32 FSD
June 15 2013, 02:51PM
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@OilLeak

You should really read the comments on Reynolds article on Nurse.

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#33 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 03:01PM
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@OilersBrass

Hello OilersAss, today's show is brought to you by the letters F.U. I've been reading articles from NHL.com 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.

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#34 OilersBrass
June 15 2013, 03:02PM
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CdnMaDCoW wrote:

Hello OilersAss, today's show is brought to you by the letters F.U. I've been reading articles from NHL.com 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.

Hahaha got me. That deserves a *slow clap* I also gave you props

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#35 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 03:13PM
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@OilersBrass

All in good spirits. Props back at you. Go Oil!!!

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#36 OilersBrass
June 15 2013, 03:15PM
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@OilLeak

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.

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#37 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 03:41PM
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@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.

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#38 bigslick
June 15 2013, 03:43PM
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Fundamental question for this draft: what can #7+ hemsky/horc yeild?

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#39 YFC Prez
June 15 2013, 04:04PM
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pelss death just confirmed by oilers....according to TSN

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#40 Greek
June 15 2013, 04:05PM
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At #128 Oilers pick Kayle Doetzel

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#41 CdnMaDCoW
June 15 2013, 04:05PM
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All this nattering and we will probably trade either up or down. Then we'll end up with neither. I'm out. GO OIL!!!

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#42 OilersBrass
June 15 2013, 04:07PM
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CdnMaDCoW wrote:

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.

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

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#43 madjam
June 15 2013, 04:09PM
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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 .

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#44 OilLeak
June 15 2013, 04:42PM
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FSD wrote:

You should really read the comments on Reynolds article on Nurse.

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?

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#45 FSD
June 15 2013, 04:52PM
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@OilLeak

I never said to pick him, but nice straw man argument .

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#46 FSD
June 15 2013, 05:06PM
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@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.

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#47 DoubleJ
June 15 2013, 05:20PM
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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.

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#48 FSD
June 15 2013, 05:22PM
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I guess Redline is pretending to be the smartest in the room

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/columnist/woodlief/2013/05/25/nhl-draft-may-red-line-report/2360467/

Central Scouting

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectbrowse.htm?cat=1&sort=finalRank&year=2013

ISS

http://www.isshockey.com/iss-top-30/

and Mckeen's

Has Nurse at #5

Now these are the facts, i know they get it wrong but these are the Facts

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#49 MKE
June 15 2013, 05:35PM
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@madjam

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.

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#50 WhattaMike
June 15 2013, 05:39PM
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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

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