2013 NHL Mock Draft Preview

By Jaime Eisner
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Just because the NHL has closed its doors does not mean all hockey is lost. Major Junior and international hockey are still thriving with many of its players hoping to play in the NHL when the league begins again. November is upon us and we are a mere seven months away from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Hockey continues on around the world as the dream of making it to the NHL still burns bright for many young men around the world. Over the next three days, I will break down a mock draft of the first round (top 30 selections) of the 2013 Entry Draft. Where will players such as Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, Curtis Lazar and Hunter Shinkaruk go?

All players age 19 or older are eligible for claim in the Entry Draft, except:
(i) A Player on the Reserve List of a Club, other than as a try-out;
(ii) A player who has been claimed in two prior Entry Drafts;
(iii) A player who previously played in the League and became a free agent pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement;
(iv) A player age 21 or older who had played hockey for at least one season in North America when he was age 18, 19 or 20. All eligibilty information can be found in the NHL rulebook or on NHL.com.

Three lists will be released over three separate days. Below is the schedule for the releases:
Players 21-30 will be released on Monday, Nov. 5. Players 11-20 will be released on Tuesday, Nov 6. The top 10 players will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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