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.
Below is the November version of the 2013 NHL Mock Draft. This article covers players 21-30 and players on the bubble. Players 11-20 can be found here. Players 1-10 can be found here. (Note: Rankings are based on a combination of several scouting reports coupled with CHL games that I have watched.)
21. Darnell Nurse (D – Soo Greyhounds – OHL): Nurse is a gritty player that will most likely translate as a grinding defenseman. His physical game will translate to the NHL even if his offensive skills do not.
22. Zach Fucale (G – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL): The only goalie likely to go in round 1 is Fucale. Fucale was the goalie for Canada’s under-18 team who won their fifth straight title at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament over the summer. Fucale is head and shoulders above the rest of a weak goalie class.
23. Ian McCoshen (D – Waterloo Black Hawks – USHL): McCoshen is one of the safest picks in the draft. Even at 17, most scouts have seen him play for three years. Even at his age he is 6’3” and 207 pounds. He is best gifted physically but can provide some offensive production.
24. Jacob De La Rose (W – Leksand – Allevenskan): De La Rose is one of the best power forwards in the draft. The offensive game has not translated into points yet but he still has a physical impact on games.
25. J.T. Compher (C – U.S. National Under-18 Team – USHL): Compher does many things well. Compher has as good of chance as anyone in the draft at staying at the center position, because he is fantastic on faceoffs. Scouts say he has terrific on-ice work-ethic and plays hard on the walls and in the corners.
26. Hudson Fasching (C – U.S. National Under-18 Team – USHL): Compher’s teammate is a prototypical power forward prospect. He plays the body; he is physical and has some offensive ability, but nothing to write home about. Fashcing’s skating is a concern for some scouts. His best comparable may be the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft, Henrik Samuelsson.
27. Bo Horvat (C – London Knights – OHL): Horvat is the best defensive forward in the draft. He will not provide much offensively but could lead a team’s forward corps in blocked shots. Horvat is nearly a lock to be a bottom-6 forward at the NHL level.
28. Anthony Mantha (W – Val-d’Or – QMJHL): Mantha is rising up draft boards and could work his way into the first round by draft day. Mantha is a smooth skater who has an effective shot with a strong hockey IQ.
29. Frederik Gauthier (C – Rimouski Oceanic – QMJHL): Size may sneak Gauthier into the first round. He is 6’5” and 210 pounds. Scouts say that he is very competitive and that they expect him to be a dominate force in the QMJHL this season.
30. Shea Theodore (D – Seattle Thunderbirds – WHL): Theodore scored 35 points in 39 games with Seattle last season. He has good size (6’2”) and has produced at the junior level.
BUBBLE: Pavel Buchnevich (W); Jason Dickson (C); William Carrier (C); Justin Bailey (C); Jusso Ikonen (W).