NHL Mock Draft: Players 11-20 (Part 2 of 3)
Below is part 2 of the November version of the 2013 NHL Mock Draft. This article covers players 11-20. Players 21-30 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.)
11. Jonathan Drouin (W – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL): Drouin is one of the best pure goal scorers in the draft. Don’t confuse Drouin with some other elite goal scorers that are puck hogs, he is more than willing to pass the puck. Drouin’s point production is helped by the fact he plays on a line with MacKinnon. He could sneak his way into the top-10 before it is all said and done.
12. Max Domi (C – London Knights – OHL): The son of Tie Domi scored 21 goals as an OHL rookie last season. While his father is known for his fists, Max is an offensively gifted playmaker. The Knights are owned by the Hunter brothers (one being last year’s Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter) who should help Domi understand what is needed at the NHL level.
13. Adam Erne (W – Quebec Remparts – QMJHL): Scouts believe that Erne already possesses a pro-ready shot and has the ability to score from anywhere. Erne’s speed may be an issue when he gets to the NHL but his offensive ability will be a great asset.
14. Kerby Rychel (W – Windsor Spitfires – OHL): The son of former NHLer Warren Rychel plays the game with a ton of energy. Rychel looks for body checks often and uses his strength to create opportunities. Rychel is the best power forward in the draft.
15. Andre Burakovsky (W –Malmo – Allevenskan): Burakovsky has been projected to go anywhere between 8-18 in the draft and that is due to where he currently plays. Burakosky plays in Sweden’s second division not the Elite League. He is a solid two-way forward who is not afraid of contact. Burakovsky’s draft stock may fluctuate the most from today until draft day.
16. Arturri Lehkonen (W – Kalpa – SM-Liiga): Plain and simple, the best goal scorer in the draft. Very little to like defensively and a small 5’10” 163 pound frame is cause for some concern. The offensive talent is phenomenal, the rest is nearly non-existent.
17. Josh Morrissey (D – Prince Albert Raiders – WHL): Morrissey is a puck-moving defenseman who is a very good skater. He may drop out of the top-20 due to his smallish size for a defenseman (5’11” 182 lbs). If he puts up points in Prince Albert, scouts may overlook his height in favor of his skill.
18. Anthony Duclair (W – Quebec Remparts – QMJHL): Duclair has many fine traits of an offensively gifted winger. He has good speed, positioning and finishing ability. Duclair scored 31 goals last season as a QMJHL rookie.
19. Robert Hagg (D – MODO – Under-20): The captain of Modo’s U-20 team is a solid two-way defender that has fairly good puck moving and scoring ability on the blue line. Hagg will stay with the under-20 team this season.
20. Nikita Zadorov (D -London Knights – OHL): Size. Size. Size. That is what you get from Zadorov. The 6’5” 230 pound defenseman will be a project for whoever drafts him as it will likely be a few years before Zadorov is ready for an everyday NHL gig.