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2013 NHL Draft Tracker -- First Round

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The 51st NHL Draft begins at 3 p.m. Eastern Time at Newark's Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. All seven rounds will be conducted today. SI.com's Allan Muir will be providing his opinions of each first round pick in this continually updated tracker and provide analysis of the draft's major events and trades in our Home Ice blog. Sarah Kwak will report from the draft during the course of the day.

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1
Nathan MacKinnon
C TEAM: Halifax - QMJHL
BORN: Cole Harbour, NS, CANADA
AGE: 17HT: 6-0WT: 182
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The Avs already have some great young forwards. Now they have a cornerstone. Joe Sakic was true to his word and selected Nathan MacKinnon first overall. A true No. 1 center, MacKinnon is as skilled and competitive as they come. He's known as a shoot first-type and a big-game player -- that hat trick in the Memorial Cup Final highlighted the kind of impact he can have on a game. His ability to find holes and get rid of his shots quickly is unmatched. Sounds a bit like the guy who just drafted him...
 
2
Aleksander Barkov
C TEAM: Tappara - FINLAND
BORN: Tampere - FINLAND
AGE: 17HT: 6-2WT: 205
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The Panthers have missed the playoffs 11 times in 12 years. Taking the most NHL-ready player in Sasha Barkov demonstrates that they don't feel like drawing out this perpetual rebuild any longer. Barkov is big, strong, quick and fearless, and after two years in Finland's SM-Liiga, he's ready to step into Florida's roster next season. Probably tough to pass on Seth Jones, but adding an offensive weapon who is relentless down low had to be Dale Tallon's top priority.
 
3
Jonathan Drouin
LW TEAM: Halifax - QMJHL
BORN: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 5-10WT: 186
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Might be some shock that one more team passed on Seth Jones, but Drouin is a Steve Yzerman-type player who fills an obvious need for some offensive flash in Tampa. Dynamic, exciting and dangerous, Drouin is a human highlight reel. His hockey sense and creativity are off the charts and he has that gift for making everyone around him a better player. Sure, he's a little undersized, but the Lightning have had pretty decent luck with smaller players, right?
 
4
Seth Jones
D TEAM: Portland -- WHL
BORN: Plano, TX, USA
AGE: 18HT: 6-4WT: 205
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: I half-expected David Poile to dangle this pick to Carolina to see what kind of price he might be able to extort out of the Hurricanes, but the Preds played it safe and let the top-ranked player fall into their lap. It's amazing that a team that lost Ryan Suter last summer could have a tougher, quicker, more well-rounded defense within a year or two. Just amazing depth on the back end for that franchise...so much so that you have to think they'll be looking to make a move to bolster their forward group before next season.
 
5
Elias Lindholm
C TEAM: Brynas - SWEDEN
BORN: Boden, SWEDEN
AGE: 18HT: 6-0WT: 191
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Lots of speculation this morning that GM Jim Rutherford would move this pick in order to add a player who is capable of playing in the Canes' top-two defense pairs. The right deal obviously didn't present itself, and they made a fairly safe pick with Lindholm. He's as complete a player as you'll find in this draft, and he'll compete across all 200 feet of the ice. He doesn't have the offensive upside of a MacKinnon or Barkov, but he'll find a way to make an impact with his speed and playmaking ability. Unlike most of the high-end kids, though, he won't be skating in the NHL next year -- he has one more season on his deal with Brynas.
 
6
Sean Monahan
C TEAM: Ottawa - OHL
BORN: Brampton, ON, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-2WT: 186
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Pretty clear that the Flames needed a player capable of centering one of their top-two lines down the road. Monahan plays a smart, two-way game. His hockey sense is his biggest asset, but scouts raved about his size, his shot, and his ability to slow down the game to suit his pace. He's got some work to do on his skating -- it's just fair -- but that's something that can be improved with hard work. Some believe that he can make the jump next year. I'm not so confident. He has a lot of work to do over the summer to prepare himself. After playing with the Ottawa 67s, he's used to playing with lousy teams...
 
7
Darnell Nurse
D TEAM: Sault Ste. Marie -- OHL
BORN: Hamilton, ON, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-4WT: 185
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: After taking a forward with their last five top picks, the Oilers finally gambled on the sort of big, physical defender who can anchor a shutdown pairing. Nurse will do his best work in his own zone, where his nasty edge will make life miserable for attacking forwards. He makes great reads and is a dynamic skater, so there's some thought that his offensive game is coming around. He's probably still a couple of years away from skating in the NHL.
 
8
Rasmus Ristolainen
D TEAM: TPS Turku - FINLAND
BORN: Turku, FINLAND
AGE: 18HT: 6-4WT: 207
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The Sabres passed on some interesting, albeit flawed, offensive options and went with big-boned Ristolainen to help shore up a defense that sagged badly this season. He spent the past two years playing against men in Finland's SM-Liiga, so he'll get a chance to step right into the lineup next season. He plays a skilled, two-way game and can chew up the minutes -- he averaged more than 25 minutes with Turku as an 18-year-old. "The first thing you notice about him is his poise," a scout told me last week. "He has a lot of faith in his ability to assess the play. He's mature beyond his years."
 
9
Bo Horvat
C TEAM: London -- OHL
BORN: Rodney, ON, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-0WT: 206
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: This pick originally belonged to the Devils, who stunned the home crowd with the news that they'd swapped it to Vancouver for Cory Schneider. Wow. Brilliant move by Lou Lamoriello, who now has his goalie of the present and the future in the former Canuck at a bargain price. But making that deal with Horvat in mind? I don't know. This is a very safe pick. Very safe. He's a character player who goes hard in all three zones. He has some decent offensive instincts and can play on both special teams. That said, the Canucks are taking a leap that his offense will translate at the next level into a second-line role. Can he be that guy? Sure, but there's a real chance he's a high-end third liner. If that's the way this plays out, this deal could be another nail in the coffin of ham-fisted GM Mike Gillis.

Pick acquired via trade with Devils for goaltender Cory Schneider

 
10
Valeri Nichushkin
LW TEAM: Chelyabinsk/Chelmet -- RUSSIA
BORN: Chelyabinsk, RUSSIA
AGE: 18HT: 6-4WT: 196
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: This is the boom-or-bust pick of the first round. For a team like the Stars to swing for the fences like this demonstrates how Jim Nill is changing this organization. Nichushkin has the potential to be the best player in the draft, a true power forward who can change a game with a big hit or an unstoppable rampage to the net. There are questions about his motivation and his ability to play at a consistently high level, and his commitment to his own end is suspect, but if he puts it all together he could be the steal of the round. There might be a challenge finding the right center to get the most out of him -- not sure Jamie Benn is the guy -- but expect Nichushkin to at least start the season in Dallas.
 
11
Samuel Morin
D TEAM: Rimouski -- QMJHL
BORN: Lac-Beauport, QC, CANADA
AGE: 17HT: 6-6WT: 202
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Some guys are meant to wear certain colors, and Morin was born to play in black and orange. This was an ideal pick for the Flyers, who desperately need a big, ill-tempered blueliner to make their zone a little less hospitable and to help restore that Broad Street Bullies image. He needs a couple of years to put it all together, but he'll be worth the wait. They're gonna love this kid in Philly.
 
12
Max Domi
F TEAM: London - OHL
BORN: Toronto, ON, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 5-9WT: 197
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Twice is coincidence. Three times is a trend. Taking Domi marks the third straight season that the Coyotes have selected the son of a former NHLer with their first-round pick. Unlike Connor Murphy and Henrik Samuelsson, Domi is a pure offensive marvel, a player who controls the puck like it is on a string. Outside of Drouin, he might be the second-best playmaker/stickhandler in this draft. Those are qualities that fit an obvious need for the offense-starved Coyotes, but he should fit in nicely with Dave Tippett's system. He was on the ice for 21 percent of London's goals-for, but fewer than five percent of their goals against.
 
13
Josh Morrissey
D TEAM: Prince Albert -- WHL
BORN: Calgary, AB, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-0WT: 186
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Here's the first off-the-board pick. Morrissey was generally regarded as a late-first/early-second rounder by most scouts, but clearly the Jets saw something that other teams didn't. He plays a dynamic, offensive game that they probably imagine fitting in nicely on their top pairing alongside last year's first pick, Jacob Trouba. He's an elite skater and a high-end playmaker -- it's easy to project him as an eventual power play QB. Not sure I buy the talk about his physical game, though. In time he may have that element, but he's not the strongest kid on the ice and he makes it a little too easy to push him off the puck. That's something he'll need to work on over time. Don't expect to see him in the NHL for four-to-five years.
 
14
Alexander Wennberg
C TEAM: Djurgardens - SWEDEN
BORN: Nacka, SWEDEN
AGE: 18HT: 6-1WT: 174
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: GM Jarmo Kekalainen made his rep on his ability to consistently pan gold from the draft, which makes his first pick a little bit of a surprise. No arguing that Wennberg is a solid choice, but there are questions about his upside. Does it make sense using the 14th overall pick on a player who projects out as a third-line center? That's not to say he won't score. He's versatile, plays at a high pace and is fearless down low - -all of those qualities had to appeal to the Jackets -- but it feels a little safe for this spot. Guess Jarmo deserves the benefit of the doubt though, eh?
 
15
Ryan Pulock
D TEAM: Brandon - WHL
BORN: Grandview, MB, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-0WT: 211
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: After drafting nothing but defensemen in last year's draft, the expectation was that Garth Snow would look to add a forward in the first round. Well, never make an assumption when it comes to the Isles. No arguing the appeal of Pulock's talent here. He's been one of the top offensive defensemen in the WHL over the past three seasons, thanks to a booming shot and the kind of playmaking ability that sets him up as an ideal power play QB. But for a team that could use some offensive depth in the prospect cupboard, especially after trading away disgruntled 2010 first rounder Nino Niederreiter to Minnesota an hour earlier, Pulock made for a surprising choice. Look for Snow to work the phones this summer in an effort to adjust his talent mix.
 
16
Nikita Zadorov
D TEAM: London - OHL
BORN: Moscow, RUSSIA
AGE: 18HT: 6-5WT: 221
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: You're going to hear some complaints from Sabres fans that the last thing a team with nine D-men under contract needs is two more blueliners in the first round, but Zadorov, like Ristolainen, was too good a value to pass up. If things don't work out with Tyler Myers, this kid will help fill the void. He's not quite as big ("just" 6-5, 221), but he has that mean streak that Buffalo fans have longed to see Myers even hint at. Zadorov is flat out nasty, a bruising hitter who is more than happy to drop the gloves if one of his victims takes offense. He's also a quick, smooth skater with above-average offensive abilities. It won't be long before he's holding down a spot among their top four.

Pick acquired via the Jason Pominville trade with Minnesota

 
17
Curtis Lazar
F TEAM: Edmonton -- WHL
BORN: Vernon, BC,
AGE: 18HT: 6-0WT: 190
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Lazar seems like an ideal pick for the Sens, a smart, competitive, two-way player who is a safe bet to make the NHL. He's played center for the most part, but I think he projects as a winger in the pros. His work ethic and defensive awareness will get him there, but I'm interested in seeing if his offense translates to the NHL. He has a great shot and he's willing to go to the net, but I'm not sure he has the knack to take advantage of the brief opportunities that will present themselves.
 
18
Mirco Mueller
D TEAM: Everett - WHL
BORN: Winterthur, SWITZERLAND
AGE: 18HT: 6-3WT: 176
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The blueline corps is getting a little long in the tooth in San Jose, so adding a high-end defensive prospect makes a lot of sense for the Sharks. He was a riser over the second half of the season after a great performance at the WJC -- one scout told me "he gets better every time you see him." He's got a nice offensive knack and makes solid decisions with the puck. He's really thin and needs some time to fill out, but he projects as a possible No. 3 down the road.

Pick acquired via trade with Red Wings for picks No. 20 and 58 in 2013

 
19
Kerby Rychel
LW TEAM: Windsor - OHL
BORN: Los Angeles, CA, USA
AGE: 18HT: 6-1WT: 205
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Now this one makes sense. Rychel, a two-time 40-goal scorer with Windsor, does most of his damage in the greasy areas. He's not much of a skater, but he gets to where he needs to be and has a nice edge to his game. It helps that his coach, Bob Boughner, spent a season as an assistant with the Blue Jackets. Rychel is a few years off, but he'll start as a third-line power forward with a chance to graduate to the second...if he picks up the pace a bit.

Pick acquired via trade with New York Rangers

 
20
Anthony Mantha
RW TEAM: Val D'Or - QMJHL
BORN: Longueull, QC, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-4WT: 190
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE:The Wings aren't exactly regulars in the first round -- they've had just five such picks since 2000 - -but the decisions that have paid off (Niklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith) have all been defensemen. Mantha is a different kind of beast, a 6-4, 190-pound winger who is all offense. He has a chance to fill a clear need for a sniper in Detroit's top six. He led the Q with 50 goals last season, displaying a knack for finding space and a sweet set of mitts. There's concern, though, that he plays too much of a perimeter game and that he's yet to familiarize himself with his own end of the ice, but those issues can be addressed over time. And the Wings are an organization that doesn't mind slow roasting its prospects.

Pick acquired with No. 58 via trade with San Jose for No. 18 in 2013

 
21
Fredrik Gauthier
F TEAM: Rimouski - QMJHL
BORN: Mascouche, QC, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-5WT: 193
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: He's a Martin Hanzal starter kit, a big, competitive center who plays a determined defensive game. Really determined. This is a kid who was born to play for Randy Carlyle. Not sure there weren't higher-value players still on the board, especially since there are concerns about his offensive potential, but Gauthier is a strong bet to become a very reliable third line pivot for the Leafs.
 
22
Emile Poirier
LW TEAM: Gatineau - QMJHL
BORN: Montreal, QC, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 6-1WT: 183
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: It may turn out that Jay Feaster employs the most prescient staff of scouts in the NHL, and one day his statement that the Flames had Poirier ranked in their top-10 may seem perfectly sensible in hindsight. But the consensus seems to be that few teams had Poirier even rated in the first round, let alone the top-10, which makes me wonder what Feaster knows that the rest of us don't. That's not to totally rip on Poirier, who had some great moments in Gatineau and is undoubtedly one of the fastest players in this class. The problem is that, while he showed some touch, he was wildly inconsistent, and that raised concerns that likely would have made him available in the second round...maybe even late in the second. He may turn out to be a gem, but taking him at this spot instead of trading down seems like misuse of an asset. This one can't really inspire a lot of confidence among Flames fans.

Pick acquired via trade with St. Louis

 
23 TBD
Andre Burakovsky
LW TEAM: Malmo - SWEDEN
BORN: Klagenfurt, AUSTRIA
AGE: 18HT: 6-1WT: 176
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: There were mixed opinions about this mid-sized Swedish winger. Some loved his shot and willingness to drive the net, and they see serious offensive upside, but there are others who see too many holes in his game who didn't rank him among their top 30. Definitely feels like a Washington pick, though, doesn't he? It's a swing-for-the-fences choice for a team that needs a high-end forward prospect to replace last year's first rounder, Filip Forsberg, who was dealt to Nashville at the deadline.
 
24
Hunter Shinkaruk
F TEAM: Medicine Hat - WHL
BORN: Medicine Hat, AB, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 5-11WT: 181
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: There were times this season when Shinkaruk looked like a potential top-10 pick. The kid is an offensive wizard, all hot wheels and quick hands with a sniper's eye for exploiting the briefest of openings. He was asked to carry the offense in Medicine Hat and, more often that not, he did just that. For a team that's looking at a turnover among its top scorers before long, he seems like a smart choice for the Canucks. They might want to send him off to see the wizard for a dose of courage, though. If there's one complaint about Shinkaruk, it's that he can be out-competed at times.
 
25
Michael McCarron
RW TEAM: USNDTP
BORN: Macomb, MI, USA
AGE: 18HT: 6-5WT: 228
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: What's the one thing -- the one thing -- that Montreal came into this draft needing? Big, tough, skilled forwards. At this point, no player better fits that bill than McCarron, the hard-hitting forward from the US National Team Development Program. He's one of those wingers who is impossible to stop once he gets up a head of steam. He won't score many pretty goals, but he'll head to the net and dare a defender to move him. He's still plenty raw and needs work on his skating, but he has a few years of college hockey ahead of him to deal with those issues. This feels like a solid pick for the Habs.
 
26
Shea Theodore
D TEAM: Seattle - WHL
BORN: Aldergrove, BC, CANADA
AGE: 17HT: 6-2WT: 178
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Maybe he's a poor man's Cam Fowler, a slender offensive-minded defender who has some defensive issues to work on. But Theodore's offensive instincts earned him comparisons to Mike Green. He reads the play as well as anyone and can find a seam and deliver a pass to get his team into transition or set up a scoring chance. He's no sure thing, though. He needs to get stronger and take some of the risk out of his game before he's ready to hit the Pond.
 
27
Marko Dano
C TEAM: Bratislava - RUSSIA
BORN: Eisenstadt, AUSTRIA
AGE: 18HT: 5-11WT: 178
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Dano's brilliant performance at the WJC earned him a spot in my mid-season top-30, but he slid out of it in the second half when he was dogged by concerns about his defensive commitment and his insistence on sticking to the perimeter rather than battle for space. Maybe that changes as he adds some weight to a slim frame. If it does, the Jackets have added another player with high-impact potential, a natural scorer with great instincts and a creative streak that can lead to some thrilling chances. With their third pick in the first round, Dano was well worth the risk.

Pick acquired via trade with Los Angeles

 
28
Morgan Klimchuk
LW TEAM: Regina - WHL
BORN: Regina, SK, CANADA
AGE: 18HT: 5-11WT: 180
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: Much better pick here by Feaster. If Klimchuk were a couple of inches taller, he would have been in the mix to go top-10. He's one of those players you love to play with and hate to play against because he plays such a hard, honest game. He's got decent hands (36 goals in 72 games with Regina) and he makes his hay with a quick release and a willingness to go to the net. He's more of a Robin than a Batman, but he can still be a solid performer on a second scoring line and on a first power play unit.

Pick acquired via trade with Pittsburgh

 
29
Jason Dickinson
F TEAM: Guelph - OHL
BORN: Gerogetown, ON, CANADA
AGE:HT:WT:
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The Stars made good use of the first rounder they stole from the Bruins in the Jaromir Jagr trade, picking up Guelph forward Dickinson. He's one of those players who gained a lot of steam toward the end of the season, impressing with his steady improvement. He's blessed with serious speed and while he has a bit of a rep for being a perimeter player, my viewings suggest he isn't afraid to drive the net. He projects as a versatile third-liner whose work ethic may see him develop into a player with top-six potential.

Pick acquired via trade with Boston

 
30
Ryan Hartman
RW TEAM: Plymouth -- OHL
BORN: West Dundee, IL, USA
AGE: 18HT: 5-11WT: 185
   
ALLAN MUIR'S TAKE: The rich get richer. The Stanley Cup champs add a player who was the heart-and-soul of the US World Junior team. Hartman is a ferocious competitor who is flat-out miserable to play against. He may never be a big scorer at the next level, but he's one of those guys who coaches will continually throw on the ice because they're so reliable in all three zones. Think of him as a higher-end Andrew Shaw.
 
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