Rossy`s 2013 NHL Draft Ramblings – Tuesday, July 2nd

Dean Youngblood




Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013



Before touching on how teams did at the 2013 NHL Draft, here is an (obviously, incomplete) list of notable players that were passed over at the draft (italicized the really surprising ones for me):


QMJHL: Kurt Etchegary, Matt Murphy (D), Peter Trainor (OA), Jean-Sebastien Dea (OA), Sebastien Auger (OA, G), Denis Kamaev (OA)


WHL: Alex Forsberg, Austin Lotz (G), Jesse Lees (D), Connor Rankin, Matt Needham, Kayle Doetzel (D), Spenser Jensen (D), Zach Yuen (OA, D), Connor Honey (OA), Robert Lipsbergs (OA), Curtis Valk (OA)


OHL: Sergei Tolchinsky, Hunter Garlent, Charlie Graham (G), Josh Burnside, Stephen Harper, Greg Betzold, Erik Bradford, Dominik Kahun, Brody Silk, Anthony DiFruscia, , Jordan  Maletta, Jeff Corbett (OA, D), Warren Steele (OA, D), Matt Campagna (OA), Luke Mercer (OA, D)


NCAA/USHL/USHS: Tyler Hill, Tyler Kelleher, Evan Allen, Brendan Harms, Thomas Aldworth, Jason Salvaggio, Connor Light, Clint Lewis (D), Parker Reno (D), Ross Olsson Cole Bardreau (OA), Charlie Lindgren (OA, G)


EUROPE: Lucas Wallmark, Viktor Arvidsson (OA), Gregory Hoffman (OA), Juuso Ikonen, Alexander Henriksson, Mads Eller, Emil Djuse (OA, D), Sergei Stetsenko (D), Andre Mironov (OA, D), Vyacheslav Leshenko, Mads Eller, Nikita Tryamkin (OA, D)



Over the next little while, information will surface that many of these players passed over will receive invites to NHL training camps. For example, Montreal has already invited Dea and Murphy, Rangers have invited Tolchinsky and the Avalanche have already invited Etchegary.




Diving into teams A – C (Anaheim through Columbus) drafts now….and providing them with an early grade. Clearly, time will tell how these grades/picks pan out. Grades are based on number of picks and the value they got where they were selecting.




Anaheim Ducks: B-


Selections: Shea Theodore (26th), Nick Sorensen (45th), Keaton Thompson (87th), Grant Besse (147th), Miro Aaltonen (177th)


Ducks addressed some need on the blue line and grabbed two different players in a puck mover Shea Theodore, who owns awesome offensive skills for an undersized defenseman, and a more defensive rearguard in Keaton Thompson. The Thompson pick was one of great value. Sorensen will fit in nicely in ­Anaheim and should provide good speed, a strong two-way game and potential top-six upside (more likely 3rd liner).




Boston Bruins:  B


Selections: Linus Arnesson (60), Peter C