Riskiest Players in the 2013 NHL Draft

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Each and every draft pick carries some inherent risk. Hockey players, like their baseball counterparts, take a bit longer to develop and contribute in a significant manner.

When you add the foreign element of some draftees, the risks are increased even more. Yes, general managers and clubs know that not every player will turn into Steven Stamkos or even Nail Yakupov, but that doesn't mean their willing to accept added or unneeded risk.

In 2013, there are several promising draft picks -- Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads to name a couple -- but there are also a couple of extremely dicey options as well.

For example, Russian standout from the 2013 World Junior Tournament, Valeri Nichushkin presents the possibility of elite talent at the wing position for years to come. Just watch his game winning goal against Canada from January. However, Nichushkin just signed a new three year deal with his KHL team, Traktor Chelyabinsk. Is he Evgeni Malkin or Alexander Radulov? Definitely a tricky situation.

There are other risks as well. Who are they? Find out in the latest NHL video from Bleacher Report and be sure to add your draft thoughts in the comments below.

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