5-Year Projections for the Top Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft

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5-Year Projections for the Top Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft
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Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are part of one of history’s more memorable build-ups to the NHL entry draft when their respective teams face off in the Memorial Cup this weekend.

The bid for Canadian Hockey League supremacy could be the last major-junior hurrah for the three highest-ranked North American skaters in the draft pool. And win or lose, their individual performances should still be relatively fresh when they convene yet again a month later in Newark.

That final performance should make the NHL's future appear brighter than ever.

Of course, there are other great prospects to keep thinking about before a franchise claims their rights.

Balancing best-case scenarios with a dollop of realism, here is what NHL fans can look for in 10 of the highest-ranked North American and European skaters over the next five years. Players are presented and assessed in alphabetical order.

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