The fortunes of hundreds of young hockey players from around the globe will change following the 2013 NHL draft.
But even with the advanced metrics being used by NHL scouting staffs, selecting teenaged hockey players at June’s draft remains an imperfect science.
There are very few players in each draft class who are guaranteed to excel at the NHL level.
How these young men develop as professional hockey players, particularly goaltenders and defensemen, who tend to take several years longer to develop than forwards, is not much more than an educated guess.
The following list includes some well-known players, but I am labeling all of them as sleepers, as they should be higher than their final Central Scouting rankings.
Players at the top of the list are as close to a sure thing as there can be when projecting potential from this age group.
Given the above criteria, in ascending order, here are the top 10 sleeper picks in the 2013 NHL entry draft.