Ranking the 10 Fastest Skaters in 2013 NHL Draft

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Ranking the 10 Fastest Skaters in 2013 NHL Draft
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Speed on display at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game

There is nothing more electrifying in hockey than the end-to-end rush.

While we don’t see these as often now as we have in past eras, most games have at least one or two plays that feature a player with blazing speed flying across the blue line and striking fear into opposing defensemen.

It is difficult to assess speed as players skate forward, backward and laterally­—and players rarely do all three of these equally well. Also, acceleration and speed with the puck are more important than open-ice speed.

The following 10 players, in ascending order, are the fastest skaters that are likely to be picked in the first three rounds of the 2013 NHL draft.

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