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.