This year is the deepest crop of top prospects for the NHL Draft since 2003.
Some years, experts begin talking about players as projects after the first five picks.
For the 2013 NHL draft, there is a possibility that at least a dozen of these players could play regularly in the NHL next season. With the reduced salary cap and several teams needing to cut payroll, talented, young and relatively cheap players will be in high demand.
The following list features the top 20 prospects, in ascending order, for the 2013 NHL draft.
The list includes the pros and cons for each prospect. Honorable mentions go to Adam Erne, Frederik Gauthier and Robert Hagg.