2013 NHL Draft: Predicting the Best Value Picks for the 1st Round

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2013 NHL Draft: Predicting the Best Value Picks for the 1st Round
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Defenseman Samuel Morin (right) defends forward Max Domi (left) during January's CHL Top Prospects game. Both could be solid value picks in the first round.

In an NHL draft class dominated by some of the best prospects in years, teams able to see through each player's hype and determine their true value could be the real winners.

Thirty 17- and 18-year-old hockey phenoms will be drafted in the first round come the morning of June 30; the select few big names, from Seth Jones to Nathan MacKinnon to Aleksander Barkov, will undoubtedly attract most of the attention.

But for the franchises not fortunate enough to be drafting in the top five or 10 picks, choices will have to be made with more caution and difficulty.

Many of them will end up with youngsters destined to never completely fulfill expectations. Some, however, will find diamonds in the rough that could carry their team for decades to come.

Three or four years down the road, those so-called "value picks" will finally come to the forefront. In the meantime, though, hockey experts and onlookers alike can only speculate about who they will be.

Predictions for the top five value draft selections (in alphabetical order) in this year's first round fall on the coming slides.

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