The newest wave of professional hockey stars is set to join the fray on June 30, when the 2013 NHL Entry Draft takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The Colorado Avalanche currently hold the top selection, with the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning lined up in the second and third slots, respectively.
An ongoing debate continues to swirl around who deserves the title of top prospect in this draft. There appears to be a consensus that the decision is down to Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon.
Jones, an 18-year-old American defenseman, is seeking to become the first African-American player to be chosen No. 1. MacKinnon, a Canadian forward, continues to draw accolades at just 17 years old.
So what separates these two at the top of the draft board? I break down their differences and similarities while determining which coveted prospect belongs at the top of the pack.