NHL Draft 2013: The 10 Biggest Wild Cards in This Year's Class

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NHL Draft 2013: The 10 Biggest Wild Cards in This Year's Class
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London Knights' Max Domi

The NHL draft always features surprise picks. Some prospects are selected much higher than projected while other players end up slipping for various reasons.

Most 18-year-old hockey players are continuing to develop physically, skill-wise and in terms of maturity. In other words, organizations cannot be certain that what they are seeing from these young prospects is what they will get in a few seasons.

In addition to this, metrics, while important and valuable, cannot account for some intangibles such as desire, adaptability, intelligence, hockey sense and so forth. A player’s country of origin is often another important consideration.

In this context, the following list of 10 wild cards, in ascending order of predicted selection, reflects a variety of these elements of uncertainty. This makes their projected draft spot somewhat unpredictable.

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