2013 NHL Draft: Playing “Boom or Bust” with All the Top Prospects

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2013 NHL Draft: Playing “Boom or Bust” with All the Top Prospects
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All eyes will be on Seth Jones and his counterparts at Sunday's draft.

There will barely be time for the Stanley Cup party to wind down before all 30 NHL teams get to work Sunday at the NHL draft.

While it's believed the talent pool is deep this year, it takes time to properly assess a draft class. To remind us of the vast spectrum of possibilities that could await this year's draftees, let's take a quick look at the fates of the top 10 picks from the class of 2010. (All game totals are NHL regular-season only.)

1. Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers: 171 NHL games played, 145 points
2. Tyler Seguin, C, Boston Bruins: 203 NHL games played, 121 points
3. Erik Gudbranson, D, Florida Panthers: 104 NHL games played, 12 points
4. Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: 107 NHL games played, 33 points
5. Nino Niederreiter, LW, New York Islanders: 64 NHL games played, 3 points
6. Brett Connolly, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: 73 NHL games played, 16 points
7. Jeff Skinner, C, Carolina Hurricanes: 188 NHL games played, 131 points, won 2011 Calder trophy
8. Alexander Burmistrov, C, Winnipeg Jets: 194 NHL games played, 58 points
9. Mikael Granlund, C, Minnesota Wild: 27 NHL games played, 8 points
10. Dylan McIlrath, D, New York Rangers: zero NHL games played, missed entire 2012-13 season after dislocating a kneecap during the Rangers' 2012 prospect development camp

While players like Hall and Seguin have become trusted NHL regulars, prospects like Johansen and Granlund are still struggling to find their NHL footing, while McIlrath may never play an NHL game. Out of the gate, the best of the bunch was Carolina's Jeff Skinner, who picked up 63 points in his rookie year to win the Calder Trophy.

Scouts can do their best to assess the potential of young hockey players but at 17 and 18 years old, the hands of fate will have plenty of opportunity to dictate the paths of these prospects.

Based on what we know today, here's a look at ten of Central Scouting's top prospects for the 2013 NHL draft, with a "Boom" or "Bust" rating for each.

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