With the 13th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets will have a plethora of players to target. But who will they select with that pick? That's the question many fans are pondering.
This year's draft is the deepest in a long time and there are many options for the Jets at 13. Usually, the 13th overall pick is one of those dead end, middle-of-the-pack picks with hit-or-miss players. That's not the case this year as the entire first round is full of first-round talent.
In a year with so much talent across the board, it should be close to impossible to miss with a pick. It's an opportune time to fill a major need for any team. The Jets are in a supreme position to continue their rebuilding through the draft.
On my list of five possible targets, I only include one defenseman. It's a long shot, but even I won't rule out the possibility of a defenseman going that early. The reasoning behind it being a long shot is because it's not the Jets biggest need. Also, the Jets have three second-round picks. Plenty of talented defenseman will be available then.
The Jets should end up going forward at 13 and rightfully so. There is just too much talent to pass up on. Here are five players the Jets will target with their first-round pick.
Max Domi, Forward
This is my favorite choice for the Jets, but one that may not happen based simply on the fact that the 13th pick may not be low enough. Max Domi would be a great addition to the Winnipeg organization. He brings the skill and offensive upside that the Jets are not only looking for, but very well need.
It's difficult to pinpoint where Domi ends up. The consensus from mock drafts seem to have him going anywhere between the ninth and 15th pick. If Domi is there when the Jets are on the board, the Jets have to pull the trigger on this one.
Bo Horvat, Forward
Bo Horvat is another that may not be available when the Jets make their selection. However, he's a player to covet in this draft. Horvat is a complete player. He's strong, physical, defensive-minded and has offensive scoring abilities. He's the perfect two-way forward.
Horvat seems to garner more attention than Domi and some drafts have him going as early as 8th. The odds that both Horvat and Domi are available when the Jets make their pick are slim. If it happens to be Horvat, the Jets should be very pleased.
Hunter Shinkaruk, Forward
Hunter Shinkaruk could end up being one of the best goal-scoring wingers this draft has to offer. He has great vision and hockey sense to go along with his dynamic ability to score goals. He should be around when the Jets make their pick, but even that is no guarantee.
He's a player the Jets would easily consider, in any case. The Jets need a pure goal scorer and not many fit the bill like Shinkaruk.
Alexander Wennberg, Forward
The young Swedish forward will need time to adjust from his international style of play to an NHL style.
When he does, watch out.
Outside of his tremendous speed and stick handling skills, Wennberg has grade-A hockey IQ. He plays the game with a ton of patience and rarely makes a mistake.
The Jets could use a player like Wennberg. He'll likely be around when the Jets are selecting.
Samuel Morin, Defense
The lone defenseman on my list is Samuel Morin. Even though drafting a defenseman this early in the first round is a long shot, Morin has attributes that may prove to be too difficult for the Jets to pass on. He's listed as 6'6", 202 pounds. Obviously, he has great size and is very physical, but he's also a solid skater.
A lot of mock drafts have the Jets taking Morin. However, it's extremely difficult to project who falls and who doesn't. The only way I see the Jets going with a defenseman is if the draft doesn't play out to their favor.
If Domi or Horvat fall, I just can't see how the Jets pass up on that. Even if they don't fall, Shinkaruk would be a pleasant steal. There are just too many talented forwards in the first round.