2013 NHL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Analysis

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2013 NHL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Analysis
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NHL prospects Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse and Jonathan Drouin at Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

With the NHL draft just around the corner and buyouts officially being announced as of yesterday, there are a lot of rumors and speculation swirling around the league.

A few high-profile players have been bought out already and surely there are at least a few more to come. The unpredictability of buyouts gives the NHL offseason an added element of suspense, as any surprise release could create a domino effect of moves.

As teams get strapped with a lowering cap ceiling, young players become even more valuable—especially those who can contribute early. 

This draft in particular has teams excited, as it is one of the best and deepest talent pools since 2003, a year which saw a number of future All-Stars get taken with the first 30 picks. 

I didn't incorporate possible trades into this mock, because they're just too hard to predict. As the draft order stands now, here's my mock draft for the 2013 NHL draft. 

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