The 2013 NHL draft has some of the more promising prospects of the past decade. All athletes develop at an individual pace, so teenagers who look like stars at 15 years old can look ordinary at 20.
Conversely, there are players who look very average against their peers at 16 years of age, yet are world beaters at 25.
Wayne Gretzky had his critics in the late 70s even though he seemed destined for superstardom by many. At the other end of the spectrum was the mercurial Alexandre Daigle. Some viewed him as one of the better forward prospects in years, but for various reasons, his junior numbers never transferred to the NHL level.
Some players are nearing their peak at 18, while others are nowhere near their best years. The following list includes those prospects who have the highest ceiling. The players are listed in ascending order of anticipated draft position.
References to current rankings are from the Central Scouting lists on nhl.com