The 2013 NHL draft will offer excitement, drama and several surprises for all interested parties. Because the overwhelming majority of these players are 17 or 18 years old, the draft order is based not just on where they are now, but where scouting staffs see them ending up.
The best player available is the default choice for most teams; however, organizational needs can come into play, particularly after the first round.
There are some very talented and mature players at the high end of the draft. Depending on where these top picks end up, there is a good chance that many of them could be on NHL rosters as early as next year.
Dreams will be realized, put on hold and dashed for a few hundred prospects on Sunday afternoon in Newark, N.J. All teams will state publicly that the draft was successful and that they selected the players they had wanted all along. It will all make for one of the most anticipated days on the NHL calendar.
This mock draft begins with the Colorado Avalanche and includes all projected 61 selections in the first two rounds of the 2013 NHL draft.
Any references to player rankings are from Central Scouting lists on nhl.com