The NHL draft is an opportunity for scouts and general managers to evaluate talent and show off their skills at figuring out which players will have the biggest impact in the future.
Some rookies may be ready to play in 2013-14, but most need quite a bit of seasoning. That factor has to be considered when drafting. Top teams may have more patience and understand that their prospects need more time to develop.
Teams that have struggled may not have that luxury. They may rush a player into playing at the NHL level if they think there's a chance he may be ready.
In this piece, we look at the top 30 draft picks selected and estimate when they will become NHL regulars.