NHL Draft 2013: Prospect Most Likely to Win Each Major Trophy During His Career
The 2013 NHL draft is now history, and everybody is wondering which teams had the best draft and which teams made critical mistakes.
Here is a look at the players who are now part of different NHL organizations and which ones are the leading candidates to win major postseason awards.
Keep in mind this list is only limited to 2013 draft choices. It is also a based on which players have the best chance of winning these awards, not necessarily who will win it first, but who is most likely to win it during the course of his career.
Feel free to comment and say why you feel a different player is better for any of these awards, but please indicate why you feel your choice is the best for that particular trophy.
Rocket Richard Trophy: Jonathan Drouin
Of all the forwards in this year's draft, Jonathan Drouin has the best overall offensive skills.
He is also heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team known for playing an up-tempo, offensive-oriented style.
Opposing defenses already have their hands full trying to tie up Steven Stamkos, which means Drouin probably won't be facing top defensive lines and defense pairings all the time.
While it will take a few years for his talent to blossom, Drouin has the best chance of any player drafted this season to take home the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals at some point during his career.
Art Ross Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon
While Jonathan Drouin has a better shot at the Rocket Richard Trophy, Nathan MacKinnon is considered the best skater in the draft and has great hockey sense.
MacKinnon is a good passer who finished last season with 43 assists and 75 points in 44 games.
In addition, MacKinnon should have lots of talented linemates to help him put up points as the Avalanche are stocked with plenty of talented young forwards from previous early draft picks.
Expect MacKinnon to have the best chance to lead the league in points at some point during his career.
Norris Trophy: Seth Jones
Seth Jones was expected to be the top pick in this year's draft, but he wasn't selected until fourth overall when the Nashville Predators grabbed him.
Jones has a great skill set and should excel both in his own zone and when his team is on the attack.
He has good size, mobility, hockey sense and plays well in big games too.
Jones also has a great mentor in Nashville in Shea Weber, who is already among the elite defensemen in the game. Jones should learn a lot from playing with Weber about what it takes to be one of the best in the game.
Look for Jones to win the Norris Trophy at some point in his career, and look for him to be a full-time NHL player very soon.
Vezina Trophy: Zachary Fucale
This season was not considered a strong draft for goalies and none were selected in the first round of the draft.
The highest-rated netminder in this draft was Zachary Fucale, who was selected by the Canadiens in the second round with the 36th overall pick.
Fucale is a positionally sound goalie who has played well behind both strong and weak defensive teams at Halifax.
In a weak goaltending class, Fucale is the best candidate to someday win the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie.
Selke Trophy: Elias Lindholm
The Carolina Hurricanes selected Swedish center Elias Lindholm with the fifth overall selection.
Lindholm has already played in the Swedish Elite League against men and has taken a regular shift on the ice. He should both contribute offensively and be responsible in his own zone.
Lindholm is a good skater and plays more physically than you would expect from a man of his size.
Expect him to become a Selke Trophy candidate (best defensive forward) once he matures a bit more physically and gets used to the North American game.
Hart Trophy: Jonathan Drouin
It's a little trickier to predict a Hart Trophy winner, since being an MVP often goes along with team success.
Of all the players drafted this season, look for Jonathan Drouin to have the best chance of achieving that goal.
Drouin has the offensive ability to both score and set up teammates. Playing with Steven Stamkos may also help him get some more assists over the course of the season.
Drouin isn't big, but he has great hockey sense and vision and should be able to translate that into long-term success.