2013 NHL Draft Results: Team-by-Team Selections and Grades

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2013 NHL Draft Results: Team-by-Team Selections and Grades
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With a talented and deep crop of players entering the NHL via the 2013 draft, teams had a chance to improve for next year and well into the future. 

While the real success of any draft can't be measured until further down the road, it is possible to hand out grades to teams based on the value they received with a pick and how those teams did at addressing their needs. 

Below, I have listed each pick for every team, and then offered up grades for how each franchise performed on this pivotal draft day. 

Results via NHL.com.

  

Anaheim Ducks: B

No. 26: Shea Theodore, D

No. 45: Nick Sorensen, RW

No. 87: Keaton Thompson, D

No. 147: Grant Besse, RW

No. 177: Miro Aaltonen, C 

Despite a disappointing postseason, the Anaheim Ducks entered this draft with few pressing needs. Their biggest area in need of a boost in talent came on defense, and the Ducks certainly addressed that.

Shea Theodore was a good value and he is a nice defensive prospect. The Ducks also bolstered their defense with pick No. 87, Keaton Thompson.

In all, the Ducks did a solid job mixing need picks with value.

 

Boston Bruins: B-

No. 60: Linus Arnesson, D

No. 90: Peter Cehlarik, LW

No. 120: Ryan Fitzgerald, C

No. 150: Wiley Sherman, D

No. 180: Anton Blidh, LW

No. 210: Mitchell Dempsey, LW  

The Bruins have not been ones to rely on the draft to build their franchise, and with a lack of a first-round pick they won't receive a huge boost from this class. 

However, this team was wise to add youth to the defensive side with their first pick. Linus Arnesson will be a nice fit, and he was a solid value. 

The Bruins went for a best-player-available approach from there, and did a solid job with what they had to work with. 

 

Buffalo Sabres: A-

 No. 8: Rasmus Ristolainen, D

No. 16: Nikita Zadorov, D

No. 35: J.T. Compher, LW 

No. 38: Connor Hurley, C

No. 52: Justin Bailey, RW

No. 69: Nicholas Baptiste, RW

No. 129: Calvin Petersen, G

No. 130: Gustav Possler, RW

No. 143: Anthony Florentino, D

No. 159: Sean Malone, C

No. 189: Eric Locke, C

The Buffalo Sabres have lots of needs. So, it was certainly a good thing this floundering franchise had 11 selections.

Buffalo won't receive a lot of instant help with this draft, but this franchise is more than a year away anyway. What Buffalo did get is lot of future potential.

Rasmus Ristolainen has a blistering shot and is a great skater. Should he develop, he will be dominant. Nikita Zadorov is another exciting prospect with an infectious attitude of nastiness.

 

Calgary Flames: A

No. 6: Sean Monahan, C

No. 22: Emile Poirier, LW

No. 28: Morgan Klimchuk, LW

No. 67: Keegan Kanzig, D

No. 135: Eric Roy, D

No. 157: Tim Harrison, RW

No. 187: Rushan Rafikov, D

No. 198: John Gilmour, D

The Calgary Flames landed the center they've been missing with Sean Monahan. He was a perfect selection.

Emile Poirier is a riskier pick and was a bit of a reach. However, Morgan Klimchuk was a steal. In all, the Flames walked away with an impressive haul of talent in the first round, and that should begin paying dividends as soon as next year. 

 

Carolina Hurricanes: B+

No. 5: Elias Lindholm, C

No. 66: Brett Pesce, D

No. 126: Brent Pedersen, LW

No. 156: Tyler Ganly, D

I had the Hurricanes pegged for a defenseman with their first selection, but adding front-line depth with Elias Lindholm was an understandable selection.

He was a good value and is an exciting and polished prospect.

With their second pick, the Hurricanes went for defense with Brett Pesce.

Carolina didn't have a lot to work with in this draft, but it did a nice job of maximizing value.


Chicago Blackhawks: A

No. 30: Ryan Hartman, RW

No. 51: Carl Dahlstrom, D

No. 74: John Hayden, C

No. 111: Robin Norell, D

No. 121: Tyler Motte, C

No. 134: Luke Johnson, C

No. 181: Anthony Louis, C

No. 211: Robin Press, D 

The Blackhawks enjoyed the luxury of simply being able to target the best player available. That is one of the perks of having a complete team. 

They did just that with their selection of Ryan Hartman. He was a steal at No. 30, and he just might be the best agitator in this class. 

The Blackhawks did a wonderful job of maximizing value throughout this draft and proved once again to be a model franchise. 

 

Colorado Avalanche: A+

No. 1: Nathan MacKinnon, C

No. 32: Chris Bigras, D

No. 63: Spencer Martin, G

No. 93: Mason Geertsen, D

No. 123: Will Butcher, D

No. 153: Ben Storm, D

No. 183: Wilhelm Westlund, D 

The Avalanche were in an enviable position at the top of this draft, and they did not blow it. Nathan MacKinnon is the best playmaker in this class and will be a star in the NHL. 

After landing their franchise center with the first pick, the rest of the selections were gravy. The Avalanche were wise to go defense heavy, and they did a solid job of getting value. 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets: A

No. 14: Alexander Wennberg, C

No. 19: Kerby Rychel, LW

No. 27: Marko Dano, C

No. 50: Dillon Heatherington, D

No. 89: Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW

No. 105: Nick Moutrey, C, LW

No. 165: Markus Soberg, RW

No. 195: Peter Quenneville, C, RW 

With a bright, young defense, the Columbus Blue Jackets were wise to target playmakers, and with three first-round selections, they added some difference makers. Their 25th-ranked scoring offense needs it. 

Columbus didn't limit its attention to offense to just the first round either, and I applaud the Blue Jackets for their strategy. This draft will pay off down the road and help make this a complete team. 

 

Dallas Stars: B+

No. 10: Valeri Nichushkin, LW

No. 29: Jason Dickinson, C

No. 40: Remi Elie, LW

No. 54: Philippe Desrosiers, G

No. 68: Niklas Hansson, D

No. 101: Nicholas Paul, LW

No. 131: Cole Ully, LW

No. 149: Matej Paulovic, LW

No. 182: Aleksi Makela, D

Entering the draft, the young Dallas Stars needed some offensive depth. They do not need it anymore. Valeri Nchushkin is a project pick, but his ceiling in through the roof.

Dallas didn't stop adding offense there, either. They went offense-heavy throughout. 

With pick No. 29, the Stars went with a more polished prospect in Jason Dickinson, and that was a nice pairing with Nichushkin

 

Detroit Red Wings: A+

No. 20: Anthony Mantha, RW

No. 48: Zach Nastasiuk, RW

No. 58: Tyler Bertuzzi, LW

No. 79: Mattias Janmark-Nylen, C

No. 109: David Pope, LW

No. 139: Mitchell Wheaton, D

No. 169: Marc McNulty, D

No. 199: Hampus Melen, RW

Sitting at No. 20, it would've been nearly impossible for the Red Wings to find a better value than the elite goal scoring of Anthony Mantha. That was a steal of a selection. 

The Red Wings continued to add offense with their first five selections, and did so while getting solid value.

 

Edmonton Oilers: B-

No. 7: Darnell Nurse, D

No. 56: Marc-Oliver Roy, C 

No. 83: Bogdan Yakimov, C

No. 88: Anton Slepyshev, LW

No. 94: Jackson Houck, RW

No. 96: Kyle Platzer, C

No. 113: Aidan Muir, LW, RW

No. 128: Evan Campbell, LW

No. 158: Ben Betker, D

No. 188: Gregory Chase, C, RW

Adding Darnell Nurse, the Oilers went with a big and mobile defenseman. This team needed some infusion of youth on defense after focusing on the offensive end of things the past few years.

I was a little surprised to see them go back to almost nothing but offense after that selection, but they still did a nice job grabbing value.

 

Florida Panthers: C

No. 2: Aleksander Barkov, C

No. 31: Ian McCoshen, D 

No. 92: Evan Cowley, G

No. 97: Michael Downing, D

No. 98: Matt Buckles, C

No. 122: Christopher Clapperton, LW

No. 152: Joshua Brown, D

No. 206: MacKenzie Weegar, D

The Panthers essentially threw every mock draft out the window when they passed on Seth Jones with the second pick.

Sure, he had a lackluster effort at the 2013 Memorial Cup, but I still don't think many saw Aleksander Barkov going in front of him. I don't think many saw him going in front of Jonathan Drouin either. 

He is a talented player, but Florida should've have traded down to maximize their value. 

 

Los Angeles Kings: B+

No. 37: Valentin Zykov, LW

No. 103: Justin Auger, RW

No. 118: Hudson Fasching, RW

No. 146: Patrik Bartosak, G

No. 148: Jonny Brodzinski, C

No. 178: Zachary Leslie, D

No. 191: Dominik Kubalik, LW

Valentin Zykov was a solid value for the Kings at No. 37, and without a first-round selection, this team needed to make a good pick at that position. 

Overall, the Kings have few holes and great organizational depth. They were in a position to grab the best players available, and they did just that. 


Minnesota Wild: B

No. 46: Gustav Olofsson, D

No. 81: Kurtis Gabriel, RW

No. 107: Dylan Labbe, D

No. 137: Carson Soucy, D

No. 167: Avery Peterson, C

No. 197: Nolan De Jong, D 

The Wild have some young talent in their system, so it is not too big of a blow that they didn't select until the second round. 

Needing a slight infusion of defensive youth, the large but young and raw Gustav Olofsson was a nice selection. 

Overall, they went defensive help, and that was a solid strategy. 

 

Montreal Canadiens: B

No. 25: Michael McCarron, RW

No. 34: Jacob de la Rose, LW

No. 36: Zachary Fucale, G

No. 55: Artturi Lehkonen, LW

No. 71: Connor Crisp, LW

No. 86: Sven Andrighetto, RW

No. 116: Martin Reway, LW

No. 176: Jeremy Gregoire, C

The Canadiens entered this draft with a clear need to add size and power, and they certainly accomplished that. Michael McCarron is 6’5” and 228 pounds and plays with attitude. 

He needs some seasoning, as does pick No. 34 Jacob de la Rose, but both guys are brimming with potential and help fill big holes. 

 

Nashville Predators: A

No. 4: Seth Jones, D

No. 64: Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, D

No. 95: Felix Girard, C

No. 99: Juuse Saros, G

No. 125: Saku Maenalanen, RW

No. 140: Teemu Kivihalme, D

No. 155: Emil Pettersson, C

No. 185: Wade Murphy, RW

No. 203: Janne Juvonen, G

I can't imagine the Nashville Predators expected to have a chance to draft Seth Jones. While he doesn't fill the biggest need, there is no way this team could pass on that value.

Now, by pairing Jones with Shea Weber this franchise has a nice foundation on the back end.

Given the need for offensive help and the selection of Jones in the first, it was a little shocking to see the Predators add more defense with their second pick, but this franchise did a great job of maximizing value. 

 

New Jersey Devils: A+

No. 9: Traded pick to Vancouver Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider

No. 42: Steven Santini, D

No. 73: Ryan Kujawinski, C

No. 100: Miles Wood, LW

No. 160: Myles Bell, LW

No. 208: Anthony Brodeur, G 

The New Jersey Devils made the bold move of trading their first pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider.

It was a shrewd move. With the aging Martin Brodeur, it was the perfect time for this franchise to add an up-and-coming goaltender.

They went for potential with their first pick in Steven Santini, and then went to work on adding the scorers this franchise needs. 

 

New York Islanders: B+

No. 15: Ryan Pulock, D

No. 70: Eamon McAdam, G 

No. 76: Taylor Cammarata, C, LW

No. 106: Stephon Williams, G

No. 136: Viktor Crus Rydberg, C

No. 166: Alan Quine, C

No. 196: Kyle Burroughs, D

The New York Islanders have a strong history of drafting quality defensemen, and it looks like they've done it again with Ryan Pulock.

It was onto offense after that, which was highlighted by intriguing forward Taylor Cammarata. He is supremely talented, but a bit undersized. He was well worth the 76th selection. 

 

New York Rangers: B

No. 65: Adam Tambellini, C

No. 75: Pavel Buchnevich, LW

No. 80: Anthony Duclair, LW

No. 110: Ryan Graves, D

No. 170: Mackenzie Skapski, G

The Rangers were limited with what they could do in the draft since their first selection came at No. 65. As such, I liked the Rangers strategy. They went for players with high ceilings, but who are a few years away. 

This gives them a chance to still land some star power out of this draft. 

 

Ottawa Senators: B+

No. 17: Curtis Lazar, C/RW

No. 78: Marcus Hogberg, G

No. 102: Tobias Lindberg, RW

No. 108: Ben Harpur, D

No. 138: Vincent Dunn, C

No. 161: Chris Leblanc, RW

No. 168: Quentin Shore, C 

The Ottawa Senators finished 27th in goals scored per game. Adding the versatile Curtis Lazar was a smart move. This team needs offensive help, and Lazar will help with that with his own talent while lending flexibility going forward with his versatility. 


Philadelphia Flyers: A

No. 11: Samuel Morin, D

No. 41: Robert Hagg, D

No. 72: Tyrell Goulbourne, LW

No. 132: Terrance Amorosa, D

No. 162: Merrick Madsen, G

No. 192: David Drake, D

In need of defensive help, the Flyers were smart to spend their first two selections on defensemen.

Samuel Morin is a massive prospect and Robert Hagg was an absolute steal. These were an outstanding first two selections for the Flyers.

 

Phoenix Coyotes: B

No. 12: Max Domi, C, LW

No. 39: Laurent Dauphin, C

No. 62: Yan Pavel Laplante, C

No. 133: Connor Clifton, D

No. 163: Brendan Burke, G

No. 193: Jedd Soleway, C

In need of front-line scoring, the Coyotes scored when they were able to draft Max Domi. Domi has elite skills and is a tremendous playmaker.

In all, the Coyotes went heavy on offense, and that is exactly what they needed to do.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins: C+

No. 44: Tristan Jarry, G

No. 77: Jake Guentzel, C

No. 119: Ryan Segalla, D

No. 164: Dane Birks, D

No. 179: Blaine Byron, C

No. 209: Troy Josephs, C

The Penguins had few holes to fill, which is good since they didn't make a selection until No. 44. Tristan Jarry has tremendous upside, but he will need some time. He was a solid value at No. 44. 

The Penguins did a nice job of adding value throughout, they just didn't have a lot to work with. 

 

Saint Louis Blues: B-

No. 47: Thomas Vannelli, D

No. 57: William Carrier, LW

No. 112: Zachary Pochiro, LW

No. 173: Santeri Saari, D

With a solid young group, the Blues were smart to add prospects with potential. Both Thomas Vannelli and William Carrier need some time, but both have tremendous ceilings. 

 

San Jose Sharks: B

No. 18: Mirco Mueller, D

No. 49: Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, LW

No. 117: Fredrik Bergvik, G

No. 141: Michael Brodzinski, D

No. 151: Gage Ausmus, D

No. 201: Jacob Jackson, C

No. 207: Emil Galimov, LW

Mirco Mueller was a steal at No. 18, and he will be a nice upgrade for a team that struggled to consistently defend the net. Mueller will also bring a nice attacking mindset and add some scoring from the back. 

San Jose wasn't able to get anywhere near the value they did with Mueller in the rest of the draft, but it was still a nice showing. 

 

Tampa Bay Lightning: A

No. 3: Jonathan Drouin, LW

No. 33: Adam Erne, LW

No. 124: Kristers Gudlevskis, G

No. 154: Henri Ikonen, LW

No. 184: Saku Salminen, C

No. 186: Joel Vermin, RW

Jonathan Drouin is an amazing talent, and he will help the Lightning have one of the NHL's best front lines next season.

While he is a bit undersized, Drouin's skills are off the charts, and what he lacks in physicality, Adam Erne will bring. This was a solid and complete draft for the Lightning. 

 

Toronto Maple Leafs: B

No. 21: Frederik Gauthier, C

No. 82: Carter Verhaeghe, C

No. 142: Fabrice Herzog, RW

No. 172: Antoine Bibeau, G

No. 202: Andreas Johnson, LW

Frederik Gauthier is not an elite scorer, but he is a physical player with size, and the Maple Leafs definitely needed this.

Scoring depth was arguably this franchise's biggest need, and they hammered that throughout the draft. I am a little surprised by them shying away from defense, but they did a nice job grabbing value.

 

Vancouver Canucks: B+

No. 9 (via Devils): Bo Horvat, C

No. 24: Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW

No. 85: Cole Cassels, C

No. 115: Jordan Subban, D

No. 145: Anton Cederholm, D

No. 175: Mike Williamson, D

No. 205: Miles Liberati, D

The Vancouver Canucks were badly in need of youth and scoring depth. They clearly recognized that as they addressed the need with their first three picks.

Still, this team placed a lot of pressure on Bo Horvat to produce when they traded away Cory Schneider for the chance to draft him.

 

Washington Capitals: B

No. 23: Andre Burakovsky, LW

No. 53: Madison Bowey, D

No. 61: Zachary Sanford, LW

No. 144: Blake Heinrich, D

No. 174: Brian Pinho, C

No. 204: Tyler Lewington, D

With size and speed, Andre Burakovsky is a nice prospect and should fit in with this offensive-rich franchise. 

It was nice to see the Capitals extend some picks towards defense from there, and they did a nice job of grabbing value. 

 

Winnipeg Jets: C+

No. 13: Joshua Morrissey, D

No. 43: Nicolas Petan, C

No. 59: Eric Comrie, G

No. 84: James Lodge, C

No. 91: J.C. Lipon, RW

No. 104: Andrew Copp, C

No. 114: Jan Kostalek, D

No. 127: Tucker Poolman, D

No. 190: Brenden Kichton, D

No. 194: Marcus Karlstrom, D

The Jets had a wealth of picks, and they did a fantastic job of addressing needs and getting value. 

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