The 2013 NHL draft seemed like a blur compared to most drafts. The three-minute intervals in between selections felt like a blink compared to years past when a sundial would have been sufficient to track the intervals between picks.
There were some big winners at the draft. Teams such as the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets added some very good players and stockpiled their minor league systems in a meaningful way. Other teams such as the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues weren’t nearly as active.
They did not need to be relative to more needy clubs.
Most of the picks from the 2013 NHL draft won’t be making an impact in the NHL for a number of years; however, there is a handful that could be significant to their respective teams in the 2013-14 season.
In re-ranking every team’s top 10 prospects, I have followed the general guidelines of eligibility for the Calder Trophy of having played 25 games in the previous season (with a few minor exceptions).
The other Calder criteria of playing more than six games in two previous seasons excludes some players whom I would consider prospects, so I will use a total of 60 games played in the NHL previously as another cut-off.
Top prospects are ones that are either on the cusp of playing in the league or they have exemplary talent at the present stage of their careers.
Finally, I’ve tried to use players that are under the age of 24 exclusively.