Predicting Which 2013 1st-Round Draft Picks Will Make the NHL in 2013-14 Season

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Predicting Which 2013 1st-Round Draft Picks Will Make the NHL in 2013-14 Season
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There was an enormous amount of high-end talent in the 2013 NHL draft class, which is why we will likely see more first-round picks make their pro debuts next season than normal.

With the salary cap going down about $6 million for the 2013-14 season, general managers need to find ways to add talent to their rosters with players whose contracts don't include a large cap hit. This is one reason why a high number of rookie players on entry-level deals could make the jump to the NHL next year.

Let's take a look at the first-round picks from the 2013 class who are most likely to begin their NHL journey in the fall.

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