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NHL 2013 Draft: Grades (Teams P-Z)

by Bill Placzek on Jul. 3, 2013

...(Draft Grades continued from Part 1 for teams P-Z)

Phoenix Coyotes: Grade  A
1
12
C
London (OHL)
5' 9"
175
2
39
C
Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
6' 0"
167
3
62
LW
P.E.I. (QMJHL)
6' 0"
172
5
133
D
6' 0"
167
6
163
G
Portland (WHL)
6' 3"
176
7
193
Penticton (BCHL)
6' 2"
208
 
Despite the possibility the Coyotes may be in Seattle next season, the team improved their future with solid picks in the first, second, and two in the third round. They bravely took one of my favorite prospects, Max Domi who is undersized but quite an all-around player. The bravery did not stop there when they went with a smaller center in the 2nd with Dauphin. Yan-Pavel Laplante is a thicker center-wing whose gifts of girth, wheels, and skill, project him as an aggressive power player at a future date. High schooler Conner Clifton, one of the younger draft eligible players, is a physical skating D-man from the US program. Goalie Burke has developmental upside, as does big wing Soleway. 
 
 
Philadelphia Flyers: Grade  B
1
11
D
Rimouski (QMJHL)
6' 5"
185
2
41
D
MoDo U-20 (Sweden)
6' 2.25"
204
3
72
C
Kelowna (WHL)
5' 10.75"
195
5
132
D
6' 1"
185
6
162
G
6' 4"
177
7
192
C
Des Moines (USHL)
6' 3"
169
 
While injuries continued to decimate the Flyers defense before the season was in full swing, they could take solace in the fact that their drop in the standings provided a quality return by means of a strong draft class of defenseman. They selected Samuel Morin, who still has footwork issues and despite being as tough as they come, has gap control issues and trouble in his pivots. The interesting thing is that Hägg has similar issues defensively but has more up-ice ability and game. Their remaining five picks went to more long-range guys with Goulbourne, Amorosa, Madsen, and Drake.   
 
 
Pittsburgh Penquins: Grade C+
2
44
G
6' 1"
175
3
77
C
5' 10"
155
4
119
D
6' 1"
188
6
164
D
Merritt (BCHL)
6' 3"
190
6
179
C
Smiths Falls (CJHL)
6' 0"
160
7
209
C
St. Michael's (OJHL)
6' 0.5"
178
 
GM Shero gambled that by trading his first and second picks it would provide them with the fortification that would lead them far into the playoffs. They still had two late 3rd's and others to unearth late round gems. He did manage to get himself back in the second and draft a really good goalie prospect in Tristan Jarry. The rest of the Penquins' picks were more long term developmentals, as Jake Guentzel is a high schooler who has a high hockey IQ and feel.  Ryan Segalla and Dane Birks are nice defender prospects with size.  Blaine Byron is a sleeper pick who I like based on his play-making skills and shiftiness. Troy Josephs is a solid wing prospect who has excelled in the OJHL, but has yet to see tougher opposition. 
 
St. Louis Blues: Grade A
2
47
D
US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP)
6' 2"
175
2
57
Cape Breton (QMJHL)
6' 0"
205
4
112
Prince George (BCHL)
6' 1"
162
6
173
D
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-liiga)
6' 2"
191
 
The Blues had six picks starting in the late second including two 4ths and no 5th rounder, but traded to land a second 2nd. They struck gold in taking two players I had being selected at either the end of the first round or quickly there after. Defenseman Tom Vanelli is a great skater with huge upside. Fans in St. Louis may have to wait awhile for the polished product but I have no doubt he plays in the NHL. An ankle injury and minimal exposure caused William Carrier to drop to the end of the second round. He has a solid frame, quickness, and a big heavy shot, and projects as a bottom end player with scoring ability and upside, but he too, will play in the NHL. The two later picks, tough guy Zachary Pochiro, who has some touch, and bigger Finn defenseman Santeri Saari, are guys the Blues will wait a bit longer for.
 
 
San Jose Sharks: Grade  B+
1
18
D
Everett (WHL)
6' 2"
176
2
49
C
Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
5' 10.75"
167
4
117
G
Frolunda HC (SEL)
6' 2"
195
5
141
D
Muskegon (USHL)
6' 0"
188
7
201
C
5' 11"
185
7
207
Yaroslavl (KHL)
6' 1"
189
 
With seven picks in the draft including four in the top 58 (albeit three in the late half of the second round), Doug Wilson thought he might be able to jump up further into the first, but wasn't able to go too far. He did jump up a couple slots switching with Detroit to select Mirco Müller, a tall smooth defender who may never project as a top pair defender but may be closer than most to copying in and complimenting their existing lineup. Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau may be their next speedy scorer. Goalie Bergvik is a developmental guy, and Michael Brodzinski may be under six foot but plays with an edge and moves the puck up-ice. High schooler Jacob Jackson and Russian Galimov may not be ready to show off their wares for some time.
 
 
Tampa Bay Lightning: Grade  A
1
3
Halifax (QMJHL)
5' 10.75"
185
2
33
Quebec (QMJHL)
6' 0"
205
5
124
G
Dinamo Riga (KHL)
6' 4"
190
6
154
Kingston (OHL)
6' 0"
198
7
184
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-liiga)
6' 3"
198
7
186
Bern (NLA)
5' 10"
174
 
GM Steve Yzerman had two early picks in each of the first two rounds at 3 and 33. Selecting Jonathan Drouin is not surprising, and he draws comparisons to Patrick Kane in terms of being a puck magnet who has elite vision and skills. He is the closest thing to another superstar for their city, especially when this kid gets to line up with Stamkos. I know he has to be pleased that Adam Erme fell into his lap at slot 33 in the 2nd Rd, as I view  him as possibly one of the biggest steals of the draft. For teams to have passed on Erme after seeing all his speed, skill and work down low in the attack zone, you have to think the only reason teams were scared of him was some attitude issue. The other Lightning picks came late and they were basically following their list and taking the best player to develop down the road. Big goaler Kristers Gudlevskis will be one they monitor closely.
 
 
Toronto Maple Leafs: Grade C
1
21
C
Rimouski (QMJHL)
6' 5"
210
3
82
C
Niagara (OHL)
6' 0.75"
180
5
142
Zug (NLA)
6' 1"
167
6
172
G
P.E.I. (QMJHL)
6' 1"
210
7
202
Frolunda HC (SEL)
5' 10"
172
 
The Maple Leafs had a pick in each round and picked a Martin Hanzel clone in Frédérik Gauthier who is big and one of the better defensive centers available. Their lack of picks had their next one coming a bit later in the 3rd, Carter Verhaege, who has all the things you want in a forward, even though his hands haven't gotten there yet. The picks in the last three rounds were more developmental guys, but goaler Bibeau may turn out well, and smaller Swedish LW Andreas Johnson may be a sleeper.
 
 
Vancouver Canucks: Grade  A-
1
9
C
London (OHL)
6' 0"
198
1
24
Medicine Hat (WHL)
5' 10"
178
3
85
C
Oshawa (OHL)
6' 0"
165
4
115
D
Belleville (OHL)
5' 9"
155
5
145
D
Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)
6' 2"
203
6
175
D
Spruce Grove (AJHL)
6' 2"
183
7
205
D
London (OHL)
6' 1"
182
 
The Canucks had six picks, starting at 24, to start work on replenishing a thin prospect poo, but made a blockbuster trade of Corey Schneider to New Jersey for the 9th overall pick and got forward Bo Horvat. They needed to start thinking rebuild, and the fact that Hunter Shinkaruk was there for their second first round selection gave them a Kane-like, smaller frame player with superior intensity, smarts and vision. He has upper-echelon wheels, stick-handling, and a great ability to find the soft spots in open ice, all which override his current stature and frame. Cole Cassels is the son of former NHL'er Andrew and is good face-off man with an excellent compete level nice speed, and good hands, but whose desire at times has been question. Brother Malcolm says brother Jordan can be the best player from the family, but that will depend upon strength and growth. Anton Cederholm was an excellent value pick on the back line, as he is sound in all phases and has upside to progress into a big contributor. While Williamson and Liberta might take time, this may be the best draft the Canucks have ever had in terms of drafting players who will make it to the NHL.
 
Washington Capitals: Grade B
1
23
Malmö (Sweden)
6' 1"
177
2
53
D
Kelowna (WHL)
6' 0.5"
194
2
61
6' 3"
190
5
144
D
Sioux City (USHL)
5' 10.75"
192
6
174
C
6' 0"
168
7
204
D
Medicine Hat (WHL)
6' 1"
190
 
The Capitals had a pick in every round and an extra in the 5th. Picking in the third tier they took a chance with Burkowsky, who can be erratic and non-physical but can show speed moves and brilliance. He needs to be a home run for their draft to be a good one. I like Bowey and was very surprised he lasted so long, but think his present size and inconsistinencies at receiving and controlling pucks can be the only negatives. He is a developing two-way defenseman who is full of enthusiasm, tenacity, and punch on both ends. Zach Sanford is an intriguing big man still developing, although he is already big. You also have to love the way the Capitals took smaller defender Blake Heinrich, because he can play. Forward Pinho and defender Lewington also have nice upside.
 
Winnipeg Jets: Grade B
1
13
D
6' 0"
184
2
43
C
Portland (WHL)
5' 9"
166
2
59
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G
Tri-City (WHL)
6' 0"
175
3
84
C
Saginaw (OHL)
6' 1"
169
3
91
Kamloops (WHL)
6' 0"
178
4
104
C
6' 0.5"
205
4
114
D
Rimouski (QMJHL)
6' 0"
181
5
127
D
Omaha (USHL)
6' 2"
194
7
190
D
Spokane (WHL)
5' 10"
175
7
194
D
AIK (Allsvenskan)
6' 2"
181
 
In what I feel was a mutually beneficial deal, the Jets sent mobile Johnny Oduya to the Blackhawks and in return for 2nd and 3rd round picks that helped the Jets to have ten selections in a very strong and thick draft class, picks that might define their next decade. The move rounded out the best up-ice defensive draft corps the league has ever seen. Some might say they reached for Josh Morrissey but he has huge upside as an offensive guy who can hit at with his six foot frame, and can eventually be a first pairing guy. I  love that the Jets put size prejudices aside, and started with both Josh Morrisey and diminutive Nic Petan, and then later J.C. Lipon and Jan Kostalek. It is nice to have a "shoot for the fences" draft where teams look for stars, but Morrissey comes with no guarantees. They are going to possibly get lots of players who will make their club in various roles, if not as impact players or stars. Jimmy Lodge in the late 3rd round was a steal, as he has significant upside. The thick Andrew Coop and the good sized Tucker Poolman can develop too. Down to the last pick, I think it looks like winnipeg is on the right track to building a strong foundation through wise drafting and development. If goaler Eric Comrie develops, their grade rises!