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THN's mid-season draft rankings

A brief look ahead to the draft
Thursday, 07.02.2013 / 4:22 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

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As we gradually progress towards the tail end of winter, more and more focus will begin shifting towards the 2013 Entry Draft which will be hosted by the Devils in New Jersey. We're at about the halfway mark of the evaluation period with the tail end of junior seasons coming up before playoffs and the combine this summer.

Over at The Hockey News, resident prospect guru Ryan Kennedy has put together his top 30 prospects as we hit the midway mark. It goes as follows:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax
2. Seth Jones, D, Portland
3. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax
4. Sasha Barkov, C, Tappara
5. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas
6. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa
7. Robert Hagg, D, Modo
8. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS
9. Hunter Shinkaruk, LW, Medicine Hat
10. Adam Erne, RW, Quebec
11. Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie
12. Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton
13. Valery Nichushkin, LW, Chelyabinsk
14. Anthony Mantha, LW, Val d’Or
15. Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert
16. Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina
17. Jacob De La Rose, LW, Leksands
18. Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon
19. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski
20. Valentin Zykov, RW, Baie Comeau
21. Zach (Zachary) Fucale, G, Halifax
22. Nikita Zadorov, D, London
23. Artturi Lehkonen, LW, Kalpa
24. Max Domi, C, London
25. Steve Santini, D, USNDTP
26. Jason Dickinson, LW, Guelph
27. Ian McCoshen, D, Warterloo
28. Eric Comrie, G, Tri City
29. Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgardens
30. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor

You'll note that Nathan MacKinnon is still getting first overall praise despite playing a minimal role for Canada at this year's World Juniors. American defenceman Seth Jones is close behind with MacKinnon's Halifax teammate Jonathan Drouin rounding out the top three.

Also of note is Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's checking in at number six.

For those of you wondering where the Sens check in to all of this, it's still to early in the NHL season to tell. With only a quarter of the season in the rearview mirror, literally anything could happen. With that in mind, if we assume that the season plays out exactly how the standings currently dictate — the Sens currently sit seventh in the NHL — they would pick up Max Domi of the London Knights. Mixed emotions for those who remember his father's clashes with the Sens I'm sure, but a quality player nonetheless. This, of course, assumes this happens to be the exact draft order which is highly unlikely.

As we progress down the stretch I'll be sure to keep an eye on draft rankings and update you accordingly.

Who would you like to see the Sens come away with from the upcoming draft? Shoot me a tweet and let me know.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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