Draft Rankings for 2013

This week, the winners and the losers of the 2013 draft are analyzed.
by Sylvain Tremblay | March 25, 2022, 3:22 PM ET

The methodology used to produce the draft rankings for 2013 was the same as the one used for 2016. If you missed it and you are interested in knowing how the ranks were determined, please check out that article.

For 2013, the top five teams were:

1.       New York Empire

Just like in 2014, the team with the 1st pick in 2013 ended up being the top-ranking team. The Empire had four picks in the top 100 and they got four good players out of it... Starting with Nathan MacKinnon at the top with the first pick, and then in the first round picking up at 13 and 14 in succession, Anthony Mantha and Nikita Zadorov. Their next pick under 100 was all the way down at 85, where they grabbed Brett Pesce. Then, they made a couple of misses with picks 120, 122, 141 and 168, where teams are pretty much expected to miss anyway. They could have stopped there and still would have ended up with the crown for this draft. Yet, they also selected Connor Clifton at 178 and MacKenzie Weegar at 191. The Empire rolled all over the competition at drafting in 2013!

2.       Calgary Mustangs

Two teams were fighting it out for the second place. The Mustangs came a hair ahead of the other. They started hot with their selection of Darnell Nurse at 9. In the second round, Calgary went with a player that hung a bit in the pros but has been mostly a tweener in Nic Petan, at 37. Then, in the third round, Mustangs picked Mattias Janmark at 65 who’s had a decent career for a third rounder. The selections that brought up the Mustangs were done later in the draft, at 135 and 150, when they picked Andreas Johnsson and Dominik Kubalik.

3.       Denver Rapids

While the Rapids ended up third, they certainly drafted players that should get them to challenge for the second place in the next few years. They had a great start with the selection of Seth Jones at 3. The Rapids had two other firsts and they made the best of it. At 16, they picked Ryan Pulock and then at 28 they jumped on Andre Burakovsky. Their other high pick was at 31 in the second round, where they picked a player that hasn’t worked out yet but hasn’t given up either in Morgan Klimchuk. Out of the other four later picks they held in the draft, the Rapids made two other noticeable selections. At 115, they got Kurtis Gabriel and at 144, they picked up Nick Paul.

4.       Vancouver Vipers

The Vipers earned the fourth place mostly on the back of one very savvy selection. In the fourth round, they were able to grab one of the gems of the draft in Jake Guentzel at96. They also made other solid selections that helped too, although those were much less spectacular. With their first-round pick, the Vipers went with Valeri Nichushkin at 12. In the second round, they snatched up J.T. Compher at 40. Their other picks were in the fourth round or later and three out of four at least got to play some games in the pros. At 83, Vancouver selected Marcus Hogberg. With the 124th and 128th selections, depth defensemen Ben Harpur and Tyler Lewington both played games at the pro level.

5.       Reykjavik Riders

The Riders fell a bit behind the Vipers. They had a pick in each of the first two rounds and then three picks in the third. Out of those five picks, they were able to get three solid players and two busts. Their two highest selections produced solid players, when the Riders hit at 5 with Sean Monahan and then picked a guy whose game has improved over the years at 33 in Ryan Hartman. In the third round, sandwiched between two busts, the Riders selected a player who just blew up at 61 in Carter Verhaeghe. Afterwards, out of six later selections, the only one that stuck out was Zach Sanford at 89.

Honorable mentions:

There are three other teams that may give the Rapids a run in the future: the Montreal Millionaires, the Acadia Golden Bears and the Edmonton Supersonics.

The Montreal Millionnaires have stood out in all the rankings done so far, with 2013 not being an exception. The bright star of their draft was acquired at 77 when they picked Pavel Buchnevich. Otherwise, they got a good depth player in William Carrier at 58. Their first two picks could be qualified as just adequate due to their draft rankings. Jonathan Drouin at number 2 and Robert Hagg at number 20 might both be a bit underwhelming choice. Lastly, the Millionnaires had a depth defenseman that’s still trying to establish himself at 170 when they selected Christian Djoos.

Prior to their poor 2014 draft, the Acadia Golden Bears had a fairly positive draft in 2013. Out of their 16 selections, they had success stories and then players still hanging on for success. The Bears benefited from a strong selection at the top of the draft, selecting Rasmus Ristolainen at 11. Then, still in the first round, they got a body at 22 in Michael McCarron and another really solid player at 23 in Tristan Jarry. Early in the second round, they got a goalie who has still promise by picking up Eric Comrie at 37. The Bear’s next two selections are still trying to earn regular spots:  Hudson Fasching at 43 and Nick Baptiste at 59. From there at 63 through 78, the Bears hit for 50%, which is pretty good at that range. John Hayden at 65 and Andrew Copp at 78 came about, with Copp being very successful for his draft rate. And there, still not yet over, with the Bears making tow late selections for depth players at 148 in Tyler Motte and at 164 with Carson Soucy. Quite a haul that could explode up the rankings should some of these players keep up on their early success.

The Edmonton Supersonics had a draft propped up by mostly two of their seven selections. Their top choice at 8 has been strong when the Supersonics got Bo Horvat there. Then in the sixth round, Edmonton decided to give Will Butcher a chance. In the middle rounds, the Supersonics were also able to selectCalvin Petersen, who has seen more pro time in the latest years. Their other selections look like busts at this point, dragging down the Supersonics a bit in this ranking.

Poor performers:

Four teams were identified as poor performers for 2013: the Hamburg Gladiators, the Quebec Canons, the Ottawa Slammers, and the Fredericton Express.

The Hamburg Gladiators had only four picks in the draft: a late first, a late second, then a fourth and a fifth. Out of these four, none of them have had any real success. While there is still hope around Zach Fucale selected at 27th, it’s likely game over for Linus Arnesson, Ryan Segalla and Wiley Sherman.

The Quebec Canons had a rough time in 2013. They did get a player at 7 in Curtis Lazar, but in a do over he would likely go much lower. Their second selection, Dillon Heatherington, at 35 in the second round, might play some but his window of opportunity is closing. Their other selection in the 2nd round, Thomas Vannelli, has likely hit the bust status, just like the other late selections made by the Canons in this draft.

The Ottawa Slammers had only four picks like the Gladiators. While going forward, their selections probably won’t be helping anyone, at least they all each played in the pros. The miss that hurt the Slammers the most was their pick in the first round at 17 when they added Emile Poirier. In the second round, they got a player who had a bit of success at 39 in Sven Andrighetto. The other two selectionsthey made in the third round are closing in on bust status: Peter Cehlarik and JC Lipon.

Lastly, the other team that didn’t fare well in the 2013 draft was the Fredericton Express. Their best selection, which allowed them to finish ahead of the other three contenders in this unwanted category, was made with the last pick of the draft of the draft when they selected Joakim Ryan. Otherwise, their first selection in the draft, at 30, once looked like he could become a decent player: Valentin Zykov. Just to put the nail a bit deeper in the coffin, here is the list of the other prospects that the Express wisely chose in the draft: Zach Nastasiuk (56), Jonathan-Ismael Diaby (84), Eric Roy (90), Bogdan Yakimov (113) and Justin Auger (141). This poor showing didn’t discourage the Express though, and they eventually stroke gold with their 2016 draft, earning the real crown of the draft that year.


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