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Sweden stole the draft headlines in 2011, and this past summer it was defensemen taking the spotlight – with eight of the top 10 picks.

Next June, it could very well be the QMJHL grabbing all the attention.

The ‘Q’ is back – and in a big way.

Led by the Halifax trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and top-rated goalie Zach Fucale – seven players from the revitalized QMJHL earned spots in the McKeen’s preliminary rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Four other forwards have also stepped up to claim top-round berths – Val d’Or sniper Anthony Mantha, big Rimouski pivot Frederik Gauthier, gritty shooter Adam Erne, and strong-skating William Carrier.

It would mark quite a turnaround for a league that produced just one lone first-rounder last time – Russian import Mikhail Grigorenko.

The ‘Q’ factor is one of the storylines emerging so far in a draft year that is showing signs of being above-average in quality – and possibly special.

Certainly this draft class are shooting the lights out across junior – and beyond – with three of our top 10 flourishing in European pro leagues in Elias Lindholm, Aleksander Barkov, and Rasmus Ristolainen.

Maintaining or climbing the rankings won’t be an easy task however since the depth of talent for 2013 exceeds what we’ve witnessed over the past few drafts.

Normally, in an average crop year, there are about 15-20 players that initially stand out as distinct first-round candidates.

There won’t be any passengers this time around – with at least 40 ‘A’ grade prospects waging battle for a coveted top-30 placing.

We can expect movement among the top tier as well heading into a busy month of November – a key time for NHL scouts to assess how players respond as the level of play elevates.

It’s shaping up to be quite a race – in spite of the dampening effect of this tortuous NHL labour dispute.

Really, all we can do is drown ourselves in the World Juniors – and the draft – and hope the powers that be come to their senses – soon.

MCKEEN’S 2013 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS (NOV, 2012)

RANK PLAYER POS HT/WT BORN TM (LG) GP-G-A-PTS
1 Nathan MacKinnon C 6-0/180 9/1/95 Halifax (QMJHL) 16-18-11-29
2 Seth Jones D 6-3/205 10/3/94 Portland (WHL) 13-4-6-10
3 Elias Lindholm C 6-0/185 12/2/94 Brynas (Swe) 19-5-8-13
4 Aleksander Barkov C 6-2/205 9/2/95 Tappara (Fin) 19-10-9-19
5 Sean Monahan C 6-2/195 10/12/94 Ottawa (OHL) 14-6-16-22
6 Rasmus Ristolainen D 6-3/205 10/27/94 TPS Turku (Fin) 17-0-5-5
7 Hunter Shinkaruk LW 5-10/165 10/13/94 Medicine Hat (WHL) 18-11-14-25
8 Ryan Pulock D 6-0/210 10/6/94 Brandon (WHL) 16-7-11-18
9 Jonathan Drouin LW 5-11/185 3/28/95 Halifax (QMJHL) 10-10-13-23
10 Valeri Nichushkin RW 6-4/195 3/4/95 Chelmet (Rus 2) 15-8-2-10
11 Curtis Lazar C 6-0/195 2/2/95 Edmonton (WHL) 15-8-3-11
12 Josh Morrissey D 6-0/185 3/28/95 Prince Albert (WHL) 16-3-11-14
13 Nikita Zadorov D 6-5/230 4/15/95 London (OHL) 14-0-4-4
14 Robert Hagg D 6-2/195 2/8/95 MODO (Swe J20) 17-5-9-14
15 Anthony Mantha RW 6-3/200 9/16/94 Val d’Or (QMJHL) 15-15-13-28
16 Jason Dickinson C 6-1/180 7/4/95 Guelph (OHL) 15-8-9-17
17 Frederik Gauthier C 6-4/215 4/26/95 Rimouski (QMJHL) 17-10-10-20
18 Andre Burakovsky LW 6-1/180 2/9/95 Malmo (Swe 2) 16-0-2-2
19 Zachary Fucale G 6-1/180 5/28/95 Halifax (QMJHL) 12-1-0, 2.53
20 Max Domi C 5-9/195 3/2/95 London (OHL) 15-7-13-20
21 Adam Erne LW 6-1/195 4/20/95 Quebec (QMJHL) 15-11-13-24
22 J.T. Compher C 5-11/180 4/8/95 NTDP (USA) 6-2-1-3
23 Darnell Nurse D 6-3/190 2/4/95 Sault Ste Marie (OHL) 16-4-9-13
24 Kerby Rychel LW 6-1/200 10/7/94 Windsor (OHL) 17-10-5-15
25 Hudson Fasching C 6-3/195 7/28/95 NTDP (USA) 13-3-5-8
26 Jacob de la Rose LW 6-2/190 5/20/95 Leksands (Swe 2) 16-1-0-1
27 William Carrier LW 6-1/200 12/20/94 Cape Breton (QMJHL) 17-10-16-26
28 Shea Theodore D 6-2/185 8/3/95 Seattle (WHL) 14-4-7-11
29 Bo Horvat C 6-0/200 4/5/95 London (OHL) 15-6-5-11
30 Eric Comrie G 6-0/175 7/6/95 Tri-City (WHL) 9-6-2, 2.46
  * Goalies (W-L-T, GA)        
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6 Responses to McKeen’s Top 30 – November, 2012

  1. carl mantha says:

    Anthony Mantha begun the season at 200 pounds and is currently around 203 not. He was 180 pounds three years ago!

  2. Steven says:

    Nathan McKinnon is the real deal but watch out for johnathon druin he is amazing this year. Maybe Halifax MVP. My sleeper is William carrier watched him for two years a walk on who made the eagles last year in drafted. And is carrying the low skilled eagles. Will be a very good mid to late first round pick

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