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NHL 2013 Draft Insights
The recently concluded NHL draft held few surprises, but that's not to say that nothing interesting was talked about. Earlier this week, RotoWire published my NHL draft cheat sheet, where I ranked the top 60 players in the draft class of 2013 in terms of talent alone. Of these 60 players, 49 of them went in the first two rounds (82%). Only two (Jackson Houck and Ryan Fitzgerald) lasted as long as the 4th round. Fitzgerald was the last of my 60 top picks to be chosen. He went at 120th overall to Boston. I had to chuckle when I saw that, as my NHL comparable to Fitzgerald was none other than Boston's own David Krejci.
Some of the more interesting observations came from the players themselves. Nate McKinnon (the number 1 pick) had this to say about Seth Jones being picked 4th overall, "I think this is such a tight draft. I don't know if we've seen anything like this before. Any four of us could have been No. 1, I think; it's pretty safe to say. Seth is a very special player, and he's going to have an unbelievable career in Nashville. Maybe in another draft, Seth would have been one, or maybe even this draft he could have been one. It was so tight; I guess it was just team preference."
McKinnon had this to say when the subject turned to Colorado and Patrick Roy, "They [Colorado] have such a promising team and such good young