NEWARK, NJ – The 2013 NHL Entry Draft got off to an interesting start on Sunday and never looked back as one of the more surprising drafts in league history. Seth Jones, who until recently was projected to go first overall, fell to fourth overall to the Nashville Predators, a team that needs offense more than defense. Still, with Ryan Sutter gone to Minnesota last summer, will be seen as his replacement
With Patrick Roy now a part of the Colorado brain trust, the Avs made sure that Nathan McKinnon was going to be the first overall pick. The Aleksander Barkov went next to Florida who seemed to be locked into Jones but with the Panthers in dire need of offense, taking Barkov appeared to be the better fit than Jones would have. The same goes for the Tampa Bay Lightning and quickly snatched up the human highlight reel in Jonathan Drouin.
Jones than went to Nashville which would set things back to some “normalcy” where the rest of the top picks went pretty much where they were projected to go. The hometown New Jersey Devils however made the drafts biggest noise when they traded there first overall pick at 9 to the Vancouver Canucks straight up for goaltender Cory Schneider. Needless to say that left the Devils fans in attendance in a load roar.
The Philadelphia Flyers took the first “reach” by taking 6’ 6” defenseman Samuel Morin after passing on other highly rated defensemen but fans need to know before panicking in South Philly that he made the biggest jump out of all of the players in the draft so his stock was rising long before the draft began.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had three first round picks as did the Calgary Flames. Columbus took forwards with all three picks as did Calgary. The Buffalo Sabres has two selections in the first and made the most of them by taking defensemen with both picks.
All seven rounds took place which made for a very long day and an even longer night. Overall it made for a fun, interesting day.
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