NHL Draft digest for June 29th Teams looking to secure future


NEWARK, NJ The 2013 NHL Draft will be held Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Pro Hockey News will be well-represented at the event.  Later this evening we will release our final two selections in this year’s PHN Mock Entry Draft.


* Top prospects Seth Jones (No. 1-ranked North American skater), Nathan MacKinnon (No. 2-ranked North American skater), Jonathan Drouin (No. 3-ranked North American skater) and Darnell Nurse (No. 4-ranked North American skater), as well as Devils alumni Ken Daneyko, Jim Dowd, Bruce Driver and Grant Marshall, will participate in an on-ice clinic with 25 local youth hockey players to demonstrate stickhandling, shooting and passing skills.

The clinic begins at 1:30 p.m. at the AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center (25 Lafayette St., Newark, NJ). Return transportation will be provided.

* The NHL will host a Media Welcome Reception at the Wicked Wolf (120 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please note that a 2013 NHL Draft media credential is required to enter the event. Shuttle buses will depart from the Marriott Marquis every 30 minutes from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Return transportation also will be provided.

The NHL Draft highlights the diversity of the League’s player base. Those selected come from a wide variety of leagues spread out across continents and thousands of miles, stretching scouting staffs to rinks all over the world.

* A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected during the 2012 NHL Draft (Canada – 99, United States – 56, Sweden – 22, Russia – 11, Finland – 9, Czech Republic – 6, Denmark – 2, Latvia – 2, Belarus – 1, Germany – 1, Switzerland – 1, United Kingdom – 1).

Highest-Ranked Skaters by Birthplace, 2013 NHL Draft
Austria – Andre Burakovsky (No. 6-ranked European skater)
Canada – Nathan MacKinnon (No. 2-ranked North American skater)
Columbia – Edwin Hedberg (No. 77-ranked European skater)
Czech Republic – Jan Kostalek (No. 43-ranked North American skater)
Denmark – Oliver Bjorkstrand (No. 36-ranked North American skater)
Finland – Aleksander Barkov (No. 1-ranked European skater)
Germany – Markus Eisenschmid (No. 57-ranked European skater)
Kazakhstan – Stanislav Zinchenko (No. 111-ranked European skater)
Latvia – Edgars Klavins (No. 63-ranked European skater)
Norway – Markus Soberg (No. 82-ranked European skater)
Russia – Valeri Nichushkin (No. 2-ranked European skater)
Slovakia – Peter Cehlarik (No. 28-ranked European skater)
Sweden – Elias Lindholm (No. 3-ranked European skater)
Switzerland – Mirco Mueller (No. 9-ranked North American skater)
United States – Seth Jones (No. 1-ranked North American skater)

* The 211 players selected in 2012 represented 32 different leagues across the globe (OHL – 48, WHL – 32, USHL – 24, QMJHL – 19, SWE-JR. – 13, HIGH-MN – 8, SWEDEN – 8, FINLAND-JR. – 6, HIGH-MA – 6, BCHL – 5, RUSSIA-JR. – 5, AJHL – 4, WCHA – 4, ECAC – 3, HIGH-NH – 3, OJHL – 3, CCHA – 2, FINLAND – 2, NAHL – 2, SWEDEN-2 – 2, CCHL – 1, CZECH – 1, CZREP – 1, CZREP-JR. – 1, DENMARK – 1, EJHL – 1, H-EAST – 1, HIGH-CT – 1, HIGH-MI – 1, HIGH-QC – 1, RUSSIA – 1, SWISS – 1).

* Since 1969, the highest percentage of draft picks has come from the OHL (21.3%), followed by Europe (19.8%), the WHL (18.3%), college (11.2%), the QMJHL (10.4%) and high school (8.1%). The final 10.8% come from other leagues.

Highest-Ranked Skaters by League, 2013 NHL Draft
AJHL – Carson Soucy (No. 129-ranked North American skater)
BCHL – Adam Tambellini (No. 42-ranked North American skater)
CCHL – Blaine Byron (No. 122-ranked North American skater)
CZREP-JR. – Jan Stencel (No. 44-ranked European skater)
DENMARK – Matthias Asperup (No. 98-ranked European skater)
EJHL – Ryan Fitzgerald (No. 56-ranked North American skater)
FINLAND – Aleksander Barkov (No. 1-ranked European skater)
FINLAND-2 – Joose Antonen (No. 51-ranked European skater)
FINLAND-JR. – Aleksi Mustonen (No. 49-ranked European skater)
GERMANY – Kevin Orendorz (No. 109-ranked European skater)
GERMANY-2 – Markus Eisenschmid (No. 57-ranked European skater)
GERMANY-JR. – Erik Gollenbeck (No. 104-ranked European skater)
HIGH-CAN – Alex Coulombe (No. 68-ranked North American skater)
HIGH-US – Thomas Vannelli (No. 44-ranked North American skater)
MJHL – Paul Stoykewych (No. 204-ranked North American skater)
MWEHL – Aidan Muir (No. 108-ranked North American skater)
NCAA – Brett Pesce (No. 40-ranked North American skater)
NORWAY – Jorgen Karterud (No. 94-ranked European skater)
OHL – Darnell Nurse (No. 4-ranked North American skater)
OJHL – Matt Buckles (No. 117-ranked North American skater)
QMJHL – Nathan MacKinnon (No. 2-ranked North American skater)
RUSSIA – Valeri Nichushkin (No. 2-ranked European skater)
RUSSIA-JR – Pavel Buchnevich (No. 10-ranked European skater)
SLOVAKIA – Eduard Simun (No. 66-ranked European skater)
SLOVAKIA-JR. – Timotej Sille (No. 42-ranked European skater)
SWEDEN – Elias Lindholm (No. 3-ranked European skater)
SWEDEN-2 – Alexander Wennberg (No. 5-ranked European skater)
SWEDEN-JR. – Robert Hagg (No. 8-ranked European skater)
SWISS – Luca Fazzini (No. 81-ranked European skater)
SWISS-JR. – Fabio Hogger (No. 27-ranked European skater)
USHL – Ian McCoshen (No. 24-ranked North American skater)
WHL – Seth Jones (No. 1-ranked North American skater)

Take an exclusive look at the drafting process as the Blue Jackets conduct a pre-draft interview Seth Jones . . . Sean Monahan (No. 5-ranked North American skater) penned the latest entry in his draft blog . . . The NHL announced the 2012-13 All-Rookie Team, featuring forwards Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Huberdeau and Brandon Saad; defensemen Jonas Brodin and Justin Schultz; and goaltender Jake Allen . . . In a cover vote campaign that received 22 million votes online an addition 1 million votes via Twitter, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was selected as the cover athlete of the upcoming NHL 14 video game . . . An estimated 2 million people attended the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade.

The 2013 NHL Draft will be held on Sunday, June 30, at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., beginning at 3:00 p.m. All seven rounds of the draft will be conducted on the same day for the first time since 2006. TSN will televise the event live in Canada and RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network will present live coverage from 3:00-8:00 p.m., after which NHL Network will provide continuing coverage.

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