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2013 Draft Eligibles: Portland Winterhawks Nicolas Petan is a diminutive giant

When will NHL scouts learn that size isn’t everything? Too often scouts and analysts use physical stature as a benchmark for NHL-caliber talent. Yet, each year small players thrive in hockey’s most physically demanding league and defy the odds. This season was no exception in the Western Hockey League. The Portland Winterhawks were the league champs this season thanks to a loaded lineup with a multitude of current NHL draft picks and more to come in the 2013 NHL Draft. Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the most unlikely package. Standing tall at 5’9” and weighing in at 165-pounds soaking …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Updated (5/31)Mock Draft One

Leading up to the draft Jared Abbott and I will be putting out several iterations of a first round mock. As the draft order becomes finalized and teams’ rosters begin to take shape it will surely effect the projected picks. Of course, there is always the possibility of trades as well, which could dramatically alter the mock. I have made some significant changes to my picks from my first mock draft. Here is my first mock and here is Jared’s. Additionally, here is Jared’s revised mock draft. Also check out my Top 30 List as well as Jared’s Top 30. …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Updated (5/31) Mock Draft Two

There have been some changes from the time my last mock draft posted until now. The players who rose the most were Nikita Zadorov (London Knights; OHL) and Robert Hagg (Modo; Swedish Elite League). Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers; WHL) and Steven Santini (US U-18; USHL) were the biggest fallers in the first round. There are also two new faces in this mock draft: Robert Hagg (above) and Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets; WHL). The breakdown and full mock draft is below. You can find my first mock here, as well as Tom’s first mock. Additionally, here is Tom’s revised mock. …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Is Rimouski’s Frederik Gauthier the next Keith Primeau?

Keith Primeau was one of the greatest leaders the NHL has ever seen. He shined for years with the Philadelphia Flyers, while being regarded as one of the most dominant two-way centers in the league. His leadership and post as the commander of the Flyers epitomized the hard-nosed, blue-collar spirit that Philly holds dear. Big-bodied centers with good hands and a strong hockey I.Q. are not easy to find. That’s why there is only one Keith Primeau. But a young, 6’5” 210-pound center from the province of Quebec may be developing into a Primeau-eque mold. Frederik Gauthier hails from the …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Mirco Mueller is another in the line of Swiss-born players to achieve success in the WHL

Two words come to mind when describing the play of Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller. Smooth and mobile. Given Mueller’s size at 6’4 he’s remarkably agile and his crossover and pivots are excellent for such a big player. With his mobility and speed Mueller has an uncanny ability to cover a lot of ice defensively and on the offensive side his quickness opens up passing and shooting lanes for his teammates.   Offensively, Mueller was reliable for Everett this past season registering 6 goals, 25 assists, for 31 points in 63 games played this year. Mueller, also spelled Müller, was …

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