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Photo: Forward Ryan Fitzgerald was selected by the Boston Bruins 120th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Fitzgerald is expected to attend Boston College in the Fall. (courtesy Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite not having a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins had several late picks that could turn out to be steals when all is said and done. There were rumors that Tyler Seguin might be moved at the draft, however that trade came in the following days, when he was moved in package to the Dallas Stars as part of a blockbuster seven-player trade.
Photo: The Predators landed defenseman Seth Jones, thought to be a potential first overall pick, with the fourth selection. Jones is expected to step into a top-pairing role alongside Shea Weber for Nashville next season (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators held the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and found themselves the consensus “luckiest team in the draft.” Considered by many to be the best prospect available in the draft, Seth Jones fell from a potential first overall pick right into the hands of David Poile at fourth overall. The Preds entered the day with 10 draft picks and picked 10 players, but only after trading the 112th overall pick to St. Louis for 203rd overall and a pick in next year’s fourth round.
Photo: Calgary selected Ottawa 67’s center Sean Monahan at sixth overall, the highest pick the Flames have had since the late 1990’s (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames entered the 2013 NHL Draft with a committed plan to rebuild and selected key players to help construct the new foundation. Prior to the draft, General Manager Jay Feaster traded away Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O’Brien. The trade continues the trend of adding youth, fresh energy, and a new look to the organization.
Photo: Swedish center Alexander Wennberg was the first of three picks in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets and new GM Jarmo Kekalainen (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The 2013 NHL Draft is one that will shape the future of first year general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. The NHL’s first Finnish General Manager had the luxury of picking three times in the first round (14th, 19th and 27th overall) and eight times total in the draft.
Photo: Forward Jonathan Drouin was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Drouin finished the 2012-13 season with 41 goals in 49 QMJHL games. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
Hardly any mock drafts had Seth Jones (NAS) slipping past the second overall pick. But when the Florida Panthers chose Aleksander Barkov, it left Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman with an interesting choice to make – improve upon the organization's defensive prospects, or add another highly skilled forward to the mix.
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- 8. Alexander Protapovich
- 9. Dmitrii Sergeev
- 10. Dakota Mermis
- 11. Max Iafrate
- 12. Gianluca Curcuruto
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- 2. Vladimir Tkachyov
- 3. Alexandre Goulet
- 4. Daniel Moynihan
- 5. Julio Billia
- 6. Matt Murphy
- 7. Anthony DeLuca
- 8. Emil Aronsson
- 9. Nikita Lyamkin
- 10. Mark Simpson
- 11. Kurt Etchegary
- 12. Scott Oke
- 13. Eric Brassard
- 14. Sebastien Auger
- 15. Denis Gorbunov
- 16. Philippe Gadoury
- 17. Jacob Sweeney
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