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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Aleksander Barkov, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Aleksander Barkov, Finland
Photo: Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov has already spent two seasons in Finland’s top league despite being only 17 years of age (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/NHLI via Getty Images)

A fan looking for a player among the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft that is physically ready to move to the NHL next season might look no further than Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov, the 6'2”, 205-pound center who played for Tappara in Finland's top league, the SM-liiga.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Zachary Fucale, QMJHL

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Zachary Fucale, QMJHL
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zachary Fucale enters the 2013 NHL Draft as the only goaltending prospect with a genuine chance of being chosen in the first round (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what is considered a strong NHL Draft class, the position of goaltender is perhaps the one in this age group that is lacking high-end depth. The one exception to that rule would be Halifax Mooseheads goaltender, Zachary Fucale.

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Stencel a talented defender in a smaller package

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Stencel a talented defender in a smaller package

Photo: Defenseman Jan Stencel was one of the top three performers for the Czech Republic at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Lubo Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)

When searching the junior ranks for future NHL talent, good defensemen are usually harder to come by than good forwards. The upcoming NHL Draft class of players based in the Czech Republic is, however, an exception to that rule.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Darnell Nurse, OHL

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Darnell Nurse, OHL
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse has developed into a potential top 10 selection with his combination of size, grit and offensive ability (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

When talk of the top defensemen available for the 2013 NHL Draft bubbled up over the course of the 2012-13 season, those discussions pretty much began and ended with potential first overall selection, Seth Jones.

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Curtis Lazar, WHL

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Video: 2013 NHL Combine – Curtis Lazar, WHL
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings center Curtis Lazar helped inprove his draft status with a strong second half to his 2012-13 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Center Curtis Lazar and his Edmonton Oil Kings teammates made another run to the WHL championship this season, only to be dispatched by the Portland Winterhawks in a rematch of last year's championship that was won by the Oil Kings.

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