Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forwards Jonathan Drouin (L) and Nathan MacKinnon (R) head a strong 2013 draft class from the QMJHL (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
If the pre-draft hype is to be believed, 2013 will be a banner year for draft-eligible players coming out of the QMJHL. Not only is the league celebrating their third consecutive Memorial Cup championship, this time led by a pair of draft-eligible Halifax Mooseheads in Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, but as many as eight or nine QMJHL players could be selected in the first round of this year's draft.
Photo: Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, and Seth Jones will learn where they begin their professional careers at this month’s draft (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Stanley Cup Finals are still underway between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, but much of the attention around the NHL has turned to the 2013 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier has watched his NHL Draft stock increase steadily over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
While the thought of drafting a solid two-way forward may not be appealing to the average hockey fan, judging by his steady rise in the 2013 NHL Draft rankings, it looks like hockey scouts are excited about the potential of Rimouski Oceanic center, Frederik Gauthier.