Photo: Nashville Predators top pick, Seth Jones, was the first player off the board from the WHL at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The Colorado Avalanche effectively eliminated any drama surrounding the first overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft by spreading the word weeks in advance that they were leaning toward selecting a forward. True to their word, the Avalanche bypassed Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones in favor of the Halifax Mooseheads’ Nathan McKinnon. In fact, Jones dropped to fourth overall where he was picked up by the ecstatic Nashville Predators.
Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart is the third of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart’s three sons who will be looking to follow in the father’s footsteps to the NHL (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
With the 2013 NHL Draft now passed, the focus can now turn to the class of 2014. Since Beyond Tomorrow looks at those players eligible for the next draft class, this is the last opportunity to discuss the 2014 draft-eligible players before shifting attention to the 2015's. With that in mind, here is a recap of the best of the late-1995 and 1996-born players.
Photo: The 2013 NHL Draft came and went with mostly minor trade activity taking place, but a record haul for the CHL leagues was one of the highlights (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
If one were to believe the content within the sheer volume of NHL trade rumors that clogged up trade blogs and message boards leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft, it would have been easy to come away thinking that every draft pick and player in the league was in play.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones and his fellow 2013 NHL Draft top prospects have been kept busy on Draft Weekend with various events in the NYC/NJ area (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
For much of the 2012-13 season, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was considered the consensus top prospect in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft. With the Colorado Avalanche holding the top pick it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Jones would be heading to Denver, where his father once played professional basketball and where Seth first started playing hockey.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has been the top-rated defender for the 2013 NHL Draft since the start of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League for the 2013 NHL Draft, a group that includes a very top-heavy batch of elite defensemen. All players in our ranking attended the NHL Combine last month.