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.
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.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has drawn media attention since Day 1 of the 2012-13 season, and the 2013 NHL Combine was no exception as the potential first overall selection held court in this media scrum (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
With the 2012-13 CHL season now officially in the books, attention has turned to the 2013 NHL Draft that takes place on June 30th in Newark, NJ. As it happens, the players generally considered to be the top 3 prospects for this draft – Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, and Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin – all happen to be players that competed in the CHL this past season.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie has continued his scoring exploits in the 2012-13 post-season, helping the Winterhawks make the Memorial Cup Tournament after near misses the past two years (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The puck drops for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup starting Friday evening at 6 PM CST. The host city’s Saskatoon Blades take on the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights to kick off a tournament that features the CHL’s three top-ranked clubs (and the unranked hosts). In addition, several highly-ranked 2013 prospects plus many well-regarded NHL prospects will be taking part in this tournament.