FC releases January Ranking for 2013 NHL Draft

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For the first time, there’s a new top dog among eligibles for the 2013 NHL Draft according to Future Considerations scouts.

After standout performances at the World Junior Championship and CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, defenseman Seth Jones has overtaken Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon as the top prospect in June’s draft.

Jones, who also had a spectacular run with the Portland Winterhawks including being named Hockey Soda Energy draft eligible Defenseman of the Month for December, has previously been behind MacKinnon since preliminary rankings came out last June. As a rookie in the WHL, the six-foot-four, 205-pound Jones has eight goals and 31 points in 37 games, including 12 points in his last 12 outings.

Finland’s Aleskander Barkov remains third while Jonathan Drouin, MacKinnon’s Halifax teammate, moves into fourth.

New to the top-10 is Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Previously ranked 12th, the towering six-foot-four defenseman has made his debut among the draft’s elite and trails just Jones as the draft’s top draft eligible.

Rank / Pos. / Name / Team / League / Ht / Wt /

1). D Seth Jones, Portland, WHL, 6-4, 205
2). RW/C Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax, QMJHL, 6-0, 180
3). C Aleksander Barkov, Tappara, SM-liiga, 6-2, 205
4). C/LW Jonathan Drouin, Halifax, QMJHL, 5-11, 175
5). C Elias Lindholm, Brynas, Elitserien, 6-0, 185
6). C Sean Monahan, Ottawa, OHL, 6-2, 195
7). D Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL, 6-4, 185
8). D Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS, SM-Liiga, 6-3, 205
9). D Nikita Zadorov, London, OHL, 6-5, 225
10). LW Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat, WHL, 6-0, 175
11). D Ryan Pulock, Brandon, WHL, 6-1, 210
12). LW/C Valeri Nichushkin, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL, 6-3, 175
13). D Robert Hägg, Modo J20, SuperElit, 6-2, 200
14). C/LW Max Domi, London, OHL, 5-10, 195
15). D Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert, WHL, 6-0, 185
16). LW Alexander Wennberg, Djurgården, Allsvenskan, 5-11, 160
17). LW Anthony Mantha, Val-d ‘Or, QMJHL, 6-3, 185
18). C Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski, QMJHL, 6-5, 210
19). D Keaton Thompson, US NTDP U18, 6-1, 175
20). RW Artturi Lekhonen, KalPa, SM-liiga, 5-10, 160
21). C Curtis Lazar, Edmonton, WHL, 6-0, 185
22). LW Kerby Rychel, Windsor, OHL, 6-1, 200
23). C Connor Hurley, Edina, USHS, 6-1, 175
24). C Morgan Klimchuk, Regina, WHL, 5-11, 180
25). RW Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-0, 200
26). LW Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL, 6-0, 210
27). C Bo Horvat, London, OHL, 6-0, 195
28). C J.T. Compher, U-17 USDP, USHL, 6-0, 165
29). C Laurent Dauphin, Chicoutimi, QMJHL, 5-11, 165
30). D Shea Theodore, Seattle, WHL, 6-0, 170

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