Saturday, June 29, 2013

2013 NHL Draft Fantasy Hockey Based Top 100 Prospect Rankings (THW)

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Hand-crafted especially for fantasy hockey junkies (but not exclusive to), the following rankings are based on a prospect’s pure offensive potential.
Goalies get no love here. Apologies to the vital guardians of the goal, but your potential is just too monumentally difficult to predict from a fantasy armchair GM’s point of view.
As THW former colleague Josh Deitell eloquently summed up comparing the actual NHL draft versus fantasy drafts:
Grit, work ethic, defensive-zone play, and personality: all intangibles that NHL teams consider when making their selections in the NHL Entry Draft that are not particularly relevant for fantasy hockey.
Yes, you do want to pick players who you think will make it to the NHL and contribute, so it’s important to consider bust potential and the fact that some European players take years to make their way across the pond and can easily make their way back, but first and foremost is offensive upside.
One will quickly notice some of the undersized forwards and blueliners creep up the rankings in comparison with my Final Top 210 Rankings. To reiterate, these rankings are focused on the pure offensive upside a prospect possesses.

Link to the full Top 100 Fantasy Hockey Based Rankings at The Hockey Writers. 


THW's 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile Index

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In addition to The Next Ones 2013 NHL Entry Draft Guide  Headquarters, THW brings you the 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Index, giving you access to in depth player profiles on this year’s fabulous draft class. From our team of ten The Next Ones prospect profilers to David O’Connor’s in depth articles all the way to Eldon MacDonald’s War Room series of posts, THW has you covered for unique information and analysis on the next wave of players hoping to take the next step in their journey that hopefully leads to the big league.
From Allen (Evan) to Zykov (Valentin), The Hockey Writers is your quintessential destination for NHL Draft coverage.
*Bookmark and check back often as this page will be updated regularly leading up to the draft.
Seth Jones
Seth Jones – MacKinnon, Drouin and Barkov have monumental obstacle in the way in their pathway to potential #1 overall selection. (Brian Heim/Portland Winterhawks – WHL)
(Alphabetical order by surname: click on name/link for detailed prospect profiles)
[See where they're ranked (also with links to profiles): 2013 NHL Draft Rankings: The Next Ones Final Top 210]


Marko "Book 'Em" Dano: The Next Ones NHL Draft Profile

Excerpt from in-depth profile on Dano as found on The Hockey Writers

Marko Dano THW Close-Up:

Marko Dano
Marko Dano (Photo: HC Slovan Bratislava)
Date of birth: 1994-Nov-30
Place of birth:  Eisenstadt, AUT
Ht: 5’11  Wt: 183 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: C/W
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013 1st year eligible
Twitter:  n/a
THW The Next Ones Rankings (Final Top 210): 54th

Other Rankings:

[NHL 2013 Draft Guide – The Next Ones Draft Headquarters: Your quintessential draft resource]

Book ‘Em, Dano!

Dano is an Austrian born Slovakian forward who is an interesting study for this draft class.
He first impressed me at the 2012 World Juniors in Calgary as the youngest player on the Slovakian squad as a spark-plug player who initiated play and showed creativity in somewhat limited duty. As planned, he was a leader of the Slovakian 2013 WJCs entry and impressed with 9 points in 6 games.
The 5’11″ forward is an energetic and very good skater although NHL Central Scouting’s Goran Stubb has stated he could use work on his skating and first step acceleration. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this aspect of Dano’s game as I see him as a powerful skater with good speed and get up and go ability.
What has allowed Dano to succeed in the Slovakian Men’s league 2 seasons ago and in the KHL this past season is his high level hockey sense and above average vision. He’s a smart player who reads the game well. He is a very aware and responsible player all over the rink.
Dano plays an in your face up-tempo game and is that agitating, gritty but skilled forward that every NHL team covets these days. He plays a physical game and is very strong for his size – his performance at the Scouting Combine proved that.
Dano doubles as an effective playmaker and finisher. He also possesses a good set of mits, as they say, with deft puckhandling ability. He also has great hockey genes as his father Jozef played professionally in Europe for 19 years and is current assistant coach with Dukla Trencin in the Slovakian Men’s top league. While the younger Dano likes Jaromir Jagr as a player, the reason he wears jersey #68 in club play is because that was his father’s number, as he explained to me through a translator in Calgary in 2012.
Who’s going to step up to the podium in Newark and say: “Book ‘em Dano”?

Where He’ll Land in June:

 He was ranked 54th overall in The Next Ones Final Top 210 Rankings and could possibly go anywhere from 40 to 60.

*This article was originally published at The Hockey Writers.

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