Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 NHL Mock Draft: Pick #17

Harry How

Come one, come all to the 2013 NHL Mock Draft. Today we unveil the Ottawa Senators' pick.

Hey all! Welcome to another instalment of Arctic Ice Hockey's annual NHL Mock Draft.

Over the next thirty days, we will attempt to telepathically channel the minds of NHL General Managers as they complete their final rankings in preparation for the 2013 NHL Draft being held June 30, 2012 in Newark, NJ.

Without further adieu, we present our loyal readers with the seventeenth overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 Mock Draft.

Bryan Murray: With the seventeenth overall selection in this years draft, the Ottawa Senators' are pleased to select...


Nikita Zadorov

Defenceman / London Knights (OHL)

6-4

200

April 15, 1995

Hometown: Moscow, RUS

Shoots: Left


Rankings: CSS (22 NA), ISS (8), TSN (11), Hockey Prospectus (16)

The Skinny: The Ottawa Senators' blue-line is now one of the youngest in the NHL, hosting talents the likes of Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba. Despite drafting Ottawa's own Cody Ceci last summer, a talent such a Nikita Zadorov should pique the Sens interest.

Hockey Prospectus:

"Zadorov is an elite physical player who possesses many tools for future success. He has a 6'5", 220-pound frame, and he is unusually strong for a player his age. He uses it to his advantage, as he loves to take the body and land highlight reel hits. He skates at an above-average to plus level, which is significant for a player at his size. He can close gaps remarkably well. The rest of his game is not as impressive, but he could be a fine puck mover and positional defender."

AIH Draft Board


Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club
1 Colorado Avalanche Seth Jones D USA Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 Florida Panthers
Jonathan Drouin LW CAN Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
3 Tampa Bay Lightning
Nathan MacKinnon C CAN Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4 Nashville Predators Aleksander Barkov C FIN Tappara (SM-liiga)
5 Carolina Hurricanes Sean Monahan C CAN Ottawa 67's (OHL)
6 Calgary Flames Hunter Shinkaruk LW CAN Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
7 Edmonton Oilers Elias Lindholm C SWE Brynas (Elitserien)
8 Buffalo Sabres Darnell Nurse D CAN Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
9 New Jersey Devils Bo Horvat C CAN London Knights (OHL)
10 Dallas Stars Valeri Nichushkin RW RUS Chelyabinsk 2 (MHL)
11 Philadelphia Flyers Rasmus Ristolainen D FIN TPS (SM-liiga)
12 Phoenix Coyotes Anthony Mantha RW CAN Val d'Or Forreaurs (QMJHL)
13 Winnipeg Jets Kerby Rychel LW CAN Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
14 Columbus Blue Jackets Max Domi C CAN London Knights (OHL)
15 New York Islanders Alexander Wennberg C SWE Djurgaden (Allsvenskan)
16 Buffalo Sabres Frederik Gauthier LW CAN Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
17 Ottawa Senators Nikita Zadorov D RUS London Knights (OHL)

Community Draft Board

Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club
1 Colorado Avalanche Seth Jones D USA Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

2 Florida Panthers
Nathan MacKinnon C CAN Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
3 Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan Drouin LW CAN Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4 Nashville Predators Aleksander Barkov C FIN Tappara (SM-liiga)
5 Carolina Hurricanes Valeri Nichushkin RW RUS Chelyabinsk 2 (MHL)
6 Calgary Flames Sean Monahan C CAN Ottawa 67's (OHL)
7 Edmonton Oilers Darnell Nurse D CAN Sault Ste. Marie Grehyounds (OHL)
8 Buffalo Sabres Elias Lindholm C SWE Brynas (Elitserien)
9 New Jersey Devils Hunter Shinkaruk LW CAN Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
10 Dallas Stars Bo Horvat C CAN London Kinghts (OHL)
11 Philadelphia Flyers Rasmum Ristolainen D FIN TPS (SM-liiga)
12 Phoenix Coyotes Max Domi C CAN London Knights (OHL)
13 Winnipeg Jets Anthony Mantha RW CAN Val d'Or Forreurs (QMJHL)
14 Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Pulock D CAN Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
15 New York Islanders Nikita Zadorov D RUS London Knights (OHL)
16 Buffalo Sabres Alexander Wennberg C SWE Djurgarden (Allsvenskan)

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