Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 NHL Mock Draft: Pick #27

Harry How

Come one, come all to the 2013 NHL Mock Draft. Today we unveil the Columbus Blue Jackets' 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 twenty-seventh overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 Mock Draft.

Jarmo Kekäläinen: With the twenty-seventh overall selection in this years draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets' are pleased to select...


Valentin Zykov

Left Wing / Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

6-0

208

May 15, 1995

Hometown: St. Petersburg, RUS

Shoots: Right


Rankings: CSS (9 NA), ISS (19), TSN (37), Hockey Prospectus (19)

Hockey Prospectus:

"Zykov was one of this season's biggest surprises. He did not come into the QMJHL as an elite scoring prospect, but he really flourished at Baie-Comeau. He is a skilled player, showing nice touch with the puck. He is able to make plays in tight spaces, flashing high-end skill at times. He can distribute the puck at a quality level, showing quick decision-making, with good offensive instincts. Zykov's intriguing element is his physicality. He is quite strong for a U-18 player, and he is proficient at shielding the puck and driving the net."

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)
18 Detroit Red Wings Mirco Mueller D SUI Everett Silvertips (WHL)
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Pulock D CAN Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
20 San Jose Sharks Curtis Lazar RW CAN Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
21 Toronto Maple Leafs Andre Burakowsky LW AUT Malmö (Allsvenskan)
22 Calgary Flames Shea Theodore D CAN Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
23 Washington Capitals Jimmy Lodge LW USA Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
24 Vancouver Canucks Ryan Hartman RW USA Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
25 Montreal Canadiens JT Compher C USA USNTDP (USA U-18)
26 Anaheim Ducks Robert Hägg D SWE Modo (Elitserien)
27 Columbus Blue Jackets Valentin Zykov LW RUS Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

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)
17 Ottawa Senators Frederik Gauthier LW CAN Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
18 Detroit Red Wings Curtis Lazar RW CAN Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Kerby Rychel LW CAN Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
20 San Jose Sharks Samuel Morin D CAN Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
21 Toronto Maple Leafs Mirco Mueller D SUI Everett Silvertips (WHL)
22 Calgary Flames André Burakowsky RW AUT Malmö (Allsvenskan)
23 Washington Capitals Shea Théodore D CAN Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
24 Vancouver Canucks Ryan Hartman RW USA Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
25 Montreal Canadiens Adam Erne LW USA Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
26 Anaheim Ducks Valentin Zykov LW RUS Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

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