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Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 NHL Mock Draft: Pick #3

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Come one, come all to the 2013 NHL Mock Draft. Today we unveil the Tampa Bay Lightning's pick.

Harry How

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 third overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2013 Mock Draft.

Steve Yzerman: With the third overall selection in this years draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning are pleased to select...


Nathan MacKinnon

Centre / Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

6-0

182

September 1, 1995

Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS

Shoots: Right


Rankings: CSS (2 NA), ISS (1), TSN (2), Hockey Prospectus (2)

The Skinny: The Tampa Bay Lightning get a no-brainer here, selecting a player who many predict will go first overall in this draft. After having a fantastic Memorial Cup run in which he posted 7G, 6A in four games, the Cole Harbour, NS native's stock has hit its peak.

Hockey Prospectus:

"MacKinnon is a simply fantastic prospect who has all the tools a GM would want in a high draft choice. His body and skills are advanced, relative to the fact he is a tad over two weeks away from being bumped to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. MacKinnon is an elite skater, and possibly a generational one, easily the best in this draft class. He has an unbelievable first few steps, and he generates a ridiculous amount of power from his legs."

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)

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)