Sunday, May 12, 2013

2013 NHL Draft Final Rankings

The 2013 NHL Draft is about a month and a half away, taking place on June 30th in Newark, New Jersey. There are 18 players from Minnesota on the final draft rankings who played their high school hockey in Minnesota. There may also be players from Shattuck-St. Mary's that are not included on this list because I do not know enough about the Shattuck players to give a proper evaluation.

Tommy Vanelli ranks as the highest
Minnesotan in the draft rankings
44. Tommy Vanelli, D, Minnetonka- The senior defenseman posted 10 goals, 25 assists for 35 points in 27 games in 2012-2013 while often quarterbacking the power play for the Skippers. Committed to
Minnesota, Vanelli will likely head in next season as a true freshman, but may opt for the USHL. He is a steady defenseman who has good vision and offensive capability to join the rush.
45. Connor Hurley, F, Edina- The junior forward posted 52 points on 20 goals and 32 assists while playing on the Hornets' first line and against one of the toughest schedules in the state. He is a constant offensive threat and has great playmaking abilities. Will play college hockey at Notre Dame following next season. Not sure if he will forgo his final year at Edina for the USHL but I could see him staying as he is the type of player that may not need junior hockey before making the jump to the NCAA.
64. Teemu Kivihalme, D, Burnsville- Scored 9 goals and 22 assists for 31 points in 28 games. Decent size defenseman, but not huge. Great player to have at the top of the power play and plays steady defense. Committed to Colorado College.
70. Hudson Fasching, F, Apple Valley- Exploded onto the high school hockey scene as a freshman for Apple Valley, but then headed to Ann Arbor for the US National Development Team for his final two
Fasching playing with the Development Program
high school years. Posted 4 goals and 7 assists in 25 games playing at the USHL level. Big forward with offensive talent and good at protecting the puck. A Minnesota Golden Gopher recruit, I would expect him to head to Minneapolis in the fall instead of spending a third season in the USHL.
77. Avery Peterson, F, Grand Rapids- A big, skilled forward, Peterson scored 27 goals and added 35 assists in 26 games for the Thunderhawks. If he returns to Grand Rapids for his senior year, he could be a likely Mr. Hockey candidate.
80. Jake Guentzel, F, Hill-Murray- Guentzel left Hill-Murray for his senior season to play with Sioux City in the USHL where he had a scoring line of 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points in 60 games. Committed to Nebraska-Omaha, what Guentzel lacks in size he makes up for in skill. He can put the puck away but could be defined more as a skilled playmaker.
81. Blake Heinrich, D, Hill-Murray- Like his Pioneer teammate Guentzel, Heinrich decided to forgo his senior campaign at Hill-Murray to play for Sioux City. The hard-hitting defenseman racked up 20 points in 42 games, along with 110 penalty minutes. He plays a solid defensive game and delivers bone-crushing hits, and can also chip in offensively. Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
106. Grant Besse, F, Benilde-St. Margaret's- Got passed over in the 2012 draft, but I don't see that happening again. Besse scored 48 goals and 76 points in 28 games en route the Mr. Hockey Award. Heading to Wisconsin to play for the Badgers in the fall, someone will pick up this natural goal scorer in this year's draft.
Jonny Brodzinski with St. Cloud State
132. Jonny Brodzinski, F, Blaine- He's been passed over the past two seasons in the draft, but after leading all NCAA freshmen in goals scored with 22 he could find himself being a late pick. He will
return to St. Cloud State next season.
140. Parker Reno, D, Edina- An RPI commit, Reno captained the Edina Hornets to the state title in 2013. Tallied 2 goals and 22 assists for 24 points while providing the Hornets' blueline with steady defense.
141. Neal Pionk, D, Hermantown- The junior defenseman led his Hawks to a fourth consecutive state title game, and a fourth consecutive runner-up finish. Punched in 16 goals and 39 points in 30 games from the blueline. Plays a hard hitting game and has no problem leading a rush up the ice. Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
148. Gage Ausmus, D, East Grand Forks- The senior defenseman has played his last two seasons for the US National Development Team in the USHL. Originally a Denver recruit, he recently committed to North Dakota, just down the road from his hometown.
160. Zach Glienke, F, Eagan- Committed to Maine this year as a senior. A Mr. Hockey candidate posted 32 goals and 64 points in 28 games. He is a big forward with loads of offensive talent and a nose for the net. Will likely play USHL next year, but could go into Maine as a true freshman like his former Wildcat teammate Will Merchant.
Jake Jackson with Tartan in 2012-2013
170. Jake Jackson, F, Tartan- Kind of exploded onto the scene this season. Committed to Michigan
Tech, and drafted 12th overall in the USHL draft this year. Scored 32 goals and 27 assists in 26 games for Tartan in 2012-2013.
176. Adam Johnson, F, Hibbing- The UMD commit scored 20 goals and 27 assists for Hibbing/Chisholm with not a lot of help surrounding him. Played some games for the Indianna Ice where he will spend next season before playing for the Bulldogs.
203. Justin Kloos, F, Lakeville South- Playing with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL, Kloos posted 29 goals and 87 points in 60 games. Passed over in last year's draft, Kloos will likely get picked up this year before heading to the University of Minnesota.
209. Vinni Lettieri, F, Minnetonka- Passed up his senior year at Minnetonka for the USHL playing with the Lincoln Stars. He scored 28 goals and 56 points in 61 games. Will play for the University of Minnesota.
226. Chris Forney, D, Thief River Falls- The senior defenseman posted 9 goals and 23 assists for 32 points in 2012-2013.

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