Memorial Cup winner Nathan MacKinnon is again the top-ranked draft prospect, according to TSN hockey guru Bob McKenzie. The 2013 Stafford Smythe Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) winner was pronounced McKenzie’s pick in the days leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30.
The Colorado Avalanche hold the first-overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. The three likely candidates to be drafted first overall are forward MacKinnon, defender Seth Jones, and forward Jonathan Drouin.
MacKinnon had long been considered the top prospect heading into the 2012-13 hockey season. Midway through the season, however, Denver defender Seth Jones emerged as the likely top pick, a prediction that reached its height in April when the Avalanche were awarded the rights to select first overall.
The junior hockey playoffs, however, changed the opinions of many scouts. MacKinnon was a standout in the Québec League playoffs and then MVP in the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup tournament. He even scored a hat trick in the championship game to help the Halifax Mooseheads capture the title.
This season, hockey fans have collected MacKinnon memorabilia through Canadian Hockey League licensee In The Game Trading Cards, including the recently-released 2012-13 In The Game Draft Prospects.
There's a new leader atop TSN's Final 2013 NHL Draft Rankings. Read all about it: http://t.co/MHiMlyh13a
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 25, 2013