Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones, left, Halifax Mooseheads centre Nathan MacKinnon, centre, and Halifax Mooseheads left winger Jonathan Drouin have been listed by NHL Central Scouting as potential first round selections in the 2013 NHL Draft. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)
All eyes will be on the top three projected picks at the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday. Before their names are called to join their new NHL clubs on stage in New Jersey, see the top highlights of Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, and Jonathan Drouin.
All eyes will be on the top three projected picks at the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday. Before they join their new NHL clubs on stage in New Jersey, read up on Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, and Jonathan Drouin and watch some of their top highlights from their time in junior hockey.
Age: 18 Birthplace: Arlington, Tex.
Junior team: Portland Winterhawks
2012/13 stats: 61GP, 14G, 42A, 33 PIM
NHL Central Scouting has the mobile defenceman ranked No. 1 overall, and that's because he's got speed, size, strength and a nose for the net -- all the qualities coveted by teams desperate for a young offensive-minded blue-liner to plug into their roster as soon as possible.
Age: 18 Birthplace: Halifax, N.S.
Junior team: Halifax Mooseheads
2012/13 stats: 44GP, 32G, 43A, 45 PIM
Patrick Roy, the newest coach of the Colorado Avalanche, expressed his desire to take the speedy centre with the first-overall selection in this year's draft.
It's not hard to see why, especially after the show he put on during the Memorial Cup. MacKinnon was tops in tournament scoring with seven goals and 13 points over four games. It earned him MVP honours, and may also earn him the first-overall designation.
Age: 18 Birthplace: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que.
Position: Left wing
Junior team: Halifax Mooseheads
2012/13 stats: 49GP, 41G, 86A, 42 PIM
MacKinnon's teammate helped the Mooseheads to an amazing 58-6-4 record in the QMJHL this year, as the winger not only benefited from playing with MacKinnon, but vice versa.
The reigning CHL Player of the Year and QMJHL MVP earned those honours by averaging more than two points a game this season. If he's not snatched up first or second overall, he's the best consolation prize a team could hope for.
Drouin's highlight reel includes a jaw-dropping individual effort leading to a tap-in goal for a teammate, starting at 1:45:
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