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NHL-READY
published 06/07/13 11:09am
Portland's Seth Jones may go first overall at the upcoming draft, but he's arguably not the most-ready propsect available.
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The upcoming NHL Draft is deep in talent, according to most observers that survey the scene. The possibility of seeing a few of the draftees in the NHL as of next season is very real. So, who's ready to make the jump?

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

Has tremendous overall skill. Skates well and owns the hands of a natural goal-scorer. Can also be a quality setup man and two-way presence. Is quite versatile, overall… Since he's from the same area as Sidney Crosby, there will always be an abundance of expectations placed upon him. Can he handle the constant burden of comparison?... Talented, versatile scoring forward with big upside.

2. Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)

The son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones is a great athlete with impressive all-round upside from the back end. Can put up good point totals, log a ton of ice time and play a shutdown role if need be. Is a difference-maker… While he has impressive size (6-4, 205 pounds), he needs to become a greater physical presence game in and game out. Also, he could stand to work on his shot accuracy from the point so as to score more goals at the highest level… Talented all-round defenseman with huge upside.

3. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Has outstanding vision, creativity and playmaking acumen. His puck skills are off-the-charts good, and he can rack up impressive point totals… Is somewhat undersized for the NHL game, so he must gain more strength and prove he can handle the physical rigors of the highest level… Talented playmaker with great upside.

5. Bo Horvat, C/LW, London (OHL)

An excellent two-way player, he can play both center and wing. Owns tremendous hockey sense and is a sound positional player most of the time. Can come up big in clutch situations… Needs to get stronger in order to maximize his National Hockey League potential. Also, he may not be a big point producer at the highest level, since he lacks elite offensive ability… Two-way forward with upside.

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