NHL draft top 10 prospects


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Nathan MacKinnon

Center • 6 feet, 182 pounds

Had 32 goals and 43 assists in 44 games with Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... Was named MVP of Memorial Cup tournament after leading Mooseheads to the championship. ... Shares hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, with Sidney Crosby. ... Is widely regarded as being ready to step directly into the NHL, thanks to exceptional offensive talents and instincts. ... Highly competitive with a lot of grit even though, like most draft-eligible players, he is continuing to mature physically.

Seth Jones

Defenseman • 6 feet 4, 205 pounds

Had 14 goals and 42 in 61 games with Portland of the Western Hockey League. ... Son of former NBA player "Popeye" Jones. ... Spent much of childhood in Denver and was an Avalanche fan. ... Regarded by many scouts as the top player in the draft, but executives of Colorado, which owns the No. 1 pick, say Avalanche plans to draft MacKinnon if pick isn't traded. ... Size and strength have some scouts projecting him as a Chris Pronger-type impact player. ... Skates and passes well and is solid in his own end.

Jonathan Drouin

Left winger • 5 feet 11, 187 pounds

Had 41 goals and 64 assists in 49 games as MacKinnon's teammate in Halifax. ... Crafty playmaker who is fast, creative and shifty and is viewed by some scouts as the finest pure talent available. ... Was honored as player of the year in the Canadian Hockey League, which covers the three major-junior leagues. ... Put together a 29-game scoring streak during the regular season. ... Not only is able to get the puck to linemates but has a well-documented willingness to do so.

Aleksander Barkov

Center • 6 feet 2, 207 pounds

Had 21 goals and 27 assists in 53 games with Tappara in his native Finland. ... Lists Penguins center Evgeni Malkin as one of his favorite players. ... Fluent in English and Russian as well as Finnish. ... Projects as a top-six forward in the NHL with excellent hockey sense that complements his size and strength. ... Was knocked out of the playoffs by a shoulder injury. ... Sound and responsible at both ends of the ice. ... Physical style should ease his transition to North American hockey.

Valeri Nichushkin

Right winger • 6 feet 4, 202 pounds

Had four goals and two assists in 18 games with the Kontinental Hockey League team in his hometown of Chelyabinsk. ... Has size, speed and strength that give him the potential to be top power forward in the NHL. ... Played in the Kontinental Hockey League last season but tells anyone who asks that he wants to move to the NHL immediately. ... Has earned a reputation for producing in high-stakes situations.

Darnell Nurse

Defenseman • 6 feet 4, 185 pounds

Had 12 goals, 29 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 68 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League. ... Nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. ... Steady, reliable and responsible all over the ice and isn't shy about playing the body. ... Despite playing a position that often requires some seasoning in minor leagues, could move directly into the NHL if drafted into the right situation.

Sean Monahan

Center • 6 feet 2, 187 pounds

Had 31 goals and 47 assists in 58 games with Ottawa (OHL). ... His grandfather, Rick Hay, played one game for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League in 1961-62. ... Is regarded as one of the top two-way performers available and has excellent intangibles and attention to detail, which allow him to be effective in all situations. ... Has skill level and instincts required to have an offensive impact as a pro.

Rasmus Ristolainen

Defenseman • 6 feet 3, 201 pounds

Had three goals and 12 assists in 52 games for TPS in Finland's top league. ... Good skater who can handle and move the puck. ... Play in his own end needs some work, which hardly is unusual for a teenager at his position. ... Is reputed to have a mean streak and is expected to get bigger. ... Has a good shot from the point.

Elias Lindholm

Center • 6 feet, 181 pounds

Had 11 goals and 19 assists in 48 games with Brynas in Sweden's Elitserien. ... Told NHL.com his favorite team is the Penguins and his two favorite players are Crosby and Malkin. ... Plays a well-rounded game that gives him a chance to move into a top-six role in the NHL immediately. ... Must fill out some but isn't shy about operating in high-traffic areas. ... Excellent hockey sense.

Hunter Shinkaruk

Center/Left winger • 5 feet 11, 174 pounds

Had 37 goals and 49 assists in 64 games with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. ... A gifted goal-scorer and playmaker who is among the most crowd-pleasing talents in this draft. ... Has outstanding speed, but it's possible his modest size will make the challenge greater when he turns pro. ... Purported to be a good leader.

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