Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/13 at 11:35 AM ET
from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,
The team holding the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will need to consider one important question prior to stepping to the podium to announce its selection on June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
What do we need right now?
Is it a poised and polished minute-munching, two-way defenseman? Or a sublimely skilled center? There are no wrong decisions at the top this year.
NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr and his staff made that point loud and clear Wednesday with the release of Central Scouting's final rankings of the top draft-eligible skaters and goaltenders from North America and Europe.
While there was much debate and discussion regarding the top-three North American skaters on the board, Central Scouting ultimately decided that no change was necessary from the midterm list released in January.
Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones remains No. 1, followed by Halifax Mooseheads teammates center Nathan MacKinnon at No. 2 and left wing Jonathan Drouin at No. 3.
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