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Darryl's Dispatch: NHL 2013 Draft Insights

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and in 2011-12 won the Experts Fantasy Hockey League title. Find more of his work at or BlogTalkRadio. Follow him on Twitter at @dhoustonsmith.

NHL 2013 Draft Insights

The recently concluded NHL draft held few surprises, but that’s not to say that nothing interesting was talked about. Earlier this week, RotoWire published my NHL draft cheat sheet, where I ranked the top 60 players in the draft class of 2013 in terms of talent alone. Of these 60 players, 49 of them went in the first two rounds (82%). Only two (Jackson Houck and Ryan Fitzgerald) lasted as long as the 4th round. Fitzgerald was the last of my 60 top picks to be chosen. He went at 120th overall to Boston. I had to chuckle when I saw that, as my NHL comparable to Fitzgerald was none other than Boston’s own David Krejci.

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