|Connor Hurley||Buffalo 2/38||Edina (MN-HIGH)|
|Tommy Vannelli||St. Louis 2/47||Minnetonka (MN-HIGH)|
|Taylor Cammarata||N.Y. Islanders 3/76||Waterloo (USHL)|
|Jake Guentzel||Pittsburgh 3/77||Sioux City (USHL)|
|Hudson Fasching||L.A. Kings 4/118||USA Under-18 (USHL)|
|Tucker Poolman||Winnipeg 5/127||Omaha (USHL)|
|Teemu Kivihalme||Nashville 5/140||Burnsville (MN-HIGH)|
|Michael Brodzinski||San Jose 5/141||Muskegon (USHL)|
|Blake Heinrich||Washington 5/144||Sioux City (USHL)|
|Grant Besse||Anaheim 5/147||Benilde (MN-HIGH)|
|Jonny Brodzinski||L.A. Kings 5/148||St. Cloud (WCHA)|
|Gage Ausmus||San Jose 5/151||USA Under-18 (USHL)|
|Avery Peterson||WILD 6/167||Grand Rapids (MN-HIGH)|
|Jake Jackson||San Jose 7/201||Tartan (MN-HIGH)|
Listed are the top ten Minnesota prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. This list is not a mock draft or a prediction of draft selection, instead an evaluation of projected talent for the NHL level. The NHL Draft will be held on June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
1. Thomas Vannelli, Defenseman, Minnetonka
2. Connor Hurley, Center, Edina
3. Hudson Fasching, Right Wing, US Under-18
4. Teemu Kivihalme, Defenseman, Burnsville
5. Jake Guentzel, Center, Sioux City (USHL)
6. Avery Peterson, Center, Grand Rapids
7. Jake Jackson, Center, Tartan
8. Taylor Cammarata, Center, Waterloo (USHL)
9. Blake Heinrich, Defenseman, Sioux City (USHL)
10. Zach Glienke, Left Wing, Eagan
Gage Ausmus, Defenseman, US-Under-18; Parker Reno, Defenseman, Edina; Neal Pionk, Defenseman, Hermantown; Willie Raskob, Defenseman, Shattuck; Vinni Lettieri, Center, Lincoln (USHL); Clint Lewis, Defenseman, US Under-18; Christopher Forney, Defenseman, Thief River Falls; Michael Brodzinski, Defenseman, Muskegon (USHL); Jake Zeleznikar, Defenseman, Hermantown; Jordan Gross, Defenseman, Green Bay (USHL)
-Players that have not been selected in past drafts but are still eligible. (All players selected must not be older than 20 years of age by December 31st, 2013)
Grant Besse, Right Wing, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Justin Kloos, Center, Waterloo (USHL)
Charlie Lindgren, Goalie, Sioux Fall (USHL)
Jonny Brodzinski, Center, St. Cloud State (WCHA)
Trevor Olson, forward, Sioux City (USHL)
Adam Johnson, Left Wing, Hibbing
Montgomery, Jacob, Left Wing, Sioux City (USHL)
Photo By David Romuald
The #1 rated Minnesota prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft is defenseman Tommy Vannelli
DOB: 1/26/1995 |Height: 6’2 |Weight: 170 |Position: D |Team: Minnetonka |College: Minnesota
Vannelli has made quite the rise over the past two seasons as he has went from being a transfer, playing junior varsity hockey, to a blue-chip prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft. Vannelli has an assortment of skills; most notable are his soft hands and his superb patience with the puck. The future Minnesota Gopher shows good control of the puck while under stress as he processes the game very well. Vannelli’s polished puck handling skills allow him to maneuver through traffic and create scoring opportunities.
Vannelli is an asset on special teams as he looks very comfortable and calm on the penalty kill and power play unit. Vannelli keeps the game in front of him as he does an excellent job surveying the ice looking for possible breakdowns.
Vannelli possesses very good speed and exceptional agility, making his defensive coverage tight and his transitions look effortless. Vannelli is very responsible and makes good decisions on when to pinch or retreat. Vannelli has first-rate gap control as he can take space away from the opposition. His strength is a minor concern as he must continue to work to improve on his physical play in the corners and in front of the net. Vannelli is a sharp prospect and has the skill and will to succeed.
Vannelli should be the first or second Minnesotan taken, probably in the second round of this very deep draft.