#NHLDraft2013: SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Others to Consider

Well, it's here. The talent level of the Draft is deep, Chuck Fletcher is looking to wheel and deal (and it looks like everyone is too), and we're all set to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon gnashing our teeth over every pick.

Since we didn't have a 1st Round Pick (as of now), I profiled some players that could possibly be had at pick #46- all of whom have the requisite traits that The Wild look for.

Connor Hurley
Tommy Vannelli
Avery Peterson
Michael McCarron and John Hayden
Keaton Thompson
Jimmy Lodge
Jake Guentzel
Brett Pesce
Brendan Harms

There's a couple others who intrigue me at 46 too- Laurent Dauphin and William Carrier; but here's some names for the later rounds.
 
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Evan Allen - USNTDP: The 5'10", 195 pound Michigan native has some of the best pure goal-scoring instincts I saw all year. Essentially a skilled fire hydrant, Allen has a fantastic shot and the know how to put himself in positions to use it. Not quite the most confident puck handler going up ice, but he has the possession skills to be a threat on the power play. He can be a tireless worker away from the puck, and he will use his shorter stature to his advantage along the boards, as he can spin away and under physical pressure.

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Frank DiChiara - Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL): I labeled DiChiara my sleeper to watch for in my Scout Series post for Future Considerations, and the more I find out who Frank is, the more I'd love for him to slip on a Wild sweater. A re-entry, the 93' born DiChiara spent his draft year in the NAHL, but made the jump to Dubuque and didn't just be a consistent offensive threat- he scored 30 goals and 60 points, but he came up huge in the Clark Cup playoff run, scoring the title-clinching goal in Overtime. A big bodied winger, he has tremendous work ethic and some skill too; he'll chuck the body around but has the hands to make plays. He acknowledges he needs to work on his game, so he's been hitting the gym and taking power skating lessons already this offseason. The Yale commit would be a great mid to late round pick, as you can take him and just let him develop in the NCAA under a great Coach in Keith Allain.

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Tucker Poolman - Omaha Lancers (USHL): Another re-entry like DiChiara, the East Grand Forks native had a break out season for The Lancers, where the 6'3" defenseman was near the top of the league in goals scored by a blueliner. While he can add some strength, he covers so much ground with his long and fluid stride, and is a consistent threat in the offensive zone. He'll sneak down into the slot or to the backdoor, or use a well-timed pinch to keep the puck in the offensive zone. A tad raw defensively, he'll get the requisite coaching (and the swagger that comes from slipping on the sweater) at North Dakota.

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Aidan Muir - Victory Honda (Tier 1): Muir is someone who is getting legitimate steam as a likely draft candidate today. Tall and lanky, the Western Michigan commit and recent top pick by Indiana in the USHL Entry Draft dominated the Tier 1 ranks. He's a longer term project, but the type of pick Minnesota has been taking to space out contracts. It will be interesting to see how he plays next year in the USHL, but his longer term development path is intriguing.

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Gustav Olofsson - Green Bay Gamblers (USHL): Olofsson is someone who may even be targeted in the late 1st or early 2nd round, as teams have become smitten with his exceptional hockey sense, size, and mobility. What you likely won't get in offense from him, you will get in safe, solid defense; he's the type of defender to keep the play ahead of him. Not a game breaker per se, but a guy who could eat up tough minutes and be reliable enough shift after shift. Portland courted him extremely hard to be their CHL import pick, but the former Colorado Thunderbird opted to keep his NCAA commitment to Colorado College.


How it shakes out, we'll find out soon.

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