Tue Sep 04 10:30am EDT
In mid-August, Buzzing The Net had scouts from NHL's Central Scouting Service, International Scouting Services, and Mckeen's Hockey break down the top 10 talents of the 2013 draft class. Of these elite young guns, Halifax Mooseheads' Nathan MacKinnon, Portland Winterhawks' Seth Jones, and Ottawa 67's Sean Monahan led the way.
This week, with the help of some scouts' insight, BTN looks at an additional 10 promising draft prospects that didn't crack the top 10 of their draft class.
Without further ado, here is a look at some of the 2013 draft classes' best prospects across the globe outside of BTN's top-10 draft ranking.
Elias Lindholm, centre, Brynäs (SweJE) — Last year Filip Forsberg, who was selected 11th overall by the Washington Capitals, was regarded as the top offensive star out of Sweden. Lindholm is following in the footsteps of Forsberg as the standout Swedish forward.
The 6-foot, 192-pound centre, who is the cousin of Detroit Red Wings prospect Calle Jarnkrok, lit up Sweden's junior league with Brynäs last year, scoring 14 goals and 49 points in 36 games. He also suited up for 12 games in the Swedish Elite League with Brynäs, but failed to register a point.
Lindholm projects to be a future top-6 forward, possessing superb hockey sense, soft hands, and a strong two-way game. Some scouts believe he has a good shot at cracking the top 10 selections.
Adam Erne, wing, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL) — Behind MacKinnon, Adam Erne is the clear-cut No. 2 draft prospect out of the QMJHL this year.
Erne has been standing out in his age group for quite some time. At the age of 15, he made the jump to the USHL with the Indiana Ice, posting 10 goals and 18 points in 45 games. It isn't unheard of to play in the USHL at 15, but it is quite rare, most of the league is made up of players from age 16 to 19.
Erne was originally planning on going to Boston College. However, the native of North Branford, Conn., changed his mind to join Quebec. This decision looks great in the rear-view mirror in terms of his development curve. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound winger blossomed into a star almost overnight, racking up 28 goals and 55 points in 64 games.
Max Domi, centre, London Knights (OHL) — The Tampa Bay Lightning selected the Knights' Vladmir Namestnikov 27th overall in 2011; the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Knights' Olli Määttä at No. 22 this June. It should come to no surprise of anyone that London is poised to have a player selected with a first-round pick for the third consecutive year.
Domi stood out on a stacked Knights' squad in his rookie season, scoring 21 goals and 49 points in 62 games. The 5-foot-10, 184-pounder took strong leaps in his game throughout the year. This was evident in his outstanding showing at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Domi potted a goal and three points in four games.
Domi's style of play doesn't resemble how his father, Tie Domi, use to play in The Show. The 17-year-old is a pure scorer. He isn't a pushover by any means, though. He racked up 48 penalty minutes last year, including a tilt against Windsor Spitfires' Brendan McCann.
Rasmus Ristolainen, defence, TPS Turka (FinE) — Standing 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, Ristolainen is boy in a man's body. His imposing stature combined with his impressive mobility, offensive instincts, and physicality has scouts drooling over him.
Ristolainen, 17, already has a season in a men's league under his belt. Last year he played with TPS Turka in the SM-liiga. What is even more impressive is that he didn't look out of place at all, notching three goals and eight points throughout 40 games, while racking up 78 minutes in the sin bin.
Josh Morrissey, defence, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) — Morrissey was one of the lone bright spots of the Raiders' last place finish in the WHL's Eastern Conference last year. He was arguably Prince Albert's top two-way defender, despite being a rookie.
Numbers wise, Morrisey's rookie season is more impressive than Moose Jaw Warriors' Morgan Rielly, who was recently selected fifth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Morrissey scored 10 goals and 38 points in 68 games; Rielly posted six goals and 28 points in three fewer games the prior year. That being said, don't rule out the 6-foot, 184-pounder being selected with a top 10 selection in Newark, N.J. at the 2013 draft.
Hudson Fasching, wing, U.S. National Team Development Program (USHL) — Already eliciting comparisons to Maple Leafs' James Van Riemsdyk, Hudson Fasching's potential is through the roof. He has an appealing 6-foot-3, 190-pound stature, is a strong skater, and possesses rare offensive instincts.
Fasching, who scored seven goals and 21 points in 37 games in the USHL last year, has committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2013-14 season. All signs point to him playing for his home state's college. Nonetheless, his CHL rights are owned by the Kelowna Rockets. Moreover, precedents show college commitments are very rarely written in stone.
J.T. Compher, centre, U.S. National Team Development Program (USHL) — No different from Fasching, Compher is playing in the NTDP and is set to go on to play in the NCAA with the University of Michigan.
The 6-foot, 161-pound centre, who scored 13 goals and 27 points in 32 games in the USHL last year, is a versatile forward. He not only possesses the instincts and skill necessary to play a top-line role, but he also plays with enough energy and grit to play a grinder role.
Madison Bowey, defence, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) — It didn't take long for Bowey to become a household name in major-junior-watchers' homes in Kelowna last year. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder quickly became one of the Rockets' top blueliners, racking up eight goals and 21 points in 57 games.
Bowey is still fairly raw; nevertheless, the combination of his offensive skill, rugged edge, hockey sense, and the opportunity he will receive in Kelowna next year makes him one of the more enticing defenders of the 2013 draft class.
Ryan Kujawinski, centre, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) — Kujawinski broke out into a star in the OHL after being traded from the Sarnia Sting to the Kingston Frontenacs for Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder scored 15 goals and 30 points in 30 games in Kingston. He was only able to muster one goal and six points in 29 games with the Sting prior to being traded.
Kujawinski is regarded as the Frontenacs' future face of the franchise. Kingston has high hopes for him to turn around the Todd Gill-coached club. He will receive every opportunity next year to succeed in a first-line centre role.
Eric Roy, defence, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) — Roy anchored Brandon's blueline last year alongside Ryan Pulock, notching 11 goals and 53 points in 69 games. He is set to enter into his third season with the Wheat Kings.
Roy, 17, isn't overly flashy. He is often overshadowed by defensive partner Pulock, who cracked BTN's top-10 ranking. Nonetheless, Roy is very consistent and plays a strong two-way game. Day in and day out, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder makes an impact at both ends of the ice. He has the makings of a very strong No. 2 or 3 defenceman in the pros.
Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen