By Dylan Howlett (@Dylan Howlett)
Drafting a player is a lot like pinning the tail on a donkey, while wearing a blindfold in the pitch black, and not knowing whether it’s a donkey, thoroughbred or rented mule.
It’s an imprecise art.
It’s easier when the talent pool from which to choose extends several leagues into the sea as, by most accounts, does the 2013 NHL Draft class. This year’s crop of highly touted teenagers is the most heralded since the 2003 Draft.
That year ushered into the league the likes of Marc Andre-Fleury and Eric Staal and Thomas Vanek and Ryan Suter and Dion Phaneuf and Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown and Brent Seabrook and Zach Parise and Ryans Getzlaf and Kesler and Mike Richards and Corey Perry, whose collective tonnage of stardom could sink an aircraft carrier.
If 2013 yields a fraction of the NHL elite produced in 2003, a bevy of teams and their general managers will dance celebratory jigs Sunday on the Newark draft floor. And with the fifth-overall selection, ...