Top NHL draft storylines

Where will Nichushkin be selected? Could Jones fall? Pulock rising or falling?

Updated: June 25, 2013, 4:18 PM ET
By Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Valeri Nichushkin Derek Leung/Getty ImagesWho will select Russian left winger Valeri Nichushkin in the upcoming NHL draft?

With the NHL draft approaching on Sunday, June 30, teams have their draft boards mostly finalized and their key prospect targets in mind. Here are some of the key storylines or rumors buzzing around as we head into draft day.

Russian winger Valeri Nichushkin may be the most interesting prospect heading into draft day. ESPN's Craig Custance wrote a column discussing him as the wild card at the top of the draft, and that's a very appropriate description. I've heard a few NHL scouts say they believe Nichushkin will fall past Edmonton at No. 7, while numerous other sources feel he will go in the top four.

When asked by the Russian publication R-Sport where he thinks he will be picked, Nichushkin said, "I know that Tampa Bay and Nashville want to choose me."


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.