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Preds summer 2013 prospects ranking

With the 2013 draft behind and another full year of development for the prospects, it is time for another rerank of the prospects. With the large flux of upcoming prospects, this summer edition will feature a top 30 with five honorable mentions.

1. Jaden Schwartz

Jumping from the college level to the big league required a bit of adjustment from Jaden, but after a slow start, he became a top six NHL player by the end of the year. Projection: Hard working top six player, 50-65 points.

2. Beau Bennett

Slowed down in college from a severe wrist injury, Bennett worked hard on his game and was able to translate it to the big league. Projection: Top line playmaking winger that holds his own at both ends of the rink, 50-70 points.

3. Derrick Pouliot

Showed his skills at the Memorial Cup challenge, rushing the puck up the ice with skill and poise. Exceptional puck skills, also has a mean streak despite short size. Projection: PP QB, 50 points.

4. Zemgus Girgensons

His passage from the USHL to the AHL was harsh at the start of the year but still ended up being his team's best player by the playoffs, despite missing games to injuries. Projection: Character 2nd-3rd line player, 40-50 points.

5. Ty Rattie

Scoring machine at the junior level, he needs to show he can bring his prowess to a higher level. Projection: Top six scoring winger, 50-60 points.

6. Adam Erne

Has the tools to become a power forward at the NHL level but needs to mature off-ice. Projection: 40-60 points

7. Pontus Aberg

Quick skating scoring forward that handles the puck at full speed, started the year slow still recovering from a concussion from the season before to surge late in the year. Projection: 50-60 points.

8. Brett Ritchie

Big power forward finally put it all together. Plays a physical game and boasts a good shot. Projection: 40-50 points.

9. Matt Nieto

Speedy two-way forward who can execute at full throttle, he could be ready sooner than expected. Projection: 40-50 points.

10. Sami Vatanen

Small puck wizard with quick feet, his offensive flair should secure him a spot on the PP. Projection: 35-50 points.

11. Brian Dumoulin

Big defenseman that can skate and make a good first pass, he has improved steadily over the years. Projection: 20-30 points.

12. William Carrier

Swift skating forward with good size and a good shot that was slowed down by an ankle injury last year. Projection: 40-50 points.

13. Connor Hurley

Large frame skilled forward that needs to fill out, he has shown flashes of high skill but needs to work on consistency. Projection: 50-60 points.

14. Steven Santini

Big, mean and strong, he is primarily a shutdown defenseman. A leader on the ice, he has enough puck skills to contribute a little offense. Projection: 15-25 points.

15. Yan-Pavel Laplante

Speedy forward that keeps his motor on at all times, knows where to go on the ice and stickhandles well, needs to bulk up. Projection: 45-60 points.

16. Connor Murphy

His knee injuries move him down the list, however when he is healthy he plays an agressive game with good puck-moving skills. Projection: 25-40 points.

17. Tim Bozon

Tenacious winger that boasts a good shot and put his nose in traffic. Projection: 35-50 points.

18. Scott Kosmachuk

Smart, hardworking, competitive forward that likes to get his nose dirty and agitate. Projection: 30-50 points.

19. Dalton Thrower

Hard-nosed blueliner that needs to keep things simple offensively. Willing to drop the gloves to defend his teammates. Projection: 15-25 points.

20. Alex Guptill

Big and skilled winger that needs to improve consistency and work ethic. Projection: 40-60 points.

21. Alex Stalock

Athletic goaltender that handles the puck and read the plays well. Projection: 1B goaltender.

22. Bud Holloway

Winger went from training with Walmart weights to inscribing his name into the SEL record books. Projection: 40-50 points.

23. Dominic Toninato

Slender center with a very high hockey sense, works hard on the ice and has soft hands. Projection: 40-50 points.

24. Joel Edmundson

Tall, mean defenseman that doesn't hesitate to drop the gloves. Mostly stay at home but has a very heavy shot. Projection: 10-20 points.

25. Jackson Houck

Fearless, aggressive playmaking forward, gives a tireless effort and drops the mitts when needed. Needs to work on skating. Projection: 30-40 points.

26. Richard Nedomlel

A shut-down defenseman with size, plays the game hard, blocks shots, fights and can move the puck. Projection: 10-25 points.

27. Logan Nelson

Athletic center with quick feet with soft hands, plays an energetic kind of game. Projection: 30-45 points.

28. Tobias Rieder

Crafty player that uses his quickness to create scoring chances. Projection: 35-50 points.

29. Tyler Bertuzzi

Abrasive winger that likes to agitate but can also play the game. Projection: 20-30 points.

30. Evan McEneny

Big, physical defenseman that can move the puck and has offensive flair. Projection: 25-35 points.

HM: Patrick McNally, Cole Ully, Emil Molin, Fredrik Bergvik, Alexandre Mallet