Highly-regarded Nathan MacKinnon
(center) is another key piece of Colorado's young core. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
For years, the scouts were saying that the draft class of 2013 would be something special.
First indications are they were right.
Seven players selected in June were officially named to their team's opening night rosters today, including first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, second choice Aleksander Barkov and fourth selection Seth Jones.
In total, 36 players earned the chance to make their NHL debuts out of camp. The designation doesn't ensure they'll play--just ask Matt Dumba, back for a second kick at the can after breaking camp with the Wild last January, only to spend eight days in the press box before earning a return trip to Red Deer of the WHL--but it gets them one step closer to the dream.
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This isn't a complete list of players who are eligible for the Calder Trophy. Rather it's players who have never skated in an NHL game prior to this opportunity.
Anaheim: D Hampus Lindholm (6th overall, 2012)
Boston: D Kevan Miller (undrafted)
Buffalo: F Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall, 2012); D Rasumus Ristolainen (8th overall, 2013)
Calgary: F Sean Monahan (6th overall, 2013)
Carolina: F Elias Lindholm (5th overall, 2013)
Chicago: F Joakim Nordstrom (90th overall, 2010)
Colorado: F Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall, 2013)
Columbus: F Boone Jenner (37th overall, 2011); D Ryan Murray (2nd overall, 2012)
Dallas: D Kevin Connauton (83rd overall, 2009 VAN); Valeri Nichushkin (10th overall, 2013)
Detroit: G Jared Coreau (undrafted); D Xavier Ouellet (48th overall, 2011) NOTE: both were demoted to Grand Rapids on Tuesday night.
Edmonton: C Will Action (undrafted); Luke Gazdic (172nd overall, 2007 DAL)
Florida: C Aleksander Barkov (2nd overall, 2013)
Minnesota: D Matt Dumba (7th overall, 2012); F Justin Fontaine (undrafted)
Montreal: F Michael Bournival (71st overall, 2010)
Nashville: D Seth Jones (4th overall, 2013)
Islanders: F Brock Nelson (30th overall, 2010); D Griffin Reinhart (4th overall, 2012)
Rangers: F Jesper Fast (157th overall, 2010)
Phoenix: F Lucas Lessio (56th overall, 2011)
Pittsburgh: D Olli Maatta (15th overall, 2012); D Harrison Ruopp (84th overall, 2011); G Jeff Zatkoff (74th overall, 2006)
San Jose: F Freddie Hamilton (129th overall, 2010); F Tomas Hertl (17th overall, 2012); F Matt Nieto (47th overall, 2011)
Toronto: D Morgan Rielly (5th overall, 2012)
Vancouver: G Eddie Lack (undrafted)
Washington: D Connor Carrick (157th overall, 2012), F Michael Latta (72nd overall, 2009 NAS)Winnipeg:
D Jacob Trouba
(9th overall, 2012)