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Late-rising NHL draft prospects

Updated: March 7, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
By Grant Sonier

The 2013 NHL draft class is being talked about as one of the deepest in recent memory in terms of talent. There is little doubt that the very top of the draft board features prospects with game-changing talent, with names like Nate MacKinnon and Seth Jones being labeled as franchise players.

In addition to the top prospects, there are a number of players who continue to climb the draft ladder based on recent strong play. Now that we are near the end of the amateur season, here is a look at five late-rising players who are climbing up the draft rankings.

Valentin Zykov, RW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Draft projection: 25-45

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