The NHL draft lottery is total, and NHL teams understand where they will certainly select in this year’s first round. Each NHL draft year is distinct, and this period has many candidates for leading area. There could be a great deal of field activity on the draft flooring depending upon very early selections.
The big victor at this year’s lotto is the Florida Panthers. In choosing initial total, they obtain their selection of many elite prospects. The key is deciding on the one prospect that will turn into an impact player– a world-class NHL asset they could create around in coming seasons.
This mock draft is based upon the finest player offered for each selection. Groups compose for demand, and some do it in the preliminary, however the top quality of player offered for a specific selection is the No. 1 factor to consider for this post.
Below’s an appearance, with possible matches for players and group, at how the 2014 NHL draft’s preliminary can play out. Keep in mind that the tense will usually exist as if each pick is happening.
1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL).
The Florida Panthers chase for Aaron Ekblad boiled down to the last weekend break, with an Edmonton Oilers Saturday evening success sealing 29th general for the Panthers. That slot– 29th general– enabled the Panthers to gain the lottery and make the right to make the initial total choice.
The Panthers needs to take the best player offered– defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
Craig Button from TSN asks us regarding Ekblad:.
When you construct a group, you require a solid structure. Aaron is a column defenceman that could play 25 mins or more and do so in all essential circumstances. His on-ice maturity is remarkable.
The Panthers acquire an uncommon product: A franchise defenseman. Ekblad’s dimension and maturation propose he will likely come right to the NHL.
2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL).
The Buffalo Sabres move down to No. 2, yet they still choose the ideal forward offered– facility Sam Reinhart. His playoff numbers prove he is taking a late-season step onward, and has actually earned the rank.
Reinhart has a large brain and significant talent, as Corey Pronman (registration called for) from ESPN states:.
Reinhart is the most effective pure passer in this draft lesson. His ability to dictate the beat of a hockey video game, in regards to decreasing or increasing rate and making plays at all those rates, elevates his video game to an unique degree. Reinhart can make all sort of have fun with the puck, and his world-class hockey feeling attracts attention consistently in regards to the passing streets he sees.
There was conjecture regarding the Sabres taking Aaron Ekblad if they retained the leading option, however as David Staples of the Edmonton Journal informs us, Buffalo GM Tim Murray is uncertain Ekblad is a franchise business player. Sam Reinhart is an exceptional option at 2nd overall.
The Edmonton Oilers make their annual look on top of the draft, and their purchasing listing is once again a lengthy one. The Oilers would a lot enjoy to draft Ekblad, however they will consider themselves lucky to acquire a huge facility in German Leon Draisaitl.
Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal offers us a quite great take a look at Draisaitl:.
The play went with his stick frequently, and for the many part, excellent or at least promising things established after that. He revealed a married couple of bursts of exactly what I would term “situational speed” but his A video game is plainly one of controlling the play instead in comparison to pressing it. Big and sturdy and can sway the puck out of reach of the guy which’s on him, pick his place and distribute … A great deal of refined things, some little blunders at the end of shifts, yet with the puck on his stick he makes a lot of excellent decisions.”.
Edmonton might be lured to bring him right to the NHL, but determination might be needed with this player. For GM Craig MacTavish, a large center with skill is high up on the purchasing selection, and excessive to pass on. Draisaitl to the Oilers, 3rd overall.
4. Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL).
The Flames would be delighted to land Sam Bennett at No. 4. Mike Morreale of NHL.com estimates Central Scouting’s Dan Marr, claiming they view a player who could have a Jonathan Toews sort of career. Calgary drafted a center– Sean Monahan– in the preliminary a year back, and have necessities at other positions.
This is a situation of taking the very best player offered, and stressing over every little thing else later on. Sam Bennett at No. 4 represents great worth.
5. New York Islanders: Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL).
Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was impressed with him, and asked Andrew Rankin of Metro News that Ehlers was a harmful, amazing player. For our functions, New York keeps the choice.
6. Vancouver Canucks: Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL).
Michael Dal Colle had a sturdy OHL period and finished 17GP, 7-17-24. He adhered to that up with a solid playoff. Craig Button of TSN stated his combination of energy, speed and capability last fall, and he has actually proceeded considering that then.
7. Carolina Hurricanes: William Nylander, C, MODO (SHL) and SÃ¶dertÃ¤lje (Allsvenskan).
A center with fantastic hands, William Nylander is just one of one of the most experienced gamers in the draft. He has some defensive concerns and lacks dimension, as described in this bio through Elite Prospects. Carolina had success with Elias Lindholm in the first round last period, and returns to Sweden for the second year straight.
8. Toronto Maple Leafs: Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL).
The Leafs obtain an appealing offensive winger with dimension, speed and a scorer’s touch. He racked up 45 objectives this period and plays a bodily style– he posted 100 fine mins this year. Jake Virtanen was born August 1996– he is one of the youngest players offered in this year’s draft.
9. Winnipeg Jets: Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (SM-Liiga).
Kasperi Kapanen is a young adult in a guy’s league– Finland’s professional SM-Liiga. He racked up 47GP, 7-7-14 this period, and screens affordable capability and speed. He may take time to arrive in the NHL, yet the Jets show up material to establish their players on a slower timeline.
10. Anaheim Ducks using Ottawa Senators: Ivan Barbashev, C, Moncton (QMJHL).
Ivan Barbashev is a really great player, a guy between with a vast array of skills. He completed the Q period solid (10GP, 8-10-18), and Central Scouting’s Dan Marr mentions to NHL.com he’s an effective skater with good hands. Considering that of the Bobby Ryan trade, this variety belongs to Anaheim.
11. Nashville Predators: Alex Tuch, RW, U.S. NTDP (USHL).
Alex Tuch is a trending player, as described by Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News. He plays a massive power-game. NHL looks value players with size and skill, and Tuch may wind up inside the leading 10 by draft day.
12. Phoenix Coyotes: David Pastrnak, RW, SÃ¶dertÃ¤lje (Allsvenskan).
David Pastrnak is an additional extraordinary winger having fun in Sweden. As a skilled ahead, he’s dangerous around the net and has fast hands. At 6’0″, 168 pounds. he’ll should bulk up prior to he strikes the NHL.
13. Washington Capitals: Nick Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL).
Nick Ritchie is one of the biggest ahead in this year’s draft. Mike Morreale blogged about him for NHL.com, pricing quote Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards in describing Ritchie as a big, bodily winger who is difficult to knock off the puck. If he’s readily available at No. 13, Washington will have a difficult time passing on Ritchie.
14. Dallas Stars: Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL).
A sophistication protector with excellent dimension, Haydn Fleury’s ability to relocate the puck efficiently should acquire him composed in the very first one-half of round one. Groups might hesitate a little because he isn’t really extremely physical. There seems to be fairly a level of argument about this player.
15. Detroit Red Wings: Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagra (OHL).
Brendan Perlini is a throwback winger in that he has great dimension and speed with a go good sufficient to rack up from a range. The Red Wings rarely draft this high, and Perlini is a quality nosh this factor in the draft.
16. Columbus Blue Jackets: Dylan Larkin, LW, U.S. NTDP (USHL).
A wonderful array of capabilities combined with good dimension make Dylan Larkin a desirable alternative. Additional of a two-way skill, his infraction doesn’t get a bunch of focus, yet he’ll have lots of time to grow at the University of Michigan.
17. Philadelphia Flyers: Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL).
The OHL generated many of the top players offered in this year’s draft, and Robert Fabbri is amongst the finest. The only reason he lasts this far is absence of dimension, but the Flyers have had success when choosing undersized ahead in the preliminary.
18. New york city Rangers: Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).
Jared McCann has volatility and plays a top quality two-way video game, baseding on Dan Stewart of Future Considerations using OHL Prospects. This pick might be transferred to the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the Martin St. Louis trade. For our objectives, the choice stays with the Rangers.
19. Minnesota Wild: Anton Karlsson, LW, Frolunda (Swe-1).
Anton Karlsson is a sandy winger with two-way capacity and excellent speed. Positioning him this very early is a little a stretch based upon some looking packages– Bob McKenzie at TSN had him # 31 at the mid-season– yet his assortment of abilities has a bunch of worth.
20. L.a Kings: Josh Ho-Sang, C, Windsor (OHL).
Josh Ho-Sang is an intriguing possibility who may wind up being one of the most effective gamers in the draft. An anonymous panel participant at OHL Prospects describes him as a player with hands that scouts dream about viewing in youthful.
21. Montreal Canadiens: Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL).
Julius Honka is a talented puck-moving defenseman with great capabilities and mobility, as mirrored in his scouting record at Elite Prospects. He showed well at the World Junior Championships and has actually been going up the draft listing given that the new year.
22. Tampa Bay Lightning: Sonny Milano, LW, U.S. NTDP (USHL).
Sonny Milano is a gifted offensive winger with above-average ability. Craig Button of TSN explained him as a certain player with magic hands in a mid-season record.
23. Chicago Blackhawks: Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL).
Nick Schmaltz is a fast ability player, and a tall, lean young adult. He is on his method to North Dakota (NCAA) in the autumn, and posted two extremely nice periods with the Green Bay Gamblers.
24. Pittsburgh Penguins: Jakub Vrana, LW, LinkÃ¶ping (SHL).
Jakub Vrana has a nice assortment of skills offensively, and played considerably of the period against men. He thrilled at the World Junior Championships, and playing in the pro SHL organization at this age is a positive sign.
25. San Jose Sharks: Nikolai Goldobin, LW, Sarnia (OHL).
Nikolai Goldobin is a quality offending prospect which stands for excellent worth. Gliding is often discussed as a concern. As stated by OHL Prospects, he stood apart on top Prospects video game in Calgary.
26. St. Louis Blues: Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL).
Roland McKeown’s skating will acquire him composed in the first round, as explained by the OHL Prospects panel. There is some issue shown in that record concerning his absence of advancement this period, yet his capability collection is high quality. This pick might end up with Buffalo depending upon just how points present this spring season, but also for our functions it remains with St. Louis.
27. Colorado Avalanche: Nikita Scherbak, LW, Saskatoon (WHL).
Nikita Scherbak is an experienced, sandy winger whose offensive capacity is well developed as suggested in his Elite Prospects biography. He’s raw defensively and it might take some time to establish that side of his game.
28. Anaheim Ducks: Adrian Kempe, LW, MODO (SHL).
Adrian Kempe is a capability onward with speed and excellent size. He played in the SHL this period and racked up well. The Anaheim Ducks have 2 picks in this round and if they wind up with Barbashev and Kempe it’ll be a good day.
29. Boston Bruins: Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL). Connor Bleackley is a smart winger with excellent offensive capacity. He scored at near a point-per-game degree in the WHL at age 17– an unusual occurrence.
He is an outstanding passer, which is commonly an underrated capability. This is the choice awarded to New Jersey by the NHL, specifics here.