NHL Draft Day!

It’s Friday June 27th, 2014…aka NHL Draft Day! Or awkward draft photo day.

To be eligible for the draft…”Ice hockey players born between January 1, 1994, and September 15, 1996, are eligible for selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, un-drafted, non-North American players born in 1993 are eligible for the draft; and those players who were drafted in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but not signed by an NHL team and who were born after June 30, 1994, are also eligible to re-enter the draft.

Below are the top skater & goalie prospects who hope to be drafted either today or tomorrow. The draft is two days. The first day is the first round, the first 30 picks. The Florida Panthers have the first pick. Tomorrow will be rounds two through seven, 210 picks total. Here are the top prospects…

Ranking North American skaters[6] European skaters[7]
1 Canada Sam Bennett (C) Finland Kasperi Kapanen (C)
2 Canada Aaron Ekblad (D) Sweden William Nylander (C/RW)
3 Canada Sam Reinhart (C) Switzerland Kevin Fiala (LW)
4 Germany Leon Draisaitl (C) Czech Republic Jakub Vrana (LW/RW)
5 Canada Michael Dal Colle (C/LW) Czech Republic David Pastrnak (RW)
6 Canada Jake Virtanen (RW) Sweden Adrian Kempe (LW)
7 Canada Nick Ritchie (LW) Sweden Marcus Pettersson (D)
8 Canada Brendan Perlini (LW) Czech Republic Ondrej Kase (RW)
9 Canada Haydn Fleury (D) Sweden Sebastian Aho (D)
10 Canada Jared McCann (C) Czech Republic Dominik Masin (D)
Ranking North American goalies[8] European goalies[9]
1 United States Thatcher Demko Finland Ville Husso
2 Canada Mason McDonald Sweden Jonas Johansson
3 Canada Brent Moran Sweden Linus Soderstrom

Below are the top 30 picks….

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
1 Aaron Ekblad (D) Canada Canada Florida Panthers Barrie Colts (OHL)
2 Sam Reinhart (C) Canada Canada Buffalo Sabres Kootenay Ice (WHL)
3 Leon Draisaitl (C) Germany Germany Edmonton Oilers Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
4 Sam Bennett (C) Canada Canada Calgary Flames Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
5 Michael Dal Colle (C/LW) Canada Canada New York Islanders Oshawa Generals (OHL)
6 Jake Virtanen (RW) Canada Canada Vancouver Canucks Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
7 Haydn Fleury (D) Canada Canada Carolina Hurricanes Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
8 William Nylander (C/LW) Sweden Sweden Toronto Maple Leafs Modo Hockey (SHL)
9 Nikolaj Ehlers (LW) Denmark Denmark Winnipeg Jets Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
10 Nick Ritchie (LW) Canada Canada Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa)1 Peterborough Petes (OHL)
11 Kevin Fiala (C/RW) Switzerland Switzerland Nashville Predators HV71 (SHL)
12 Brendan Perlini (LW) Canada Canada Arizona Coyotes Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
13 Jakub Vrana (LW/RW) Czech Republic Czech Republic Washington Capitals Linköpings HC (SHL)
14 Julius Honka (D) Finland Finland Dallas Stars Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
15 Dylan Larkin (C) United States United States Detroit Red Wings USA U-18 (USHL)
16 Sonny Milano (LW) United States United States Columbus Blue Jackets USA U-18 (USHL)
17 Travis Sanheim (D) Canada Canada Philadelphia Flyers Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
18 Alex Tuch (RW) United States United States Minnesota Wild USA U-18 (USHL)
19 Anthony DeAngelo (D) United States United States Tampa Bay Lightning Sarnia Sting (OHL)
20 Nick Schmaltz (C) United States United States Chicago Blackhawks (from San Jose)2 Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
21 Robby Fabbri (C) Canada Canada St. Louis Blues Guelph Storm (OHL)
22 Kasperi Kapanen (C) Finland Finland Pittsburgh Penguins KalPa (SM-liiga)
23 Conner Bleackley (C) Canada Canada Colorado Avalanche Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
24 Jared McCann (C) Canada Canada Vancouver Canucks (from Anaheim)3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
25 David Pastrnak (RW) Czech Republic Czech Republic Boston Bruins Sodertalje (Sweden-2)
26 Nikita Scherbak (LW) Russia Russia Montreal Canadiens Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
27 Nikolay Goldobin (LW) Russia Russia San Jose Sharks (from Chicago)4 Sarnia Sting (OHL)
28 Joshua Ho-Sang (C) Canada Canada New York Islanders (from NY Rangers via Tampa Bay)5 Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
29 Adrian Kempe Sweden Sweden Los Angeles Kings MODO (SHL)
30 John Quenneville (C) Canada Canada New Jersey Devils6 Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

I will fill this in as the picks are chosen. So this post will be edited a few times before the end of the night. Because the draft is two days, “Sports Friday” will carry over into tomorrow when I will make a “Draft Day Two” post. Don’t worry, I will also do “Photo Saturday” post tomorrow too.

As a Bruins and Kings fan, I hope they draft some really good players! Unfortunately they have the 25th and 29th pick but at least the have first round picks. It’s awful when you don’t get a first round pick. The Bruins have 6 picks total (one every round except round six) and the Kings have nine picks total (two in the last two rounds).

Those top 30 picks above and every pick afterwards are subject to change. Every team usually trade picks for other picks or current NHL players (or minor league players) throughout the entire draft process.

I’m quite excited about keeping track of this year’s draft. I’ve never blogged about sports before. At least not in this manner. Just as a crazy sports fan on tumblr.

Player Trade Section:

  • Canucks trade center Ryan Kesler to Anaheim Ducks for for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Read more here.
  • Penguins trade James Neal to Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Read more here.

 Day one of the 2014 NHL draft has officially come to a close.


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