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||European skaters|
|1||Sam Bennett (C)||Kasperi Kapanen (C)|
|2||Aaron Ekblad (D)||William Nylander (C/RW)|
|3||Sam Reinhart (C)||Kevin Fiala (LW)|
|4||Leon Draisaitl (C)||Jakub Vrana (LW/RW)|
|5||Michael Dal Colle (C/LW)||David Pastrnak (RW)|
|6||Jake Virtanen (RW)||Adrian Kempe (LW)|
|7||Nick Ritchie (LW)||Marcus Pettersson (D)|
|8||Brendan Perlini (LW)||Ondrej Kase (RW)|
|9||Haydn Fleury (D)||Sebastian Aho (D)|
|10||Jared McCann (C)||Dominik Masin (D)|
|Ranking||North American goalies||European goalies|
|1||Thatcher Demko||Ville Husso|
|2||Mason McDonald||Jonas Johansson|
|3||Brent Moran||Linus Soderstrom|
Below are the top 30 picks….
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.