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2014 NHL Mock Draft [Midterm Edition]

The Mid-Season 2014 NHL Mock Draft was included in @RossyYoungblood’s Youngblood Midterm 2014 NHL Draft Edition

*Order based on standings at Olympic Break

1st Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart, RC (Kootenay, WHL)

Reinhart addresses a team need down the middle and the two-way pivot would make an eventual great captain for the Sabres. He scores, he defends and he hates to lose –

Aaron Ekblad (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Aaron Ekblad (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

something that has become too common in Buffalo.

2nd Edmonton Oilers – Aaron Ekblad, RD (Barrie, OHL)

Striking oil again, Edmonton crashes to the bottom of the standings just in time to snatch exceptional defenseman Aaron Ekblad, filling a huge void on the blue line. Eventually Edmonton will prove that losing does pay off.

3rd Florida Panthers – Sam Bennett, LC (Kingston, OHL)

The Panthers can’t pass up the talented Sam Bennett adding yet another skilled highly competitive forward to their all-world prospect pool. With depth in their lineup, Florida can take their time with Bennett, although they might not need to.

 

4th Calgary Flames – Michael Dal Colle, LW (Oshawa, OHL)

Returning to the OHL draft crop after adding Sean Monahan at the 2013 draft, Calgary selects another rangy playmaking forward with a deceptive shooting arsenal. Flames fans will appreciate the way that Dal Colle can create offensive chances.

 

5th New York Islanders – Nick Ritchie, LW (Peterborough, OHL)

With their centre position strong, Islanders opt for the high potential winger. The gritty Nick Ritchie can free up space for linemates by dominating possession and engaging physically.

 

6th Nashville Predators – Leon Draisaitl, LC (Prince Albert, WHL)

The Predators opt to select highly skilled pivot Leon Draisaitl giving them a true number one centerman through the draft. Draisaitl has top-end playmaking abilities, size to dominate and the two-way acumen to fit in Nashville’s responsible systems.

 

New Jersey Devils*forfeit pick* …Ouch!

 

7th Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury, LD (Red Deer, WHL)

GM Jim Rutherford adds a mobile two-way defender in Haydn Fleury who should have no problem keeping up with the play in the ‘Canes free-flowing offensive attack.

 

8th Winnipeg Jets – Jake Virtanen, RW (Calgary, WHL)

Virtanen provides the Jets with a future stabilizing presence on the wing and is capable of dominating the game in the dirty areas of the rink.

 

9th Vancouver Canucks – Brendan Perlini, LW (Niagara, OHL)

The Canucks head back to the OHL after drafting Bo Horvat 9th overall last year adding a highly skilled centerman in Brendan Perlini. His ability to handle the puck and engage in a possession game will be a perfect fit in Vancouver.

10th Washington Capitals – William Nylander, LW (Sodertalje, SWE)

It’s a coming home of sorts as William Nylander joins the Washington Capitals, the same franchise his father Michael called home for four seasons. Nylander’s skill and creativity would be welcomed in Washington giving the team another dynamic offensive weapon.

 

11th Anaheim Ducks (formerly Ottawa) Nikolaj Ehlers, LW (Halifax, QMJHL)

With two selections in the opening round, GM Bob Murray adds Nikolaj Ehlers, a skilled Dane on the rise to stardom in the QMJHL playing for the Halifax Mooseheads. His speed, hockey intelligence and crafty hands arm him with multiple offensive weapons. Ehlers is slightly better than Connor Banks.

12th Columbus Blue Jackets – Kasper Kapanen, RW (KalPa, FIN)

Finnish GM Jarmo Kekäläinen gladly adds a dynamic offensive talent to the Blue Jackets prospect pool bringing in fellow Finn Kasperi Kapanen, the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen. Slick puck skills, quick feet and an extremely competitive nature are key attributes to Kapanen’s game.

 

13th Detroit Red Wings – Nikolay Goldobin, LC (Sarnia, OHL)

Few players have stepped into a CHL lineup and dominated in the way that Sarnia’s Nikolay Goldobin has since joining the team in 2012-13 and leading all rookies last year. Goldobin’s puck skills and ability to find time and space go unmatched so he’s a natural fit to head to the Red Wings to learn from the puck wizard himself – Pavel Datsyuk. Oh ya, Goldobin’s agent just happens to be former Red Wing great Igor Larionov.

14th Phoenix Coyotes – Jared McCann, LC (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)

The Coyotes took an offensive dynamo in Max Domi last year and adding Jared McCann, a player with a fantastic shooting arsenal, will give the team some promise down the middle. McCann is a proficient two-way forward with room to grow offensively.

15th Dallas Stars – Ivan Barbashev, LW (Moncton, QMJHL)

With a tendency to draft out of the CHL, Dallas adds import Russian Ivan Barbashev. He’s a big skilled rangy winger with impressive speed, a lethal shot and a honed defensive game.

16th Philadelphia Flyers – Julius Honka, RD (Swift Current, WHL)

Effortless puck-rushing defenseman with underrated defensive abilities, Juluis Honka would serve as a great predecessor to Finnish veteran Kimmo Timonen if he were to don the Flyers’ orange and black. One of the draft’s top game breakers from the blue line.

 

17th New York Rangers – Sonny Milano, LW (USNTDP, USHL)

Two of the past three draft’s first round selections have come way of the USNTDP and Sonny Milano would be a worthy selection to keep the trend going. Ridiculously gifted with the puck, Milano would give the Rangers a dynamic offensive prospect. Not overly big but that doesn’t keep him from getting his nose dirty.

 

18th Los Angeles Kings – Anton Karlsson, RW (Frolunda J20, SWE)

In need of scoring in LA, Anton Karlsson can help in that department and also contribute elsewhere as well. He’s a skilled Swede and enjoys the physical aspect of the game.

 

19th Minnesota Wild – Adrian Kempe, LW (Modo Jr., SWE)

Replenishing their prospect cupboard is important for a franchise with a number of hefty salaries. Adrian Kempe is a power forward who plays a north-south style of game and the Wild would be lucky to grab him in the 19th slot.

 

20th Toronto Maple Leafs – Josh Ho-Sang, RW (Windsor, OHL)

Desperate for some offensive prospects with tantalizing upside, Toronto bucks their tendency of selecting the safe forward and adds Toronto native Josh Ho-Sang, a dynamic forward with game-breaking ability. He grew up wearing the blue and white on a strong Marlboros squad and would inject enthusiasm and creativity into the lineup.

 

21st Montreal Canadiens – David Pastrnak, RW (Sodertalje, SWE)

Although adding size would be ideal, David Pastrnak would be great value for the Canadiens at 21st overall and he’s already shown to be successfully against men in Sweden. Pastrnak possesses the offensive skills to get fans out of their seats and would be a fan favourite at the Bell Centre.

 

22nd Tampa Bay Lightning – Roland McKeown, RD (Kingston, OHL)

Loaded with promising young forwards, Steve Yzerman calls on Roland McKeown to drape the Lightning jersey over his shoulders. McKeown is a naturally gifted skater with solid two-way ability and with room to develop, his upside is scary good.

 

23rd Boston Bruins – Alex Tuch, RW (USNTDP, USHL)

Fitting the mold that is Bruins Hockey, Alex Tuch’s size and fierce forecheck would complement the Bruins’ suffocating attack quite nicely. The B’s personnel could keep close tabs on Tuch’s development as the budding power forward hones his skills playing for the NCAA’s Boston College.

 

24th Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleackley, RC (Red Deer, WHL)

High character player with a dedication to both ends of the rink, Bleackley has added an offensive element to his game. On an up-and-coming Avalanche squad, Bleackley wouldn’t be required to carry the load when his time comes due but rather complement the numerous offensive stars. Perfect situation.

 

25th San Jose Sharks – Jakub Vrana, RW (Linkoping, SWE)

Fantastic passer with elite vision, Vrana uses his intelligence to manage the game at a high level. He’s committed defensively and owns a great compete level so the Sharks will definitely be interested in this complete package.

 

26th Pittsburgh Penguins – Dylan Larkin, LC (USNTDP, USHL)

The Penguins take the safe route and add a two-way physical pivot in Dylan Larkin, who is committed to the University of Michigan. With no dire need to fast track him, Larkin can develop his game and realize his potential under legendary coach Red Berenson.

 

27th Chicago Blackhawks – Robby Fabbri, LC (Guelph, OHL)

Wouldn’t be surprised to see a team grab him earlier but Robby Fabbri would slide in nicely as a Chicago Blackhawk. His possession skills, ability to identify holes in defences and strike quickly are rare qualities in young prospects. His only major flaw is his strength which can easily be addressed.

 

28th St. Louis Blues – Jack Dougherty, RD (USNTDP, USHL)

Back to the well the Blues’ go adding American defenceman Jack Dougherty, a player who competes within his skill set. Executes crisp breakout passes and uses his size and sound positioning to contain attacking oppositions.

 

29th Anaheim Ducks – Nick Schmalz, RC (Green Bay, USHL)

With their second selection in the opening round, Anaheim adds highly skilled forward Nick Schmalz. The younger brother of Blues’ prospect defenceman Jordan, Nick is a speedy forward with dynamic qualities often flashing his silky set of mitts on dazzling offensive rushes.

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