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YOUNGBLOOD: 2014 NHL Entry Draft

2014 NHL Entry Draft

G’day NHL Draft  junkies,


After some final tinkering to my previous “Final FINAL 2014 NHL Draft Rankings”, I am content (for now) on my FINAL (for real this time) draft rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. As I did all season, I put together one final “Youngblood” release and kept if fairly easy-to-read with straightforward rankings, skill-related ranking lists and a mock draft. In addition, I posted my 2015 NHL Draft Rankings to kick things off for next season.


Of course, it’s all free too. Moving forward, almost all of my content that was previously featured in the Youngblood releases will be offered over at McKeen’s Hockey, where I have an ongoing featured section. Be sure to check it out.


For the updated rankings, lists, mock draft and other information…download: Youngblood 2014 NHL Draft FINAL

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Draft Mulligans – 2007 NHL Draft Redo

Kyle Turris, Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk headlined the 2007 NHL Draft but things would change if NHL teams had a mulligan.

Kyle Turris, Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk headlined the 2007 NHL Draft but things would change if NHL teams had a mulligan.

In the spirit of the NHL Draft, @RossyYoungblood takes a look at the 2007 draft class and redoes the group that featured Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk, Kyle Turris and found gems outside of the 1st round in PK Subban and Jamie Benn


Player’s original draft selection in parenthesis


 2007 NHL Draft Redo


  1. Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane (1st ) CHI originally selected Patrick Kane
  2. Philadelphia Flyers – PK Subban (43rd)   PHI originally selected James van Riemsdyk
  3. Phoenix Coyotes –Jamie Benn (129th)   CHI originally selected Kyle Turris
  4. Los Angeles Kings – Logan Couture (9th) LAK originally selected Thomas Hickey
  5. Washington Capitals – Ryan McDonagh (12th)        WSH originally selected Karl Alzner
  6. Edmonton Oilers –Jakub Voracek (6th) EDM originally selected Sam Gagner
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets –Max Pacioretty (22nd)   CBJ originally selected Jakub Voracek
  8. Boston Bruins – James van Riemsdyk (2nd)   BOS originally selected Zach Hamill
  9. San Jose Sharks – Kevin Shattenkirk (14th) SJS originally selected Logan Couture
  10. Florida Panthers – Kyle Turris (3rd) FLA originally selected Keaton Ellerby
  11. Carolina Hurricanes – Karl Alzner (5th) CAR originally selected Brandon Sutter
  12. Montreal Canadiens – David Perron (26th) MTL originally selected Ryan McDonagh
  13. St. Louis Blues – Wayne Simmonds (61st) STL originally selected Lars Eller
  14. Colorado Avalanche – Sam Gagner (6th)   COL originally selected Kevin Shattenkirk
  15. Edmonton Oilers – Carl Hagelin (168th) EDM originally selected Alex Plante
  16. Minnesota Wild – Alec Martinez (95th) MIN originally selected Colton Gillies
  17. New York Rangers – Alexander Killorn (77th) NYR originally selected Alexei Cherepanov
  18. St. Louis Blues – Lars Eller (13th)   STL originally selected Ian Cole
  19. Anaheim Ducks – Jake Muzzin (141st) ANA originally selected Logan MacMillan
  20. Pittsburgh Penguins – Carl Gunnarsson (194th)   PIT originally selected Angelo Esposito
  21. Edmonton Oilers – Justin Braun (201st)   EDM originally selected Riley Nash
  22. Montreal Canadiens – Mikael Backlund (24th) MTL originally selected Max Pacioretty
  23. Nashville Predators – Nick Bonino (173rd) NSH originally selected Jonathon Blum
  24. Calgary Flames – Brendan Smith (27th) CGY originally selected Mikael Backlund
  25. Vancouver Canucks – Dwight King (109th) VAN originally selected Patrick White
  26. St. Louis Blues – TJ Galiardi (55th) STL originally selected David Perron
  27. Detroit Red Wings – Justin Falk (110th) DET originally selected Brendan Smith
  28. San Jose Sharks – Thomas Hickey (4th) SJS originally selected Nick Petrecki
  29. Ottawa Senators – Matt Frattin (99th) OTT originally selected Jim O’Brien
  30. Phoenix Coyotes – Keaton Ellerby (10th) PHX originally selected Nick Ross


1st round misses: Zach Hamill (8th), Alex Plante (15th), Colton Gillies (16th), Alexei Cherepanov (17th), Logan MacMillan (19th), Angelo Esposito (20th), Riley Nash (21st), Jonathon Blum (23rd), Patrick White (25th), Nick Petrecki (28th), Jim O’Brier (29th), Nick Ross (30th)

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Draft Mulligans – 2006 NHL Draft Redo

Jordan Staal, Erik Johnson and Jonathan Toews were the top 3 selections in the 2006 NHL Draft. Eight years later, how would you draft them?

Jordan Staal, Erik Johnson and Jonathan Toews were the top 3 selections in the 2006 NHL Draft. Eight years later, how would you draft them?

In the spirit of the NHL Draft, @RossyYoungblood takes a look at the 2006 draft class and redoes the group that featured Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom, Claude Giroux, Jordan Staal and Phil Kessel.


Player’s original draft selection in parenthesis


Redo of the 2006 NHL Draft

  1. St. Louis Blues –Jonathan Toews (3rd)   STL originally selected Erik Johnson
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins – Nicklas Backstrom (4th)   PIT originally selected Jordan Staal
  3. Chicago Blackhawks –Claude Giroux (22nd)   CHI originally selected Jonathan Toews
  4. Washington Capitals – Phil Kessel (5th)   WSH originally selected Niklas Backstrom
  5. Boston Bruins – Milan Lucic (50th)   BOS originally selected Phil Kessel
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets –Jordan Staal (2nd)   CBJ originally selected Derick Brassard
  7. New York Islanders –Erik Johnson (1st)   NYI originally selected Kyle Okposo
  8. Phoenix Coyotes – Semyon Varlamov (23rd)   PHX originally selected Peter Mueller
  9. Minnesota Wild – Kyle Okposo (7th)   MIN originally selected James Sheppard
  10. Florida Panthers – Jonathan Bernier (11th)   FLA originally selected Michael Frolik
  11. Los Angeles Kings – Steve Mason (69th)   LAK originally selected Jonathan Bernier
  12. Atlanta Thrashers – Bryan Little (12th)   ATL originally selected Bryan Little
  13. Toronto Maple Leafs – Chris Stewart (18th)   TOR originally selected Jiri Tlusty
  14. Vancouver Canucks – Derick Brassard (6th)   VAN originally selected Michael Grabner
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning – Patrik Berglund (25th)   TBL originally selected Riku Helenius
  16. San Jose Sharks – Brad Marchard (71st)   SJS originally selected Ty Wishart
  17. Los Angeles Kings – James Riemer (99th)   LAK originally selected Trevor Lewis
  18. Colorado Avalanche – Nick Foligno (28th)   COL originally selected Chris Stewart
  19. Anaheim Ducks – Nikolai Kulemin (44th)   ANA originally selected Mark Mitera
  20. Montreal Canadiens – Michael Grabner (14th)   MTL originally selected David Fischer
  21. New York Rangers – Andrew MacDonald (160th)   NYR originally selected Bob Sanguinetti
  22. Philadelphia Flyers – Artem Anisimov (54th)   PHI originally selected Claude Giroux
  23. Washington Capitals – Michael Frolik (10th)   WSH originally selected Semyon Varlamov
  24. Buffalo Sabres – Jiri Tlusty (13th)   BUF originally selected Dennis Persson
  25. St. Louis Blues – Jamie McGinn (36th)   STL originally selected Patrik Berglund
  26. Calgary Flames – Cal Clutterbuck (72nd)   CGY originally selected Leland Irving
  27. Dallas Stars – Michal Neuvirth (34th)   DAL originally selected Ivan Vishnevskiy
  28. Ottawa Senators – Viktor Stalberg (161st)   OTT originally selected Nick Foligno
  29. Phoenix Coyotes – Jamie McBain (63rd)   PHX originally selected Chris Summers
  30. New Jersey Devils – Peter Mueller (8th)   NJD originally selected Matt Corrente


1st round misses: James Sheppard (9th), Riku Helenius (15th), Ty Wishart (16th), Trevor Lewis (17th), Mark Mitera (19th), David Fischer (20th), Bobby Sanguinetti (21st), Leland Irving (26th), Ivan Vishnevskiy (27th), Chris Summers (29th), Matt Corrente (30th)










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