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2014 NHL Draft: Round 1

2014 NHL Draft - June 28th, 2014 @ 2:00 AM, in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Round 1

1 Florida Aaron Ekblad D Barrie (OHL) 6' 3.5" 216
DraftSite's comments:Best defender goes first overall.
2 Buffalo Sam Reinhart C Kootenay (WHL) 6' 1" 185
DraftSite's comments:Reinhardt has first line centre potential great hockey IQ, tremendous stickhandling ability and one of the quickest snap shots around. Reads the ice and is one of the smartest players in the draft.
3 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl C Prince Albert (WHL) 6' 1.75" 208
DraftSite's comments:A big traditional playmaking centre who has hands,a tenacious forecheck and a reach that keeps the opposition away from the puck..
4 Calgary Sam Bennett C Kingston (OHL) 6' 0.25" 178
DraftSite's comments:High skilled competitor who is effortless on his skates and plays with grit and fire. Has a superior release and fire. A strong character player who scores big goals.
5 NY Islanders Michael Dal Colle C Oshawa (OHL) 6' 1.5" 179
DraftSite's comments:Dal Colle might develop above the rest, but...
6 Vancouver Jake Virtanen RW Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 6' 0.75" 208
DraftSite's comments:Hits hard and spends time to agitate. Required off season shoulder surgery but that should not hurt his ranking. Not the finished product but might be get there soon, Upside is there, but are the quick stop/start wheels?
7 Carolina Haydn Fleury D Red Deer (WHL) 6' 2.75" 204
DraftSite's comments:A slight reach at this point as many see Travis Sanheim as a better option but you can knock the fact that Fleury has great feet, size and upside.
8 Toronto William Nylander C Sodertalje SK (Allsvenskan) 5' 11" 175
DraftSite's comments:Exceptionally gifted finisher, and creative player with explosion on the attack. He isn't the best team player and wants the puck over using his teammates. The Maple Leafs may have hit a home run...or struck out.
9 Winnipeg Nikolaj Ehlers LW Halifax (MJAHL) 5' 11.5" 170
DraftSite's comments:Danish winger who is very slight but a great speedy finisher.
10 Anaheim Trade Icon Nick Ritchie RW Peterborough (OHL) 6' 2.25" 230
DraftSite's comments:A big man who has good skills and edge. Hits fast,hard and to hurt.
11 Nashville Kevin Fiala RW Malmö (Sweden) 5' 9.75" 165
DraftSite's comments:Czech parents, Swiss born player who is dangerous whenever he has the puck. He is one of the smartest players on the ice and is a tremendous natural goal scorer.
12 Arizona Brendan Perlini LW Niagara (OHL) 6' 2.5" 205
DraftSite's comments:An offensive power centre-wing with excellent puck skills, hands, and big time shot and solid two-way game.
13 Washington Jakub Vrana RW Linköpings HC (SHL) 5' 11" 178
DraftSite's comments:A scoring Right Wing who isn't interested in the defensive end, but has a dynamic shot.
14 Dallas Julius Honka D Swift Current (WHL) 5' 10" 170
DraftSite's comments:Small ultra mobile offenseman.
15 Detroit Dylan Larkin C USNTDP (USHL) 6' 0.75" 190
DraftSite's comments:Solid two-way centre from the US program who is a fast and fluid centre but will need time to round out.
16 Columbus Sonny Milano LW USNTDP (USHL) 5' 11.5" 183
DraftSite's comments:Creative natural scorer with top end speed and makes any linemates better.
17 Philadelphia Travis Sanheim D Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 6' 3" 181
DraftSite's comments:Rocketed into the first round due to fast quick decision-making tremendous upside. Light on the edges and so quick for a big big man.
18 Minnesota Alex Tuch RW US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP) 6' 3.75" 222
DraftSite's comments:Minny goes big with Tuch's size and skill.
19 Tampa Bay Anthony DeAngelo D Sarnia (OHL) 5' 11" 165
DraftSite's comments:Arguably a top skilled and instinctive offenseman who is the best PP QB in this class.
20 Chicago Trade Icon Nick Schmaltz C Green Bay (USHL) 5' 11.5" 172
DraftSite's comments:A tremendous skilled centre who nonchalantly makes difficult plays, like they are easy.
21 St. Louis Robbie Fabbri C Guelph (OHL) 5' 9.25" 166
DraftSite's comments:Only 175 pounds but each one can play.
22 Pittsburgh Kasperi Kapanen LW KalPa Kuopio (SM-liiga) 5' 11" 172
DraftSite's comments:The versatile winger lasted this long maybe because of the compete level.
23 Colorado Conner Bleackley C Red Deer (WHL) 6' 0.5" 192
DraftSite's comments:High charactered centre-wing who is more of complimentary player who never gets outworked.
24 Vancouver Trade Icon Jared McCann C Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 5' 11.5" 174
DraftSite's comments:Smooth skills, but needs muscle and defensive zone commitment.
25 Boston David Pastrnak LW Sodertalje SK (Allsvenskan) 5' 10" 165
DraftSite's comments:Fills a need at offensive generatior and scorer - plays both centre & wing.
26 Montreal Nikita Scherbak LW Saskatoon (WHL) 6' 0" 172
DraftSite's comments:Excellent fit as complimentary player who might have a bit of Marian Hossa in his upside.
27 San Jose Trade Icon Nikolay Goldobin RW Sarnia (OHL) 5' 11.5" 178
DraftSite's comments:Not the fastest winger but makes up of it with excellent puck-handling skills and natural goal scoring ability.
28 NY Islanders Trade Icon Josh Ho-Sang C Windsor (OHL) 5' 11" 166
DraftSite's comments:Gotta love that the Isles had the stones to take the most colorful and also gifted gifted players in this class.
29 Los Angeles Adrian Kempe LW MoDo U-20 (Sweden) 6' 1.5" 187
DraftSite's comments:If the Kings are looking for size and grit, he has the attributes to develop as a powerful two way forward who makes contact and has an emerging offensive side.
30 New Jersey John Quenneville C Brandon (WHL) 6' 1" 188
DraftSite's comments:Perimeter shooter who has the hands to work in traffic.

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