2014 NHL Mock Draft: Early Look at Entire First Round
With the 2013 NHL draft behind us, it's time to get an early look at the entire first round of the 2014 NHL draft.
There is a lot of star potential in next year's draft, led by William Nylander, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart.
Here's an early look at the 2014 first round.
The order of this mock is based off a preliminary and cursory take at next year's standings.*
*The New Jersey Devils have forfeited their 2014 first-round pick, according to Yahoo!, as per a sanction from the Ilya Kovalchuk contract*
1. Calgary Flames: William Nylander, RW, Sodertalje (Sweden)
The Flames need stars, and Nylander, a high-octane winger, profiles as one. He is the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.
2. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
After passing on Seth Jones in 2013, the Panthers finally get a franchise defenseman in Ekblad, who is a two-way player who can play in all situations.
3. Colorado Avalanche: Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (WHL)
The Avs are still lacking on defense, and McKeown is a fantastic skater who could make the jump to the NHL straight from juniors.
4. Carolina Hurricanes: Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)
Carolina needs help on defense, and D'Angelo is threat from the blue line to score at any time. He'll help the power play and will not embarrass himself in his own end.
5. Dallas Stars: Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
Reinhart scored 35 goals this season with Kootenay and would give the Stars a first-line center that they haven't had since Brad Richards.
6. Buffalo Sabres: Blake Clarke, LW, Brampton (OHL)
After going heavy on defense in the 2013 draft, the Sabres turn to offense with Clarke, who had 51 points as a 17-year-old.
7. Nashville Predators: Jakub Vrana, LW, Linkoping (Sweden)
The Predators are still starved for offense, and adding Vrana, who excelled in the Swedish junior leagues, is a good bet to help improve their lack of goal scoring.
8. Tampa Bay Lightning: Brycen Martin, D, Swift Current (WHL)
The Lightning have an electric offense, but need defense. Martin, a steady, stay-at-home blueliner, should pair with Victor Hedman to upgrade the defense corps.
9. Phoenix Coyotes: Leon Draisaitl, LW, Prince Albert (WHL)
Daisaitl is a two-way forward with good offensive upside. He should play in all situations and will settle on the second line for the Coyotes.
10. Vancouver Canucks: Josh Ho-Sang, C, Windsor (OHL)
A slick-skating center to eventually replace the Sedin twins. Ho-Sang had 44 points in his first junior season and should only improve next year.
11. Winnipeg Jets: Michael Dal Colle, C, Oshawa (OHL)
A big center with offensive skill, Dal Colle is a playmaker who should excel with Evander Kane on his wing.
12. Philadelphia Flyers: Nikolai Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
A high-octane, highly skilled winger, Goldobin is due for a huge season with Sarnia. He projects as big-time goal scorer in the pros.
13. Edmonton Oilers: Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
The Oilers continue to pile up assets on defense, and Fleury is a no-nonsense blueliner who will make the smart play.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets: Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
McCann put up big numbers in juniors, scoring 21 goals and adding 23 assists. He has good size and projects as a nice two-way player.
15. New York Islanders: Jake Virtanen, C, Calgary (WHL)
More offensive depth for an up-and-coming team, Virtanen scored 16 goals and had 18 assists last season.
16. San Jose Sharks: Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
The speedy center is scheduled to play with the University of North Dakota in 2014-15. Schmaltz needs to put on weight, but has plenty of offensive talent.
17. Minnesota Wild: Sonny Milano, LW, U.S. NDTP (USHL)
Milano is on the smaller side, but offers nice offensive skill and would fit well with Zach Parise.
18. Ottawa Senators: Nick Ritchie, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
A nice blend of speed and skill, Ritchie has put up consistently big numbers in junior hockey.
19. New York Rangers: Eric Cornel, C, Peterborough (OHL)
Cornel is a nice playmaker who is an excellent passer. He could end up being the point man for the Rangers on the power play.
20. Montreal Canadiens: Ivan Barbashev, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
A highly skilled Russian forward, Barbashev impressed in his first year in North America. He could end up being a high riser with another strong season in juniors.
21. Washington Capitals: Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
A long-term solution as a second-line center, Point is small, but has terrific skill and is, in some ways, similar to Patrick Kane.
22. Detroit Red Wings: Joshua Jacobs, D, Indiana (USHL)
A strong, two-way defenseman to eventually replace Niklas Kronwall. He's a terrific skater.
23. St. Louis Blues: Brandon Robinson, LW, Brampton (OHL)
A power forward who could form a lethal combination on a line with Chris Stewart.
24. Anaheim Ducks: Daniel Audette, C, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
A lightning-fast center who would help complement the power game of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
25. Boston Bruins: Robbie Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)
A potential upgrade over Rich Peverely, Fabbri has great speed and could wreak havoc on the forecheck.
26. Toronto Maple Leafs: Jordan Thompson, D, Kamloops (WHL)
A steady, no-nonsense defenseman, Thompson has shown offensive skill and could turn into a nice two-way player.
27. Los Angeles Kings: Patrik Koys, RW, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
A Slovakian forward who put up big numbers in the Slovakian junior leagues, Koys struggled a bit in his move to North America, but has enough offensive talent to improve next season.
28. Chicago Blackhawks: Jack Glover, D, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
A big defenseman with some offensive upside, Glover will help replenish some of the defensive depth that helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
29. Pittsburgh Penguins: Ryan MacInnis, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
A big center who is similar in some ways to Jordan Staal. MacInnis would give the Penguins even more depth down the middle.
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