NHL Draft 2014: Official Selection Order Following Stanley Cup Final

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NHL Draft 2014: Official Selection Order Following Stanley Cup Final
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With the 2013-2014 NHL season officially a thing of the past, all 30 NHL teams will look toward the future, and nowhere is the future brighter than in the 2014 NHL draft.

The Stanley Cup trophy is safely in the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, who proved they had the chops to cement their status as a team of destiny after a wild postseason ride.

Yahoo Sports' Nick Cotsonika noted just how grueling the Kings' path to Stanley Cup glory truly was.

There's no doubt it was worth the wait.

The Kings' victory over the New York Rangers finalizes the order for the 2014 NHL draft, save for a few free-agency and trade-related picks that are yet to be sorted out. Still, the majority of the order is no longer left to chance, and each franchise can prepare their ultimate draft strategy.

Here is the order for the first two rounds of the 2014 NHL draft.

2014 NHL Draft Order - Rounds 1 & 2
Pick Team
Round 1
1 Florida Panthers
2 Buffalo Sabres
3 Edmonton Oilers
4 Calgary Flames
5 New York Islanders
6 Vancounver Canucks
7 Carolina Hurricanes
8 Toronto Maple Leafs
9 Winnipeg Jets
10 Anaheim Ducks
11 Nashville Predators
12 Arizona Coyotes
13 Washington Capitals
14 Dallas Stars
15 Detroit Red Wings
16 Columbus Blue Jackets
17 Philadelphia Flyers
18 Minnesota Wild
19 Tampa Bay Lightning
20 San Jose Sharks
21 St. Louis Blues
22 Pittsburgh Penguins
23 Colorado Avalanche
24 Anaheim Ducks
25 Boston Bruins
26 Montreal Canadiens
27 Chicago Blackhawks
28 Tampa Bay Lightning
29 Los Angeles Kings
30 New Jersey Devils
Pick Team
Round 2
31 Buffalo Sabres
32 Chicago Blackhawks
33 Los Angeles Kings
34 Calgary Flames
35 New York Islanders
36 Vancouver Canucks
37 Carolina Hurricanes
38 Toronto Maple Leafs
39 Winnipeg Jets
40 Ottawa Senators
41 New Jersey Devils
42 Nashville Predators
43 Arizona Coyotes
44 Washington Capitals
45 Dallas Stars
46 Detroit Red Wings
47 Columbus Blue Jackets
48 New York Islanders
49 Minnesota Wild
50 Tampa Bay Lightning
51 San Jose Sharks
52 St. Louis Blues
53 Calgary Flames
54 Colorado Avalanche
55 Anaheim Ducks
56 Boston Bruins
57 Montreal Canadiens
58 Chicago Blackhawks
59 New York Rangers
60 Columbus Blue Jackets

TSN.ca

The full seven-round draft order can be found here.

 

Predictions for Top Prospects in Draft

Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman

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Aaron Ekblad is one of the most highly regarded defensive prospects in quite some time. He has a rare blend of size, speed and deft puck-handling for an 18-year-old player.

At 6'4" and 217 pounds, the physically imposing Ekblad is ready for the daunting NHL season. He won't have any trouble acclimating to the size and quickness of his NHL opponents.

He doesn't get starstruck easily, as NHL.com editor Adam Kimelman notes.

Ekblad's easygoing nature may be due to years of surpassing the expectations of others; according to Kyle  Woodlief of USA Today, Ekblad was granted "exceptional status" at age 15 and allowed to join to the Ontario Hockey League. 

He certainly backed up his exceptional status with his performances on the ice; Ekblad has racked up 116 total points in 175 OHL games, as per EliteProspects.com.

It appears Ekblad won't be afraid to throw his weight around the league, nor will he suffer from a lack of confidence. Ekblad will also bring leadership skills to the NHL; he's captain of the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League.

The Panthers need scoring, but in a draft bereft of top-shelf defensive talent, they'll take Ekblad and secure the future of their blue-line corps.

Prediction: No. 1 to Florida Panthers

 

Sam Reinhart, Center

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Sam Reinhart will be leading the line for the NHL and Canada for years to come if he can capitalize on his burgeoning talent.

He is the son of former NHL All-Star Paul Reinhart, and his older brothers Max and Griffin Reinhart are former NHL draft picks as well.

The speedy forward has been a fixture on the Canadian youth national teams over the past several years. He tallied four points in seven games for the Canadian Under-20 team at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2014.

He's a regular in the scorer's column for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League as well, racking up 36 goals and 69 assists in just 60 games during the 2013-14 season, as per EliteProspects.com.

The Calgary Flames can continue to groom young centers with Sam Reinhart, and eventually improve their stagnant play on offense.

Prediction: No. 4 to Calgary Flames

 

Haydn Fleury, Defenseman

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Haydn Fleury—no relation to NHL legend Theo Fleury—is a mobile defenseman who should have a good, long career in the NHL. 

The 17-year-old Fleury currently plays for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in Canada. He is very quick for a blueliner of his size and should have no problem chasing down the fleet forwards he will face in the NHL. 

Fleury is also notable for his intriguing connection to a current NHL star. As Kelly Friesen of Yahoo Sports reports, St. Louis Blues winger Brenden Morrow was once Fleury's babysitter. Fleury acknowledged the interesting tidbit, but wouldn't go as far as to say he patterns his game after Morrow, considering their vastly different positions. He did have one name in mind, though.

Via the aforementioned article from Friesen: “I try to play like Jay Bouwmeester. I like how he is good in all areas of the game and can be counted on for big minutes. He logs a lot of ice time and handles them well.”

Fleury isn't quite the defensive talent that Ekblad is, but it will be a shock if he falls out of the top 10 in the draft considering defensemen are at a premium this year.

Prediction: No. 9 to Winnipeg Jets

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