NHL Draft 2014: Official Selection Order Following Stanley Cup Final

Nate LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 13:  Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Barrie Colts skates with the puck past Travis Konecny #17 of the Ottawa 67's during an OHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on March 13, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

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

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

 

Predictions for Top Prospects in Draft

Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman

TORONTO - CANADA - MAY 29:  Aaron Ekblad performs a test during the Functional Movement screening at the NHL Combine May 29, 2014 at the Westin Bristol in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)
Graig Abel/Getty Images

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

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 07: Sam Reinhart #23 of Team Canada skates against Team Finland during the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 7, 2013 in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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

EDMONTON, AB - MARCH 16: Mitchell Moroz #29 of the Edmonton Oil Kings chases Haydn Fleury #4 of the Red Deer Rebels during a WHL game at Rexall Place on March 16, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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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