NHL Draft 2014: Live Results, Analysis and Reaction for Round 1

Carol SchramFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

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The first round of the 2014 NHL draft is in the books, with a lot less movement than many expected.

After a good deal of talk about trading their first-overall pick, the Florida Panthers ultimately decided to use draft lottery gift to choose defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the OHL. He's the first blueliner to be selected first overall since Erik Johnson went to the St. Louis Blues back in 2006.

The draft order followed in an orderly fashion from there, with teams sticking closely to the consensus top picks and little player movement.

Following up on the Vancouver Canucks' three big deals earlier in the day, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the biggest trade of draft evening when they sent James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. The only other trades involved a couple of minor swaps of draft position.

The draft resumes on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET, and we'll take you through the rest of the action at that time.

For now, here's a summary of this year's Top 10 picks:


  1. Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers
  2. Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres
  3. Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers
  4. Sam Bennett - Calgary Flames
  5. Michael Dal Colle - New York Islanders
  6. Jake Virtanen - Vancouver Canucks
  7. Haydn Fleury - Carolina Hurricanes
  8. William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs
  9. Nikolaj Ehlers - Winnipeg Jets
  10. Nick Ritchie - Anaheim Ducks