NHL Draft Grades 2014: Final Report Card for Every Team
The 2014 NHL draft is in the books after a star-studded first round hit the TV airways on Friday night and Rounds 2 to 7 closed it out Saturday afternoon.
It will be years before we know what the long-term effects of the weekend's selections will be, but the early grades are in for each team.
Factoring into these letters are what the team needed heading into the draft and what they got out of it; whether or not they got an impact player, or if they were really fortunate, more than one; whether or not they turned assets into multiple assets via trade, or were smart enough to stand back and just pick the best player available at every turn.
Click ahead to see where your team ranks, and offer your own grades in the comments.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Second round, 40th overall: D Andreas Englund (Djurgarden, Sweden2)
Third round, 70th overall: D Miles Gendron (Rivers Academy, HIGH-MA)
Fourth round, 100th overall: C/LW Shane Eiserman (Dubuque, USHL)
Seventh round, 189th overall: D Kelly Summers (Carleton Place, CCHL)
Seventh round, 190th overall: LW Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
The Grade: B-
The Bottom Line
Considering the Senators didn't have a first-round pick, they did fairly well with what limited resources they had.
Recognizing a need for a stay-at-home defender, they picked up a good one in Englund, who Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen says Sens assistant general manager Pierre Dorion felt was ranked much lower than his value:
“For us, we feel like we left this draft with a first round pick. I’ve been scouting for 20 years, I don’t think we could bring in a higher character person into our organization.”
They got value in Eiserman, who was ranked 45th among North American skaters, and could also hit with offensive blueliner Gendron after a few years of growth.
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
First round, ninth overall: LW Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax, QMJHL)
Third round, 69th overall: D Jack Glover (USA U18)
Fourth round, 99th overall: C Chase De Leo (Portland, WHL)
Fourth round, 101st overall: D Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon, WHL)
Fifth round, 129th overall: LW Clinston Franklin (Sioux Falls, USHL)
Sixth round, 164th overall: C Pavel Kraskovsky (Yaroslavl 2, Russia Jr.)
Seventh round, 192nd overall: C/LW Matt Ustaski (Langley, BCHL)
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