While the NHL is known for its marathon-length playoff games, its draft always seems to be completed at break-neck pace.
The 2014 draft was no exception. The second day of the draft—consisting of six rounds—flew by in about 3 1/2 hours.
Brendan Lemieux was disappointed when he wasn't taken in the first round, but he quickly got over the hurt when the Buffalo Sabres made the left wing the first player selected in the second round. Other top second-round choices included center Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), center-left wing Ivan Barbashev (St. Louis) and goalie Mason McDonald (Calgary).
Defenseman Jacob Middleton closed the two-day draft when he was selected 210th and last by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
The St. Louis Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs completed the most significant trade of the day. The Blues sent defenseman Roman Polak to the Leafs, while the Blues got Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarsson in return.
Free agency is the most significant event coming up on the NHL calendar, but many fans can't wait until the 2015 draft when phenom Connor McDavid will likely be the biggest name to headline the draft since Sidney Crosby entered the league in 2005.
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