NHL Draft 2014: Full Results and Grades for All Teams

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Aaron Ekblad is selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Not all teams improved equally in the 2014 NHL draft.

While all teams improved, some took advantage of their draft picks significantly more than other franchises did.

Here are draft grades for every NHL team.

2014 NHL Draft Grades
Florida PanthersA
Buffalo SabresA-
Edmonton OilersA-
Calgary FlamesA-
New York IslandersA-
Vancouver CanucksB
Carolina HurricanesB+
Toronto Maple LeafsB+
Winnipeg JetsB+
Anaheim DucksB+
Nashville PredatorsB
Arizona CoyotesB-
Washington CapitalsB+
Dallas StarsB-
Detroit Red WingsB
Columbus Blue JacketsB+
Philadelphia FlyersC+
Minnesota WildB+
Tampa Bay LightningB+
Chicago BlackhawksB
St. Louis BluesB
Pittsburgh PenguinsB+
Colorado AvalancheB-
Boston BruinsB
Montreal CanadiensC+
San Jose SharksB
New York IslandersB+
Los Angeles KingsB
New Jersey DevilsB+
New York RangersB
David Daniels

Highest Grade: Florida Panthers 

Aaron Ekblad wasn't necessarily the consensus first overall pick. The draft didn't have one of those this year. But no one is second guessing the Panthers' decision to draft the physically gifted defenseman. 

At 6'3", 213 pounds, his potential is through the roof. And he's produced big time for the Barrie Colts. Over his last two OHL seasons, he has a plus/minus of 38 points, scored 30 goals and delivered 57 assists. But not only is Ekblad a special talent, he couldn't fit the Panthers much better.

This is what ESPN's Frank Provenzano (subscription needed) had to say about how Ekblad will fit in Florida.

Ekblad will give the Panthers a potential cornerstone defenseman who can eat up big minutes in big situations. He will complement a strong group of young forwards (led by Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov) and the recently reacquired Roberto Luongo to help shore up a very leaky Panthers defense that ranked 29th in the NHL last season.

Ekblad was far from the Panthers' only quality pick. In the second round, they landed center Jayce Hawryluk, NHL.com's 37th ranked North American skater. And in the third, they selected right wing Juho Lammikko, NHL.com's 14th ranked European skater.

When a team picks as early in the draft as Florida did, the only way to walk away a loser is by making huge reaches. The Panthers didn't do that, and they walked away winners.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Travis Sanheim is interviewed after being selected seventheenth by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell
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Lowest Grade: Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Ron Hextall, General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, speaks during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Typically, prospects entering professional sports leagues think they should be drafted higher than they actually are. When a player is surprised by how high he or she is drafted, you know a team just reached.

Enter the Flyers, which selected Travis Sanheim 17th overall. Not only was Sanheim caught off guard by how he was picked in Round 1, but he admitted to not knowing if he'd hear his name called in the round at all.

"I obviously was a little shocked," said Sanheim, according to NJ.com's Randy Miller. "The last few months for me were crazy. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be selected in the first round or not."

NHL.com ranked Sanheim just the 53rd best North American skater. (Yes, after who the Panthers drafted in Round 2).

Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall admitted that he drafted Sanheim off of potential, according to NJ.com. Sanheim may ultimately prove that he was worthy of this selection.

However, it's clear there were better prospects on the board. And until he fulfills that potential, this will will be seen as the biggest reach in the draft.

Here are full NHL draft results for Rounds 1-7.

2014 NHL Draft Results
PickTeamPlayerPositionCollege/Junior/Club Team
Round 1
1.Florida PanthersAaron EkbladDBarrie (OHL)
2.Buffalo SabresSam ReinhartCKootenay (WHL)
3.Edmonton OilersLeon DraisaitlCPrince Albert (WHL)
4.Calgary FlamesSam Bennett CKingston (OHL)
5.New York IslandersMichael Dal ColleLWOshawa (OHL)
6.Vancouver CanucksJake VirtanenRWCalgary (WHL)
7.Carolina HurricanesHaydn Fleury DRed Deer (WHL)
8.Toronto Maple LeafsWilliam Nylander C; RWModo (Sweden)
9.Winnipeg JetsNikolaj EhlersRWHalifax (QMJHL)
10.Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa)Nick Ritchie LWPeterborough (OHL)
11.Nashville PredatorsKevin Fiala LWHV 71 Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
12.Arizona CoyotesBrendan Perlini LWNiagara (OHL)
13.Washington CapitalsJakub Vrana RWLinkoping (Sweden)
14.Dallas StarsJulius Honka DSwift Current (WHL)
15.Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin CUSA U-18 (USHL)
16.Columbus Blue JacketsSonny Milano LWUSA U-18 (USHL)
17.Philadelphia FlyersTravis Sanheim DCalgary (WHL)
18.Minnesota WildAlex Tuch RWUSA U-18 (USHL)
19.Tampa Bay LightningAnthony DeAngelo DSarnia (OHL)
20.Chicago Blackhawks*Nick SchmaltzCGreen Bay (USHL)
21.St. Louis BluesRobby FabbriCGuelph (OHL)
22.Pittsburgh PenguinsKasperi Kapanen RWKalpa (Finland)
23.Colorado AvalancheConner Bleackley CRed Deer (WHL)
24.Vancouver Canucks (from Anaheim)Jared McCannCSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
25.Boston BruinsDavid Pastrnak RWSodertalje (Sweden-2)
26.Montreal CanadiensNikita Scherbak RWSaskatoon (WHL)
27.San Jose Sharks*Nikolay Goldobin RWSarnia (OHL)
28.New York Islanders*Joshua Ho-SangCWindsor (OHL)
29.Los Angeles KingsAdrian KempeLWMODO (Sweden)
30.New Jersey DevilsJohn Quenneville CBrandon (WHL)
Round 2
31.Buffalo Sabres Brendan LemieuxLWBarrie (OHL)
32.Florida PanthersJayce HawrylukCBrandon (WHL)
33.St. Louis Blues (from Edmonton) Ivan BarbashevC/LWMoncton (QMJHL)
34.Calgary Flames Mason McDonaldDCharlottetown (QMJHL)
35.Tampa Bay Lightning*Dominik Masin DSlavia Jr. (Czrep-Jr.)
36.Vancouver Canucks Thatcher DemkoGBoston College (H-East)
37.Carolina Hurricanes Alex NedeljkovicDPlymouth (OHL)
38.Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto)Marcus PetterssonDSkelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
39.Washington Capitals*Vitek Vanecek GLiberec Jr. (Czrep-Jr.)
40.Ottawa Senators Andreas Englund DDjurgarden (Sweden-2)
41.New Jersey Devils Joshua Jacobs DIndiana (USHL)
42.Nashville Predators Vladislav KamenevLWMagnitogorsk 2 (Russia-Jr.)
43.Arizona Coyotes Ryan Macinnis CKitchener (OHL)
44.Buffalo Sabres*Eric Cornel CPeterborough (OHL)
45.Dallas Stars Brett Pollock LWEdmonton (WHL)
46.San Jose Sharks*Julius Bergman DFrolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
47.Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Collins DUSA U-18 (USHL)
48.Philadelphia Flyers Nicolas Aube-KubelRWVal-D'or (QMJHL)
49.Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota) Vaclav KarabacekRWGatineau (QMJHL)
50.Los Angeles Kings*Roland Mckeown DKingston (OHL)
51.Nashville Predators*Jack Dougherty DUSA U-18 (USHL)
52.St. Louis Blues Maxim LetunovCYoungstown (USHL)
53.San Jose Sharks (from Pittsburgh) Noah RodRWGeneve Jr. (Swiss-Jr.)
54.Calgary Flames (from Colorado) Hunter Smith RWOshawa (OHL)
55.Anaheim Ducks Brandon Montour DWaterloo (USHL)
56.Boston BruinsRyan Donato CDexter School (High-Ma)
57.Tampa Bay Lightning*Jonathan MacleodDUSA U-18 (USHL)
58.Arizona Coyotes (from Chicago) Christian Dvorak LWLondon (OHL)
59.New York Rangers Brandon Halverson GSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
60.Los Angeles Kings (from Los Angeles via Buffalo) Alex LintuniemiDOttawa
Round 3
61.Buffalo Sabres Jonas Johansson GBrynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
62.Nashville Predators*Justin KirklandLWKelowna (WHL)
63.Detroit Red Wings*Dominic Turgeon CPortland (WHL)
64.Calgary Flames Brandon Hickey DSpruce Grove (AJHL)
65.Florida Panthers*Juho LammikkoRWAssat Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
66.Vancouver Canucks Nikita TryamkinDYekaterinburg (Russia)
67.Carolina Hurricanes Warren FoegeleLWSt. Andrews (High-On)
68.Toronto Maple Leafs Rinat ValievDKootenay (WHL)
69.Winnipeg Jets Jack GloverDU-18 (USHL)
70.Ottawa Senators Miles GendronDRivers Academy (High-Ma)
71.New Jersey Devils Connor ChathamRWPlymouth (OHL)
72.San Jose Sharks*Alex SchoenbornRWPortland (WHL)
73.Montreal Canadiens*Brett LernoutDSwift Current (WHL)
74.Buffalo Sabres*Brycen MartinDSwift Current (WHL)
75.Dallas Stars Alexander PetersDPlymouth (OHL)
76.Columbus Blue Jackets*Elvis MerzlikinsGLugano (Swiss)
77.Columbus Blue Jackets Blake SiebenalerDNiagara (OHL)
78.New York Islanders (from Philadelphia) Ilya SorokinGNovokuznetsk (Russia)
79.Tampa Bay Lightning* Brayden Point CMoose Jaw (WHL)
80.Minnesota Wild*Louis Belpedio DUSA U-18 (USHL)
81.San Jose Sharks Dylan Sadowy LWSaginaw (OHL)
82.St. Louis BluesJake Walman DToronto JC (OJHL)
83.Chicago Blackhawks*Matheson IacopelliRWMuskegon (USHL)
84.Colorado Avalanche Kyle WoodDNorth Bay (OHL)
85.New York Rangers (from Anaheim via Vancouver) Keegan Iverson C/RWPortland (WHL)
86.Philadelphia FlyersMark Friedman DWaterloo (USHL)
87.Arizona Coyotes*Anton Karlsson RWFrolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
88.Chicago Blackhawks Beau StarrettC/LWSouth Shore (USPHL Pre.)
89.Washington Capitals*Nathan WalkerLWHershey (AHL)
90.Los Angeles Kings Michael AmadioCNorth Bay (OHL)
Round 4
91.Edmonton Oilers (from Buffalo via Minnesota) William LagessonDFrolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
92.Florida Panthers Joe WegwerthRWUSA U-18 (USHL)
93.Colorado Avalanche (from Edmonton via Toronto) Nicholas MagyarRWKitchener (OHL)
94.St. Louis Blues*Ville HussoGHIFK (Finland)
95.New York Islanders Linus SoderstromGDjurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
96.Carolina Hurricanes (from Vancouver) Josh Wesley DPlymouth (OHL)
97.Carolina Hurricanes Lucas WallmarkCLulea (Sweden)
98.Chicago Blackhawks (from Toronto) Frederik OlofssonLWChicago (USHL)
99.Winnipeg Jets Chase De LeoCPortland (WHL)
100.Ottawa SenatorsShane Eiserman C/LWDubuque (USHL)
101.Winnipeg Jets (from New Jersey) Nelson NogierDSaskatoon (WHL)
102.San Jose Sharks*Alexis VanierDBaie-Comeau (QMJHL)
103.Toronto Maple Leafs (from Arizona) John PiccinichRWYoungstown (USHL)
104.New York Rangers*Ryan Mantha DIndiana (USHL)
105.Dallas Stars Michael Prapavessis DToronto Lakeshore (OJHL)
106.Detroit Red Wings Christoffer EhnCFrolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
107.Columbus Blue Jackets Julien Pelletier LWCape Breton (QMJHL)
108.New York Islanders (from Philadelphia) Devon Toews DQuinnipiac (ECAC)
109.Minnesota Wild Kaapo KahkonenGBlues Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
110.St. Louis Blues (from Tampa Bay) Austin PoganskiRWTri-City (USHL)
111.Edmonton Oilers (from San Jose) Zachary NagelvoortGU of Michigan (Big 10)
112.Nashville Predators (from St. Louis) Viktor Arvidsson LWSkelleftea (Sweden)
113.Pittsburgh Penguins Sam Lafferty C/LWDeerfield (High-Ma)
114.Colorado Avalanche Alexis Pepin LWGatineau (QMJHL)
115.Dallas Stars (from Anaheim via Washington and Anaheim) Brent Moran GNiagara (OHL)
116.Boston Bruins Danton HeinenC/LWSurrey (BCHL)
117.Arizona Coyotes*Michael Bunting LWSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
118.New York Rangers*Igor ShesterkinGSpartak 2 (Russia-Jr.)
119.Tampa Bay Lightning*Ben Thomas DCalgary (WHL)
120.Los Angeles Kings Steven JohnsonDOmaha (USHL)
Round 5
121.Buffalo Sabres Maxwell Willman CWilliston-Northampton (High-Ma)
122.New York Rangers (from Florida) Richard NejezchlebLWBrandon (WHL)
123.Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton) Matthew BerkovitzDAshwaubenon (High-Wi)
124.St. Louis Blues (from Calgary) Jaedon DescheneauRWKootenay (WHL)
125.Montreal Canadiens (from NY Islanders) Nikolas Koberstein DOlds (AJHL)
126.Vancouver Canucks Gustav ForslingDLinkoping Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
127.Carolina Hurricanes Clark Bishop CCape Breton (QMJHL)
128.Toronto Maple Leafs Dakota JoshuaCSioux Falls (USHL)
129.Winnipeg Jets Clinston FranklinLWSioux Falls (USHL)
130.Edmonton Oilers (from Ottawa) Liam Coughlin C/LWVernon (BCHL)
131.New Jersey Devils Ryan RehillDKamloops (WHL)
132.Nashville Predators Joonas Lyytinen DKalpa (Finland)
133.Arizona Coyotes Dysin MayoDEdmonton (WHL)
134.Washington Capitals Shane Gersich(C/LW)USA U-18 (USHL)
135.Dallas Stars Miro KarjalainenDJokerit U18 (Finland-Jr. U18)
136.Detroit Red Wings Thomas (Chase) PerryGWenatchee (NAHL)
137.Columbus Blue Jackets (from Columbus via Edmonton) Tyler BirdRWKimball Union (High-Nh)
138.Philadelphia Flyers Oskar Lindblom LWBrynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
139.Minnesota Wild Tanner FaithDKootenay (WHL)
140.New York Rangers*Daniel WalcottDBlainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
141.Chicago Blackhawks (from San Jose) Luc SnuggerudDEden Prairie (High-Mn)
142.New York Rangers* Tyler NanneDEden Prairie (High-Mn)
143.Florida Panthers (from Pittsburgh) Miguel FidlerLWEden Prairie (High-Mn)
144.Colorado Avalanche Anton Lindholm DSkelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
145.Pittsburgh Penguins (from Anaheim) Anthony Angello COmaha (USHL)
146.Boston Bruins Anders BjorkLWUSA U-18 (USHL)
147.Montreal Canadiens Daniel AudetteCSherbrooke (QMJHL)
148.Chicago Blackhawks Andres SoderbergDSkelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
149.San Jose Sharks (from NY Rangers) Rourke ChartierCKelowna
150.Los Angeles Kings Alec DillonGVictoria (BCHL)
Round 6
151.Buffalo SabresChristopher BrownCCranbrook Kingswood (High-Mi)
152.New Jersey Devils (from Florida) Joey DudekCKimball Union (High-Nh)
153.Edmonton Oilers Tyler Vesel COmaha (USHL)
154.Dallas Stars (from Calgary) Aaron Haydon DNiagara (OHL)
155.New York Islanders Kyle Schempp CFerris State (WCHA)
156.Vancouver Canucks Kyle Pettit CErie (OHL)
157.Los Angeles Kings (from Carolina) Jake Marchment CBelleville (OHL)
158.Toronto Maple Leafs Nolan Vesey LWSouth Shore (USPHL Pre.)
159.Washington Capitals*Steve SpinnerRWEden Prairie (High-Min.)
160.Minnesota Wild (from Ottawa) Pontus SjalinDOstersunds (J20 Elit)
161.New Jersey Devils Brandon BaddockLWEdmonton (WHL)
162.Nashville Predators Aaron IrvingDEdmonton (WHL)
163.Arizona Coyotes David WestlundDBrynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
164.Winnipeg Jets*Pavel KrasKovskyCYaroslavl 2 (Russia-Jr.)
165.Dallas Stars John NybergLWFrolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
166.Detroit Red Wings Julius VahataloLWTPS Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
167.Minnesota Wild (from Columbus via NY Rangers) Chase LangCCalgary (WHL)
168.Philadelphia Flyers Radel FazleevCCalgary (WHL)
169.Minnesota Wild Reid DukeCLethbridge (WHL)
170.Tampa Bay Lightning Cristiano Digiacinto LWWindsor (OHL)
171.San Jose Sharks Kevin LabancRWBarrie (OHL)
172.St. Louis Blues Chandler YakimowiczRWLondon (OHL)
173.Pittsburgh Penguins Jaden LindoRWOwen Sound (OHL)
174.Colorado Avalanche Maximilian PajpachGSlovakia U18 (Slovakia-2)
175.Calgary Flames (from Anaheim) Adam Ollas Mattsson DDjurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
176.St. Louis Blues (from Boston) Samuel Blais LWVictoriaville (QMJHL)
177.Montreal Canadiens Hayden Hawkey GOmaha (USHL)
178.Chicago Blackhawks Dylan SikuraCAurora (OJHK)
179.Chicago Blackhawks*Ivan Nalimov GSka St. Petersburg 2 (Russia-Jr.)
180.Los Angeles Kings Matthew MisteleLWPlymouth (OHL)
Round 7
181.Buffalo Sabres Victor OlofssonRWModo Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
182.Florida Panthers (from Florida via Montreal) Hugo FagerblomGFrolunda U18 (Sweden-Jr. U18)
183.Edmonton Oilers Keven BouchardGVal-d'or (QMJHL)
184.Calgary Flames Austin CarrollRWVictoria (WHL)
185.Tampa Bay Lightning*Cameron DarcyCCape Breton (QMJHL)
186.Vancouver Canucks Mackenze StewartDPrince Albert (WHL)
187.Carolina Hurricanes Kyle Jenkins DSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
188.Toronto Maple Leafs Pierre EngvallLWFrolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
189.Ottawa Senators*Kelly SummersDCarleton Place (CCHL)
190.Ottawa Senators Francis Perron LWRouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
191.Arizona Coyotes (from New Jersey) Jared Fiegl LWUSA U-18 (USHL)
192.Winnipeg Jets* Matt UstaskiC/LWLangley (BCHL)
193.Arizona Coyotes Edgars KuldaLWEdmonton (WHL)
194.Washington Capitals Kevin Elgestal RWFrolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
195.Dallas Stars Patrick Sanvido DWindsor (OHL)
196.Detroit Red Wings Axel HolmstromCSkelleftea Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
197.Columbus Blue Jackets Olivier LeblancDSaint John (QMJHL)
198.Philadelphia Flyers Jesper PetterssonDLinkoping (Sweden)
199.Minnesota Wild Pavel JenysCBRNO (CZREP)
200.New York Islanders*Lukas SutterCRed Deer (WHL)
201.Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose) Alexander KadeykinCMytischi (Russia)
202.St. Louis Blues Dwyer TschantzRWIndiana (USHL)
203.Pittsburgh Penguins Jeff Taylor DUnion College (ECAC)
204.Colorado Avalanche Julien NantelC/LWRouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
205.Anaheim Ducks (from Anaheim via Toronto) Ondrej KaseRWChomutov (CZREP)
206.Boston Bruins Emil Johansson DHV 71 Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
207.Montreal CanadiensJake EvansC/RWSt. Michaels (OJHL)
208.Chicago Blackhawks Jack Ramsey RWPenticton (BCHL)
209.Los Angeles Kings (from NY Rangers) Spencer Watson RWKingston (OHL)
210.Los Angeles Kings Jacob MiddletonDOttawa (OHL)
*Trade was made for the pick. Source: NHL.com

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.


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