NHL Draft 2014: Full Results and Grades for All Teams

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NHL Draft 2014: Full Results and Grades for All Teams
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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
Team Grade
Florida Panthers A
Buffalo Sabres A-
Edmonton Oilers A-
Calgary Flames A-
New York Islanders A-
Vancouver Canucks B
Carolina Hurricanes B+
Toronto Maple Leafs B+
Winnipeg Jets B+
Anaheim Ducks B+
Nashville Predators B
Arizona Coyotes B-
Washington Capitals B+
Dallas Stars B-
Detroit Red Wings B
Columbus Blue Jackets B+
Philadelphia Flyers C+
Minnesota Wild B+
Tampa Bay Lightning B+
Chicago Blackhawks B
St. Louis Blues B
Pittsburgh Penguins B+
Colorado Avalanche B-
Boston Bruins B
Montreal Canadiens C+
San Jose Sharks B
New York Islanders B+
Los Angeles Kings B
New Jersey Devils B+
New York Rangers B

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.

 

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Lowest Grade: Philadelphia Flyers

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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
Pick Team Player Position College/Junior/Club Team
Round 1
1. Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad D Barrie (OHL)
2. Buffalo Sabres Sam Reinhart C Kootenay (WHL)
3. Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl C Prince Albert (WHL)
4. Calgary Flames Sam Bennett C Kingston (OHL)
5. New York Islanders Michael Dal Colle LW Oshawa (OHL)
6. Vancouver Canucks Jake Virtanen RW Calgary (WHL)
7. Carolina Hurricanes Haydn Fleury D Red Deer (WHL)
8. Toronto Maple Leafs William Nylander C; RW Modo (Sweden)
9. Winnipeg Jets Nikolaj Ehlers RW Halifax (QMJHL)
10. Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa) Nick Ritchie LW Peterborough (OHL)
11. Nashville Predators Kevin Fiala LW HV 71 Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
12. Arizona Coyotes Brendan Perlini LW Niagara (OHL)
13. Washington Capitals Jakub Vrana RW Linkoping (Sweden)
14. Dallas Stars Julius Honka D Swift Current (WHL)
15. Detroit Red Wings Dylan Larkin C USA U-18 (USHL)
16. Columbus Blue Jackets Sonny Milano LW USA U-18 (USHL)
17. Philadelphia Flyers Travis Sanheim D Calgary (WHL)
18. Minnesota Wild Alex Tuch RW USA U-18 (USHL)
19. Tampa Bay Lightning Anthony DeAngelo D Sarnia (OHL)
20. Chicago Blackhawks* Nick Schmaltz C Green Bay (USHL)
21. St. Louis Blues Robby Fabbri C Guelph (OHL)
22. Pittsburgh Penguins Kasperi Kapanen RW Kalpa (Finland)
23. Colorado Avalanche Conner Bleackley C Red Deer (WHL)
24. Vancouver Canucks (from Anaheim) Jared McCann C Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
25. Boston Bruins David Pastrnak RW Sodertalje (Sweden-2)
26. Montreal Canadiens Nikita Scherbak RW Saskatoon (WHL)
27. San Jose Sharks* Nikolay Goldobin RW Sarnia (OHL)
28. New York Islanders* Joshua Ho-Sang C Windsor (OHL)
29. Los Angeles Kings Adrian Kempe LW MODO (Sweden)
30. New Jersey Devils John Quenneville C Brandon (WHL)
Round 2
31. Buffalo Sabres Brendan Lemieux LW Barrie (OHL)
32. Florida Panthers Jayce Hawryluk C Brandon (WHL)
33. St. Louis Blues (from Edmonton) Ivan Barbashev C/LW Moncton (QMJHL)
34. Calgary Flames Mason McDonald D Charlottetown (QMJHL)
35. Tampa Bay Lightning* Dominik Masin D Slavia Jr. (Czrep-Jr.)
36. Vancouver Canucks Thatcher Demko G Boston College (H-East)
37. Carolina Hurricanes Alex Nedeljkovic D Plymouth (OHL)
38. Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto) Marcus Pettersson D Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
39. Washington Capitals* Vitek Vanecek G Liberec Jr. (Czrep-Jr.)
40. Ottawa Senators Andreas Englund D Djurgarden (Sweden-2)
41. New Jersey Devils Joshua Jacobs D Indiana (USHL)
42. Nashville Predators Vladislav Kamenev LW Magnitogorsk 2 (Russia-Jr.)
43. Arizona Coyotes Ryan Macinnis C Kitchener (OHL)
44. Buffalo Sabres* Eric Cornel C Peterborough (OHL)
45. Dallas Stars Brett Pollock LW Edmonton (WHL)
46. San Jose Sharks* Julius Bergman D Frolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
47. Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Collins D USA U-18 (USHL)
48. Philadelphia Flyers Nicolas Aube-Kubel RW Val-D'or (QMJHL)
49. Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota) Vaclav Karabacek RW Gatineau (QMJHL)
50. Los Angeles Kings* Roland Mckeown D Kingston (OHL)
51. Nashville Predators* Jack Dougherty D USA U-18 (USHL)
52. St. Louis Blues Maxim Letunov C Youngstown (USHL)
53. San Jose Sharks (from Pittsburgh) Noah Rod RW Geneve Jr. (Swiss-Jr.)
54. Calgary Flames (from Colorado) Hunter Smith RW Oshawa (OHL)
55. Anaheim Ducks Brandon Montour D Waterloo (USHL)
56. Boston Bruins Ryan Donato C Dexter School (High-Ma)
57. Tampa Bay Lightning* Jonathan Macleod D USA U-18 (USHL)
58. Arizona Coyotes (from Chicago) Christian Dvorak LW London (OHL)
59. New York Rangers Brandon Halverson G Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
60. Los Angeles Kings (from Los Angeles via Buffalo) Alex Lintuniemi D Ottawa
Round 3
61. Buffalo Sabres Jonas Johansson G Brynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
62. Nashville Predators* Justin Kirkland LW Kelowna (WHL)
63. Detroit Red Wings* Dominic Turgeon C Portland (WHL)
64. Calgary Flames Brandon Hickey D Spruce Grove (AJHL)
65. Florida Panthers* Juho Lammikko RW Assat Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
66. Vancouver Canucks Nikita Tryamkin D Yekaterinburg (Russia)
67. Carolina Hurricanes Warren Foegele LW St. Andrews (High-On)
68. Toronto Maple Leafs Rinat Valiev D Kootenay (WHL)
69. Winnipeg Jets Jack Glover D U-18 (USHL)
70. Ottawa Senators Miles Gendron D Rivers Academy (High-Ma)
71. New Jersey Devils Connor Chatham RW Plymouth (OHL)
72. San Jose Sharks* Alex Schoenborn RW Portland (WHL)
73. Montreal Canadiens* Brett Lernout D Swift Current (WHL)
74. Buffalo Sabres* Brycen Martin D Swift Current (WHL)
75. Dallas Stars Alexander Peters D Plymouth (OHL)
76. Columbus Blue Jackets* Elvis Merzlikins G Lugano (Swiss)
77. Columbus Blue Jackets Blake Siebenaler D Niagara (OHL)
78. New York Islanders (from Philadelphia) Ilya Sorokin G Novokuznetsk (Russia)
79. Tampa Bay Lightning* Brayden Point C Moose Jaw (WHL)
80. Minnesota Wild* Louis Belpedio D USA U-18 (USHL)
81. San Jose Sharks Dylan Sadowy LW Saginaw (OHL)
82. St. Louis Blues Jake Walman D Toronto JC (OJHL)
83. Chicago Blackhawks* Matheson Iacopelli RW Muskegon (USHL)
84. Colorado Avalanche Kyle Wood D North Bay (OHL)
85. New York Rangers (from Anaheim via Vancouver) Keegan Iverson C/RW Portland (WHL)
86. Philadelphia Flyers Mark Friedman D Waterloo (USHL)
87. Arizona Coyotes* Anton Karlsson RW Frolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
88. Chicago Blackhawks Beau Starrett C/LW South Shore (USPHL Pre.)
89. Washington Capitals* Nathan Walker LW Hershey (AHL)
90. Los Angeles Kings Michael Amadio C North Bay (OHL)
Round 4
91. Edmonton Oilers (from Buffalo via Minnesota) William Lagesson D Frolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
92. Florida Panthers Joe Wegwerth RW USA U-18 (USHL)
93. Colorado Avalanche (from Edmonton via Toronto) Nicholas Magyar RW Kitchener (OHL)
94. St. Louis Blues* Ville Husso G HIFK (Finland)
95. New York Islanders Linus Soderstrom G Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
96. Carolina Hurricanes (from Vancouver) Josh Wesley D Plymouth (OHL)
97. Carolina Hurricanes Lucas Wallmark C Lulea (Sweden)
98. Chicago Blackhawks (from Toronto) Frederik Olofsson LW Chicago (USHL)
99. Winnipeg Jets Chase De Leo C Portland (WHL)
100. Ottawa Senators Shane Eiserman C/LW Dubuque (USHL)
101. Winnipeg Jets (from New Jersey) Nelson Nogier D Saskatoon (WHL)
102. San Jose Sharks* Alexis Vanier D Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
103. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Arizona) John Piccinich RW Youngstown (USHL)
104. New York Rangers* Ryan Mantha D Indiana (USHL)
105. Dallas Stars Michael Prapavessis D Toronto Lakeshore (OJHL)
106. Detroit Red Wings Christoffer Ehn C Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
107. Columbus Blue Jackets Julien Pelletier LW Cape Breton (QMJHL)
108. New York Islanders (from Philadelphia) Devon Toews D Quinnipiac (ECAC)
109. Minnesota Wild Kaapo Kahkonen G Blues Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
110. St. Louis Blues (from Tampa Bay) Austin Poganski RW Tri-City (USHL)
111. Edmonton Oilers (from San Jose) Zachary Nagelvoort G U of Michigan (Big 10)
112. Nashville Predators (from St. Louis) Viktor Arvidsson LW Skelleftea (Sweden)
113. Pittsburgh Penguins Sam Lafferty C/LW Deerfield (High-Ma)
114. Colorado Avalanche Alexis Pepin LW Gatineau (QMJHL)
115. Dallas Stars (from Anaheim via Washington and Anaheim) Brent Moran G Niagara (OHL)
116. Boston Bruins Danton Heinen C/LW Surrey (BCHL)
117. Arizona Coyotes* Michael Bunting LW Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
118. New York Rangers* Igor Shesterkin G Spartak 2 (Russia-Jr.)
119. Tampa Bay Lightning* Ben Thomas D Calgary (WHL)
120. Los Angeles Kings Steven Johnson D Omaha (USHL)
Round 5
121. Buffalo Sabres Maxwell Willman C Williston-Northampton (High-Ma)
122. New York Rangers (from Florida) Richard Nejezchleb LW Brandon (WHL)
123. Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton) Matthew Berkovitz D Ashwaubenon (High-Wi)
124. St. Louis Blues (from Calgary) Jaedon Descheneau RW Kootenay (WHL)
125. Montreal Canadiens (from NY Islanders) Nikolas Koberstein D Olds (AJHL)
126. Vancouver Canucks Gustav Forsling D Linkoping Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
127. Carolina Hurricanes Clark Bishop C Cape Breton (QMJHL)
128. Toronto Maple Leafs Dakota Joshua C Sioux Falls (USHL)
129. Winnipeg Jets Clinston Franklin LW Sioux Falls (USHL)
130. Edmonton Oilers (from Ottawa) Liam Coughlin C/LW Vernon (BCHL)
131. New Jersey Devils Ryan Rehill D Kamloops (WHL)
132. Nashville Predators Joonas Lyytinen D Kalpa (Finland)
133. Arizona Coyotes Dysin Mayo D Edmonton (WHL)
134. Washington Capitals Shane Gersich (C/LW) USA U-18 (USHL)
135. Dallas Stars Miro Karjalainen D Jokerit U18 (Finland-Jr. U18)
136. Detroit Red Wings Thomas (Chase) Perry G Wenatchee (NAHL)
137. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Columbus via Edmonton) Tyler Bird RW Kimball Union (High-Nh)
138. Philadelphia Flyers Oskar Lindblom LW Brynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
139. Minnesota Wild Tanner Faith D Kootenay (WHL)
140. New York Rangers* Daniel Walcott D Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
141. Chicago Blackhawks (from San Jose) Luc Snuggerud D Eden Prairie (High-Mn)
142. New York Rangers* Tyler Nanne D Eden Prairie (High-Mn)
143. Florida Panthers (from Pittsburgh) Miguel Fidler LW Eden Prairie (High-Mn)
144. Colorado Avalanche Anton Lindholm D Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
145. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Anaheim) Anthony Angello C Omaha (USHL)
146. Boston Bruins Anders Bjork LW USA U-18 (USHL)
147. Montreal Canadiens Daniel Audette C Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
148. Chicago Blackhawks Andres Soderberg D Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
149. San Jose Sharks (from NY Rangers) Rourke Chartier C Kelowna
150. Los Angeles Kings Alec Dillon G Victoria (BCHL)
Round 6
151. Buffalo Sabres Christopher Brown C Cranbrook Kingswood (High-Mi)
152. New Jersey Devils (from Florida) Joey Dudek C Kimball Union (High-Nh)
153. Edmonton Oilers Tyler Vesel C Omaha (USHL)
154. Dallas Stars (from Calgary) Aaron Haydon D Niagara (OHL)
155. New York Islanders Kyle Schempp C Ferris State (WCHA)
156. Vancouver Canucks Kyle Pettit C Erie (OHL)
157. Los Angeles Kings (from Carolina) Jake Marchment C Belleville (OHL)
158. Toronto Maple Leafs Nolan Vesey LW South Shore (USPHL Pre.)
159. Washington Capitals* Steve Spinner RW Eden Prairie (High-Min.)
160. Minnesota Wild (from Ottawa) Pontus Sjalin D Ostersunds (J20 Elit)
161. New Jersey Devils Brandon Baddock LW Edmonton (WHL)
162. Nashville Predators Aaron Irving D Edmonton (WHL)
163. Arizona Coyotes David Westlund D Brynas Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
164. Winnipeg Jets* Pavel KrasKovsky C Yaroslavl 2 (Russia-Jr.)
165. Dallas Stars John Nyberg LW Frolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
166. Detroit Red Wings Julius Vahatalo LW TPS Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
167. Minnesota Wild (from Columbus via NY Rangers) Chase Lang C Calgary (WHL)
168. Philadelphia Flyers Radel Fazleev C Calgary (WHL)
169. Minnesota Wild Reid Duke C Lethbridge (WHL)
170. Tampa Bay Lightning Cristiano Digiacinto LW Windsor (OHL)
171. San Jose Sharks Kevin Labanc RW Barrie (OHL)
172. St. Louis Blues Chandler Yakimowicz RW London (OHL)
173. Pittsburgh Penguins Jaden Lindo RW Owen Sound (OHL)
174. Colorado Avalanche Maximilian Pajpach G Slovakia U18 (Slovakia-2)
175. Calgary Flames (from Anaheim) Adam Ollas Mattsson D Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
176. St. Louis Blues (from Boston) Samuel Blais LW Victoriaville (QMJHL)
177. Montreal Canadiens Hayden Hawkey G Omaha (USHL)
178. Chicago Blackhawks Dylan Sikura C Aurora (OJHK)
179. Chicago Blackhawks* Ivan Nalimov G Ska St. Petersburg 2 (Russia-Jr.)
180. Los Angeles Kings Matthew Mistele LW Plymouth (OHL)
Round 7
181. Buffalo Sabres Victor Olofsson RW Modo Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
182. Florida Panthers (from Florida via Montreal) Hugo Fagerblom G Frolunda U18 (Sweden-Jr. U18)
183. Edmonton Oilers Keven Bouchard G Val-d'or (QMJHL)
184. Calgary Flames Austin Carroll RW Victoria (WHL)
185. Tampa Bay Lightning* Cameron Darcy C Cape Breton (QMJHL)
186. Vancouver Canucks Mackenze Stewart D Prince Albert (WHL)
187. Carolina Hurricanes Kyle Jenkins D Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
188. Toronto Maple Leafs Pierre Engvall LW Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
189. Ottawa Senators* Kelly Summers D Carleton Place (CCHL)
190. Ottawa Senators Francis Perron LW Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
191. Arizona Coyotes (from New Jersey) Jared Fiegl LW USA U-18 (USHL)
192. Winnipeg Jets* Matt Ustaski C/LW Langley (BCHL)
193. Arizona Coyotes Edgars Kulda LW Edmonton (WHL)
194. Washington Capitals Kevin Elgestal RW Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
195. Dallas Stars Patrick Sanvido D Windsor (OHL)
196. Detroit Red Wings Axel Holmstrom C Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
197. Columbus Blue Jackets Olivier Leblanc D Saint John (QMJHL)
198. Philadelphia Flyers Jesper Pettersson D Linkoping (Sweden)
199. Minnesota Wild Pavel Jenys C BRNO (CZREP)
200. New York Islanders* Lukas Sutter C Red Deer (WHL)
201. Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose) Alexander Kadeykin C Mytischi (Russia)
202. St. Louis Blues Dwyer Tschantz RW Indiana (USHL)
203. Pittsburgh Penguins Jeff Taylor D Union College (ECAC)
204. Colorado Avalanche Julien Nantel C/LW Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
205. Anaheim Ducks (from Anaheim via Toronto) Ondrej Kase RW Chomutov (CZREP)
206. Boston Bruins Emil Johansson D HV 71 Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
207. Montreal Canadiens Jake Evans C/RW St. Michaels (OJHL)
208. Chicago Blackhawks Jack Ramsey RW Penticton (BCHL)
209. Los Angeles Kings (from NY Rangers) Spencer Watson RW Kingston (OHL)
210. Los Angeles Kings Jacob Middleton D Ottawa (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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