NHL Draft 2014: Franchise-by-Franchise Results and Grades Table

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

From left, Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl, Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad and Buffalo Sabres' Sam Reinhart pose for photographs during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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After seven rounds at the 2014 NHL draft, every organization was hoping to build for the future. However, some teams did a better job of setting themselves up than others.

Unlike the NBA or NFL draft, it will take a few years for many of the players involved to truly make an impact for the squads that drafted them. This makes it difficult to judge which teams did the best job in the two-day draft.

However, a few front offices went out of their way to get the best value at spots that will pay off sooner rather than later.

Here is a complete look at results and grades for each team in the draft with a breakdown of the teams that had the best showing overall.

2014 NHL Draft Results and Grades
Chicago BlackhawksNick Schmaltz (20), Matheson Iacopelli (83), Beau Starrett (88), Frederik Olofsson (98), Luc Snuggerud (141), Andres Soderberg (148), Dylan Sikura (178), Ivan Nalimov (179), Jack Ramsey (208)B
Colorado AvalancheConner Bleackley (23), Kyle Wood (84), Nicholas Magyar (93), Alexis Pepin (114), Anton Lindholm (144), Maximilian Pajpach (174), Julien Nantel (204)B+
Dallas StarsJulius Honka (14), Brett Pollock (45), Alexander Peters (75), Michael Prapavessis (105), Brent Moran (115), Miro Karjalainen (135), Aaron Haydon (154), John Nyberg (165), Patrick Sanvido (195)B
Minnesota WildAlex Tuch (18), Louis Belpedio (80), Kaapo Kahkonen (109), Tanner Faith (139), Pontus Sjalin (160), Chase Lang (167), Reid Duke (169), Pavel Jenys (199)C+
Nashville PredatorsKevin Fiala (11), Vladislav Kamenev (42), Jack Dougherty (51), Justin Kirkland (62), Viktor Arvidsson (112), Joonas Lyytinen (132), Aaron Irving (162)B-
St. Louis BluesRobby Fabbri (21), Ivan Barbashev (33), Maxim Letunov (52), Jake Walman (82), Ville Husso (94), Austin Poganski (110), Jaedon Descheneau (124), Chandler Yakimowicz (172), Samuel Blais (176), Dwyer Tschantz (202)A-
Winnipeg JetsNikolaj Ehlers (9), Jack Glover (69), Chase De Leo (99), Nelson Nogier (101), Clinston Franklin (129), Pavel KrasKovsky (164), Matt Ustaski (192)B+
Anaheim DucksNick Ritchie (10), Marcus Pettersson (38), Brandon Montour (55), Matthew Berkovitz (123), Ondrej Kase (205)B-
Arizona CoyotesBrendan Perlini (12), Ryan Macinnis (43), Christian Dvorak (58), Anton Karlsson (87), Michael Bunting (117), Dysin Mayo (133), David Westlund (163), Jared Fiegl (191), Edgars Kulda (193)B
Calgary FlamesSam Bennett (4), Mason McDonald (34), Hunter Smith (54), Brandon Hickey (64), Adam Ollas Mattsson (175), Austin Carroll (184)A+
Edmonton OilersLeon Draisaitl (3), William Lagesson (91), Zachary Nagelvoort (111), Liam Coughlin (130), Tyler Vesel (153), Keven Bouchard (183)B-
Los Angeles KingsAdrian Kempe (29), Roland Mckeown (50), Alex Lintuniemi (60), Michael Amadio (90), Steven Johnson (120), Alec Dillon (150), Jake Marchment (157), Matthew Mistele (180), Spencer Watson (209), Jacob Middleton (210)B-
San Jose SharksNikolay Goldobin (27), Julius Bergman (46), Noah Rod (53), Alex Schoenborn (72), Dylan Sadowy (81), Alexis Vanier (102), Rourke Chartier (149), Kevin Labanc (171)C
Vancouver CanucksJake Virtanen (6), Jared McCann (24), Thatcher Demko (36), Nikita Tryamkin (66), Gustav Forsling (126), Kyle Pettit (156), Mackenze Stewart (186)A+
Boston BruinsDavid Pastrnak (25), Ryan Donato (56), Danton Heinen (116), Anders Bjork (146), Emil Johansson (206)B
Buffalo SabresSam Reinhart (2), Brendan Lemieux (31), Eric Cornel (44), Vaclav Karabacek (49), Jonas Johansson (61), Brycen Martin (74), Maxwell Willman (121), Christopher Brown (151), Victor Olofsson (181)A
Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin (15), Dominic Turgeon (63), Christoffer Ehn (106), Thomas (Chase) Perry (136), Julius Vahatalo (166), Axel Holmstrom (196), Alexander Kadeykin (201)B
Florida PanthersAaron Ekblad (1), Jayce Hawryluk (32), Juho Lammikko (65), Joe Wegwerth (92), Miguel Fidler (143), Hugo Fagerblom (182)A-
Montreal CanadiensNikita Scherbak (26), Brett Lernout (73), Nikolas Koberstein (125), Daniel Audette (147), Hayden Hawkey (177), Jake Evans (207)C
Ottawa SenatorsAndreas Englund (40), Miles Gendron (70), Shane Eiserman (100), Kelly Summers (189), Francis Perron (190)B-
Tampa Bay LightningAnthony DeAngelo (19), Dominik Masin (35), Jonathan Macleod (57), Brayden Point (79), Ben Thomas (119), Cristiano Digiacinto (170), Cameron Darcy (185)B+
Toronto Maple LeafsWilliam Nylander (8), Rinat Valiev (68), John Piccinich (103), Dakota Joshua (128), Nolan Vesey (158), Pierre Engvall (188)B+
Carolina HurricanesHaydn Fleury (7), Alex Nedeljkovic (37), Warren Foegele (67), Josh Wesley (96), Lucas Wallmark (97), Clark Bishop (127), Kyle Jenkins (187)A-
Columbus Blue JacketsSonny Milano (16), Ryan Collins (47), Elvis Merzlikins (76), Blake Siebenaler (77), Julien Pelletier (107), Tyler Bird (137), Olivier Leblanc (197)B
New Jersey DevilsJohn Quenneville (30), Joshua Jacobs (41), Connor Chatham (71), Ryan Rehill (131), Joey Dudek (152), Brandon Baddock (161)B-
New York IslandersMichael Dal Colle (5), Joshua Ho-Sang (28), Ilya Sorokin (78), Linus Soderstrom (95), Devon Toews (108), Kyle Schempp (155), Lukas Sutter (200)A-
New York RangersBrandon Halverson (59), Keegan Iverson (85), Ryan Mantha (104), Igor Shesterkin (118), Richard Nejezchleb (122), Daniel Walcott (140), Tyler Nanne (142)C
Philadelphia FlyersTravis Sanheim (17), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (48), Mark Friedman (86), Oskar Lindblom (138), Radel Fazleev (168), Jesper Pettersson (198)B
Pittsburgh PenguinsKasperi Kapanen (22), Sam Lafferty (113). Anthony Angello (145), Jaden Lindo (173), Jeff Taylor (203)C+
Washington CapitalsJakub Vrana (13), Vitek Vanecek (39), Nathan Walker (89), Shane Gersich (134), Steve Spinner (159), Kevin Elgestal (194)B+


Biggest Winners

Vancouver Canucks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28:  Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks meets with team President Trevor Linden after being drafted on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Be
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The Canucks had a busy week before and after the draft. They dealt Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, which was the first of a number of trades to help key the rebuilding process.

With the picks they acquired, Vancouver made it count by bringing in players who can be able to help early in their careers. 

Jake Virtanen is someone with the potential to be an elite scorer in the future, while fans can dream of him being on a line next to center Jared McCann, the team's second first-round pick. These are two high-upside players with loads of offensive skill already in their arsenal.

However, the more interesting selection was Thatcher Demko, who was one of the best goaltenders taken in this draft. Vancouver fans are going to love the confidence of the player who brought Boston College to the Frozen Four. He told Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun:

Honestly, I have such high expectations for myself. I expected to be the No. 1 guy and I expect to win games and have success. We didn’t win, so for me, it’s not a success. A bunch of people are saying I had a good year. It’s a good starting point for me, but I definitely expect to be better next year.

Add this to a number of other strong selections and the young players brought in through trades, and it is clear the Canucks had a great few days of rebuilding.


Buffalo Sabres

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Thanks to some maneuvering, the Sabres were able to get a lot of value in this draft. They brought in six of the top 74 picks, which represents a number of players who will make an early impact on this struggling franchise.

The weekend started by bringing in the best offensive player in the class in Sam Reinhart, a center with tons of technique and pure ability. According to John Vogl of the Buffalo News, the young player is excited to get started:

This was followed by the draft of Brendan Lemieux, the son of Claude, Eric Cornel, Vaclav Karabacek and others. Kevin Allen of USA Today provides his views of the Sabres' draft:

The Sabres are putting together a strong collection of young talented players. They are going to be struggling Sabres for another season and a half and then they are going to be like the Chicago Blackhawks.

Of course, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News provides a key going forward:

The good news is that Reinhart is someone that could play next season without any coaching, hopefully making a big difference for the squad.


Calgary Flames

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

For most people, Sam Bennett is known as the player who could not do a single pull up at the combine:

While this was disappointing to see a lack of upper-body strength for a top player, it is important to remember that he just turned 18 years old last week. He will have plenty of time to gain strength in the coming years.

On the other hand, Bennett has the tools that are much harder to teach with great vision and passing ability that could make him a star center in the NHL. The fact that Calgary was able to get him with the No. 4 pick is a steal.

The squad was then able to add goalie Mason McDonald in the second round as part of a long list of talented players throughout the draft.

Finally, Calgary was able to bring in a quality starter in Brandon Bollig for a third-round pick, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

For a team that had one of the worst records in NHL last season, this was a good start to turning things around.


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