2014 NHL Draft Grades: Full Results and Overall Franchise Scores

Nate LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Julius Honka walks off the stage after being chosen 14th overall by the Dallas Stars during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The 2014 NHL Entry Draft went by in a flash this year.

With Round 1 out of the way Friday night, the remaining six rounds were completed Saturday in just under four hours. Prospects flew off the board as NHL executives couldn't wait to pounce on the players who will help decide their team's futures—presumably for the better.

The draft featured a couple of notable anomalies: No goalies were taken in the first round of the draft, and then five flew off the board in quick succession in Round 2.

The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have a new trophy to haul around to an impressive gathering of players from the draft; they finished with 10 picks and can build toward the future with the present already very much secure.

The Ottawa Senators finished 10th in the Eastern Conference but unfortunately had just five picks to work with. Fans of this franchise will be hoping general manager Bryan Murray has a long-term plan of action.

Here is the full breakdown of each team's picks along with grades for every franchise's overall draft performance.

2014 NHL Draft, Team Results and Grades
TeamDraft PicksGrades
Anaheim DucksNicholas 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+
Boston BruinsDavid Pastrnak (25), Ryan Donato (56), Danton Heinen (116), Anders Bjork (146), Emil Johansson (206)C+
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
Calgary FlamesSamuel Bennett (4), Mason McDonald (34), Hunter Smith (54), Brandon Hickey (64), Adam Ollas Mattsson (175), Austin Carroll (184A+
Carolina HurricanesHaydn Fleury (7), Alex Nedeljkovic (37), Warren Foegele (67), Josh Wesley (96), Lucas Wallmark (97), Clark Bishop (127), Kyle Jenkins (187)A-
Chicago BlackhawksNick Schmaltz (20), Matheson Iacopelli (83), Beau Starrett (88), Frederik Olofsson (98), Luc Snuggerud (141), Andreas 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
Columbus Blue JacketsSonny Milano (16), Ryan Collins (47), Elvis Merzlikins (76), Blake Siebenaler (77), Julien Pelletier (107), Tyler Bird (137), Olivier Leblanc (197)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
Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin (15), Dominic Turgeon (63), Christoffer Ehn (106), Chase Perry (136), Julius Vahatalo (166), Axel Holmstrom (196), Alexander Kadeykin (201)C
Edmonton OilersLeon Draisatil (3), William Lagesson (91), Zachary Nagelvoort (111), Liam Coughlin (130), Tyler Vesel (153), Keven Bouchard (183)B-
Florida PanthersAaron Ekblad (1), Jayce Hawryluk (32), Juho Lammikko (65), Joe Wegwerth (92), Miguel Fidler (143), Hugo Fagerblom (182)A-
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)A-
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
Montreal CanadiensNikita Scherbak (26), Brett Lernout (73), Nikolas Koberstein (125), Daniel Audette (147), Hayden Hawkey (177), Jake Evans (207)C+
Nashville PredatorsKevin Fiala (11), Vladislav Kamenev (42), Jack Dougherty (51), Justin Kirkland (62), Viktor Arvidsson (112), Joonas Lyytinen (132), Aaron Irving (162)B-
New Jersey DevilsJohn Quenneville (30), Joshua Jacobs (41), Connor Chatham (71), Ryan Rehill (131), Joey Dudek (152), Brandon Baddock (161)C+
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)B+
New York RangersBrandon Halverson (59), Keegan Iverson (85), Ryan Mantha (104), Igor Shesterkin (118), Richard Nejezchleb (122), Daniel Walcott (140), Tyler Nanne (142)B-
Ottawa SenatorsAndreas Englund (40), Miles Gendron (70), Shane Eiserman (100), Kelly Summers (189), Francis Perron (190)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
St. Louis BluesRobert 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
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+
Tampa Bay LightningAnthony Deangelo (19), Dominik Masin (35), Johnathan 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+
Vancouver CanucksJake Virtanen (6), Jared McCann (24), Thatcher Demko (36), Nikita Tryamkin (66), Gustav Forsling (126), Kyle Pettit (156), Mackenze Stewart (186)A
Washington CapitalsJakub Vrana (13), Vitek Vanecek (39), Nathan Walker (89), Shane Gersich (134), Steven Spinner (159), Kevin Elgestal (194)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
via NHL.com; grades by Nate Loop.

A full round-by-round recap of the NHL draft can be found at NHL.com.


Panthers Keep No. 1 Pick, Take Aaron Ekblad

Reports were flying before the NHL draft that Panthers GM Dale Tallon was looking to deal the No. 1 overall pick.

TSN's Darren Dreger relayed the interest in the Panthers' pick before the first round Friday:

Clearly nothing ever materialized, and the Panthers made a start on building a promising future by keeping the pick and taking Aaron Ekblad.

Tallon said the team deliberated over trading the No. 1 pick, but eventually stuck with long-term roster building, via Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski.

"We laid out all the cards on the table. All the pros and cons. What was best for the franchise, long-term," he said.

CBS Sports' Chris Peters wrote at length on why it was easy for the Panthers to decide on Ekblad:

Assuming his skating improves, which it does need to do, and he continues to tack on strength to his already beastly frame, he's probably going to be a strong NHL defenseman that projects as a top-pairing player not terribly fair down the road.

Passing on the top forwards available had to be easier for the Panthers knowing they have some tremendous youth up front including Nick Bjugstad, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brandon Pirri, Vince Trocheck and numerous other prospects on the cusp of becoming full-time NHLers.

The NHL's official Twitter account relayed some crucial information on Ekblad's performances this past year:

Ekblad is coveted for his maturity and physicality at just 18 years old.

He was one of the few blue-chip prospects in this draft, and the Panthers were wise to make him the top choice. There is no such thing as too much defense in the NHL, especially for a team that had the league's No. 29 GAA last season with 3.15.


Los Angeles Kings Reload with 10 Picks

It's not often that a championship-winning team has the opportunity to add so many young players to its system. The Kings got off to a wonderful start by taking young Swedish winger Adrian Kempe at No. 29 overall.

Fox Sports West's Patrick O'Neal loved the pick for the Kings:

The Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott noted that Kempe will continue to develop overseas:

The lefty Kempe joined MODO's senior hockey team in the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14 and should have plenty of experience against older players by the time he makes his way to the NHL.

The Kings also clearly favored Canadian youth hockey, as seven of their 10 picks came from the Ontario Hockey League. After drafting Kempe, the Kings went with defense on three of their next four picks, picking up Roland McKeown, Alex Lintuniemi and Steven Johnson to secure the future of their blue line.

Brendan Ross of OHLWriters.com felt the Kings got a bit of a steal with McKeown:

The Kings were able to land McKeown by trading center Linden Vey to the Vancouver Canucks for the second-round pick. The shrewd maneuver netted the Kings plenty of prospects on the night while keeping the core of the Stanley Cup winning roster intact.