Adam Kimelman's 2014 mock draft part II

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Adam Kimelman\'s 2014 mock draft part II
NHL.com\'s Adam Kimelman gives his initial projections for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman gives his initial projections for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

1. Buffalo - Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)

Offensive skill and top-end hockey IQ make Reinhart the perfect cornerstone for Sabres' rebuilding effort. Excels on power play and penalty kill; had 105 points in 60 games.

2. Edmonton - Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Led OHL defensemen with 23 goals, and with NHL-ready size (6-3.5, 216), Ekblad should be able to step right onto the Oilers' blue line next season. Played top-four role for Canada at 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, so big stage won't bother him.

3. Florida - Leon Draisaitl, LW, Prince Albert (WHL)

Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants to build a big, talented team down the middle; adding Draisaitl to Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad fits that model. Had 105 points in 64 games.

4. Calgary - Samuel Bennett, LW, Kingston (OHL)

High-end skill makes Bennett the perfect complement to last year's first-round pick, center Sean Monahan. Had 36 goals and 91 points in 57 games.

5. NY Islanders - Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)

Big, skilled forward would make a fine complement alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the top line; had 39 goals in 67 games.

6. Nashville - Kasperi Kapanen, LW, Kalpa (FIN)

Already excelling against men in Finland's top pro league; played youth hockey in North America, so transition to smaller ice won't be tough.

7. Carolina - Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)

Already has NHL size (6-2.5, 203) and knows how to use it; also blends high offensive skill that produced 46 points in 70 games.

8. Winnipeg - Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL)

Outstanding skater who should develop into a premiere offensive performer; had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 games.

9. Anaheim (from Ottawa Senators) - Nicholas Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)

Power forward skates well for his size (6-2.25, 226); could develop into anchor of second-line.

10. Vancouver - Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)

Power forward needs to get a bit bigger, but has great hands and knows how to fill the net; had 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games.

11. Washington - William Nylander, C/RW, Modo (SWE)

An offensive dynamo; scouts rave about his quick hands and great speed; good puck-mover but has strong shot he isn't afraid to use. Would be a perfect fit with a franchise his father played for.

12. Toronto - Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

The Maple Leafs need help down the middle and McCann is a smart, mobile center who knows how to make his linemates better; had 62 points in 64 games.

13. Columbus - Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)

Most offensively gifted defenseman in the draft; game compares favorably to Montreal's P.K. Subban. Led OHL defensemen with 71 points in 51 games.

14. Detroit - Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Blazing speed and great hands made scouts notice him for more than being Jonathan Drouin's linemate; led all QMJHL rookies with 49 goals and 104 points.

15. Phoenix - Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, Moncton (QMJHL)

Shoot-first forward is the kind of explosive offensive talent the Coyotes need; had 25 goals and 68 points in 48 games.

16. Dallas - Dylan Larkin, C, U.S. U-18 (USHL)

Big (6-0.75, 190), skilled center will continue his development at the University of Michigan next season.

17. Philadelphia - Alex Tuch, C/RW, U.S. U-18 (USHL)

Big (6-3.5, 213), skilled power forward learning to use his body to his advantage; fits Flyers' mold perfectly.

18. Minnesota - Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (H-EAST)

Best draft-eligible goaltender fills a giant organizational need; was top candidate for Mike Richter Award as top NCAA goalie despite being youngest player in college hockey.

19. NY Rangers - Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)

Big (6-1, 200), strong, smart defenseman can move the puck out of trouble or make smart passes.

20. Montreal - Joshua Ho-Sang, C/RW, Windsor (OHL)

Windsor owner Warren Rychel called Ho-Sang the most skilled player he's seen play for the Spitfires; led team with 32 goals and 85 points in 67 games.

21. Tampa Bay - Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)

Gifted offensive playmaker from the back end ranks among draft's strongest skaters; had 16 goals and 56 points in 62 games and also had strong showing for Finland at 2014 WJC.

22. Los Angeles - Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)

Excels at offensive end with speed, skating and puckhandling ability but also is committed to playing the defensive side of the puck.

23. Chicago - Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)

Talented forward with dynamic hands that allow him to make smart plays in tight spaces or off the rush.

24. Pittsburgh - Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon (WHL)

Russian-born forward made transition to North America this season look easy; led team with 28 goals and 78 points in 65 games.

25. Colorado - Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL)

Avalanche brought back Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, so drafting Claude Lemieux's son fits perfectly; had 27 goals in 65 games, but was reminiscent of his father with 145 penalty minutes.

26. San Jose - David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)

Talented Czech forward showed speed and a great shot playing against men in Sweden; had 24 points in 36 games.

27. Anaheim - Kevin Fiala, LW, HV 71 (SWE)

Strong second half of the season caught attention of scouts; quick, smart playmaker with good hands.

28. St. Louis - Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo (SWE)

Big (6-1.5, 187) and skilled offensively; is willing and able to throw his body around to make a play or finish a check.

29. Boston - Ryan MacInnis, C, Kitchener (OHL)

Has Hall of Fame bloodlines; needs to get stronger but skill already is apparent; had 16 goals and 37 points in 66 games as a rookie.

30. New Jersey - Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL)

Good skater with plus shot; led team with 29 goals and 68 points. Being the captain in Red Deer at 17 shows maturity.

Adam Kimelman

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51