Adam Kimelman's 2014 mock draft part II
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.