Steven Hoffner's 2014 mock draft part II
NHL.com's Steven Hoffner gives his initial projections for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.
1. Buffalo – Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
Still the top offensive prospect in this year's draft. If his first round in the WHL playoffs is any indication of his skill (17 points in six games), Buffalo will get the scorer it needs.
2. Edmonton – Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
Even if they had the first pick, the Oilers would take this monster defenseman who already looks NHL ready.
3. Florida – Sam Bennett, LW, Kingston (OHL)
Bennett has unbelievable skill and some of the quickest hands and feet anyone has seen in a long time. Would be a perfect fit in Florida.
4. Calgary – Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
Lots of upside to this prized forward whose personal adversity puts him in a class of his own.
5. NY Islanders – Leon Draisaitl, LW, Prince Albert (WHL)
Nabbing this big German center with the fifth pick would be a great steal for the Islanders, who need more size up front.
6. Nashville – Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
The talent that produced 105 points in 63 games should be enough to persuade the goal-hungry Predators to take this Danish prospect who spent his first North American season riding shotgun with Jonathan Drouin.
7. Carolina – Nicholas Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
Great size, strength and scoring touch, Ritchie can pretty much do it all. Carolina could use a grinder-type player who can lead by example.
8. Winnipeg – Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)
Expect his former junior coach, Dale Hawerchuk, to provide enough feedback to the Jets on this speedy forward with a great shot.
9. Anaheim (from Ottawa) - Hayden Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
There's lots to like about this 6-foot-2 defender who can eat minutes and run the power play.
10. Vancouver – Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (FIN)
Flashy Finnish forward who will seek to aid an aging Canucks team.
11. Washington – David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
Czech forward honing his flashy skills in Sweden would make for a nice fit in D.C.
12. Toronto – William Nylander, C/RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
Maple Leafs in need of depth up the middle and Nylander could be a key addition to the team as he develops.
13. Columbus – Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo (SWE)
Can provide power-forward presence for a Columbus team on the rise.
14. Detroit – Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)
Playing in nearby Sarnia, the Red Wings should know all they need to about this prized defenseman with high offensive talent.
15. Phoenix - Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
A big center who is solid all-around and plays both ends of the rink. The two-way center would be another nice piece for the Coyotes.
16. Dallas – Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)
Finnish defender who had a great second half of the season is extremely elusive and possesses great offensive ability.
17. Philadelphia – Joshua Ho-Sang, C/RW, Windsor (OHL)
Playing with Connor McDavid and Samuel Bennett in minor hockey surely helped his development; had 85 points in 67 games this season and would be a nice fit in Philadelphia.
18. Minnesota – Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
Finished in the top 10 in scoring in the OHL and could supply the offense for a Minnesota team in need of goals.
19. NY Rangers – Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Wouldn't be surprising if he goes a lot earlier. Milano isn't big (5-11, 183) but his offensive ability trumps what he lacks.
20. Montreal – Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
The dark horse of the first round; Canadiens get a solid playmaking forward who thrives in a high-paced offense.
21. Tampa Bay – Jake Virtanen, RW, Calgary (WHL)
Has a great physical make-up and will aid in a Tampa team looking to build around Steven Stamkos.
22. Los Angeles – Dylan Larkin, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
Plays an intense game as a power forward, driving hard to net on plays using his size and strength. A Darryl Sutter-type player.
23. Chicago – Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
Thinking to the future, the Blackhawks take this prized center from Green Bay.
24. Pittsburgh – Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon (WHL)
A skilled, gritty forward who put up team-leading totals of 28 goals and 78 points in 65 games.
25. Colorado – Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)
A well-balanced defenseman who can put up points and isn't afraid to throw body around.
26. San Jose – Alex Tuch, C/RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
A giant at 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds, Tuch is Joe Thornton-type player waiting to happen.
27. Anaheim – Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL)
A good offensive-minded player who can help round out Anaheim's forward lines in seasons to come.
28. St. Louis – Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Put up 91 points in 72 games for a rebuilding Warriors team. Not a huge presence (5-9, 160) but is a dynamic center with lots of upside.
29. Boston – Markus Pettersson, D, Skelleftea Jr. (SWE-JR)
Look for Boston to bolster its defensive depth with one of the top European defenders available; has lots of size (6-4, 167) and plays a two-way game.
30. New Jersey – Anton Karlsson, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
Plays both ends effectively and has strong playmaking ability which would fit in nicely in New Jersey.