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Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM NHL.com

Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Sabres add a stud to an already impressive group of young defensemen.

  2. EDM

Samuel Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL)

A skilled and gritty competitor; a fit for the Oilers.

  3. FLA

Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)

A player you can win with; he's consistent, reliable and quietly efficient.

  4. NYI

William Nylander, C/RW, Modo (SWE)

An offensive talent with elite-level skill.

  5. CGY

Nicholas Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)

A dominating physical force who excels at the power game; fits the profile for the Flames.

  6. NSH

Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)

A big, playmaking center for the Predators.

  7. CAR

Michael Dal Colle, C/LW, Oshawa (OHL)

Hurricanes need scoring, and this guy is a sniper.

  8. ANA
(From Ottawa)
Jake Virtanen, RW, Calgary (WHL)

Swift-skating, hard-shooting forward; prefers to shoot first and ask questions later.

  9. WPG

Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)

Speedy forward has a lightning-quick release.

10. VAN

Jared McCann, C, Sault St. Marie (OHL)

Playmaking center with a big shot.

11. DET

Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Dynamic Dane is a perfect fit for the Wings' European mix.

12. DAL

Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)

Stars can use a big (6-foot-2.5, 203), mobile puck mover on the back end.

13. WSH

Dylan Larkin, C, USA U-18 (USHL)

Smart two-way player who plays a complete game.

14. CBJ

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (FIN)

Time is right for the Blue Jackets to take a Finn.

15. PHX

Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)

Great skill and solid character; catalyst-type player who can ignite the offense.

16. NYR

Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)

Undersized (5-10.75, 180) defenseman plays bigger than his size.

17. PHI

David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)

Czech player producing against men in Sweden; also had a strong World Junior tournament.

18. TOR

Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, Moncton (QMJHL)

Talented Russian plays well on both sides of the puck.

19. TBL

Alex Tuch, C/RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

Big man (6-3.5, 218) plays a heavy game; a load for defenders to handle.

20. MIN

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

A player with an elite skill set and exciting talent still learning to play within the team structure.

21. LAK

Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)

Smooth-skating puck mover with good vision and passing ability.

22. MTL

Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL)

Solid two-way player and young captain who leads by example.

23. CHI

Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)

Explosive and exciting offensive talent; a game-breaker for the Blackhawks' potent offense.

24. COL

Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)

Recent off-ice issues have dropped his stock, but Avalanche coaching staff could get him on track.

25. PIT

Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

Dynamic offensive talent with a touch around the net.

26. SJS

Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo (SWE)

Solid Swede performing well in Swedish Hockey League; fits the bill for the Sharks.

27. ANA

Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)

Creative playmaker with a velvet passing touch.

28. BOS

Anton Karlsson, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)

Big (6-1.25, 187), assertive Swede dominates on the boards and in the corners; Bruins fans will like him.

29. STL

Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, Linkoping (SWE)

Another Czech enjoying success in the Swedish league.

30. NJD

Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (H-EAST)

A goalie for the future.

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