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2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Team-by-team draft needs: Pacific Division

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Pacific Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia.

The first round of the draft commences Friday at 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

Flyers GM Hextall interested in trading up at draft

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 4:19 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Trade talk is usually par for the course in the days leading up to the NHL Draft. It's never too surprising to find the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of such talk, either.

That's especially true this year, when for the first time in the Flyers' 46-year history, they will be hosting the draft, at Wells Fargo Center. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

One day after what could be considered his busiest day since taking over as general manager in May, Ron Hextall was at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday to discuss the draft and the possibility of a trade at some point this weekend.

"We'll look at trading up if we can, but we won't trade up if we're going to get a similar player at where we are drafting right now in the first round," said Hextall, whose team has the 17th choice in the first round. "There is separation from the top of the draft and where we are drafting, so we'll look to trade up.

"There's no [Sidney] Crosby or [Drew] Doughty in this draft, but there will be some good players taken. It's a decent draft but lacking high-end type guys that some drafts produce."

Treliving ready to begin building Flames at draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:54 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has wasted little time fine-tuning his front office.

At the 2014 NHL Draft, and with free agency opening shortly thereafter, he'll soon get his first opportunity to put his fingerprints on the player personnel end of things too.

"I'm excited because this really starts the time that you can help build your team," Treliving said. "Although there's a lot of excitement around the draft itself and obviously July 1 [start of free agency], those aren't the only two days to build your team.

Adam Kimelman's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor


Kimelman's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Big defenseman has NHL-ready size, and game and maturity make him most NHL-ready prospect available.

Mike G. Morreale's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer


Morreale's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

The defenseman of the year in the OHL is an excellent all-round skater for his size (6-3, 213). Plays a two-way game and passes with authority; very reliable and will challenge for an NHL roster in training camp.

Steven Hoffner's 2014 final mock draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Steven Hoffner - NHL.com Staff Writer


Hoffner's Draft
  1.FLA

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

If the Panthers keep the pick they will select the big defenseman, who looks and plays like a seasoned vet.

NHL.com draft experts predict 2014 first round

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

The scouting meetings have been finished and the draft lists have been finalized. All that's left is for 30 teams to arrive in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Draft and begin picking players.

That starts June 27 when the first round is held at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be conducted June 28 (10 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

NHL.COM'S FINAL MOCK DRAFTS

NHL.com's draft experts have taken one last shot at predicting which teams will select which prospect.

The list includes three centers ranked in the top four of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting: Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, and Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders. Then there's Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts, who could be the first defenseman chosen with the No. 1 pick since the St. Louis Blues selected Erik Johnson with the first choice of the 2007 draft.

Team-by-team draft needs: Atlantic Division

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams. Although there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Atlantic Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia. Keep in mind the possible fits for each team are based on draft position.

Tavares stays No. 1 in 2009 re-draft

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL Draft from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. How would those drafts look today?

Heading into the 2008-09 season, there was little doubt center John Tavares was the best player available in the 2009 NHL Draft. Five years later, there's little question he's the best player from that talented group.

A few of the other forwards have made an impact, with more ready to as soon as next season, and some impressive defensemen have the look of budding stars.

Team-by-team draft needs: Metropolitan Division

Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Metropolitan Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia. Keep in mind the possible fits for each team are based on draft position.

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