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Adam Kimelman's 2014 mock draft part II

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils'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.

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