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2014 Redraft: Pastrnak replaces Ekblad at No. 1

Forward rises 24 spots, defenseman falls to fifth; Point moves from 79th to fourth

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com will take a look back at some NHL drafts from the past this week, leading to the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The first round is June 21 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS); Rounds 2-7 is June 22 (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN).

How would a redo of those drafts look today?

Entering the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, David Pastrnak might have been a mystery to some. The Czech Republic-born forward had 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 36 games with Sodertalje in Sweden's second division. At 6-foot, 167 pounds, he was No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters.

But the Boston Bruins had a feeling.

"We talked a lot about moving up to get him, and we're fortunate to get him here [at No. 25]," former general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Bruins website after the selection was made. "He's got a real good personality, he's a real energetic kid, enthusiastic and loves to play, and he respects it as a profession and I really like the kid's personality and I like the way he plays."

 

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Five years later, the Bruins remain happy with the selection, as Pastrnak has helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013.

Not every player picked that weekend in Philadelphia has reached lofty status. So with five years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

Note: Players listed with teams that drafted them; original draft position in parentheses

 

1. David Pastrnak, RW, Boston Bruins (25)

Pastrnak leads all players from the 2014 draft with 132 goals and is second with 284 points although his 320 games rank fourth. Since scoring 10 goals in 46 games in 2014-15, he's raised his total each season, topping out at 38 this season. He's one of four NHL players with at least 30 goals and 70 points each of the past three seasons, along with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and Bruins teammate Brad Marchand. Pastrnak also has produced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; his 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) are more than any player in his draft class.

Video: BOS@STL, Gm3: Pastrnak shows patience to tally PPG

 

2. Leon Draisaitl, C, Edmonton Oilers (3)

Draisaitl's 312 points (125 goals, 187 assists) lead all players from the 2014 draft, and he's second to Pastrnak in goals. He became the 12th player since 2005-06 to score 50 goals this season, and the first Oilers player to reach that number since Wayne Gretzky (62) and Jari Kurri (54) in 1986-87. In his only trip to the playoffs, Draisaitl led the Oilers with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 13 games in 2017.

 

3. Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit Red Wings (15)

Larkin's 213 points (88 goals, 125 assists) are third among players in his draft class. His 32 goals and 73 points this season were his best totals in his four NHL seasons, and he's the first Red Wings player in 10 seasons with at least 30 goals and 70 points in the same season. He's also considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL; he won the Fastest Skater competition in 13.172 seconds at the 2016 NHL All-Game, the second-fastest time recorded at the event (Jonathan Drouin, 13.103, 2015).

 

4. Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (79)

The third-round pick broke out with 32 goals in 2017-18, and his 41 goals this season were tied for sixth in the NHL. He led the League with 20 power-play goals and played in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time. Point's 73 goals in the past two seasons are tied for eighth in the League and second to Draisaitl (75) among players in the 2014 Draft.

 

5. Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers (1)

Ekblad's 391 games are the most of any player chosen in 2014. He's played 82 games each of the past two seasons and has missed 18 games in five NHL seasons. He leads defensemen and is eighth among all players in his draft class in goals (66) and points (171). Ekblad also is plus-17 for a Panthers team that is minus-16 in goal differential during his NHL career.

Video: FLA@ANA: Huberdeau sets up Ekblad on the doorstep

 

6. Viktor Arvidsson, RW, Nashville Predators (112)

Arvidsson played six games with the Predators in 2014-15 and became a full-time NHL player the following season. In 2016-17 he scored 31 goals, joining Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg to form one of the elite lines in the NHL and helping the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final. This season, he set a Nashville record with 34 goals although injuries limited him to 58 games. His 102 goals are third among players from the 2014 draft even though he's played the eighth-most games (278).

 

7. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Winnipeg Jets (9)

Ehlers is fifth among players from the 2014 Draft in goals (90) and points (199) but likely would be higher had he not missed 20 games this season with a shoulder injury. He had played 82 games each of the two previous seasons and scored at least 25 goals in each of them.

 

8. William Nylander, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (8)

Nylander had at least 20 goals and 61 points in 2016-17 and 2017-18. He also scored a Maple Leafs-high and was tied for fourth in the NHL with eight game-winning goals last season. He sat out the first two months of this season before signing a contract. Nylander had 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 54 games, but his versatility and game-breaking offensive skill make him among the best players in his draft class.

 

9. Sam Reinhart, C, Buffalo Sabres (2)

Reinhart has scored at least 20 goals three times in four full NHL seasons, and his 65 points this season were his best in the NHL. He's developed into more of a wing than a center but has the versatility to play either position. His 205 points (87 goals, 118 assists) are fourth among players selected in 2014.

Video: BUF@DET: Eichel sets up Reinhart off turnover 

 

10. Kevin Labanc, RW, San Jose Sharks (171)

The sixth-round pick tied for sixth on the Sharks this season with 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists) in 82 games. He's developed into a dependable middle-six forward, and his seven game-winning goals the past two seasons are tied for third on the Sharks. His 116 points are 10th among players from his draft class although he's 14th in games played (214).

 

11. Alex Tuch, RW, Minnesota Wild (18)

Selected by the Wild, Tuch was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on June 21, 2017. He got a chance to be a full-time NHL player last season and had 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 78 games, then scored two game-winning goals during the playoffs to help the Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup Final. Tuch scored 20 goals this season and tied for the team lead with six game-winning goals.

 

12. Jakub Vrana, LW, Washington Capitals (13)

The forward was third on the Capitals this season with an NHL career-high 24 goals. He also played 82 games and was plus-20. That was built on a strong postseason in 2018 that saw him score three goals in 23 games; two were game-winners in the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins and other was the first goal in the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 win against the Golden Knights.

Video: WSH@CAR: Vrana goes five-hole with smooth backhand

 

13. Nick Schmaltz, C, Chicago Blackhawks (20)

After Schmaltz had 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 23 games, he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 25. The change of scenery worked as he had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 17 games after the trade. A lower-body injury ended his season Dec. 30, but he's expected to have a bigger role moving forward with the Coyotes than he likely would have had with the Blackhawks, and a repeat of the 21-goal, 52-point season he had in 2017-18 certainly is possible.

 

14. Ondrej Kase, RW, Anaheim Ducks (205)

The seventh-round pick broke out with 20 goals in 66 games last season. But a concussion sidelined him for the first 18 games this season, and he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury Jan. 17. In between, he had 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 30 games. His 2.18 points per 60 minutes mean he should continue to see top-six ice time as the Ducks begin giving younger players more opportunities.

 

15. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (22)

The forward never played for the Penguins; he was traded to the Maple Leafs as part of the package for Phil Kessel on July 1, 2015. This season was his first spent completely in the NHL and he had 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) despite averaging 48 seconds of power-play time per game, 11th among Toronto forwards.

 

16. Brandon Montour, D, Anaheim Ducks (55)

The second-round pick was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 24 and finished his most productive NHL season with 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 82 games. Since becoming a full-time player last season, his 67 points (17 goals, 50 assists) are second to Ekblad among defensemen drafted in 2014.

Video: BUF@DET: Montour nets one-timer on power play

 

17. Kevin Fiala, LW, Nashville Predators (11)

Fiala had 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists) in 80 games last season but never averaged more than 15:09 of ice time per game in five seasons with the Predators. He averaged 17:38 of ice time in 19 games after a trade to the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 25. Fiala had 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) in 83 games this season but has been a major possession driver during his NHL career, with a 54.09 shot-attempt percentage that is 31st among NHL forwards to play at least 200 games since 2014-15.

 

18. Travis Sanheim, D, Philadelphia Flyers (17)

Sanheim's season changed when Scott Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol as coach Dec. 17. Sanheim averaged 16:07 of ice time per game on the third pair under Hakstol, but Gordon played him 21:39 in 51 games, and in that span Sanheim led Flyers defensemen with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists). His 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) in 131 NHL games are fourth among defensemen selected in 2014.

 

19. Jared McCann, C, Vancouver Canucks (24)

Now with the Penguins, his third NHL team after stints with the Canucks and Florida Panthers, McCann saw his ice time and versatility used to its fullest after the Penguins acquired him in a trade with the Panthers on Feb. 1. In 32 games McCann scored a personal NHL-high 11 goals and averaged 15:11 of ice time, up from the 14:04 he averaged in 46 games this season with the Panthers. His 88 points (38 goals, 50 assists) in 244 games is 15th among forwards selected in 2014.

 

20. Oskar Lindblom, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (138)

Much like Sanheim, Lindblom, a fifth-round pick, benefited this season from the coaching change in Philadelphia. In 51 games under Gordon, Lindblom had 22 points and averaged 14:49 of ice time. His 13 goals in that span tied for the lead among NHL rookies. In 30 games under Hakstol, Lindblom had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11:56 of ice time per game.

 

21. Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers (118)

The fourth-round pick might be the best goalie outside the NHL, but that could change now that he signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers on May 3. He went 24-4-0 in 28 games with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League this season and led the KHL with a 1.11 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. He'll likely start next season in the American Hockey League but could be the heir apparent for Henrik Lundqvist.

 

22. Adrian Kempe C, Los Angeles Kings (29)

Kempe has developed into a quality middle-six forward. His 28 goals the past two seasons are fourth on the Kings and his 65 points are fifth, although he's averaging 13:55 of ice time, eighth among Los Angeles forwards to play at least 82 games.

 

23. Christian Dvorak, C, Arizona Coyotes (58)

A lower-body injury and a torn pectoral muscle limited the second-round pick to 20 games this season. Dvorak scored 15 goals in each of the past two seasons and if healthy next season, should be a big part of the Coyotes' offense.

 

24. Robby Fabbri, C, St. Louis Blues (21)

After a solid rookie season in 2015-16 that saw him tie for the Blues playoff scoring lead with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 20 games, injuries have plagued him, including a knee injury that kept him out all last season. Lower-body and shoulder injuries limited him to 32 games during the regular season, and he has one goal in 10 playoff games. But Fabbri has averaged 2.0 points per 60 minutes of play in the NHL, showing that when he's healthy he can be a solid offensive contributor.

Video: DAL@STL, Gm1: Fabbri goes five-hole with wrist shot

 

25. Danton Heinen, C, Boston Bruins (116)

The fourth-round pick has emerged as a solid depth player for the Bruins the past two seasons, averaging 0.53 points per game, and his 61 even-strength points the past two seasons are sixth on the Bruins. He's plus-37 in shot attempts at 5-on-5, fourth on the Bruins in the playoffs, and his plus-7 rating is second to Charlie Coyle (plus-8) among Bruins forwards.

 

26. Warren Foegele, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (67)

The third-round pick turned pro last season and was second among American Hockey League rookies with 28 goals. He spent this season in the NHL, and three of his 10 goals were game-winners. He tied for second on the Hurricanes during the playoffs with five goals in 15 games.

 

27. Brendan Perlini, LW, Arizona Coyotes (12)

A trade to the Blackhawks on Nov. 25 energized Perlini, who scored 12 goals in 46 games after the trade after he had two goals in his first 22 games this season. His 1.48 goals per 60 minutes with the Blackhawks are more in line with the 0.97 he had in his first two NHL seasons, when he scored 31 goals in 131 games. His 45 goals are 12th among players drafted in 2014.

 

28. Sam Bennett, C, Calgary Flames (4)

His 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) this season were his best since he had 36 points in 2015-16. Bennett has mixed scoring with tough, physical play during his five NHL seasons. His 55 goals are tied for ninth among players selected in 2014, his 116 points are tied for 10th, and his 264 penalty minutes are first.

Video: CGY@LAK: Bennett deflects puck past Quick

 

29. Ryan Donato , C, Boston Bruins (56)

A trade to the Wild on Feb. 20 gave Donato the chance to be a top-six forward that he likely wasn't going to get with the Bruins, and in 22 games after the trade he had 16 points (four goals, 12 assists). His 2.81 points per 60 minutes with the Wild make it likely he'll be a big part of the future in Minnesota.

 

30. Nick Ritchie, LW, Anaheim Ducks (10)

Ritchie had an NHL career-best 31 points this season (nine goals, 22 assists), which earned him 15:00 of ice time per game, the most he's had in four NHL seasons. Ritchie plays a power game and is second among 2014 draft picks with 253 penalty minutes (Bennett, 264). Finding a way to be physical while staying out of the penalty box could lead to even more ice time, and even more production, as the Ducks try to find younger forwards to take larger roles in the offense with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each 34 years old.

 

Missing first-round picks: Michael Dal Colle, No. 5, New York Islanders; Jake Virtanen, No. 6, Vancouver Canucks; Haydn Fleury, No. 7, Carolina Hurricanes; Julius Honka, No. 14, Dallas Stars; Sonny Milano, No. 16, Columbus Blue Jackets; Tony DeAngelo, No. 19, Tampa Bay Lightning; Connor Bleackley, No. 23, Colorado Avalanche; Nikita Scherbak, No. 26, Montreal Canadiens; Nikolay Goldobin, No. 27, San Jose Sharks; Joshua Ho-Sang, No. 28, New York Islanders; John Quenneville, No. 30, New Jersey Devils

 

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