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Steven Hoffner's 2014 mock draft part II

by Steven Hoffner

Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

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. EDM

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. FLA

Samuel 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. CGY

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. NYI

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. NSH

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. CAR

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. WPG
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. ANA
(From Ottawa)
Haydn 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. VAN

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (FIN)

Flashy Finnish forward who will seek to aid an aging Canucks team.

11. WSH

David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)

Czech forward honing his flashy skills in Sweden would make for a nice fit in D.C.

12. TOR

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. CBJ

Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo (SWE)

Can provide power-forward presence for a Columbus team on the rise.

14. DET

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. PHX

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. DAL

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. PHI

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. MIN

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. NYR

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. MTL

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. TBL

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. LAK

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. CHI

Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)

Thinking to the future, the Blackhawks take this prized center from Green Bay.

24. PIT

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. COL

Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)

A well-balanced defenseman who can put up points and isn't afraid to throw body around.

26. SJS

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. ANA

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. STL

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. BOS

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. NJD

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

Plays both ends effectively and has strong playmaking ability which would fit in nicely in New Jersey.

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