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Bob Stauffer's 2014 Mock Draft

by Bob Stauffer / Edmonton Oilers

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1 FLA Aaron Ekblad, D,
Barrie (OHL)
I fully expect the Philadelphia Flyers to use the full-court press to make some noise at home to acquire this pick - potentially through a series of moves - but regardless of who ends up at #1… Ekblad is the pick. He is a plug and play right- shot defenceman for the next 15 years.
2 BUF Sam Reinhart, C,
Kootenay (WHL)
The lowest scoring team in the NHL gets an immediate upgrade down the middle in Reinhart who has nothing left to prove after lighting it up in Kootenay for the last three seasons.
3 EDM Leon Draisaitl, C,
Prince Albert (WHL)
The Oilers find their #2 centre of the future to compliment Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Draisaitl who finished the WHL regular season with 48 points in his final 22 games to help get Prince Albert into the playoffs.
4 CGY Sam Bennett, C,
Kingston (OHL)
The Flames will look long and hard at bigger body wingers Nick Ritchie and Jake Virtanen but the ultra-competitive Bennett will help give Calgary a solid 1-2 punch down the middle with Sean Monahan.
5 NYI Michael Dal Colle, LW,
Oshawa (OHL)
Given that the Islanders have already given up their 2015 #1 as part of the Thomas Vanek trade, I can foresee Garth Snow flipping this pick for immediate help with the St. Louis Blues trying to get into the fray. If the Islanders keep the pick a scoring winger to compliment John Tavares makes the most sense and Dal Colle fits the bill.
6 VAN Jake Virtanen, RW, Calgary (WHL)
Off-season shoulder surgery may have Virtanen dropping down mock drafts, but not mine. He can skate, can shoot and plays with an edge. Scored 35 even-strength goals last season for the Calgary Hitmen and combined with Canucks selection of Bo Horvat would give Vancouver fans something to look forward to in the future.
7 CAR Nick Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL) When is the last time the Hurricanes had a real power-winger? They would have to consider Nikolaj Ehlers here, but they already have an under-sized scoring winger in Jeff Skinner. Ritchie is the right fit.
8 TOR William Nylander, LW,
Modo (SWE)

The Maple Leafs get arguably the most-skilled play-maker in the draft to help feed their scoring wingers, though Robbi Fabbri would merit serious consideration here.
9 WPG Nikolaj Ehlers, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)

Jets add a high-end offensive scoring winger with elite finish to one day play with Mark Scheifele.
10 ANA
(From OTT)
Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL) This is another top-10 pick that easily could be in play either for Ryan Kesler or Jason Spezza as the Ducks have to get better down the middle to compete with the LA Kings. If the Ducks do keep the pick Fleury makes sense. He is the second-best D-Man in the draft and the Ducks know D!
11 NSH Brendan Perlini, LW,
Niagara (OHL)
This is another pick I could see in play, potentially for Spezza. The Preds have never had a true #1 centre and Mike Fisher could help sell the disgruntled Senator. Perlini would give the Preds a skilled, big winger for an organization that has only ever drafted one 30-goal scorer (Patric Hornqvist).
12 PHX Robert Fabbri, C,
Guelph (OHL)
The Coyotes need offence and they love compete. This guy brings both.
13 WSH Alex Tuch, RW, USNTDP (USHL)

New GM Brian MacLellan adds a hulking winger with upside to the Capitals.
14 DAL Travis Sanheim, D,
Calgary (WHL)
The Stars have Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin up front, Sanheim is a surprising pick to many in this spot, but he is a rangy left-handed puck mover who gives the Star a top-4 D-Man in the future.
15 DET Dylan Larkin, C,
The Red Wings will be elated that the local product Larkin is available at #15. Will certainly be no worse than a highly-competitive 3rd line C.
16 CBJ Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (FIN) Who would know the upside of a Finnish player more than a Finnish GM like Jarmo Kekalainen and Finnish scout Ville Siren?
17 PHI Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) I assume this pick moves as part of deal for the Flyers to move up. But if Philadelphia holds the pick they have had a lot of success with mid to late- first round picks out of the OHL/QMJHL. McCann, a teammate of Oilers 2013 #1 pick Darnell Nurse in the ‘Soo, could be the guy here.
Kevin Fiala, RW, HV-71 (SWE)

The Wild will hope that the skilled Fiala will be a better pick than Minnesota 2006 2nd rounder Ondrej Fiala who was selected during an ugly stretch when the organization basically blew five straight first round picks from 2004 to 2008.
19 Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, Moncton (QMJHL) Lightning could package the #19 and the #28 to move up in a draft that has a long second-round.
20 SJS Sonny Milano, LW, USNTDP (USHL) Sharks add skill with a young hot-shot.
21 Nick Schmaltz, C,
Green Bay (USHL)
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if St. Louis packaged this pick to move up in the draft. The Blues  have had several good picks in the last third of the first round including; T.J. Oshie, Patrick Berglund and the Oilers David Perron. They took Nick’s brother Jordan out of Green Bay a couple of years ago.
22 Joshua Ho-Sang, C,
Windsor (OHL)
Wiry skilled guy plays with an edge and gives Penguins offensive depth in years to come.
23 Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL) The Avs get a mid-sized  “ball of hate” that is a chip off the old block with obvious connections to the organizations current regime.
24 ANA Jakub Vrana, RW,
Linkoping (SWE)
I do expect the Ducks to keep this pick and likely add some skill up front to compliment some of their depth on ‘D’
25 Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL) Steady, safe pick adds future depth to young emerging “D”.
26 MTL Nikolay Goldobin, RW,
Sarnia (OHL)
Habs did well before out of Sarnia with Alex Galchenyuk selection and now they add Galchenyuk’s one-time teammate who was -30 this past season.
27 CHI Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo Jr. (SWE) Hawks looking to add something immediate and something down the road down the middle. He can also play wing.
(From NYR)
Julius Honka, D,
Swift Current (WHL)

Highly-skilled and under-sized D-Man who impressed playing for Mark Lamb in Swift Current.
29 John Quenneville, C, Brandon (WHL) SSAC product will be given time to grow with reigning Stanley Cup Champs as he will play for a powerhouse Brandon squad over the next couple of seasons.
30 NJD Nikita Scherbak, LW,
Saskatoon (WHL)

This guy kept his head above water on a terrible team in Saskatoon and David Conte knows how to find them late.
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