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2014 MOCK DRAFT: #12, #11

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
With the 2014 NHL Draft set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia, Kris Baker from has meticulously compiled his list of the top 30 players. We'll reveal two players each weekday complete with analysis and video, leading up to the unveiling of Kris' top two picks on June 20.

The full mock draft as it's revealed
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LW, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
6’ 2.75”, 205 lbs.
2013-14: 58 games, 34-37-71, 36 PIM

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Perlini has the size, speed and three-zone effort to creep his way into the top-10 range as a versatile power forward. His powerful skating, high velocity wrist shot and heavy one-timer made him a very effective finisher all over the offensive zone with a team-high 34 goals.

But it was his playmaking in the pressure spots and very fluent defensive game that helped land him the Most Improved Player honor in the 2013-14 OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll.

Perlini doesn’t employ a hard-hitting style, but uses his physical attributes to his advantage when controlling the puck and battling in the tough areas of ice. He’ll get the puck deep, work the cycle, pop it back to the point, and crash the net. At the other end, Perlini brings a strong work ethic when applying back pressure highlighted by smart routes and a long, active stick.

A solid performer at many facets of the game, Perlini’s hard work stands out in a draft class lacking highly skilled big men.

He capped the pre-draft evaluation with three goals on 16 shots for Canada at the World Under-18 Championship, further proving that his blend should translate to a competent top-six NHL forward after a few more years of big game experience and added strength to his pro-ready frame.
RW, KalPa (Finland)
6’, 180 lbs.
2013-14: 47 games, 7-7-14, 10 PIM

Just like his father – former NHLer Sami Kapanen – the younger Kapanen presents an explosive offensive package of speed, creativity and sharp-shooting skill that makes him a versatile threat.

He’s sneaky with a knack for striking quick when given just a little bit of space, can thread the needle to connect with sharp accurate passes, and his core strength has progressively made him tougher to knock off the puck when displaying his quick hands.

In addition to the balanced offensive arsenal, the 17-year-old winger has already developed a pro level skating game that drives an extra closing gear in pursuit, and a mature dedication to the backcheck.

Kapanen recorded seven goals in 14 points in his first full professional season playing alongside his father for a weak KalPa Kuopio club. The quick-footed winger was expected to be a marquee player for Finland’s entry at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, only to miss the event with a shoulder injury.

Interested clubs may need to exercise patience with Kapanen having two years remaining on his Liiga contract, but the finished product should make for a bona fide scoring line winger at the NHL level by the time he hits in early 20s.

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