2014 NHL DRAFT MOCKS & PROSPECTS PROFILES

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Our writers around the Nation Network have done a fantastic
job profiling all the top prospects for this weekend’s NHL draft.  Here is all you need to know about the players
expected to be picked early in tomorrow’s first round.

MOCK DRAFT

Mock drafts are always fun, so we polled writers from each
site to see who could put together the best guess for tomorrow’s top 10 picks.

Brock Seguin

Jonathan Willis

Allan Mitchell

Ryan Pike

Dailyfaceoff.com

Oilersnation.com

Oilersnation.com

Flamesnation.ca

1. FLA

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

2. BUF

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

3. EDM

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

Sam Bennett

4. CAL

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

M. Dal Colle

5. NYI

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

Leon Draisaitl

6. VAN

Jake Virtanen

Nick Ritchie

Nikolaj Ehlers

Nick Ritchie

7. CAR

Nick Ritchie

Jake Virtanen

Nick Ritchie

Jake Virtanen

8. TOR

Haydn Fleury

Brendan Perlini

Jake Virtanen

Haydn Fleury

9. WPG

W. Nylander

W. Nylander

W. Nylander

Nikolaj Ehlers

10. ANA

K. Kapanen

Nikolaj Ehlers

Kevin Fiala

K. Kapanen

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Rhys J

Kent Wilson

Justin Fisher

Canucksarmy.com

Flamesnation.ca

TheLeafsNation.com

1. FLA

Aaron Ekblad

Sam Reinhart

Sam Bennett

2. BUF

Sam Reinhart

Sam Bennett

Sam Reinhart

3. EDM

Sam Bennett

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

4. CAL

Nick Ritchie

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

5. NYI

Leon Draisaitl

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

6. VAN

M. Dal Colle

Nick Ritchie

W. Nylander

7. CAR

W. Nylander

Jake Virtanen

Nikolaj Ehlers

8. TOR

Brendan Perlini

Haydn Fleury

Jake Virtanen

9. WPG

Jared McCann

Nikolaj Ehlers

Nick Ritchie

10. ANA

Jake Virtanen

W. Nylander

Kevin Fiala

 

THE TOP PROSPECTS FOR THIS YEARS DRAFT

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We’ve compiled the best Nation articles of the past 6 weeks so you can cram and get to know each top prospect before tomorrow night.

SAM BENNETT  (*Links fixed)

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/25/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-2-sam-bennett

One on one interview http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/25/getting-to-know-sam-bennett/trash

AARON EKBLAD 

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/23/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-4-aaron-ekblad

SAM REINHART 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/2/another-nuge

LEON DRAISAITL 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/3/31/leon

One on one interview http://oilersnation.com/2014/5/9/draisaitl-i-know-i-m-a-competitive-person

MICHAEL DAL COLLE 

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/16/tln-draft-profile-michael-dal-colle

WILLIAM NYLANDER

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/23/tln-draft-profile-william-big-willie-style-nylander

NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/18/tln-draft-profile-nikolaj-ehlers

JAKE VIRTANEN 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/27/jake-Virtanen

NICK RITCHIE

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/26/tln-draft-profile-nick-ritchie

ROBBY FABBRI

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/18/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-8-robby-fabbri

KASPERI KAPANEN

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/22/tln-draft-profile-kasperi-kapanen

KEVIN FIALA

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/16/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-10-kevin-fiala

HAYDEN FLEURY

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/19/tln-draft-profile-haydn-fleury

BRENDAN PERLINI

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/25/tln-draft-profile-brendan-perlini

Who is in your TOP 10?


  • Britts94

    Florida is going to be quite a wild card. They passed up on Drouin and Jones for Barkov last year and Talon’s interview with Duthie on TSN was interesting.He said florida has alot of young prospects at D already and ekblad could “compliment” that group. He then said they hurting in scoring and want a winger to go with their crop of centers. Take that with a grain of salt but i would think talon is leaning towards Bennet over ekblad or would rather trade down to the 5-10 range, get a nhler and another pick, then draft dal cole/virtanen or another goal scorer.

    As for Calgary. any of the top 4 would be great. Dal Cole seems good but we already stacked on the LW and 1 of the 4 (sam’s,leon, ekblad) has to be available so i rather we choose one of them since we need more C’s and Ds. Not entirely sure why Pike likes Dal Cole over Leon.

  • CMG30

    I suspect that people are right and Edmonton selects Leon 3rd overall because they just can’t overlook his size. I won’t be overly upset because he’s a tremendous player who very well could be the answer for Edmontons’ 2C. HOWEVER, I still think that Bennett will prove himself the better and more valuable player in the end. Letting him fall to Calgary will come back to haunt the Oilers for years to come.

  • It just seems like Florida is blustering their top pick too much. It kind of reminds me of when the Oilers kept threatening to take Murray 1st overall unless someone traded with them for the pick. No one did, they took Yak.

    I also agree that since the Islanders have to give away their pick next year, no way they want that pick to be in the top selection. They need help now, and could likely be convinced to trade their fifth overall.

    What it would take, who knows, but if I were Mac T, I’d throw out a last minute low ball offer.

  • piscera.infada

    I love that at two writers picked someone other than Eckblad #1. I have to agree in that I doubt he gets picked first overall. I have a sneaky suspicion Oilers get him.

  • Jeff Lebowski

    Why don’t you get 10 writers, give them 3 teams and do a real mock draft?
    Hell, allow trades and factor in cap floor/ceiling. Do a mock FA too – let’s see if you clowns…err distinguished, astute gentlemen can walk the walk while you’re fighting over each other.

    Next year we can all see who the biggest idiot is with a +1 scenario?

    And put something at stake too

    • piscera.infada

      Here is a real scenario .

      Vancouver trades for #1 they take Reinhart

      Buffallo takes Bennett

      Edmonton takes Ekblad

      Calgary takes Virtanen

      NYI trade pick to Edmonton for Yakupov , Edmonton takes Draisaitl.

      • RedMan

        dream big young man, dream big. Don’t be afraid to dream!

        so, in your dream, Vancouver offers both the sedin sisters and a top prospect, and Edmonton re-enters a new-new era of rebuilding by trading players for picks… hahaha must suck to be edmonton

        • The Soup Fascist

          Easy does it, Sparky.

          No one is nominating Lowe and Mac T as executives of the year. However, you are the fan of a team that has won exactly zero playoff series in the last 10 years and drafts roughly as well as Stevie Wonder plays darts.

          Not sure anyone who is a fan of the Flames “organization” should be throwing rocks. Both bunches of yahoos should be ashamed of what they have done to these once proud franchises.

        • WHH

          No, it sucks to be Calgary. It seems all the Calgary trolls are out today. Edmonton worst run organization, maybe, maybe not. However, these are Calgary trolls saying this. Calgary. We’re talking about Calgary. Let’s all gather at the end of this season and see where that title lies.

          • RedMan

            OK, you got the “we are going to be better in the future…” part right, but where is the “we were better in the past” half? come on Edmonton fan, you’re slipping!

            Edmonton fans have been living on the “we are going to be so much better then you this year” for years now, as if that somehow makes them better now. Or maybe, it just makes them feel better to say, “we were better then Calgary back before cell phones and home computers were around, plus, with all these first overall, we are so going to be better then you next year”

            Either way, we (Flames fans) are not commenting on the Oiler sight; you realize that, right? so, technically, there are no trolls, just the truth. just the sad truth for Edmonton Oilers, re-re-rebuild

          • Britts94

            Really hope you are correct Jeff.

            There are probably more reasons than not that Oilers won’t finish higher than 29th.

            Jake Eichel could likely be the price to pay. 🙁

            Neither Flames nor Oilers are going to be climbing out of Pacific basement any time soon.

            Therefore, if the Oilers take Ritchie we’ll trump the Burkian philosophy and should be well poised for Eichel. The slow burn continues, but please don’t fool yourself that Burke knows the way to promised land.

            If you aren’t sure of the future Flaming scourched earth reread the FlamesNation article on the last decade of Flame drafting.

          • DoubleDIon

            When signing the 7th defenseman from the CBJ for 4.5 million per is seen as the solution to what ails the Oilers blueline it’s very reasonable to assume this year will be like every other. There are 4 things you can count on in this world:

            Death,Taxes, Gravity and the Oilers sucking

          • Zarny

            Almost as bad as signing Weidman for 5 mil.

            Arguing about who has a worse run organization is arguing about a miniscule amount of suckness.

            At least our dilapitated shack does not look like a giant maxipad, and weare not responsible for Redford. How you like those apples.

          • DoubleDIon

            Spelling is hard… Wideman was a bad signing and the former GM was axed. The Oilers keep letting the old boys play with their toys. I don’t get the maxipad comment. Calgary had more votes for the Wildrose than Edmonton did, so you guys are more responsible for that.

            We are..not weare.

          • RedMan

            if by miniscule difference, you mean that Flames fans surprisingly enjoyed the season while Oiler fans got more onry and frustrated by the minute… then ya, I could agree there was little difference.

            as for the rest… can’t argue, you win. 🙂

          • Willi P

            The Flames were better loosers, while the Oilers lost in style, who cares, they both sucked hard. Maybe Jankowski will come play in your giant tampon in 6 years and be the 13th forward you always coveted.

          • WHH

            Who said he was the solution to what ails the Oilers blueline? He is better than most of what we now have that is a veteran defenceman. Everyone is aware of the Oilers deficiencies on defence. So state the obvious why not. How is super star Sven working out for you.

          • RedMan

            Sven? ya, he is developing just fine in the Minors… developing talent in the minors is something most of the other 29 teams practice… Edmonton might want to look into this.

            then if calgary wanted to go all “Oiler” with him, they would just give him a 40 mil contract and get all snarky on discussion boards when other teams fan’s didn’t buy into the “vision” (aka dillusion) 🙂

          • Zarny

            Pfft…Baertschi is a bust. I have the pleasure of living in Calgary and watching the Flames. Sven is brutal.

            Sort of like Backlund who has 1 season over 30 PT 7 years after being drafted.

            Calgary has Gio, Brodie, Monahan and nothing else to build around. Some nice vets like Glencross though.

          • Tikkanese

            Careful Zarny. They might not be as good at sucking as we are and get as many 1st overalls. But they have smarter management, better development, better pro scouting, better coaching, and arnt stuck in a vortex of suck.

            It really wouldn’t surprise me if the oilers have a hard time catching the flames even though the rebuild is supposed to be 5 years ahead. 5 YEARS

          • Tikkanese

            You must be one of the biggest flame homers or you fell out of the turnip truck and hit your hear hard if you think than they have all this stuff better than the oilers – smarter management let’s hear how giving garbage contracts out like Hudler and wiedmen or how about holding on to Cammy and either getting nothing or giving him north of 5 mil for 5 years, yeah that is smart. Better player development – WHO HAVE THE DEVELOPED better ? where is god sven ? or god backlund ? yeah that is sooo much better, better pro scouting – wow that is a good one too, tell me what real gem did they steal out of the free agent market that makes you think wow they really hit a home run, Finally not stuck in a vortex of suck – who the hell are you kidding, they have not top talent (and no sean Monahan is not a top line centre) no future defense (sorry I did not know that the flames found the fountain of youth that will make Giordano stay young forever) and no goaltending, but yeah they are not in a vortex of suck WOW

          • Zarny

            What on earth are you talking about?

            Smarter management? The Flames tried duct taping their 2004 Cup roster for 8 years thinking if they could just get into the playoffs one more time Iggy and Kipper could carry them to the Cup. Lowe did the same thing in Edmonton but was smart enough to change course after 4 years instead of 8.

            And let’s not forget that beauty of an offer sheet to O’Reilly where they could have lost a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick plus O’Reilly through waivers. Oh yeah…reeeeeal smart lol.

            Better development? Like who? They drafted Backlund 7 years ago and he’s produced all of 1 season over 30 PT. They haven’t developed a single good forward since Iggy. Brodie and Giordano are a nice pair on the blueline; they’ve been developing for 6 and 12 years respectively. Otherwise Calgary hasn’t developed squat.

            Better coaching? Bob Hartley? Surely you jest.

            Better pro scouting…maybe. They traded Phaneuf for Stajan, Hagman, Mayers and White. Yep, really winners.

          • DoubleDIon

            I love that you think Backlund is a bust. Especially since you probably think Gagner is better. The fact that the organization you cheer for thinks the same warms my heart.

          • Zarny

            Well let’s see…Gagner and Backlund were drafted in the same year.

            Gagner – 295 PT 481 GP 0.613 PT/GM 6 of 7 seasons over 40 PT (including pro-rated lockout season)

            Backlund – 101 PT 246 GP 0.41 PT/GM 0 season over 40 PT and only 1 season over 30 PT.

            Oh and Backlund is half a year older too lol.

            So yup, Gagner is better.

          • DoubleDIon

            Gagner is much better suited to playing for the Oilers since he doesn’t play defense. Backlund only plays the best players in the game to a standstill. How would you guys continue to get #1 picks if you had Backlund? You’re correct, Gagner is much better if the goal is a top pick every year.

          • DoubleDIon

            And 4 million cheaper. Horcoff would be your teams second best player. You guys always under appreciate guys like Horcoff, it’s why your organization is so terrible.

          • nuge2drai

            Oiler Domination To Follow

            I’m assuming your saying second after Taylor Hall…

            Which means your suggesting Horcoff is better than Eberle, Perron and Hopkins…

            Lol… is that a joke?

          • Jeff Lebowski

            I wonder how many Gagner jersey’s got thrown on the ice at Rectal?

            Better yet, I wonder how many Gagner jerseys got thrown to the ice by the other team with samwise still in it?

            Squeeeee!

          • DoubleDIon

            He’s playing in the AHL until he ripens. That’s what successful organizations do so that their young players don’t turn into scrubs like Gagner and Yakupov.

          • supra steve

            Yes the Flames lost enough to be drafting 4th tomorrow, but the collective attitude around the club and it’s fans was very upbeat, and the team was competitive most nights.

            From what I heard about the Oil, this was not the case last season. I do hope the Oil have a bounce back year in 2014-15, but really, last season must have been very painful for the fan base.

          • DoubleDIon

            Monahan had nothing to learn in Junior. He already plays in his own end. You’ll notice I didn’t include Hall and RNH in that comment since they had nothing to learn in Junior. Yakupov and Gagner have never experienced one third on the ice in Edmonton. Yak does have some sick goal celebrations though, he might even be an all-star if that was the only criteria.

          • The Soup Fascist

            Are you serious?

            Look, by the eye Monahan had a very nice rookie season and is a key to any bit of success the Flames may have in the future. But please don’t make the mistake that just because he put up a few points that he does not have a TON to learn, especially in his own end.

            He was -20 playing against butter soft competition and getting very favorable zone starts. He scored 20 plus goals which – in all seriousness, was great – but to think he is this 200 ft. wunderkid is laughable. He was an absolute nightmare in his own end – as many rookies tend to be.

          • Tikkanese

            Yakupov was the consensus 1st overall and ended up being so. Those don’t go back to junior. He had a sophmore jinx year, that happens a lot. Congrats for jumping on the “oh look bad year he must suck” bandwagon.

            The Oilers learned from the Gagner mistake and sent Eberle down twice even though he basically won a job both training camps. Same with Nurse last year, he looked pretty much like the best Oiler D in camp but they sent him down.

            Monahan had a lot to learn in junior. He was a massive surprise and had a great year. I hope he keeps it up for you guys. I’d like to see the real Battle of Alberta again someday.

            Sven’s played 51 NHL GP and 73 AHL GP. That is hardly “letting him ripen” before exposing him to the NHL. Nice try though.

        • Michael

          Your the same guy that said you wouldn’t trade Byron for yakupov. How can anyone take you seriously after you say something like that? Probably the same guy that said Sven will be the next superstar too. Next.

          • RedMan

            ya, how is Yak workin out for ya? lol

            as a Flames Fan, i can say I was very happy with last season and where they are in the rebuild and standings…

            how bout the Oiler fans? can you say your happy with where you are in your re-rebuild? you actually finished worse then the Flames AGAIN!?!? hahaha

            so ya, i am smiling and enjoying this all, while I suspect you aren’t.

          • RedMan

            Your embarrassing yourself. The flames have done absolutely nothing in their history either then that one cup and 10 years ago making it past the first round. At least us oilers fans can admit we are pathetic. Flames fans are just delusional.

          • RedMan

            ahhhhhhh just when i was starting to worry, Oiler fan breaks out the ol’ “how good we used to be” argument, looking back to a time before pc’s and cell phones, and when “color” was a selling point for tv’s. now just add the standard, “how good we are GOING to be, which means we are still better now even if we aren’t” and the universe is again right and predictable.

            Yes, those were the days… Grandpa used to talk of them before his passing, god rest his soul. miss ya gramps!

            bless you for remembering the past, “lest we forget”

          • NagsNags

            Yeahhhhhhh. The last Flames draft pick to score a 100 goals FOR the Flames is German Titov. Basing your idea of success on being marginally better than the worst team in hockey is saddddd.

          • DoubleDIon

            Who would trade Byron for Yakupov? That’s crazy talk. No one wants Yakupov. You’d be lucky to off-load him. Statistically he was the 4th worst player in the league last year, despite being sheltered and seeing very easy minutes. 😉

      • RedMan

        You feel Edmonton desires to trade players for picks? are you suggesting Edmonton is re-re-re-building?

        I would have thought Edmonton wanted to turn picks into players, rather than players into picks, but i defer to the locals on this.

  • piscera.infada

    Florida likes Nylander probably last till around #6 so could trade with Vancouver,Calgary or even Edmonton.

    NYI did not have to draft this year they could have deferred their 1st rd pick for next year they didn’t , since they have it and want to trade it they are looking for a player that can help them today, no way they want to be last next year and have no pick in the 1st rd.

  • piscera.infada

    Assuming Florida picks first (because they put too high a price tag on it):

    1. Ekblad
    2. Bennett
    3. Draisaitl
    4. Reinhart
    5. Dal Colle
    6. Ehlers
    7. Fleury
    8. Ritchie
    9. Virtanen
    10. Perlini

      • DoubleDIon

        I wish he would. He doesn’t get past Buffalo IMO. Maybe not even Florida despite their center depth. I could see Edmonton passing on him because of their awful player evaluation. They’ll swing the pendulum and draft Draisitl. We’re “stuck” with Bennett. I haven’t seen him play live like Reinhart and Draisitl, but if what I hear is right I’m fine with it.

        But yes, Reinhart has been my dream since he entered the WHL. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone as good as he was as a 16 year old in the WHL. Not even Sakic or Fleury in their hayday.

        • piscera.infada

          I agree it’s almost a dream-like scenario, which is why my caveat was Florida not trading the pick. Look at what Buffalo has currently in their system. Bennett’s style of play seems to mesh perfectly with what’s there. I just think Bennett/Reinhart could be largely interchangeable depending on what identity you’re trying to foster – hockey IQ vs. leadership/work-ethic (both have skill, and will be great prospects). Personally (as a Flames fan) I’m fine with either of the three centres, but like you, a 1/2 punch of Monahan/Reinhart makes me salivate.

  • Oilinmyblood

    6 options Oilers could face if they stay at # 3.

    First an Second picks

    E or R

    E or D

    E or B

    B or R

    D or R

    D or B

    My thought Bennett, Draisaitl, or Ekblad will be an Oiler.

  • Oilinmyblood

    Based on my belief that FLA will not be holding the 1st overall pick (though I’m not sure who will be holding it)

    1. Sam Reinhart

    2. Sam Bennett

    3. Aaron Ekblad

    4. Leon Draisaitl

    5. Nikolaj Ehlers

    6. Michael Dal Colle

    7. Kevin Fiala

    8. Nick Ritchie

    9. William Nylander

    10. Haydn Fleury

    • DoubleDIon

      I could see that happening. I’d sub out Fiala for Virtanen though, otherwise it’s pretty realistic if FLA isn’t drafting at 1. If not, Draisitl has to go to the Oilers and Ekblad to the Panthers. Which would leave us Bennett.

    • DoubleDIon

      If we traded down for either player and received quality back, I’d have no issue with it. I like the upside of both guys. But yes, you can’t take them at 4. Virtanen is really young too and probably has the best physical tools in the draft. He’s almost a full year younger than Reinhart or Draisitl.

  • Craig1981

    I am going tt find it really interesting where Ekblad does fall. Jones was the guy everyone thought would go 1st and he fell to 4th. I think everyone is being a little presumptive feeling it’s Ekblad (though it might be)

    • DoubleDIon

      If Buffalo had #1 I don’t think it would be. But Florida is so stacked with young centers that I think they’d have to take Ekblad unless they think one of the top 4 should be a winger.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Ekblad the consensus pick at fist overall.

    Interesting that this year the question isn’t “who will go 1st?”, rather the question is “which team will take him?”