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2014 NHL DRAFT
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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT III

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: It's hard to imagine the Oilers passing on draft's most dynamic offensive player

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Great attitude matches high skill level

3
Florida Panthers
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: If offensive skills ever can match his hard-hitting ability, he'll be a huge star for years

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Most skilled defenseman in draft will fill giant blue-line need for Jackets

5
N.Y. Islanders
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: A Tavares-Connolly forward pairing could be a scary matchup for opposing defensemen

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Big, rangy center makes Lightning awfully strong up the middle

7
Carolina Hurricanes
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Calm, poised player excels in all phases of the game

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Nino Niederreiter, LW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Swiss sensation showed he can play against NHL-caliber talent at World Championships

9
Minnesota Wild
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Dead-eye scorer had 60 goals in 84 regular-season and playoff games

10
New York Rangers
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Former volleyball star will be spiking opposing forwards for a long time

11
Dallas Stars
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: Smooth skater never got to showcase full range of skills on subpar junior team

12
Anaheim Ducks
Emerson Etem, LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Home-grown sniper from Long Beach will make local fans very happy

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Scoring a need, but Coyotes can't pass on big, athletic goalie with winning pedigree

14
St Louis Blues
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK Helsinki (Finland)
SKINNY: On the small side (5-10, 180), but is relentless in the offensive end

15
Boston Bruins
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Time at North Dakota will help him fill out his 6-5 frame

16
Ottawa Senators
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: An electric offensive talent that had no trouble adjusting to North American game

17
Colorado Avalanche
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: Ignore the stats – Pickard could be a future star

18
Nashville Predators
Austin Watson, F, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Big, smart scorer who's considered one of the best defensive forwards in the OHL

19
Los Angeles Kings
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Excelled in KHL despite being one of that league's youngest players

20
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: It's easy to picture giant high-school center (6-4, 188) developing into power winger

21
Detroit Red Wings
Teemu Pulkkinen, LW, Jokerit (Finland)
SKINNY: Ended up-and-down season with sensational World Under-18 Championship (10 goals, 15 points)

22
Phoenix Coyotes
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Lethal wrist shot, great wheels; it'll be interesting to see how he does playing with better players

23
Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Future bedrock on the blue line

24
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Draft's biggest wild card – undeniable talent, but maturity is a giant issue

25
Vancouver Canucks
Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Captain of the U.S. U-18 team will bring a needed physical element

26
Washington Capitals
Alexander Petrovic, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Big defenseman will provide a level of protection for the Caps' scorers

27
Montréal Canadiens
Stanislav Galiev, RW, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Russian-born sniper has had two years to hone his dynamic North American skills

28
San Jose Sharks
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Big, strong center has proven he can excel against more developed players

29
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, South Shore (EJHL)
SKINNY: Work ethic won't be an issue: His favorite off-ice activity? Working out

30
Chicago Blackhawks
Brock Nelson, C, Warroad (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Stanley Cup champs opt for big center with excellent blood lines, great scoring touch

 

2014 NHL DRAFT COVERAGE
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2013 - WHO THE OILERS PICKED
  • 7th overall - Darnell Nurse
  • 56th overall - Marc-Olivier Roy
  • 83rd overall - Bogdan Yakimov
  • 88th overall - Anton Slepyshev
  • 94th overall - Jackson Houck
  • 96th overall - Kyle Platzer
  • 113th overall - Aidan Muir
  • 128th overall - Evan Campbell
  • 158th overall - Ben Betker
  • 188th overall - Gregory Chase