2014 NHL DRAFT
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MIKE MORREALE'S MOCK DRAFT III

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Versatile forward was Memorial Cup MVP and World Junior silver medalist

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: The OHL co-scoring champion (106 points) is perfect fit for team seeking a game-changing center

3
Florida Panthers
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: Is earning comparisons to NHL All-Stars Chris Pronger and Dion Phaneuf -- enough said

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Is probably the most mobile defender available and exhibits plenty of poise

5
N.Y. Islanders
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Great opportunity for Isles to snare a steady force along the blue line for years to come

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Scouts gave the gifted playmaker a clean bill of health upon his return from hip injuries

7
Carolina Hurricanes
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: 'Canes are loaded at forward, so tough defender with poise on PP makes more sense

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: The heavily touted Swiss forward is shifty, skilled, tenacious and responsible in own end

9
Minnesota Wild
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Electrifying Russian will bring fans to their feet with finesse and dynamic scoring touch

10
New York Rangers
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Fearless skater could be the steal of the first round; teamed with Niederreiter in Portland

11
Dallas Stars
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: For a team looking to bolster the blue line, Pysyk is smooth skater off the transition

12
Anaheim Ducks
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: The top European prospect on the board has drawn comparisons to Saku Koivu

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Need eventual replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov; a goalie with drive and proven record fits bill

14
St Louis Blues
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Sensational skater who scored 37 as a WHL rookie; intelligent and willing to learn

15
Boston Bruins
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: A Boston fit -- strikes fear in forwards with intimidating size, plus offensive skill to boot

16
Ottawa Senators
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Excellent skater with agility, fantastic wrist shot and toughness to boot (70 PIM in OHL)

17
Colorado Avalanche
Jonathan Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Avs build defense; Merrill is hard-hitting left-shot defender who can chip in offensively

18
Nashville Predators
Austin Watson, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Hidden gem plays with great energy, and at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, isn't easily intimidated

19
Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Fiery competitor, once nationally ranked in figure skating, had 50 goals in 64 OHL games

20
Pittsburgh Penguins
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Relentless and aggressive on the forecheck while posting 65 points in 65 WHL games

21
Detroit Red Wings
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Possesses quick hands, lethal shot and likes to play physical

22
Phoenix Coyotes
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: The 2010 Mr. Hockey Award-winner from Minnesota is perfect fit for team on the rise

23
Buffalo Sabres
Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)
SKINNY: Dominant on faceoffs, good speed and size (6-2, 194), and tremendous room for growth

24
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Plays with energy, finishes checks and fit right into Notre Dame's defense-first approach

25
Vancouver Canucks
Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: NTDP captain is committed to Notre Dame and is the son of former NHL player Mark Tinordi

26
Washington Capitals
Jaden Schwartz, C, Tri-City (USHL)
SKINNY: Top scorer in USHL (83 points in 60 games) also excelled at Ivan Hlinka for Canada

27
Montréal Canadiens
Alexander Petrovic, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Strapping 6-4 defender can skate, handle and distribute the puck well off the transition

28
San Jose Sharks
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: Solid numbers on weak Seattle team; Pickard eventually could replace Evgeni Nabokov

29
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, South Shore (EJHL)
SKINNY: The Boston University-bound center enjoys battling down low and in the corners

30
Chicago Blackhawks
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Why not take a flyer on one of the most skilled Russians in the draft? The best could get even better

 

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