Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 NHL Entry Draft Results

The results are in! The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is complete. A decent draft for the Ontario Hockey League as 41 players were drafted (4 more than last year). That's nearly 20% of all players drafted.

Below you can find the results for OHL players, as well as my draft ranking before the draft (for comparison's sake).

Some general thoughts on how the draft played out.

- Despite all the claims that this draft was so wide open after the first few picks, things kept pretty predictable. The actual draft really didn't look all that different than many of the mock drafts being produced. Especially from an OHL perspective, there weren't any massive surprises.

- Needless to say, I feel like the St. Louis Blues got a heck of a steal with Fabbri at 21 (and with Barbashev in the 2nd). He's going to make Blues fans happy some day soon and is the perfect player to compliment the skill sets of some of their current young stars.

- There were some pretty big fallers of some of the guys I had ranked in the mid rounds, including Spencer Watson, Jacob Middleton, and Matt Mistele. All three were guys ranked much higher at the beginning of the season and didn't have their best years.

- The overage round-up took a bit of a step back this year. Only 2 OHL "overage"/"re-entry" players were taken this time around; Hunter Smith and Jake Marchment. 

- Even with his incredibly poor season, I'm quite surprised that no one took a flyer on Blake Clarke in the 7th. In one season he went from talked about top 10 pick to not being drafted at all. Pretty remarkable. Thing is, this year he battled some injuries, confidence issues and a change of scenery. But what will next year hold? What if he learns to play in traffic again? What if he regains his scorers touch? If Clarke bounces back next year we'll definitely be looking at a guy who could get the Tanner Pearson treatment (a first round pick). And any team in the league could have thrown a 7th at him. Maybe a team will be smart, invite him to rookie camp/training camp, and then sign him (as has been done in the past with guys like Sergei Tolchinsky, Evan McEneny, Kurtis Macdermid, etc).

My Rank Player Name PO OHL Team NHL Team RD Pick

1 Aaron Ekblad
Barrie FLA 1 1

2 Sam Bennett F Kingston CGY 1 4

3 Robby Fabbri
Guelph STL 1 21

4 Nick Ritchie F Peterborough ANA 1 10

5 Michael Dal Colle F Oshawa NYI 1 5

6 Brendan Perlini F Niagara ARZ 1 12

7 Jared McCann F SSM VAN 1 24

8 Josh Ho-Sang F Windsor NYI 1 28

9 Alex Nedeljkovic G Plymouth CAR 2 37

10 Nikolay Goldobin F Sarnia SJS 1 27

11 Roland McKeown D Kingston LAK 2 50

12 Ryan MacInnis F Kitchener ARZ 2 43

13 Brendan Lemieux F Barrie BUF 2 31

14 Eric Cornel F Peterborough BUF 2 44

15 Anthony DeAngelo D Sarnia TBL 1 19

16 Alex Peters D Plymouth DAL 3 75

17 Michael Bunting F SSM ARZ 4 117

18 Blake Siebenaler D Niagara CBJ 3 77

19 Nick Magyar F Kitchener COL 4 93

20 Spencer Watson F Kingston LAK 7 209

21 Matt Mistele F Plymouth LAK 6 180

22 Aaron Haydon D Niagara DAL 5 154

23 Jacob Middleton D Ottawa LAK 7 210

24 Connor Chatham F Plymouth NJD 3 71

25 Brent Moran G Niagara DAL 4 115

26 Dylan Sadowy F Saginaw SJS 3 81

27 Ryan Foss F Windsor

28 Darby Llewellyn F Kitchener

29 Mike Amadio F North Bay LAK 3 90

Kyle Jenkins
D SSM CAR 7 187

31 Blake Clarke

32 Jaden Lindo F Owen Sound PIT 6 173

33 Christian Dvorak F London ARZ 2 58

34 Kyle Wood D North Bay COL 3 84

35 Zach Bratina F North Bay

36 Alex Mikulovich D Niagara

37 Cristiano DiGiacinto F Windsor TBL 6 170

38 Matthew Mancina G Guelph

39 Alex Lintuniemi D Ottawa LAK 2 60

40 Stefan Leblanc D Mississauga

41 Brandon Halverson G SSM NYR 2 59

42 Andrew Mangiapane F Barrie

43 Brandon Prophet D Saginaw

44 Kevin Lebanc F Barrie SJS 6 171

45 Kevin Spinozzi D SSM

46 Damir Sharipzyanov D Owen Sound

47 Ryan Verbeek F Kingston

48 Yannick Rathjeb D Plymouth

49 Hayden Hodgson F Sarnia

50 Phil Baltisberger D Guelph

1 Hunter Smith F Oshawa CGY 2 54

2 Hunter Garlent F Peterborough

3 Stephen Harper F Belleville

4 Max Iafrate D Kitchener

5 Marcus McIvor D North Bay

6 Anthony DiFruscia F Niagara

7 Brendan Bell F Ottawa

8 Erik Bradford F Ottawa

9 Josh Sterk

10 Brenden Miller D North Bay

N/A Josh Wesley D Plymouth CAR 4 96

N/A Kyle Pettit F Erie VAN 6 156

N/A Jake Marchment F Belleville  LAK 6 157

N/A Chandler Yakimowicz F London STL 7 172

N/A Patrick Sanvido D Windsor DAL 7 195

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