Pro Hockey News : Looking at the 2014 NHL Draft

The 2014 NHL Draft. The Top Americans and the best goaltenders.

Goaltenders

1. Thatcher Demko – Boston College – USA – 6’3-192
2. Linus Soderstrom – Djurgarden – SWE – 6’4-194
3. Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth – USA – 6’0-183
4. Kaapo Kahkonen – Espoo – FIN – 6’2-201
5. Mason McDonald – Charlottetown – CAN – 6’4-185

Hockey - Plymouth Whalers OHL

Alex Nedeljkovic

Best Overall American Prospects
1. F – Dylan Larkin – USNTDP – Michigan commit
2. F – Alex Tuch – USNTDP – Boston College commit
3. F – Sonny Milano – USNTDP – Boston College commit
4. D – Jack Dougherty – USNTDP – Wisconsin commit
5. G – Thatcher Demko – Boston College
6. F – Nick Schmaltz – Green Bay (USHL) – North Dakota commit
7. D – Johnathan MacLeod – USNTDP – Boston University
8. F – Brendan Lemieux – Barrie (OHL)
9. D -Jack Glover – USNTDP – Minnesota commit
10. F – Ryan Donato – Dexter Prep – Harvard commit
11. F – Ryan MacInnis – Kitchener (OHL)
12. G – Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth (OHL)
13. F – Austin Poganski – Tri-City (USHL) – North Dakota commit
14. D – Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia (OHL)
15. D – Ryan Collins – USNTDP – Minnesota commit

CHL Americans

1. Brendan Lemieus – Barrie (OHL) – 6’0-206
2. Ryan MacInnis – Kitchener (OHL) – 6’3-183
3. Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia (OHL) – 5’10-175
4. Aaron Haydon – Kingston (OHL) – 6’2-197
5. Nick Magyar – Kitchener (OHL) – 6’1-194
6. Blake Siebenaler – Niagara (OHL) – 6’0-190
7. Chase De Leo – Portland (WHL) – 5’9-178
8. Christian Dvorak – London (OHL) – 6’0-170
9. Keegan Iverson – Portland (WHL) – 6’0-219
10. Dominic Turgeon – Portland (WHL) – 6’1-198

Four prospects are considered “premium” this year. Sam Bennett (Kingston, OHL) – Aaron Ekblad (Barrie,OHL) – Sam Reinhart (Kootenay,WHL) and Leon Draistail (Prince Albert,WHL).

Reinhart – Younger sibling of Griffin (2013 – Islanders – 4th overall) who captained the Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings this season. Reinhart is consider a highly intelligent player

Ekblad – What are you looking for in a defenseman? Ekblad has it. Has already played 3 seasons in the OHL thanks to “Exceptional Player” status aka the “John Tavares Rule”. Biggest of the bunch (6-4-213) , only defenseman of them too.

Bennett – Fast riser, rated #1 overall by Central Scouting. He’s a complete player with just decent size. Played on a Toronto Marloboros Midget AAA team with fellow 2014 prospect Roland McKeown and a kid named Connor McDavid.

Draistail – The German native played in this year’s World Championships following his WHL season. Plays a 200-ft game and is known as a dedicated leader.

Image : http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/100127/draft-year-pressure-not-an-issue-for-colts-ekblad/

Great mock draft site : http://www.mynhldraft.com 

 

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6 Responses to Pro Hockey News : Looking at the 2014 NHL Draft

  1. Mike Lowry says:

    Shane Eiserman ranked #45 among North American skaters on final NHL CSS rankings.

  2. Mike Lowry says:

    I watched a few of his games this season online. His upper body strength is a big asset in 1-on-1 battles along the boards and in the corners. Of course, that was against USHL competition. It will be interesting to see how he does at the NCAA D1 level.

  3. Murph says:

    Was just going to ask about a Eiserman. Glad to see mention of him here in the comments

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