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.

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Draft year pressure not an issue for Colts’ Ekblad

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

 

6 Comments

  1. 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.

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