Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the first pick of the Florida Panthers at the 2014 NHL Draft, as well as the first selection overall (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Growing up in Windsor, ON, just across the river from Detroit, Aaron Ekblad followed the Detroit Red Wings as a child. He attributes watching Nicklas Lidstrom as the reason he wears the number five today. Read more »
Photo: Ryan Mantha was one of three defensemen the New York Rangers selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Mantha was picked in the 4th round, 104th overall. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers went into the 2014 NHL Draft with only four selections, in the second through fifth rounds. During the draft, New York made trades to add two additional picks, giving the Rangers seven selections for the first time since 2009.
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Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano will attend Boston College starting in the Fall of 2014 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
Sonny Milano is a dream chaser, but he doesn’t have many dreams left to chase after being selected 16th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2014 NHL Draft last month in Philadelphia, PA. Read more »
Photo: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s third overall pick, tied for fourth overall in WHL scoring with 105 points in 64 games for Prince Albert (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
As the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild their hockey club under the leadership of General Manager Craig MacTavish, their pool of draft selections for 2014 suffered some losses in a number of mid-season deals. Read more »
Photo: Winger Nikita Scherbak was one of six picks the Montreal Canadiens made in the 2014 NHL Draft. Scherbak was selected 26th overall. (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Montreal Canadiens came to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft with seven picks and would be selecting late in each round. The only trade the Canadiens made was in the third round when the team exchanged their third and fourth round selections to the Arizona Coyotes for an earlier third round pick in order to select targeted defenseman, Brett Lernout.
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Photo: Coyotes top pick Brendan Perlini, selected 12th overall, led the Niagara IceDogs with 34 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The freshly rebranded Arizona Coyotes loaded up on forwards at the 2014 NHL Draft. Although General Manager Don Maloney claimed the organization would merely be targeting the best players available, only two of their nine draft picks were defensemen. Read more »
Photo: The New York Islanders picked forward Michael Dal Colle fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Islanders used four of their seven draft picks on forwards. (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
After a disappointing season, the New York Islanders found themselves again near the top of the draft with a fifth top five selection in six years. With no first round pick in next year’s draft, the Islanders could not afford to miss with the fifth overall pick this year.
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Photo: The Minnesota Wild’s 2014 first round selection, Alex Tuch, will attend Boston College starting in the Fall of 2014 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
Below is the list of all NCAA-bound players that appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings whose commitments (verbal or otherwise) to college programs have been verified. Players with an “N/A” appeared in the midterm rankings, but were not included in the final rankings (although they have been noted on it). Read more »
Photo: Forward Sonny Milano was one of seven picks the Columbus Blue Jackets made in the 2014 NHL Draft. Milano was picked 16th overall. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off a successful seasons entering the 2014 NHL Draft and the future looks bright for the youthful team. After having three first round picks and eight overall picks in last year’s draft, Columbus was able to address a lot of its offensive needs. This year GM Jarmo Kekalainen put together a balanced draft that added depth to the Blue Jackets’ system in every area.
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Photo: Kingston center Sam Bennett was Calgary’s 4th overall selection, the highest pick in Flames’ history (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
As the Calgary Flames advance into the next stages of their rebuild, the selection of six prospects from the 2014 NHL Draft will look to provide additional strength to the foundation. Read more »