2014 NHL Mock Draft Part Two (16-30)

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TopShelfProspectsNow that the order of 28 of the first 30 picks have been determined, I will be releasing my 3rd annual NHL mock draft.

For those who haven’t read the LWOS mock before here are the rules.

1) No trades except for those that have already been made by NHL teams.
2) A two-round Mock draft will be done in four parts.  The first two parts (ie the first round) will be done today and tomorrow.  The next two parts (ie the second round) will be done next week.3) Since the final two positions in the draft (this year picks 28 and 29) will be determined by the Stanley Cup Final, as always we will be assuming that the the team with home-ice advantage in the Cup Final will win the cup.  (This is not a slight to the New York Rangers, its just a fact that we need some way of determining draft order).
3) Clicking the Player’s name will bring you to a full scouting report.


You can click here for part 1 (1-15)

So with that out of the way, I present.

The LWOS 2014 NHL Mock Draft

Part 2 (Picks 16-30)


16) Columbus Blue Jackets – Sonny Milano, LW, USNTDP, USHL: Last year the Columbus Blue Jackets had three first round picks and took three forwards.  With most of their defence core being young, and some other prospects in the pipeline they can continue to focus on forwards this year, and grab an American winger with all world skills out of the USNTDP.  Milano can add some offensive scoring punch to a quickly improving team down the road.

17) Philadelphia Flyers – Roland McKeown, D, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL: After taking Samuel Morin as a big, tough, defensive D, with a huge slapshot last year, the Flyers continue to build their defence with McKeown.  He’s a slick skater, and a fantastic puck mover, who can quarterback the powerplay and play in his own end of the rink.

18) Minnesota Wild – Ivan Barbashev, LW/C, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL: The Wild were recently on top of our 2012 Prospects Rankings.  Since that time some prospects have been moved in trades, and others have graduated to the team, so they will fall this year.  However the team is still well stocked at nearly every position.  Grabbing a two-way forward with the versatility to play centre and the wing, who also happens to be the best player available is a great move for the Wild.

19) Tampa Bay Lightning Adrian Kempe, C/LW, Modo, SHL: The Lightning grabbed Jonathan Drouin last year, and are hoping he can be a centre at the next level.  With Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat having great rookie seasons, they have a lot of forward talent.  They are also absolutely stacked in goaltending prospects.  Steve Yzerman would love to add a defenceman to the pool, but there just isn’t one at this draft spot.  So he grabs a forward who plays the game like a wrecking ball out there to add some grit and skill in the top 6.  Yzerman’s never been afraid to take players out of Europe.

20) San Jose Sharks – Kevin Fiala, LW, HV71 Jonkoping, SHL: For San Jose, they have a relatively shallow pool of prospects right now compared to other teams around the league.  Thats what happens when you draft in the 20s for most drafts in the last decade, and its all about adding the best talent they can get their hands on with this pick.  They go for a player with an extremely high skill level, but questions about his size and defensive game.

21) St. Louis BluesNikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia Sting, OHL: After not signing Ryan Miller, the Blues are able to keep this pick (giving up a later pick to Buffalo instead).  The Blues team is relatively young and talented, and they still have some good prospects in the system such as Dmitri Jaskin. They had success with a talented Russian in Vladimir Tarasenko, and so they don’t fear the Russian factor in grabbing the best player off the board.

22) Pittsburgh Penguins – Josh Ho-Sang, RW, Windsor Spitfires, OHL: The Penguins have a ton of young defencemen in their system, and so this draft being relatively weak on the blueline in the first round doesn’t concern them.  They add to the winger depth, taking a gamble on one of the biggest boom or bust prospects in this draft.  If Ho-Sang develops, he’d be absolutely deadly in their top 6.

23) Colorado Avalanche – David Pastrnak, LW/RW, Sodertalje, Allvenskan: Colorado would love to add more defence, but it just doesn’t break down that way on draft day.  So the team adds another talented winger to their group of young forwards.  Pastrnak is extremely slick with the puck on his stick and should mesh well with the other young, talented Avs forwards.

24) Anaheim Ducks – Robby Fabbri, C, Guelph Storm, OHL: Earlier in our mock the Ducks took Brendan Perlini of the Niagara Ice Dogs.  The Ducks now take Robby Fabbri of the Guelph Storm again picking out of the OHL.  Fabbri is undersized, but the talent is undeniable and he would have scored 100 points if not for a ten game suspension.

25) Boston Bruins –  Jakub Vrana, RW, Linkopings, SHL: The Bruins have a ton of young defencemen, and they gave a lot of them NHL experience this season with the number of injuries they got on the blue line.  Here they grab a talented Czech Winger who they can work with to add to the top 9 going forward.

26) Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon Blades, WHL:The Habs continue to look for more size and power after drafting Michael McCarron last year.  With this pick they take a Russian who played in the WHL and plays a very heavy game.  He can score goals, and might make a nice complement to Alex Galchenyuk in the future.

27) Chicago Blackhawks – Jack Glover, D, US NTDP, USHL: Lacking depth on the blueline beyond the NHL level, and stacked full of young forward, the Blackhawks add a young, American defender to the mix.  Glover can really move the puck and join the rush which fits perfectly into the style of play the Blackhawks have on their blueline.

28) Tampa Bay Lightning (From New York Rangers)Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia Sting, OHL :  A pick acquired in the Martin St. Louis trade, its the second Lightning pick of the round after taking Adrian Kempe at 19th overall.  Tampa grabs Anthony DeAngelo looking to address blueline depth.  He’s a very talented defender, but has some questions about his attitude.  With two first rounders, the Lightning can take the gamble that he matures.

29) Los Angeles Kings – Dylan Larkin, C/LW, US NTDP, USHL: The Kings continue to go with the Best Player available philosophy and that leads them to Dylan Larkin from the US NTDP.  He’s a good skater, gritty, and plays well at both ends of the ice.  Sounds like he will fit in perfectly with a Darryl Sutter coached group.

30) New Jersey Devils – Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer Rebels, WHL: A two-way power forward with leadership ability who never stops moving his feet?  Sounds exactly like a New Jersey Devils prospect.  Bleackley isn’t the most creative player in the draft, but he plays a very smart simple game that leads to offence, and he is willing to do whatever it takes defensively to help his team win.


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  1. Fabbri’s 31 EV goals in 58 games is elite:

    PKane 0.62 (1st)
    Seguin 0.56 (2nd)
    Tavares 0.55 (1st)
    Fabbri 0.53
    Stamkos 0.49 (1st)
    Virtanen 0.46
    Landeskog 0.45 (2nd)
    Ritchie 0.44
    Bennett 0.44
    Skinner 0.44 (7th)
    Yakupov 0.43 (1st)
    Grabner 0.42 (15th?)

    These are all the 1st round selected OHL/WHL forwards 2003-2013 to break 0.40 even-strength goals per game, with 2014 eligibles. Four of the top 10 available this draft!

    Ennis and Eberle are right after these guys. They each (along with Grabner and Skinner) slipped in the draft due to size/defense issues, but their even-strength ability translated to NHL success.

    Also, scoring 25 EV goals pre-draft season and being chosen top-10 generally means the OHL/WHL forward will score at least 30 total goals his best NHL season. (Something like 90% success rate.)

    Fabbri will likely go 15-30, but a team might be well off selecting him 9th to 12th range…. Don’t know if he can skate as well as Eberle/Ennis/Grabner/Skinner, though.

  2. And now for the harder to predict bottom 15 picks of the first round………..

    16) Blue Jackets – Sanheim adds a good Dman prospect to all their good forward prospects.
    17) Flyers – Larkin makes sense for Philly.
    18) Wild – Milano gives them another offensive weapon.
    19) Lightning – Dougherty. Can use a good D prospect.
    20) Sharks – Demko
    21) Blues – Scherbak
    22) Penguins – Fabbri. JR likes going offense in the first round.
    23) Avalanche – McCann. May need to replace Stastny if he leaves.
    24) Ducks – McKeown. They got a forward earlier, now they go D.
    25) Bruins – Vrana makes sense here.
    26) Canadiens – Glover. They add more size again here.
    27) Hawks – Bleackly. Maybe they find that 2nd line center they need with this pick.
    28) Lightning – Pastrnak
    29) Kings – Schmaltz
    30) Devils – Kempe fits the Devils mode.

  3. Man, I really hope you’re right and that Montreal selects Scherbak. He has a lot of skill, but also has the size element that Habs management so desperately covets. He’s a guy you draft if you want your team to get bigger the right way (unlike McCarron or Morin). However, I’m afraid that they’ll go with a ‘character’ pick like Larkin or even Bleackley.

    1. I’d Love to see Scherbak fall at 26 for MTL. We need talent and size at the RW and he can definitely be a good complement to Galchenyuk (also, from Youtube highlight of him, I find they handle the puck and skate in a very similar way, though Scherbak seems to hit more.) I’m sold!

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