2014 NHL Entry Draft Prospects
A group for all 2014 NHL Entry Draft prospect profiles and other prospect related posts at ILWT.
The SB Nation network of hockey blogs have put a mock draft together for the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. With the thirtieth overall pick, we've selected Brayden Point for the New Jersey Devils. Learn why in this post.
Nick Schmaltz is a skilled center that can follow in his brother's footsteps to become a 1st round pick in the NHL Draft. This profile will take a look at what aspects of his game can make him a 1st round pick and what parts could hurt his stock.
Anthony DeAngelo scored a lot of points and got into a lot of trouble with his mouth as a defenseman for the Sarnia Sting last season. This profile will look at what the Sewell, New Jersey native is and isn't good at among other opinions.
Daniel Audette, a former #1 overall pick in the QMJHL, is a promising prospect. Despite being an undersized center, the Buffalo native has great offensive skills that could aid any team, especially the Devils. But should they take him? Let's look.
Currently projected to be taken in the third round of the draft, Pavel Jenys is a Czech-born forward who isn't afraid to use his frame to his advantage. We'll examine why the Devils might (or might not) want to snag him in round three.
Adam Ollas Mattsson is a large stay at home defenseman from Sweden that is projected to go in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL Draft. He has risen up through the junior ranks of Djurgården and has had a taste of the Allsvenskan, Sweden's 2nd highest lea
Clark Bishop was a third overall pick in the QMJHL draft in 2012. Two seasons with Cape Breton, time with Team Canada U-18 team, and 55 points something later, Bishop may not get picked until after the third round. Learn why in this profile.
William Lagesson has risen through the youth system of Frölunda. He had a fine season with their U-20 team and was one of Sweden's top players at the World Under-18 Tournament. Learn a little more about the defenseman in this prospect profile.
Juho Lammikko is a big forward who has had a knack for scoring loads of points in the Finnish Junior Leagues. His attributes sound incredibly promising for a team like the Devils, but there are also concerns that surround him. Learn about him here.
The Devils are a strong possession team with a great goalie, solid depth, but few scorers. When looking into the draft to replace some of the goals lost from recent departures without undermining our team identity, Vaclav Karabacek may be our man.
Our prospect previews continue with Nicolas Aube-Kubel of the Val-d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. Ranked 40th out of North American skaters, he projects to go in the second round. We'll examine why he could be a good draft choice for New Jersey at #41.
Jack Glover is an American defenseman coming out of the USNTDP. He is a big player and a strong passer and skater, but isn't super flashy and has some question marks at either end. Should the Devils choose to draft this possible puck-moving D, or are
Brayden Point is a very talented and smart center that could fall to the 2nd round due to his small stature. His natural skill would boost any NHL team's prospect pool, especially the Devils. Find out more about him in this profile.
Hunter Smith suffered a dreadful 2012-13 season as cut tendons in his hand sidleined him for 3 months and scored just 1 goal. He didn't get drafted then, but the Oshawa forward had a much better 2013-14 and will likely get picked this year.
Julien Nantel played his first full season in the QMJHL last season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The 17-year old forward didn't produce much, but his two-way play and skating will get him drafted. Find out more about him in this profile.
Sebastian Aho is a talented defenseman hailing from Sweden. His offensive game could potentially be something the Devils are looking for, but there is one major drawback that could prevent him from being drafted high. This profile takes a look.
The Devils are already chock-full of high-ceiling defensive prospects. However there is a defender who has been picking up steam recently in scouting circles that the Devils would be uniquely suited to take a shot on. He is Marcus Pettersson.
Taking a look at Czech-born winger David Pastrnak, a projected first rounder in this year’s draft. While it seems he will go in the middle of round one, we will take a look at why there's a chance that he could fall into the Devils' lap at #30.
Nikolay Goldobin is a top talent on offense who projects to somewhere in the late-first round of the NHL Draft. The are some question marks on defense, but he represents a lot of what the Devils need right now. Will he fall to the Devils?
Adrian Kempe is a forward with good size, who is quite strong, and played mostly with MODO last season. Not their junior team, their main SHL team. This profile highlights why Kempe will very likely be a first rounder and ahead of New Jersey at 30.
Edgars Kulda is another prospect who didn't get picked in his first year of draft eligibility. However, he took a strong 2013 postseason with the Edmonton Oil Kings and had very productive season and playoffs in 2013-14. Will he be drafted in 2014?
Injuries have undercut Richard Nejezchleb's draft prospects in 2012 and 2013. After a healthy and productive season with Brandon of the WHL in 2013-14 and spent time with the Penguins last summer, will the Czech winger finally get drafted in 2014?
Reid Gardiner, a smart, feisty forward is a possible second round choice for New Jersey. Will the Devils take a chance on him with the 41st pick? He saw a huge drop off in points during the second half of the season, but has a high hockey IQ.
Lucas Wallmark was one of the youngest draft eligible forwards in 2013. A year later with a new SHL team and notable performance at the 2014 WJCs, he could still be drafted this year. Read this profile to learn more about Wallmark as a player.
Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts is known as an agitator first, second, and third. As this draft profile of Claude Lemieux's son reveals, he's more than a penalty machine. Read on to find out why and learn more about the draft-eligible winger.