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Mock Draft: Kristin Hallett

Wednesday, 04.06.2014 / 9:00 AM / Home for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
By Kristin Hallett  - FlamesTV (@Kristin_Hallett)
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Mock Draft: Kristin Hallett
Kristin Hallett\'s 2014 mock draft
mock drafts:  Torie Peterson | Aaron Vickers
NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final. Picks 29-30 have been listed by regular season standings.
ORDER TEAM PLAYER THE DEETS
1 COL Aaron Ekblad, D,
Barrie (OHL)
Size, size and size! Not to mention skill. This 6-foot-4 d-man could be a rebuild piece and quick. Pegged as “NHL-ready” and a “cornerstone d-man.”
2 COL Sam Reinhart, C,
Kootenay (WHL)
Consistency is king (especially for young players) and Reinhart boasts it. Sees the ice – smart two-way C.
3 TBL Sam Bennett, C,
  Kingston (OHL)
Touted, first and foremost, for his heart (which is rare). Has everything, or so it seems – from finesse up ice to grit in the corner.
4 NSH Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL) A possible sleeper, even at fourth, believe it or not. Many scouts believe the versatility Dal Colle offers is underrated. He can dish assists and finish – a perfect piece to the puzzle for Flames’ young guns Gaudreau and Monahan.
5 CAR Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL) NHL-ready with play making that has drummed up Joe Thornton comparisons.
6 EDM William Nylander, RW,
Modo (SWE)
Skilled with and without the puck. Self-motivated/dynamic.
7 CGY Nikolaj Ehlers, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Sees the whole ice/reads the play ALL very quickly. Has a lot of exposure to NHL practicing with Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin during lockout.
8 TOR Jake Virtanen, RW,
 Calgary (WHL)
Expressed as team’s best forward at under-18s and said to have best shot release in the entire draft. This Calgary Hitmen player is a goal scorer through and through.
9 BUF Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL) Game-changer (in flashes) can be in the right place at the right time. 
10 NJD
(From OTT)
Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (OHL) Aside from Ekblad, Fleury is the best d-man in the draft. Strong with speed.
11 PHX Kasperi Kapanen, RW,
  Kuopio (FIN-E)
Two-way forward with great passing read/skills.
12 PHX Kevin Fiala, LW, HV71 (SWE-JE) Creative and crafty with the puck. Apparently fun to watch and no afraid to push himself.
13 Nick Ritchie, LW,
Peterborough (OHL)
Power forward, who, if he pans out, could be the best pick. Consistency is key and could come with maturity.
14 WPG Robby Fabbri, C,
Guelph (OHL)
What he lacks in size he makes up in strength. Ranked all over the place but can produce points. 5-foot-10 frame could be helpful maneuvering through the slot.
15 CBJ Jared McCann, C,
Sault Ste Marie (OHL)
Productive in all three zones and able to get the puck to the net.
16 CBJ
Alex Tuch, RW, USA Under-18 (USNP) Strong, 6-foot-3, power forward with soft hands.
17 Dylan Larkin, C,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
Praised for his work ethic and a high standard for excellence. Grinding forward.
18 Sonny Milano, LW,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
Speed. The speediest. Apparently can make things happen at a high pace too.
19 David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-AL) Despite injury, Pastrnak still turned scouts heads. He has obvious play-making abilities. Vibrant.
20 WSH Ivan Barbashev, C,
Moncton (QMJHL)
Solid in all three zones. Strong and sees the ice well.
21 TOR Jakub Vrana, RW, Linkoping (SWE) Sharp shooter and play maker.
22 CGY Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon (WHL) His Saskatoon Blades head coach says, "He's a gifted skater. Gifted with the puck and his vision is really good," but the main thing is he is coachable/great learner.
23 Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL) Captain of his Rebels team and a heart and soul contributor on and off the ice. Sound investment in character.
24
Josh Ho-Sang, RW, Windsor (OHL) Said to be one of the most talented players in the draft. With developed maturity and focus, he’s a fierce to be reckoned with.
25 Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary (WHL) A d-man who can rush the puck. Said to have a great head on his shoulders. With some development, could really pan out.
26 Nick Schmaltz, RW,
Green Bay (USHL)
Dynamic point producer who makes it look too easy – that’s why scouts are saying he dropped lower in rankings.
27 BOS Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL) Said to have nothing flashy but be an all around sound performer on the back end.
28
(From NYR)
Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (HEA) With his size and athleticism, if he develops right and at the pace he’s going, he could be a franchise tender.
29 Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL) What he lacks in size (5-foot-11) he makes up in his agility and elusiveness.
30 BOS Adrian Kempe, C, Modo (SWE) Said to be groomed with men playing for Modo in Sweden. However, has developed more as a checker on a lower line. Could surprise people when given an opportunity
2014 FLAMES PICKS
SAM BENNETT
CENTRE - CGY
Round 1 - 4th Overall
MASON MCDONALD
GOALTENDER - CGY
Round 2 - 34th Overall
HUNTER SMITH
RIGHT WING - CGY
Round 2 - 54th Overall
BRANDON HICKEY
DEFENCE - CGY
Round 3 - 64th Overall
ADAM OLLAS-MATTSSON
DEFENCE - CGY
Round 6 - 175th Overall
AUSTIN CARROLL
LEFT WING - CGY
Round 7 - 184th Overall