The 2014 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. eastern from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Florida Panthers will have the first overall pick in the draft and are expected to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad with their first pick.
The Boston Bruins will make their first selection of the seven-round draft with the 25th overall pick. Mock drafts have the Bruins selecting Adrian Kempe, Dylan Larkin or Jakub Vrana with their first-round pick. Boston has picks at 25th, 56th, 86th, 116th, 146th and 206th. However, their second or third round pick will be sent to the Philadelphia Flyers (part of the Andrej Meszaros deal) but conditions have not been yet to be determined. There is also the possibility the Bruins make a move on draft night to move up or acquire veteran talent.
Hockey East is expected to have a fairly good showing during the NHL Draft. Boston College‘s Thatcher Demko is expected to go in the first-round on Friday, most have him going to the Minnesota Wild at 18th overall. Some other skaters currently attending Hockey East schools to likely be selected during the NHL Draft are BC’s Scott Savage and UMass Lowell‘s Michael Kapla.
There are a few skaters and goaltenders who will join Hockey East schools in the fall who are also in the mix to be selected by an NHL franchise. Some include Lowell commits Jeff Smith, John Edwardh and Chris Forney, as well as New Hampshire commits Ara Nazarian and Warren Foegele, Notre Dame commit Jake Evans, Vermont commit Mike Lee, plus Boston University recruits Brandon Hickey and John MacLeod.
Additionally, eyes will be on North Andover, Mass. native Joel Daccord. The young goaltender is currently attending high school at Cushing Academy has yet to commit to playing for college hockey. According to Jeff Cox of SB Nation, Daccord’s QMJHL rights are owned by the Saint John Sea Dogs and his USHL rights by the Omaha Lancers.
Follow along with our live coverage of the 2014 NHL Draft, starting Friday at 7:00 p.m. eastern and continuing Saturday at 10:00am eastern.
Boston Bruins NHL Draft Selections
|1||25||David Pastrnak||F||Södertälje Sportklubb|
|2||56||Ryan Donato||F||Dexter School (HS)|
|4||116||Danton Heinen||F||Surrey Eagles (BCHL)|
|5||146||Anders Bjork||F||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|7||206||Emil Johansson||D||HV71 J20|
Hockey East NHL Draft Selections
|Rd||Pick||Team||Player||Pos||Last Team||HEA School|
|1||16||CBJ||Sonny Milano||F||USA U-18 (USHL)||Boston College (14-15)|
|1||18||MIN||Alex Tuch||F||USA U-18 (USHL)||Boston College (14-15)|
|2||36||VAN||Thatcher Demko||G||Boston College (HEA)||Boston College|
|2||52||STL||Maxim Letunov||F||Youngstown (USHL)||Boston University (15-16)|
|2||57||TBL||Johnathan MacLeod||D||USA U-18 (USHL)||Boston University (15-16)|
|3||64||CGY||Brandon Hickey||D||Spruce Grove (AJHL)||Boston University (14-15)|
|3||67||CAR||Warren Foegele||F||St. Andrew’s College (HS)||New Hampshire (14-15)|
|3||70||OTT||Miles Gendron||D||The Rivers School (HS)||UConn (15-16)|
|3||82||STL||Jake Walman||D||Toronto (OJHL)||Providence (14-15)|
|4||92||FLA||Joseph Wegwerth||F||USA U-18 (USHL)||Notre Dame (14-15)|
|4||100||OTT||Shane Eiserman||F||Dubuque (USHL)||New Hampshire (14-15)|
|4||103||TOR||J.J. Piccinich||F||Youngstown (USHL)||Boston University (14-15)|
|5||130||EDM||Liam Coughlin||F||Vernon (BCHL)||Boston University (14-15)|
|5||146||BOS||Anders Bjork||F||USA U-18 (USHL)||Notre Dame (14-15)|
|6||151||BUF||Christopher Brown||F||Cranbrook-Kingswood (HS)||Boston College (15-16)|
|6||152||NJD||Joey Dudek||F||Kimball Union (HS)||Boston College (14-15)|
|6||158||TOR||Nolan Vesey||F||South Shore (USPHL)||Maine (14-15)|
|6||177||MTL||Hayden Hawkey||G||Omaha (USHL)||Providence (15-16)|
|6||178||CHI||Dylan Sikura||F||Aurora (OJHL)||Northeastern (14-15)|
|7||185||TBL||Cameron Darcy||F||Cape Breton (QMJHL)||Northeastern (2012)|
|7||207||MTL||Jake Evans||F||St. Michael’s (OJHL)||Notre Dame (14-15)|
NHL Draft Picks will be updated throughout the draft, follow along!