Prospect Ramblings – Redrafting the 2014 draft

Pat Quinn

2019-11-21

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings. They say “it takes five years to know if a team won the draft or not” and well it has been five and change years since the 2014. Well here is me re-drafting the first round of the 2014 draft. I am drafting on player and no team need.

 

But First! Here is my #GoodTweet of the week:

{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Am I the only one thinking this isn't a long term thing? <a href=”https://t.co/a9zrYGDy7m”>https://t.co/a9zrYGDy7m</a></p>&mdash; Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/FHPQuinn/status/1196480785215188992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 18, 2019</a></blockquote>{/source}

 

 

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Florida Panthers – 1st overall

Pick: Aaron Ekblad

Who I would choose: Leon Draisaitl (#3)

I mean how can you not choose Draisaitl with his current production. It is tough to really put him at #1 for me though because I want to see him play a long streak carrying his own line, but with 149 points over his last 105 games he has to be #1.

 

Buffalo Sabres – 2nd overall

Pick: Sam Reinhart

Who I would choose: David Pastrnak (#25)

This could be another case of “really good/perfect line mates” for his game but Pasta is awesome. It is crazy that he went 25th overall.

 

Edmonton Oilers – 3rd overall

Pick: Leon Draisaitl

Who I would choose: Dylan Larkin (#15)

I mean the choice game between him and Point. Larkin has had a lot less to deal with in Detroit, not to mention a coach that prefers bad vets to good rookies, and still puts up solid numbers across the board. He is a good 1C centre for any team that would need him but would be an even better 2C on a team with a top flight 1C.

 

Calgary Flames – 4th overall

Pick: Sam Bennett

Who I would choose: Brayden Point (#79)

He is awesome, a perfect pick at #4 for 2014. Remember when he was “too small” to be a top 60 talent?

 

New York Islanders – 5th overall

Pick: Michael Dal Colle

Who I would choose: Nikolaj Ehlers (#9)

So much skill, just trapped on line 2 and 2PP in Winnipeg. Imagine him on the 1PP and top line with Mat Barzal. $$$

 

Vancouver Canucks – 6th overall

Pick: Jake Virtanen

Who I would choose: William Nylander (#8)

A top line winger instead of a bottom six banger, who would you chos