Prospect Ramblings – Who should have been first-round selections between 2014 to 2019?

Pat Quinn




Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings and boy do I have a treat for you. A reading treat, not something like chocolate covered almonds. This day I am going to write about which players from the 2014 to 2019 drafted outside the first round should have instead been first round selections over other players.


When starting this it is kind of amazing how the list is so large for 2014 and then how it shrinks to be so small in 2019. Hindsight is a hell of a drug. Not all players fit in to the first round from the ones I have removed so there will be honourable mentions. Also I am not going to re-order every draft because that can be done on other lists/future ramblings.


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








Out of the first round (in order):

  • #4 Sam Bennett
  • #5 Michael Dal Colle
  • #6 Jake Virtanen
  • #7 Hayden Fleury
  • #12 Brendan Perlini
  • #14 Julius Honka
  • #16 Sonny Milano
  • #23 Conner Bleackley
  • #26 Nikita Scherbak
  • #30 John Quenneville (I am still so upset at Lou picking JQ here)

NOTE: You would expect Ho-Sang and Goldobin to be here but they are good players, and I think it is team reasons why they never made it. Which will be part of a future ramblings for me starting next week, so stay tuned


Jumping in to the first round, in no particular order in the first round:

  • Marcus Pettersson #38 to Anaheim (I remember arguing with people saying Pittsburgh lost this trade)
  • Christian Dvorak ­- #58 to Arizona
  • Ilya Sorokin – #78 to NYI
  • Brayden Point – #79 to Tampa Bay
  • Viktor Arvidsson – #112 to Nashville
  • Igor Shestyorkin – #118 to NYR
  • Kevin Labanc – #171 to San Jose
  • Sammy Blais – #176 to STL
  • Victor Olofsson – #181 to Buffalo
  • Ondrej Kase – #105 to Anaheim


Honourable mentions:

  • Brandon Montour – #55 to Anaheim
  • Ryan Donato – #56 to Boston
  • Lucas Wallmark – #97 to Carolina
  • Devon Toews – #108 to NYI
  • Kaapo Kähkönen – #109 to Minnesota
  • Danton Heinen – #116 to Boston
  • Oskar Lindblom – #138 to Philadelphia
  • Anders Bjork – #146 to Boston





Out of the first round (in order):

  • #3 Dylan Strome
  • #6 Pavel Zacha (I still believe, you all just wait)
  • #11 Lawson Crouse (Still Hilarious)

  • #13 Jakub Zboril
  • #15 Zach Senyshen (Yes, I wanted to add DeBrusk here just to be a jerk haha)
  • #21 Colin White
  • #25 Jack Roslovic (This is still up in the air for me as he can turn out to be a top six guy)
  • #27 Jacob Larsson (argument could be made that he deserves to be on the first round still)