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June 24, 2014

Columbus added to their blueline prospect depth yesterday evening by selecting a pair of defenders with the 16th and 46th overall picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Michal Plutnar, 20, was the first selection. The 6'2" 182 lbs defenseman from the Czech Republic finished up a fantastic season with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, which placed him among the top prospects in the draft despite being passed over in the previous two drafts.

"Plutnar has good skating ability and an NHL-calibre shot, but he will likely need at least a couple years of development before he's ready for the NHL. The biggest area in which he needs to improve is moving the puck," said one of the scouts we talked to from NHL Central Scouting Services.

Columbus followed up that selection with another overaged defenseman, Dominic Talbot-Tassi from the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL. The 20-year-old diminutive defender stands 5'8" and tips the scales at 175 lbs. The Laval, Quebec native is labeled as an offensive defenseman who moves the puck well and uses his hockey sense to make creative plays.

Nikolai Goncharov, the gargantuan Russian goaltender, was the first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers courtesy of the Boston Bruins in the Ryan Smyth trade at last year's draft. This event marks the first time in over a decade that a goaltender was selected first overall with the previous first overall goalie being Marc-Andre Fleury in the 2003 draft. Goncharov is expected to be the "missing" link for the Oilers, who have drafted lots of high-end forward and defensive talent, but were lacking between the pipes.

The blunder of the day on the draft floor went to Jay Feaster, who went off the board in typical Feaster fashion to select rugged Austrian defenseman Matthew Cochrane. Critics slammed Feaster for the decision as Sam Reinhart, a player who many felt should have gone first overall, was still available. Time will tell if it was the right decision to make, but Flames fans and the Calgary media alike are going to be roasting Feaster over this decision for the forseeable future.

2014 First Round Draft Board
1Edmonton (from BOS)Nikolai GoncharovHybridGoaltender72 OVR186'7" 220 lbs4.5 Green Stars
2AnaheimAaron EkbladTwo-Way DefensemanRight Defense78 OVR186'4" 213 lbs4.5 Yellow Stars
3CalgaryMatthew CochraneTough GuyLeft Defense56 OVR196'1" 219 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
4OttawaSam ReinhartPlaymakerCenter65 OVR186'3" 182 lbs4.5 Yellow Stars
5Carolina (from STL)Keegan KanzigDefensive DefensemanLeft Defense57 OVR196'5" 230 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
6Tampa BayStanley RedmondButterflyGoaltender57 OVR196'5" 214 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
7DallasTyson BailliePlaymakerCenter53 OVR186'0" 194 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
8EdmontonJonathan DeschampsTwo-Way DefensemanLeft Defense52 OVR186'2" 178 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
9WinnipegNick RitchiePower ForwardLeft Wing54 OVR186'2" 209 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
10Winnipeg (from WSH)Brandon RobinsonTwo-Way ForwardLeft Wing53 OVR186'3" 202 lbs3.5 Green Stars
11Boston (from LAK)Devin WilliamsHybridGoaltender51 OVR186'0" 163 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
12PhoenixTanner KovacsHybridGoaltender50 OVR206'2" 180 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
13New JerseyJoe HickettsOffensive DefensemanLeft Defense44 OVR185'10" 183 lbs4.0 Yellow Stars
14NY IslandersLuke MessierPower ForwardRight Wing66 OVR206'5" 240 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
15ChicagoNathan HowesPlaymakerCenter70 OVR196'4" 204 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
16ColumbusMichal PlutnarTwo-Way DefensemanRight Defense62 OVR206'2" 182 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
17NY RangersKip ElyniukTwo-Way ForwardRight Wing62 OVR185'11" 185 lbs3.5 Red Stars
18Dallas (from FLA)Fredrik ErikssonPower ForwardRight Wing61 OVR196'3" 233 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
19MontrealRaimo BlomdahlDefensive DefensemanLeft Defense60 OVR186'8" 229 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
20VancouverYury ZharkovSniperLeft Wing58 OVR196'0" 189 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
21PhiladelphiaRoss GodfreyDefensive DefensemanLeft Defense61 OVR196'6" 222 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
22BuffaloBoris ShirokovTwo-Way ForwardCenter59 OVR195'11" 193 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
23DetroitNikolai LisinPlaymakerLeft Wing59 OVR195'11" 182 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
24New Jersey (from COL)Dimitri KapitanovTwo-Way ForwardLeft Wing59 OVR196'4" 213 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
25NashvilleLars BergqvistPlaymakerLeft Wing57 OVR186'2" 201 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
26TorontoAlexandre SillsTwo-Way ForwardCenter59 OVR196'2" 177 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
27Nashville (from SJS)Josh LowePower ForwardLeft Wing59 OVR196'0" 217 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
28St. Louis (from PIT)Shayne GwinnerTwo-Way DefensemanRight Defense68 OVR206'2" 179 lbs3.0 Yellow Stars
29CarolinaOrlando KlemmPower ForwardLeft Wing58 OVR186'2" 218 lbs2.5 Yellow Stars
30MinnesotaWalter WeinrichSniperLeft Wing59 OVR186'2" 203 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
46ColumbusDominic Talbot-TassiOffensive DefensemanLeft Defense54 OVR205'8" 175 lbs3.5 Yellow Stars
76ColumbusRobinson KrogSniperCenter58 OVR185'10" 171 lbs2.5 Yellow Stars
106ColumbusTomas TorokPlaymakerLeft Wing54 OVR196'2" 183 lbs2.5 Yellow Stars
136ColumbusAlex DubeauHybridGoaltender53 OVR195'11" 163 lbs2.5 Yellow Stars
166ColumbusSpencer TurcottePower ForwardRight Wing53 OVR206'3" 206 lbs2.0 Yellow Stars
196ColumbusBrandon MageePlaymakerCenter52 OVR205'8" 175 lbs2.5 Yellow Stars

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