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06-09-2014, 11:52 AM
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2014 DraftBuzz Hockey Final Ranking

DraftBuzz Hockey's Final Ranking
Top 60: 47/60

Michael Dal Colle edges out Sam Reinhart for the top player available in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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RANK PLAYER POSITION TEAM LEAGUE HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 DAL COLLE, MICHAEL LW OSHAWA OHL 6'1.5'' 182
2 REINHART, SAM C KOOTENAY WHL 6'0.75'' 185
3 NYLANDER, WILLIAM C/RW MODO SHL 5'11.0'' 169
4 BENNETT, SAM C KINGSTON OHL 6'0.25'' 178
5 EKBLAD, AARON RD BARRIE OHL 6'3.5'' 216
6 EHLERS, NIKOLAJ W HALIFAX QMJHL 5'11.0'' 162
7 DRAISAITL, LEON C PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6'1.5'' 204
8 MILANO, SONNY LW USA NTDP USHL 5'11.5'' 183
9 VIRTANEN, JAKE RW CALGARY WHL 6'0.75'' 208
10 FABBRI, ROBBY C GUELPH OHL 5'10.25'' 170
11 RITCHIE, NICK LW PETERBOROUGH OHL 6'2.25'' 226
12 FLEURY, HAYDN D RED DEER WHL 6'2.5'' 203
13 BARBASHEV, IVAN C MONCTON QMJHL 6'.0'' 180
14 FIALA, KEVIN RW HV-71 SHL 5'10'' 180
15 LARKIN, DYLAN C USA U18 USHL 6'0.75'' 190
16 SCHERBAK, NIKITA RW SASKATOON 6'1.0'' 175
17 KEMPE, ADRIAN LW MODO SHL 6'1.5'' 187
18 GOLDOBIN, NIKOLAY LW SARNIA OHL 5'11.75'' 178
19 VRANA, JAKUB RW LINKOPING SHL 5'11'' 185
20 DOUGHERTY, JACK D USA U18 USHL 6'1.0'' 186
21 KAMENEV, VLADISLAV C METALLURG KHL 6'2'' 203
22 KAPANEN, KASPERI RW KALPA LIIGA 6'0.0'' 180
23 BLEACKLEY, CONNER C RED DEER WHL 6'0.25'' 192
24 HO-SANG, JOSH RW WINDSOR SPITFIRES OHL 5'11.0'' 175
25 SANHEIM, TRAVIS D CALGARY WHL 6'3'' 181
26 POINT, BRAYDEN C MOOSE JAW WHL 5'9.75'' 160
27 MCCANN, JARED C SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6'0.25'' 179
28 DONATO, RYAN C DEXTER USHS 6'0.25'' 174
29 PASTRNAK, DAVID RW SODERTALJE ALLSVENSKAN 6'.0'' 167
30 HONKA, JULIUS D SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5'10.75'' 180

31 32 Jayce Hawryluk RW 5'10.25'' 192 1-Jan-1996 Brandon
32 35 Dominik Masin D 6'2'' 189 1-Feb-1996 HC Slavia Praha
33 31 Brendan Lemieux LW 6'0.25'' 206 15-Mar-1996 Barrie
34 44 Eric Cornel C/RW 6'1.5'' 186 11-Apr-1996 Peterborough
35 18 Alex Tuch RW 6'3.5'' 213 10-May-1996 USA U18
36 37 Alex Nedeljkovic G 5'11.75'' 190 7-Jan-1996 Plymouth
37 19 Anthony DeAngelo D 5'10.5'' 175 24-Oct-1995 Sarnia
38 Sebastian Aho D 5'9'' 165 17-Feb-1996 Skelleftea
39 149 Rourke Chartier C 5'10.25'' 173 2-Apr-1996 Kelowna
40 12 Brendan Perlini LW 6'2.75'' 205 27-Apr-1996 Niagara
41 20 Nick Schmaltz RW 5'11.5'' 172 23-Feb-1996 Green Bay
42 45 Brett Pollock LW 6'2.0'' 182 16-Mar-1996 Edmonton
43 48 Nicolas Aube-Kubel RW 5'11.0'' 187 10-May-1996 Val-d'Or
44 50 Roland McKeown D 6'0.75'' 195 20-Jan-1996 Kingston
45 205 Ondrej Kase LW 6'0.0' 165' 8-Nov-1995 KLH Chomutov
46 36 Thatcher Demko G 6'3.75'' 192 8-Dec-1995 Boston College
47 49 Vaclav Karabacek RW 5'11.75'' 196 2-May-1995 Gatineau
48 141 Luc Snuggerud D 6'0.25'' 180 18-Sep-1995 Edina Prairie
49 Seamus Malone C 5'9.25'' 165 6-May-1996 Dubuque
50 63 Dominic Turgeon C 6'1.75'' 198 25-Feb-1996 Portland
51 41 Josh Jacobs D 6'1.75'' 193 15-Feb-1996 Indiana
52 57 Johnathan MacLeod D 6'1.5'' 200 2-Jun-1996 USA U18
53 30 John Quenneville C 6'0.5'' 182 16-Apr-1996 Brandon
54 62 Justin Kirkland LW 6'2.25'' 175 2-Aug-1996 Kelowna
55 93 Nick Magyar RW 6'1.75'' 194 29-May-1996 Kitchener
56 58 Christian Dvorak C 6'0.25'' 178 2-Feb-1996 London
57 133 Dysin Mayo D 5'11.75'' 181 17-Aug-1996 Edmonton
58 77 Blake Siebenaler D 6'0.5'' 191 27-Feb-1996 Niagara
59 171 Kevin Labanc RW 5'10.5'' 186 12-Dec-1995 Barrie
60 Phil Baltisberger D 6'0.5'' 202 13-Nov-1995 Guelph

DraftBuzz has crowned Michael Dal Colle the number #1 overall player in this year’s draft ranking citing the Oshawa General ‘MDC’ as the most creative and dangerous offensive talent available in 2014 NHL Entry Draft. His one-on-one ability and natural feel for the puck screams NHL star. 2nd overall is the quiet mastermind, Sam Reinhart. Reinhart's pedigree, and inclusion and impressive showing in events senior to him make him a safe bet to be an NHL'er. Highly valuing puck possession and ability, William Nylander takes 3rd overall as a center who a team will run the offense through. His combine only reinforces the belief that concerns about size are overblown and he'll be fine against men. Taking fourth and rounding out the first tier of four is Sam Bennett. Bennett is a warrior who plays the game hard. His production is great at the junior level, but we will take a stand and predict his one-on-one ability may not be as good as the top 3 as he climbs up the pro ranks.

The most controversial ranking all year, comes Aaron Ekblad at 5. Only time will tell if the bearish quote on him is accurate. An amazing offensive force lacking defensively maintains top 5 with production and historical significance. A tough 6th pill to swallow is Danish favorite Nikolaj Ehlers. A guy who could potentially make us regret this rank, Ehlers is a dynamite winger who is not just living off his unreal speed. He is a clutch performer who ultimately didn't have enough weight to overtake the more established prospects ahead of him (not to mention being burned by fast prospects who have bust in the past). Falling to 7th is Leon Draisaitl. A heavy playmaker in every sense of the word, Leon could have challenged for best player if his skating were better. Unfortunately, a singular flaw like skating makes all the difference in the world to such a close group of players as these.

8th is DraftBuzz underdog, Sonny Milano. Milano is an elite stickhandler who manages the finesse and grind game superbly. Milano's not just a trick show, he can carry an offense and play keep away during cycling clinics. Originally drawing a fair to below average rating, Jake Virtanen soared in the 2nd half to sneak into the top ten at 9th overall. As what we think is one of our more rational, full year tested opinions, Jake started climbing after the New Year, then more when he ended the season with 45 goals, and then even more when he dominated the U18 with brute force, speed, and missile strike shots. Learning of a 4-6 month layoff after shoulder surgery was icing on the cake. The kid improved with one of his arms dangling. Rounding out the top ten, is Robby Fabbri at 10th overall. We feel comfortable gambling on the little engine that could who is a ferocious two way centerman. Short guys do pan out, and we think it's going to be this one.

LINK - to purchase 2014 DraftBuzz NHL Draft Guide
NOTES:

I. The top 30 ranking was released and sent on May 17th to 2014 DraftBuzz NHL Draft Guide pre-order subscribers. Adjustments for picks 8,9,10 were made for the full guide release on June 3rd as Milano and Virtanen improved their draft position slightly with post combine information. In other words, Bennett's lack of pullups has nothing to do with him being ranked 4th.

II. More of the ranking will be published complimentary here and on our website www.draftbuzzhockey.com at a later date for reference.

III. First Round Forecast - 2014 NHL Draft Prediction

IV. 2015 Top Prospects Report - PDF bulletin of NHL Draft Content - 6 Issues in 2014-2015 covering major scouting events and league play

V. 2013-2014 Fantasy Hockey Player Valuation


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Great list. MDC is well deserving of top spot.

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Wow, great list.

Bald but realistic.

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Ekblad was ranked #8 in your last ranking. He only played 3 games since you posted it and he moved up 3 spots.

Either it was 3 amazing games or you folded to popular opinion because a lot of people laughed at your rankings.

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These guys just put a different prospect at the top to get attention.

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Ekblad was ranked #8 in your last ranking. He only played 3 games since you posted it and he moved up 3 spots.

Either it was 3 amazing games or you folded to popular opinion because a lot of people laughed at your rankings.
No movement = No interest.

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These guys just put a different prospect at the top to get attention.
How much of Michael Dal Colle have you seen? He is most definitely worthy of being number 1. I have him there personally, and I know others that do aswell.

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How much of Michael Dal Colle have you seen? He is most definitely worthy of being number 1. I have him there personally, and I know others that do aswell.
And yet none of the professional scouts have him anywhere near #1. What does it matter if that guy has seen him or not, the scouts that are actually paid to find NHL teams the BPA at their spot are the only ones whose opinions matter, and I haven't heard anything about Dal Colle supplanting the top 4. If anything, it's guys like Ehlers/Nylander/Virtanen who you hear teams being interested in. Wouldn't be crazy to see Dal Colle drop to 7 or 8.

He's got good wheels and a good shot, but plays on the perimeter too much for my liking. Smaller version of Rick Nash IMO.

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And yet none of the professional scouts have him anywhere near #1. What does it matter if that guy has seen him or not, the scouts that are actually paid to find NHL teams the BPA at their spot are the only ones whose opinions matter, and I haven't heard anything about Dal Colle supplanting the top 4. If anything, it's guys like Ehlers/Nylander/Virtanen who you hear teams being interested in. Wouldn't be crazy to see Dal Colle drop to 7 or 8.

He's got good wheels and a good shot, but plays on the perimeter too much for my liking. Smaller version of Rick Nash IMO.
How do you know where professional scouts have him? If you're referring to third party organizations, their rankings are an aggregate of their team of scouts. You have no way of knowing if some of their scouts don't have Dal Colle #1. You certainly have no way of knowing where NHL scouts have guys slotted.

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I don't think MDC is any more deserving than Draisatl of top spot of the rankings. Leon scored 10 more points in 3 less games (than MDC) while outscoring the next highest producing forward on his team by 44 points. I feel that Leon's skating is a bit overblown and he's going to be a very good NHL forward.

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How do you know where professional scouts have him? If you're referring to third party organizations, their rankings are an aggregate of their team of scouts. You have no way of knowing if some of their scouts don't have Dal Colle #1. You certainly have no way of knowing where NHL scouts have guys slotted.
Well, when a group of 9 Scouts at the combine were asked, they all said Ekblad, so there are 9 NHL teams scouts we know


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i am a big fan of MDC and Fabbri, so needless to say I like your list for not being afraid to stray from the consensus rankings

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How much of Michael Dal Colle have you seen? He is most definitely worthy of being number 1. I have him there personally, and I know others that do aswell.
Yup.

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Ekblad was ranked #8 in your last ranking. He only played 3 games since you posted it and he moved up 3 spots.

Either it was 3 amazing games or you folded to popular opinion because a lot of people laughed at your rankings.
Scarecrow Boat:

He was ranked 4th in the December ranking after a phenomenal Super Series. It should be posted on each ranking that month to month rankings are meant to be indicators of current play, not final projections.

Drawing the lowest rating from DraftBuzz is not folding to popular opinion. 5th was the lowest determination to putting out a publication that is both reasonable and educates fans. It is clear - especially in his scouting report - that he is not as highly regarded as others with his draw.

Many players prove those ranking them wrong all the time, and if Ekblad is one of them, it will be seen as an opportunity to improve DraftBuzz rankings moving forward. For now, however, I don't like what I see defensively, and history is not on his side positionally for his projected draft position.

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A quick question. Why do you have Leon Draisaitl so low?

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A quick question. Why do you have Leon Draisaitl so low?
It's in his blurb. Skating.

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These guys just put a different prospect at the top to get attention.
Rickyrunfar: Can see how it looks like that. Here is a tweet from January hinting at our preference towards Michael.

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Wow, great list.

Bald but realistic.
Like Ben Affleck.

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It's in his blurb. Skating.
Oops my bad. Should have paid more attention to the blurbs

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I like Ekblad #1. Id probably lean toward Dal Colle #2. I think rating him #1 is easily justified. I think he will be more durable than Bennett at the NHL level. Im not convinced Bennett will be durable but we will see. Dal Colle has wide shoulders built like an olympic swimmer and a frame that can support 200 pounds easily down the road. Dal Colle arguably has the best wrist shot and release in this draft already as proven from some of his wrist shot goals from outside the dots. Package that with a pass first type of player and those 2 cards he can play in the offensive zone make him very dangerous. Ive seen him play alot of hockey even at the Bantam level and at that age he had alot of success and big desire in playoff and championship games to compete against tougher more loaded squads than his Vaughn Kings team. I think he might be just scratching the surface. His foot speed is one knock on him but it has gotten so much better in the last 2 years.

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How much of Michael Dal Colle have you seen? He is most definitely worthy of being number 1. I have him there personally, and I know others that do aswell.
I wouldn't label him as the #1, but I think he's being excluded from the "Big 4" discussions far too often. I see him being on par with Bennett, Draisaitl, and Reinhart.

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this is definitely the year of good centermen

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Oops my bad. Should have paid more attention to the blurbs
Ausar,

Additionally, Leon was uncharacteristically quiet in big atmospheres (BMO). The WJC flustered him (not really an issue due to age), and his response in January league play was a bit concerning. He fell into a rut where he looked out of it in a few early viewings post. His team and support wasn't the greatest so he shouldn't really be downgraded as far as postseason play, but Ehlers (playoffs) and Nylander (U18), for instance, had removal of question marks/momentum changing events boost them higher.

Hope that explains and puts the ranking a bit more in perspective.

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11-20 made public. 21-30 to come mid-week.

Also looking to incorporate a quantitative assessment for 2015 rankings and beyond. Tools Grading, Current Prospect Status (rapid developer vs. established top pick vs. downtrending), Overall Talent Projection (Superstar, 1st line, etc), and Probability. We've gotten a close match to subjective ranking with a few 2015's so it may work out.

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Early update, here is the the final top 30.

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