1. Sam Reinhart, C [Kootenay Ice] (1)
2. Leon Draisaitl, C/W [Prince Albert Raiders] (2)
3. Connor Bleackley, C [Red Deer Rebels] (11)
4. Haydn Fleury, D [Red Deer Rebels] (6)
5. Julius Honka, D [Swift Current Broncos] (NR)
6. Jake Virtanen, LW [Calgary Hitmen] (4)
7. Jayce Hawryluk, C [Brandon Wheat Kings] (7)
8. Tyson Baillie, C [Kelowna Rockets] (9)
9. Brycen Martin, D [Swift Current Broncos] (HM)
10. Joe Hicketts, D [Victoria Royals] (8)
11. Brayden Point, C [Moose Jaw Warriors] (3)
12. Aaron Irving, D [Edmonton Oil Kings] (NR)
13. Chase De Leo, C [Portland Winterhawks] (5)
14. Tyler Sandhu, C [Everett Silvertips] (15)
15. Nelson Nogier, D [Saskatoon Blades] (NR)
HM (In no order)
Arvin Atwal, D [Vancouver Giants]
Dominic Turgeon, C [Portland Winterhawks]
Ivan Nikolishin, C [Everett Silvertips]
John Quenneville, F [Brandon Wheat Kings]
Jordan Thomson, D [Kamloops Blazers]
Josh Thrower, D [Calgary Hitmen]
Justin Paulic, G [Moose Jaw Warriors]
Keegan Iverson, C [Portland Winterhawks]
Luke Philp, C [Kootenay Ice]
Reid Duke, C [Lethbridge Hurricanes]
Reid Gardiner, C [Prince Albert Raiders]
Rihards Bukarts, W [Brandon Wheat Kings]
Ty Edmonds, G [Prince George Cougars]
- Not a lot of movement besides a few
- Not a lot of depth
- Some players getting hit with the injury bug
- Still very close between 3rd to honourable mentions
- Not any good darkhorses yet besides Irving
I am really curious as to why you would have Hicketts ahead of Martin.
Insanely sorry, I meant to have both switched. Sadly there is no radical story of me traveling in the future and witnessing Hicketts having a Dan Boyle career in the NHL. And then traveling back in time just to have him ranked over Martin, haha.
Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer
I don't think you'll find a better name than Julius Honka.
Weird list, in that usually D-men dominate the Dub.
It is a weird list because 2014 is a really strange draft year. Weak concerning North America, but strong showing from European players. Not a high bar of talent, but a lot of talent bunched in together heading into the late 2nd round.
Though it isn't uncommon for the dub, I have talked to a lot of WHL players (past, present, and invitees), every single one has told me that it is a defensive league with good ole 6'3" strong farm kids filling up the teams.
Pinpoint list and very accurate as to current play.
As we get closer to draft time, it will be interesting to see if Fazleev and Iverson make a push for that top 10. They have the potential to do so.
Travis Sanheim is a very intriguing longshot. He has come out of nowhere to play on Calgary's third pairing, and has held an offensive role in MMHL prior being the 2nd highest scoring defenseman in the league last year. His development curve is potentially steep and rapid. He's huge, rangy, and fairly mobile with decent hands - just reaching the tip of the iceberg in terms of getting used to the league and earning trust from the coaches. Will be interesting to see if he can accelerate his adjustment and put up some points.
EDIT: Missing Scherbak. He slides in at 5th.
Last edited by DraftBuzz Hockey: 11-29-2013 at 12:40 PM.
Yeah he seems to be a big omission. I suspect SEPH either didn't know he was eligible or just forgot about him though
Actually I haven't watched the Saskatoon Blades this season yet, that could be the reason why I forgot about him.
Originally Posted by edmontonfan59
Hicketts with his size won't go near that high. He'll get drafted but there will be many go before him due to that.
I am still a fan of Hicketts and he has (around) Tyson Barrie level of potential IMO, but yes he is going to be this years Petan. A player with extraordinary talent that will be take somewhere around 2nd to 3rd round. His injury will probably hurt his stock a bit more as well.