NHL Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Analysis and Grades for Round 1 Results

June 28th, 2014 by Sean ODonnell Leave a reply »

The future of the NHL was well on display on Friday night.

After the first round came to an end, 30 of the world's brightest young players were fortunate to have their dreams realized, as they received homes in the NHL—hockey's greatest stage.

Last year's draft featured a star-studded cast, and it won't be long before we know how this year's class will fare.

Plenty of prospects entered the draft with NHL-ready skill sets, while others will benefit from some time to develop. That said, we may not know the full impact of this draft until several years down the road.

Well, it's never too early to speculate.

Given prospect upside, draft position and team needs, let's look over the entire first round and grade each team's selections.


2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, C, WHL

This could be one of the most impactful selections of the first round.

Reinhart is not only young and highly skilled with a great amount of potential but also boasts the highest level of hockey intelligence in the draft, according to this tweet from ...

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