PHT’s 2014 NHL Entry Draft tracker


PHILADELPHIA — Hello, and welcome to the draft.

Brough and I are on location for what’s going to be a fun night. Below, we’ll keep running track of all the first-round picks as they’re made; we’ll also be updating the site throughout the evening for all the developments, rumors and rumblings from the draft floor.

Round 1

1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, OHL Barrie (link)

2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, F, WHL Kootenay (link)

3. Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl, F, WHL Prince Albert (link)

4. Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett, F, OHL Kingston

5. New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle, F, OHL Oshawa

6. Vancouver Canucks: Jake Virtanen, F, WHL Calgary

7. Carolina Hurricanes: Haydn Fleury, D, WHL Red Deer

8. Toronto Maple Leafs: William Nylander, F, MODO (Sweden)

9. Winnipeg Jets: Nikolaj Ehlers, F, QMJHL Halifax

10. Anaheim Ducks: Nick Ritchie, F, OHL Peterborough

11: Nashville Predators: Kevin Fiala, F, HV71 (Sweden)

12: Arizona Coyotes: Brendan Perlini, F, OHL Niagara

13: Washington Capitals: Jakub Vrana, F, Linkoping (Sweden)

14: Dallas Stars: Julius Honka, D, WHL Swift Current

15: Detroit Red Wings: Dylan Larkin, F, US National Team Development Program

16: Columbus Blue Jackets: Sonny Milano, F, US National Team Development Program

17: Philadelphia Flyers: Travis Sanheim, D, WHL Calgary

18: Minnesota Wild: Alex Tuch, F, US National Team Development Program

19: Tampa Bay Lightning: Anthony DeAngelo, D, OHL Sarnia

20: Chicago Blackhawks (acquired from San Jose): Nick Schmaltz, F, USHL Green Bay

21: St. Louis Blues: Robert Fabbri, F, OHL Guelph

22: Pittsburgh Penguins: Kasperi Kapanen, F, KalPa (Finland)

23: Colorado Avalanche: Conner Bleackley, F, WHL Red Deer

24: Vancouver Canucks: Jared McCann, F, OHL Sault Ste. Marie

25: Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak, F, Södertälje (Sweden)

26. Montreal Canadiens: Nikita Sherbak, F, WHL Saskatoon

27. San Jose Sharks: Nikolay Goldobin, F, OHL Sarnia

28. New York Islanders: Joshua Ho-Sang, F, OHL Windsor

29. Los Angeles: Adrian Kempe, F, MODO (Sweden)

30. New Jersey Devils: John Quenneville, F, WHL Brandon

GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now

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On Monday, PHT discussed the Columbus Blue Jackets’ troubling start, even if it felt like it may be too early to raise concerns.

Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.

“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.

Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?

Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”

Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.

Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.

Next four games: Three out of four at home
Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.

As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.

For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.

via AP

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.