2014 NHL Mock Draft Final


It’s time for the final update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year, and nearly every NHL mock draft has them as the first three off the board.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final

NHL Draft 2013

The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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Who has the Most Accurate NHL Mock Draft?

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When it comes to grading a mock draft? You can do that as soon as the draft ends. And one website, DC Pro Sports Report, has done just that. They ranked every single NHL mock on the web, and take a look at who the #1 non-Canadian is.

Here are your TOP THREE:

1.  Adam Kimelman, NHL.com – 7 Correct

2.  Franchise Montreal (Rick Springhetti) – 6 Correct

3.  The Sports Bank – 5 Correct

Like I’ve said before, The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, non-corporate sports media site that has a mock draft for all of the four biggest sports team leagues. And we had the most accurate hockey mock draft among all American mock draftniks.

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Blackhawks Acquire Capitals Draft Pick, Select Phillip Danault in 1st Round

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the 26th overall selection in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer.

With the addition of the 26th pick, the Blackhawks now have two first-round selections (18, 26), four of the Draft’s first 43 picks (18, 26, 36, 43), and eleven selections overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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2011 Mock NHL Draft (Draft Day Edition)



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2011 MOCK NHL ENTRY DRAFT (Draft Day Edition)

The day is finally here!  The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is tonight, live from the Xcel Energy Center in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Thursday saw the start of what could be the first of many big time deals to come, when the Philadelphia Flyers made multiple trades to reshape their roster and create cap space to sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a huge contract.  I will be on hand to see all the picks go down, as well as all the deals that will go down while teams are on the clock.  Who will go where?  Who else will make a bold move like the Flyers, Kings, and Blue Jackets?  Find out with the final mock NHL draft from The Sports Bank.  For all the first round picks, click on through past the jump.


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Blackhawks make 2nd, 3rd round Picks acquire Jimmy Hayes


The Blackhawks are once again, on the clock…..

The Chicago Blackhawks have selected Ludvig Rensfeldt from Brynas (SWE) in the second round (35th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Blackhawks Draft Synopsis: Day 1


The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the 35th and 58th overall selections in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the 30th overall selection in the 2010 Draft.

With the addition of the 35th and 58th picks, the Blackhawks now have 11 total selections remaining in the 2010 NHL Draft, including five in the second round (35, 43, 54, 58 and 60). Chicago selected forward Kevin Hayes from Noble & Greenough School (MA) with their first selection (24th overall) on Friday.

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2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT (v3.0) 6-25


Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back!  The third and final 2010 Mock NHL Entry Draft is here for your consumption.  As the hockey minds, the movers and shakers, and future stars converge on downtown LA (6:00p CT, Versus) tonight and tomorrow for an exercise in selection (unless the teenie boppers riot over the Twilight premiere), I have done the leg work for you and figured out who will be going where, pick by pick.  Already this week we’ve had a couple first round picks change hands, and the way it looks, the moves will not stop before, during, or after the draft.

Many of the picks remain the same, but with resources scarce, and different teams with different needs now, some teams missed out on who they hoped for last go round.  Let’s put the Oilers on the clock and get on with this Hollywood production.  Tick….tock…. tick….tick….

By: Bryan Vickroy

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The 2009-2010 campaign is officially over.  The Cup has been claimed (Chicago in 6, thank you very much!), the players are now on vacation, and its time for management to earn their keep.  Coming next on the NHL horizon is the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, June 25 and 26 from the hotbed of hockey, Los Angeles.

This draft is pretty much considered a two horse race:  Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin.  They have been the consensus best two players of this class, and have done nothing to prove otherwise throughout the regular season, playoffs, and junior competitions.  After the two big guns, this draft is very, very deep on defenseman.  Look for a lot of blueliners to go early and often.  Mock, yeah! Draft, yeah! Yeah? Yeah!

Here’s a look behind the curtain of the 14 lottery teams who missed the playoffs.

Let’s start the clock on the first pick!

By: Bryan Vickroy

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