2014 NHL Mock Draft Final

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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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2014 NHL Mock Draft 6-23-14

 

2014NHLMockDraft

It’s time for an 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.

(FINAL UPDATE of our mock draft linked here)

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.  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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Final 2012 Mock NHL Entry Draft

 

While the Los Angeles Kings, and their millions of fans who just jumped on the bandwagon, celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup championship, the other 29 teams in the league are gearing up for next season.  The top priority of these teams:  the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  The draft takes place June 22 and 23 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  With the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery, they will select the first pick for the third straight year, the first time since the Quebec Nordiques of 1989-91.  Who will the Oilers take? Who will everyone else select?  To find out, continue after the jump.

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2012 Mock NHL Entry Draft 1.0

 

While the Los Angeles Kings, and their millions of fans who just jumped on the bandwagon, celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup championship, the other 29 teams in the league are gearing up for next season.  The top priority of these teams:  the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  The draft takes place June 22 and 23 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  With the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery, they will select the first pick for the third straight year, the first time since the Quebec Nordiques of 1989-91.  Who will the Oilers take? Who will everyone else select?  To find out, continue after the jump.

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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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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.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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2011 NHL Mock Draft – Round 1 (v2.0)

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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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2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT (v2.0 6-22-10)

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We’re back at it again, this time with a full look at the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which goes down Friday and Saturday, June 25-26) from Los Angeles.  This is the year of the defenseman, but nothing will overshadow the saga of who will go #1: Tyler or Taylor?  Action will be hot and heavy, so expect trades and chaos.  Edmonton has the task of choosing between the two wunderkids, so without futher ado, the Oilers are on the clock, and as my idol Jack Bauer would say, “We’re running out of time!”

Before we get to the first pick, here’s a little background information to help make the whole concept of the entry draft a bit clearer.  The Draft is seven rounds long.  All players eligible must be 18 by September 15, and not older than 20 on December 15, except for non North American skaters.  A player who has been drafted can re-enter the draft if he hasn’t signed with the team who owns his rights within two years.  NCAA players may be drafted and keep their eligibility, as long as they do not play for a professional team, or hire an agent.  NCAA player rights are kept until 30 days after the player leaves college.

By: Bryan Vickroy

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2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT

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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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1st site to have all 4 Major sport Mock Drafts

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By Paul M. Banks

In 18 days the month of June will begin. Three of the four major sport drafts are held during this month. Yes, I know the NHL is only considered a “major sport” in the upper Midwest and the northeast. Still we have THE BEST NFL and NBA Mock Drafts you’ll find on an independently run, non-mainstream media sports website.

I’ve got my top MLB guy working on the baseball mock. And I have a hockey guy who is halfway through the process as well. The set will be complete soon!

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