The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone, and the short term, and potentially long term, futures of hundreds of young men have been determined.
The top players went where they were expected to go, while some players made pretty substantial slides down the draft board, including a couple, like Ivan Barbeshev, who were ranked higher up on the final FanSided NHL Draft big board.
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The Calgary Flames lucked out in round one when center Sam Bennett, the top-rated player in the draft by Central Scouting fell to them at four. It turned out to be the beginning of a good draft for an organization in the middle of a rebuild.
The addition of goaltender Mason McDonald addresses a major weak point, even though the rewards of the pick won’t be gained for, likely, another four to five years.
The selection of the big man Hunter Smith is a pick I really like simply due to the amount of offensive talent Smith has for being such a big player. He has the potential to be something special, and Flames fans should enjoy watching him grow.
|Rnd||Pick||Overall||Player||Pos||Height||Weight||Amateur League||Amateur Team|
|1||4||4||SAMUEL BENNETT||C||6′ 0″||178||OHL||KINGSTON|
|2||4||34||MASON MCDONALD||G||6′ 4″||178||QMJHL||CHARLOTTETOWN|
|2||24||54||HUNTER SMITH||RW||6′ 6″||208||OHL||OSHAWA|
|3||4||64||BRANDON HICKEY||D||6′ 1″||177||AJHL||SPRUCE GROVE|
|6||25||175||ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON||D||6′ 4″||209||SWEDEN-JR.||DJURGARDEN JR.|
|7||4||184||AUSTIN CARROLL||RW||6′ 3″||216||WHL||VICTORIA|
Okay Flames fans! What do you think of your team’s haul in the 2014 NHL Draft? Excited, or do you feel the team could have done better? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.