NHL Draft 2014: Live first round tracker

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The NHL Draft is finally here, which means that the futures of hundreds of young men are about to be decided.

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Fans in North America will be able to watch the first round of the draft on there TVs via NBCSN or TSN, as well as online via NBC Sports Live Extra. However, not everyone will be able to watch the draft as it unfolds.

Luckily for you, though, we here at FanSided have got you covered with our handy dandy live draft tracker.

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As players are selected, our tracker will update in near live time with the team, player and a quick comment about the selection. Full reactions to each pick will follow in separate posts throughout the night.

Some notes regarding the first round draft order:

  • Florida picks first after winning the NHL Draft Lottery back in April
  • Vancouver gets Anaheim’s 24th pick as part of the Ryan Kesler trade
  • New Jersey picks 30th due to the sanctions placed on the club for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.
  • Anaheim gets the 10th overall pick from Ottawa as part of the Bobby Ryan trade
  • Tampa Bay gets the New York Rangers’ first-round pick as part of the Ryan Callahan/Martin St. Louis trade

And, as always, be sure to stay with FanSided.com all weekend long for full NHL Draft coverage.

NHL Draft Tracker
1flaAaron EkbladThe best defenseman available. He will be a cornerstone piece for the next decade in Florida
2buf Sam ReinhartReinhart is the safest bet to be a superstar in this draft. The Buffalo Sabres got a great one here.
3edmLeon DraisaitlDraisaitl rose up draft boards over the past few weeks. It’s not surprising Edmonton take the risk with the potential scoring star
4cal Sam BennettHe was ranked three on my list, and will become a star for the Flames. He will be a centerpiece for the re-emergence of a great franchise.
5nyiMichael Dal ColleThe 7th ranked player in my big board, Dal Colle should become a major presence for the Islanders in a couple of years
6vanJake VirtanenThis is a little high for my liking for Virtanen. I feel the Canucks could’ve traded back, added picks and still grabbed him.
7carHaydn FleuryHe went around where I expected. Fleury will be a solid offensive blueliner for the Hurricanes. He just needs to become more complete
8torWilliam Nylander He was ranked 8th, and was picked 8th. He won’t make the team this year, but will be a high offensive talent in the near future
9wpg Nikolaj EhlersThe Jets got a player who I had in my top 5 with the ninth pick. I’d say that was pretty good value
10ana Nick RitchieThe team has to groom scoring for the future with their top players starting to get older. Ritchie is a player who will be a force in the future.
11nsh Kevin FialaI don’t like this pick at all. I had him ranked in the top 20, but I feel they could’ve, and should’ve, traded back before taking him.
12azBrendan PerliniAnother instance of a player going exactly where I expected him to go. He’s got a number of great intangibles, he just needs to put it all together
13WSHJakub VranaVrana fell in my final draft rankings due to my concerns of his ability to transition his skill from European hockey to the NHL game.
14dalJulius HonkaHe’s a bit of a liability in his own zone, but if he can improve in his own end, Honka could be a very good player in the league. I’m just not sure he can make major defensive improvements
15detDylan LarkinIf there was ever a case of perfect player/perfect team, this is it. Larkin is the prototypical Red Wings player, and will be a good one for a long time.
16cbjSonny MilanoMilano has very good hands in the offensive zone. He needs quite a bit of polishing, but going to Boston College should take care of that.
17phi Travis SanheimSanheim barely made it into my top 30 rankings. I feel Anthony DeAngelo would’ve been a better choice here
18minAlex TuchI really like this pick for the Wild. Tuch is a player that should have no finding is groove in Minnesota in the next couple of years
19tb Anthony DeAngeloThis is such a high risk, high reward pick. DeAngelo has a lot of character issues, but his talent makes him a good player to take a chance on at 19
20chi Nick SchmaltzSchmaltz is a player that reminds me so much of Jason Spezza. He’s got a noise for making big plays, and should make Chicago much better in the near future
21stl Robert FabbriFabbri is a player who fell in my list due to is small size. However, his determination to be great should make him a good pick.
22pit Kasperi KapanenKapanen falling this far will become a great value pick for the Penguins. I had Kapenen in my top 10, at 22 this pick is a typical Penguins steal.
23colConnor BleackleyBleackley is a solid two-way centerman. He won’t ever be a top-line player, but he has potential to break the top six
24vanJared McCannThis is another pick that should prove to be good value. I had McCann in my top 20, him falling to 24 is only good news for Vancouver
25bosDavid PastrnakPastrnak hovered around the 20 mark in my ranks all year long. He’s got offensive talent that should help the Bruins stay as the class of the Eastern conference
26mtlNikita ScherbakHe’s a very raw forward prospect. With the puck on his stick, he’s a very good play. Without it, he has a habit of getting lost in the action.
27sjNikolay GoldobinThis is a man who has incredible decision making ability. He’s not one to turnover the puck.
28nyi Josh Ho-SangThis is a player who has so much offensive potential, but likes to do everything himself. He’s a stubborn kid, that could be great if he learns to listen
29la Adrian KempeI had Adrian Kempe ranked 13th in my big board. I guess I was a lot higher on him than most.
30njJohn Quennville The Devils close out the first round of the NHL draft with the cousin of Blackhawks coach Joe Quenneville