Today, Thursday, June 19, the National Hockey League released the order selection for the 2014 NHL Draft to be held at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, June 27-28. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 27 and can be seen live on NBCSN in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, beginning at 7:00pm ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, and can be seen on the NHL Network for live coverage throughout North America.
- NY Islanders
- Anaheim (from Ottawa)
- Tampa Bay
- San Jose
- St. Louis (conditional to Buffalo)
- Tampa Bay (from NY Rangers)
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey
Additional rounds can be found by visiting the NHL.com web site and viewing the press release: 2014 NHL Draft Order Selection
There is already some discussion as to whether or not Anaheim or Tampa Bay might be willing to negotiate one their first round picks in a trade. Florida Panthers general manager, Dale Tallon, announced during a radio interview with Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Thursday that he is definitely willing to shop his number one pick.
The first round is often the one that most hockey fans take notice of, but it is often the later rounds where teams who have excellent amateur scouts can make a steal by claiming a diamond in the rough who will become an elite player with the right development. It remains to be seen if any of the teams pull that off or if that first round pick becomes the savior that some teams are in need of.