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2014 NHL DRAFT
Round 1 of the 2014 NHL Draft takes place tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Order of Selection for Round 1:
1. Florida Panthers
2. Buffalo Sabres
3. Edmonton Oilers
4. Calgary Flames
5. New York Islanders
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Carolina Hurricanes
8. Toronto Maple Leafs
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa)
11. Nashville Predators
12. Arizona Coyotes
13. Washington Capitals
14. Dallas Stars
15. Detroit Red Wings
16. Columbus Blue Jackets
17. Philadelphia Flyers
18. Minnesota Wild
19. Tampa Bay Lightning
20. San Jose Sharks
21. St. Louis Blues (conditional to Buffalo)
22. Pittsburgh Penguins
23. Colorado Avalanche
24. Anaheim Ducks
25. Boston Bruins
26. Montreal Canadiens
27. Chicago Blackhawks
28. Tampa Bay Lightning (from NY Rangers)
29. Los Angeles Kings
30. New Jersey Devils
 
* The Panthers have not selected first overall since 1994, when they drafted defenseman Ed Jovanovski.
 
* The Panthers also won the Draft Lottery in 2002 and 2003, but both years traded the top selection prior to the draft.
 
* Click here for the full order of selection.
 
* Click here for the complete NHL Draft history, including selections by birthplace, country, club and school.
 
REMINDER: PROSPECT RANKINGS AND PROFILES
See below for Central Scouting’s final player rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft as well as 85 profiles on top prospects:
 
North American Skaters
North American Goaltenders
European Skaters
European Goaltenders
 
NHL TIES AND BLOODLINES
A list of prospects with connections to the NHL:
 
Daniel Audette (No. 75-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Donald, registered 509 points (260-249—509) in 735 career NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers. He currently is an amateur scout for the Montreal Canadiens.
 
Anders Bjork (No. 101-ranked North American Skater)
His cousin Erik Condra was drafted 207th overall by Ottawa at the 2006 NHL Draft and completed his fourth campaign with the Senators in 2013-14.
 
Robert Carpenter (No. 119-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Bobby, played 18 seasons in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. He became the first American-born player to record 50 goals in a season in 1984-85 with Washington and won the Stanley Cup three times with New Jersey, once as a player (1995) and twice as an assistant coach (2000, 2003). He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
 
Joel Daccord (No. 14-ranked North American Goaltender)
His father, Brian, was a goaltending coach for the Boston Bruins (2000-02).
 
Ryan Donato (No. 58-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Ted, recorded 347 points (150-197—347) in 795 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. He just completed his 10th season as head coach of Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team.
 
Leon Draisaitl (No. 4-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Peter, was a Czech-born, German professional hockey player who participated in numerous international tournaments for Germany as a member of their men’s national team, including the 1988, 1992 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He also has coached professionally in both Germany and the Czech Republic.
 
Nikolaj Ehlers (No. 13-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Heinz, was selected 188th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1984 NHL Draft and played in various European professional leagues from 1981-04.
 
Shane Eiserman (No. 45-ranked North American Skater)
His cousin and personal trainer Eddie Hill was selected 61st overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Draft and has a decade of pro hockey experience in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.
 
Shane Gersich (No. 132-ranked North American Skater)
His uncles are the Broten brothers: Neal (drafted 42nd overall by Minnesota in 1979), Aaron (106th overall by Colorado in 1980) and Paul (77th overall by NY Rangers in 1984). Neal was a member of the U.S. “Miracle on Ice” gold medal-winning team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
 
August Gunnarsson (No. 99-ranked European Skater)
His brother, Carl, is a defenseman for the Maple Leafs. He was drafted 194th overall by Toronto in 2007.
 
Kasperi Kapanen (No. 1-ranked European Skater)
His father, Sami, was selected by the Hartford Whalers in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft, and totaled 458 points (189-269—458) in 831 games with the Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.
 
Anton Karlsson (No. 11-ranked European Skater)
His brother, Erik, was drafted 99th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012 and spent the 2013-14 season with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.
 
Edgars Kulda (No. 145-ranked North American Skater)
His brother, Arturs, was drafted 200th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006 and spent the 2013-14 season with Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League.
 
Brendan Lemieux (No. 28-ranked North American Skater)
His father is four-time Stanley Cup champion and 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Claude Lemieux, who recorded 786 points (379-407—786) and 1,777 penalty minutes in 1,215 career regular-season games. He added 157 points (80-77—157) in 234 career playoff games with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.
 
Ryan MacInnis (No. 20-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Al, is a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, Stanley Cup champion and seven-time All-Star who spent 23 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. He also won the Hardest Shot competition a record seven times at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
 
Ryan Mantha (No. 149-ranked North American Skater)
His uncle Moe Mantha Jr. played 656 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.
 
Tyler Nanne (No. 118-ranked North American Skater)
His grandfather is U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Lou Nanne, who played 10 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and served as the team’s general manager for another 13 seasons. He was presented the Lester Patrick Award in 1980 for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States. His brother, Louie, was drafted 188th overall by the Minnesota Wild in 2012 and spent the 2013-14 season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.
 
William Nylander (No. 2-ranked European Skater)
His father, Michael, registered 679 points (209-470—679) in a 920-game, 15-season NHL career with the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.
 
Brendan Perlini (No. 8-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Fred, played eight games with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being drafted by the team 158th overall in 1980. Brendan began his hockey career in the United Kingdom, where Fred worked as the director of a hockey program after his playing career ended in 1997 with the Guildford Flames of the British Hockey League.
 
Alexander Peters (No. 56-ranked North American Skater)
His brother, Justin, is a goaltender who was selected 38th overall by Carolina in the 2004 NHL Draft. He appeared in 21 games for the Hurricanes during the 2013-14 season.
 
John Quenneville (No. 23-ranked North American Skater)
His brother, Peter, was selected 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Draft. John also is the second cousin of Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, and Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is his uncle by marriage.
 
Jack Ramsey (No. 181-ranked North American Skater)
His father, Mike, was a defenseman for the U.S. “Miracle on Ice” gold medal-winning team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He skated in 1,070 career NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.
 
Sam Reinhart (No. 3-ranked North American Skater)
His brother Max was selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, while his brother Griffin was drafted fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012. Their father, Paul, was selected 12th overall by the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and played 11 NHL seasons with the Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
 
Nicholas Ritchie (No. 7-ranked North American Skater)
His brother, Brett, was selected 44th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2011 and won a Calder Cup championship with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2013-14.
 
Nick Schmaltz (No. 19-ranked North American Skater)
His brother, Jordan, was selected 25th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 NHL Draft and currently plays defense for the University of North Dakota.
 
Andreas Schumacher (No. 129-ranked European Skater)
His brother, Michael, was drafted 200th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2011 and split the 2013-14 season between the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League and the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.
 
LOOSE PUCKS
The Blues signed forward Patrik Berglund to a three-year contract extension . . . The Blackhawks signed forward Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta to two-year contract extensions . . . The Sharks signed forward Travis Oleksuk to a one-year contract extension and hired Niklas Sundstrom as a European scout . . . The Capitals hired Lane Lambert as an assistant coach. They also agreed to an affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL . . . ICYMI: Take a look at the friendly rivalry between Barrie Colts teammates Aaron Ekblad and Brendan Lemieux . . . TSN’s James Duthie toured Philadelphia with top prospects Samuel Bennett and Aaron Ekblad, enjoying some cheesesteaks and practicing pull-ups.

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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