NHL Diary: Notes From The 2014 Draft

NHL MORNING SKATE – JUNE 29, 2014

NOTES FROM 2014 NHL DRAFT
A total of 210 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft, which concluded on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

* Picks by round

* Picks by team

* Picks by birthplace

* Picks by amateur league

* A breakdown of selections by birthplace: Canada (77), USA (67), Sweden (27), Russia (13), Finland (9), Czech Republic (8), Latvia (2), Switzerland (2), United Kingdom (2), Denmark (1), Germany (1) and Slovakia (1).

* With 31.9% of draftees, the U.S. had its highest percentage of selections in NHL Draft history.

* The 67 U.S.-born players drafted also represented the country’s highest total since 1991, when 68 were selected.

* With 27 selections, Sweden had its second-highest draft total in the past 23 years (2011: 28).

* With 13 picks, Russia had its highest draft total since 2006 (15).

* The OHL led all leagues with 41 players selected in the draft, followed by the WHL (37), USHL (30) and Sweden Jr. (21).

* The Blues and Kings led the draft with 10 picks apiece. The Bruins, Ducks, Penguins and Senators had the fewest selections with five each.

DRAFT SUPERLATIVES
* Leon Draisaitl, who went third overall to Edmonton, became the highest-drafted German-born and -trained player in NHL history. The previous distinction was held by Marcel Goc, who was selected 20th overall by San Jose in 2001.

* Nikolaj Ehlers, who was selected ninth overall by Winnipeg, became the second-highest Danish-born draftee in NHL history. That distinction belongs to Mikkel Boedker, who was picked eighth overall by Phoenix in 2008.

* Thatcher Demko, who was picked 36th overall by Vancouver, became the highest-drafted California-born goaltender in NHL history.

* Nathan Walker, who was selected 89th overall by Washington, became the first Australian-raised player to be taken in the NHL Draft. Walker was born in Cardiff, Wales, but grew up in Sydney.

* Josh Wesley, who went 96th overall to Carolina, became North Carolina’s first homegrown player to be selected in the NHL Draft.

* Sam Reinhart, who was picked second overall by Buffalo, became the highest-drafted member of his family. His brother Max was selected 63rd overall by Calgary in 2010, while his brother Griffin was taken fourth overall by NY Islanders in 2012. Their father, Paul, was drafted 12th overall by Atlanta in 1979.

FAMILY TIES CONTINUE ON DAY 2
Several players with NHL bloodlines were selected in Rounds 2-7 of the draft, including three by the same team their fathers played for: Canadiens pick Daniel Audette (father Donald), Bruins pick Ryan Donato (Ted) and Hurricanes pick Josh Wesley (Glen).

Daniel Audette (selected 147th overall by Montreal): 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 (selected 146th overall by Boston): His cousin Erik Condra was selected 207th overall by Ottawa at the 2006 NHL Draft and completed his fourth campaign with the Senators in 2013-14.

Ryan Donato (selected 56th overall by Boston): 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.

Shane Eiserman (selected 100th overall by Ottawa): 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 (selected 135th overall by Washington): 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.

Anton Karlsson (selected 87th overall by Arizona): 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 (selected 194th overall by Arizona): 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 (selected 31st overall by Buffalo): His father, Claude, is a four-time Stanley Cup champion and 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy winner who recorded 786 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 (selected 43rd overall by Arizona): 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 (selected 104th overall by NY Rangers): His uncle Moe Mantha Jr. played 656 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.

Jake Marchment (selected 157th overall by Los Angeles): His uncle Bryan was selected 16th overall by Winnipeg in 1987 and played 926 career NHL games with Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Edmonton, Hartford, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Tyler Nanne (selected 142nd overall by NY Rangers): 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.

Alexander Peters (selected 75th overall by Dallas): 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.

Jack Ramsey (selected 208th overall by Chicago): 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.

Hunter Smith (selected 54th overall by Calgary): His uncle Brad was selected in the fourth round (57th overall) by Vancouver in the 1978 NHL Draft and totaled 62 points (28-34—62) in 222 games over nine NHL seasons with the Canucks, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently is the director of player personnel for the Colorado Avalanche.

Luc Snuggerud (selected 141st overall by Chicago): His uncle Dave represented the U.S. at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and played 265 NHL games over four seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Kelly Summers (selected 190th overall by Ottawa): His cousin Mike Sullivan was drafted 244th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2003 and attended Clarkson University before playing professionally in Germany (from 2008-11).

Lukas Sutter (selected 200th overall by NY Islanders): He is the son of Rich Sutter and a member of the famous Sutter hockey family. Rich was drafted 10th overall in 1982 by Pittsburgh and went on to play 874 NHL games with seven teams. His dad and five of his uncles (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane and Ron) combined for 3,000 points in just under 5,000 NHL games. More recently, four of his cousins have been drafted: Brody (193rd overall in 2011 by Carolina), Brandon (11th overall in 2007 by Carolina), Brett (179th overall in 2005 by Calgary) and Shaun (102nd overall in 1998 by Calgary).

Dominic Turgeon (selected 63rd overall by Detroit): His father, Pierre, was selected first overall by Buffalo in the 1987 NHL Draft and registered 1,327 points (515-812—1,327) in 1,294 career NHL games with the Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. He scored 30 or more goals in a season nine times, played in four All-Star Games and was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in 1992-93. His uncle Sylvain also played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

Nolan Vesey (selected 158th overall by Toronto): His father, Jim, was a star at Merrimack College and was drafted 155th overall in 1984 by the Blues – he briefly played in the NHL for St. Louis and Boston. His brother, Jimmy, was selected 66th overall in 2012 by Nashville.

Josh Wesley (selected 96th overall by Carolina): His father, Glen, patrolled the blue line for 1,457 career games with the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. He won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and still is with the organization as director of defensemen development. His uncle Blake skated in 298 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs.

DAY 2 TRADES
There were 15 trades announced during the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft:

* Buffalo traded Winnipeg’s 2nd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 39th overall) to Washington for Washington’s 2nd-round pick in 2014 (44th overall) and 3rd-round pick in 2014 (74th overall).

* Nashville traded Detroit’s 2nd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 46th overall) to San Jose for San Jose’s 2nd-round pick in 2014 (51st overall) and 4th-round pick in 2015.

* Vancouver traded Tampa Bay’s 2nd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 50th overall) to Los Angeles for RW Linden Vey.

* San Jose traded Florida’s 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 62nd overall) to Nashville for Nashville’s 3rd-round pick in 2014 (72nd overall) and 4th-round pick in 2014 (102nd overall).

* Columbus traded Edmonton’s 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 63rd overall) to Detroit for Detroit’s 3rd-round pick in 2014 (76th overall) and 3rd-round pick in 2015.

* NY Islanders traded their 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (65th overall) to Florida for Florida’s 3rd-round pick in 2015.

* Arizona traded its 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (73rd overall) to Montreal for Montreal’s 3rd-round pick in 2014 (87th overall) and 4th-round pick in 2014 (117th overall).

* Toronto traded D Carl Gunnarsson and Calgary’s 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 94th overall) to St. Louis for D Roman Polak.

* Minnesota traded its 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (79th overall) to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay’s 3rd-round pick in 2014 (80th overall) and Vancouver’s 7th-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired).

* NY Rangers traded their 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (89th overall) to Washington for Washington’s 4th-round pick in 2014 (104th overall) and Chicago’s 4th-round pick in 2014 (previously acquired, 118th overall).

* Chicago traded LW Brandon Bollig to Calgary for Pittsburgh’s 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 83rd overall).

* NY Rangers traded their 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (119th overall) to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay’s 5th-round pick in 2014 (140th overall) and St. Louis’ 4th-round pick in 2014 (previously acquired, 142nd overall).

* Winnipeg traded G Edward Pasquale and its 6th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (159th overall) to Washington for Washington’s 6th-round pick in 2014 (164th overall), Nashville’s 7th-round pick in 2014 (previously acquired, 192nd overall) and Washington’s 7th-round pick in 2015.

* Winnipeg traded its 7th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (189th overall) to Ottawa for Ottawa’s 6th-round pick in 2015.

* NY Islanders traded their 7th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (185th overall) to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay’s 7th-round pick in 2014 (200th overall) and 7th-round pick in 2015.

NHL COMMEMORATES KINGS’ CHAMPIONSHIP RUN
Cinedigm, NHL Studios and the NHL will take fans behind the glass, on the bench and into the locker room with an action-packed film commemorating the Kings’ road to the Stanley Cup championship with the home entertainment release of Stanley Cup Champions 2014: Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, July 29.

Released just a month after the Kings celebrated their Stanley Cup victory, the feature will have in-depth highlights from the memorable season and playoff run, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with key players and coaches.

Stanley Cup Champions 2014: Los Angeles Kings will be available on Blu-ray ($29.93 SRP), DVD ($24.99 SRP) and Digital ($9.99 SRP for SD/$12.99 SRP for HD).

LOOSE PUCKS
The Blue Jackets signed defenseman Dalton Prout to a two-year contract extension . . . ICYMI: Anthony DeAngelo, selected at No. 19 overall, was mic’d up when his name was called by the Lightning . . . Thatcher Demko, who was picked at No. 36 by the Canucks, penned a blog for NHL.com about his draft experience . . . The NHL and the Flyers planted 30 trees in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex to help celebrate the 2014 NHL Draft and promote going green.

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