95 CHL Players Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft

Saturday June 28, 2014

Philadelphia, PA – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 95 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft held this weekend in Philadelphia representing 45% of the 210 players picked by all 30 NHL clubs.


The 95 CHL players includes 20 selected in the first round led by defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts who became the eighth straight player from the CHL to be selected first overall when he was chosen by the Florida Panthers.  The first round total marks the league’s third highest in over 30 years matching 2008, 1998, and 1987, behind only the 2011 NHL Draft where 21 CHL players were chosen and last season when a record 22 CHL players were picked in the draft’s opening round. 


The second round of the 2014 NHL Draft featured 15 CHL players bringing the league’s two-round total to 35 representing over 58% of the top-60 selections.  19 of the first 60 players selected were from the Ontario Hockey League matching a league record in modern draft history set at the 2011 NHL Draft. 


Of the 95 CHL players selected, the OHL led the way with 41 players, followed by the Western Hockey League with 37 players equaling their second highest league total in modern draft history also set in 2007 and behind only the 2010 and 2005 drafts where 43 WHL players were selected.  The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had 17 players selected this season.


“NHL Draft day is all about the players and their opportunity to celebrate with their family, friends, billets, and teams,” said CHL President David Branch. “On behalf of the CHL I would like to congratulate all of our players and their families on this special day, as well as our teams and coaches who help ensure the success of the CHL’s development model for student athletes as the number one supplier of talent to the NHL.”


Of the 210 players selected, 124 were forwards (62 CHL), with 65 defenceman chosen (28 CHL), and 21 goaltenders (5 CHL).  The top player at each position was selected from the CHL including Ekblad who became the first defenceman since 2006 to be chosen first overall.  Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first forward selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders was the first goaltender selected 34th overall by the Calgary Flames.


44 different CHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2014 including the MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings who set a franchise record with five players selected.  The Calgary Hitmen and Plymouth Whalers also had five players chosen, while four different clubs had four players selected including the Portland Winterhawks and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, along with the Kootenay Ice and the Niagara IceDogs who both set franchise records this season.  The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles led the QMJHL with three players selected matching 2004 and 1998 as their best draft in franchise history.  Former first overall pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft, Daniel Audette, also became the first NHL Draft pick in the two-year history of the Sherbrooke Phoenix when he was selected in the fifth round by the Montreal Canadiens.


27 of the NHL’s 30 teams selected at least one CHL player with the exception of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Washington Capitals.  The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings led the way with seven CHL players selected with all seven from the OHL.  The Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks each had six CHL players selected, while the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning each had five CHL players selected.  The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks led all Canadian NHL teams with four CHL players selected, followed by the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets with three each, the Edmonton Oilers with two, and both the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs with one.


Following the 2014 NHL Draft, a total of 10,388 CHL players have been selected since 1969 representing just under 50% of all players.


CHL Players Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft:

(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)

First round (20 CHL players):

1.    Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) – Florida Panthers

2.    Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice) – Buffalo Sabres

3.    Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders) – Edmonton Oilers

4.    Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) – Calgary Flames

5.    Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals) – New York Islanders

6.    Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen) – Vancouver Canucks

7.    Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels) – Carolina Hurricanes

9.    Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads) – Winnipeg Jets

10.  Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks

12.  Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs) – Arizona Coyotes

14.  Julius Honka (Swift Current Broncos) – Dallas Stars

17.  Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen) – Philadelphia Flyers

19.  Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting) – Tampa Bay Lightning

21.  Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm) – St. Louis Blues

23.  Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) – Colorado Avalanche

24.  Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Vancouver Canucks

26.  Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon Blades) – Montreal Canadiens

27.  Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting) – San Jose Sharks

28.  Joshua Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires) – New York Islanders

30.  John Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New Jersey Devils

Second Round (15 CHL players):

31. Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts) – Buffalo Sabres

32. Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Florida Panthers

33. Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats) – St. Louis Blues

34. Mason McDonald (Charlottetown Islanders) – Calgary Flames

37. Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes

43. Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers) – Arizona Coyotes

44. Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes) – Buffalo Sabres

45. Brett Pollock (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Dallas Stars

48. Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Philadelphia Flyers

49. Vaclav Karabacek (Gatineau Olympiques) – Buffalo Sabres

50. Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings

54. Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals) – Calgary Flames

58. Christian Dvorak (London Knights) – Arizona Coyotes

59. Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New York Rangers

60. Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings


Third Round (14 CHL players):

62. Justin Kirkland (Kelowna Rockets) – Nashville Predators

63. Dominic Turgeon (Portland Winterhawks) – Detroit Red Wings

68. Rinat Valiev (Kootenay Ice) – Toronto Maple Leafs

71. Connor Chatham (Plymouth Whalers) – New Jersey Devils

72. Alex Schoenborn (Portland Winterhawks) – San Jose Sharks

73. Brett Lernout (Swift Current Broncos) – Montreal Canadiens

74. Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos) – Buffalo Sabres

75. Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers) – Dallas Stars

77. Blake Siebenaler (Niagara IceDogs) – Columbus Blue Jackets

79. Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Tampa Bay Lightning

81. Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw Spirit) – San Jose Sharks

84. Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion) – Colorado Avalanche

85. Keegan Iverson (Portland Winterhawks) – New York Rangers

90. Michael Amadio (North Bay Battalion) – Los Angeles Kings


Fourth Round (10 CHL players):

93. Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers) – Colorado Avalanche

96. Josh Wesley (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes

99. Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks) – Winnipeg Jets

101. Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon Blades) – Winnipeg Jets

102. Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – San Jose Sharks

107. Julien Pelletier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Columbus Blue Jackets

114. Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques) – Colorado Avalanche

115. Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars

117. Michael Bunting (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Arizona Coyotes

119. Ben Thomas (Calgary Hitmen) – Tampa Bay Lightning


Fifth Round (9 CHL Players):

122. Richard Nejezchleb (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New York Rangers

124. Jaedon Descheneau (Kootenay Ice) – St. Louis Blues

127. Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Carolina Hurricanes

131. Ryan Rehill (Kamloops Blazers) – New Jersey Devils

133. Dysin Mayo (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Arizona Coyotes

139. Tanner Faith (Kootenay Ice) – Minnesota Wild

140. Daniel Walcott (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – New York Rangers

147. Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – Montreal Canadiens

149. Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets) – San Jose Sharks


Sixth Round (14 CHL players):

154. Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars

156. Kyle Pettit (Erie Otters) – Vancouver Canucks

157. Jake Marchment (Belleville Bulls) – Los Angeles Kings

161. Brandon Baddock (Edmonton Oil Kings) – New Jersey Devils

162. Aaron Irving (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Nashville Predators

167. Chase Lang (Calgary Hitmen) – Minnesota Wild

168. Radel Fazleev (Calgary Hitmen) – Philadelphia Flyers

169. Reid Duke (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Minnesota Wild

170. Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor Spitfires) – Tampa Bay Lightning

171. Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) – San Jose Sharks

172. Chandler Yakimowicz (London Knights) – St. Louis Blues

173. Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack) – Pittsburgh Penguins

176. Samuel Blais (Victoriaville Tigres) – St. Louis Blues

180. Matthew Mistele (Plymouth Whalers) – Los Angeles Kings


Seventh Round (13 CHL players):

183. Keven Bouchard (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Edmonton Oilers

184. Austin Carroll (Victoria Royals) – Calgary Flames

185. Cameron Darcy (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Tampa Bay Lightning

186. Mackenze Stewart (Prince Albert Raiders) – Vancouver Canucks

187. Kyle Jenkins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Carolina Hurricanes

190. Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Ottawa Senators

193. Edgars Kulda (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Arizona Coyotes

195. Patrick Sanvido (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars

197. Olivier LeBlanc (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Columbus Blue Jackets

200. Lukas Sutter (Red Deer Rebels) – New York Islanders

204. Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Colorado Avalanche

209. Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings

210. Jacob Middleton (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings

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