2014 NHL Entry Draft: Who Is The Best Two Years Later?

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Two years ago at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the top prospects of 2014 put away the sticks and skates for fancy suits and ties. At the point of the draft, it was almost certain who would go number one overall. But sometimes, it’s the players later in the draft, who may become gems. The following are all of the first round draft picks.

  1. Aaron Ekblad – FLA
  2. Sam Reinhart – BUF
  3. Leon Draisaitl – EDM
  4. Sam Bennett – CGY
  5. Michael Dal Colle – NYI
  6. Jake Virtanen – VAN
  7. Haydn Fleury – CAR
  8. William Nylander – TOR
  9. Nikolaj Ehlers – WIN
  10. Nick Richie – ANA
  11. Kevin Fiala – NAS
  12. Brendan Perlini – ARI
  13. Jakub Vrana – WAS
  14. Julius Honka – DAL
  15. Dylan Larkin – DET
  16. Sonny Milano – COL
  17. Travis Sanheim – PHI
  18. Alex Tuch – MIN
  19. Anthony DeAngelo – TBL
  20. Nick Schmaltz – CHI
  21. Robby Fabbri – STL
  22. Kasperi Kapanen – PIT
  23. Conner Bleackley – COL
  24. Jared McCann – VAN
  25. David Pastrnak – BOS
  26. Nikita Scherbak – MTL
  27. Nikolay Goldobin – SJS
  28. Josh Ho-Sang – NYI
  29. Adrian Kempe – LAK
  30. John Quenneville – NJD
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After only two full seasons, there are specific players that stick out. Such as Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl, Sam Bennett, William Nylander, and many others. Also, look at pick number 25. David Pastrnak.

When drafted, many critics said that this was a mistake, considering the size of Pastrnak. They often said that he would get bullied and he wouldn’t be able to handle himself along the boards. Pastrnak was given the opportunity in Providence, with the P-Bruins. He impressed. In 25 games played, Pasta piled up 11-17-28 totals to go along with a +15 rating. Management saw that and proceeded to call him up to the NHL, starting in the month of November.

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David skated with the Czech Republic in the 2015 U20 World Junior Championships. His team was indeed eliminated in the playoffs to Slovakia, by a score of 3-0. In 4 tournament games, David had 1-3-4 totals with a +1 rating. Pastrnak returned to the black and gold for 46 games. He then earned 10-17-27 totals with a +/- rating of a +12.

Going back to the 2015 World Juniors, David Pastrnak was 6 feet tall and 168 pounds, according to the 2015 IIHF U20 World Juniors website. Fast forward to November of 2016, David Pastrnak is 6 feet tall and weighs 181 pounds. According to HockeyDB. That is a 13 pound increase for a player that was once considered to be too small.

Now rewind back to the 2015-16 season. The Havirov, Czech Republic native was injured early on in the season, after blocking a shot off of his foot. After taking some time off, an x-ray eventually showed that Pastrnak had a bone contusion. Pasta originally joined the Providence Bruins once his injury had healed. This is when the Bruins sent the 20 year-old to the 2015 U20 World Junior Championships in Finland. While at the tournament, David suffered a minor finger injury, but would end up playing with the Bruins a few days after the tournament concluded. 

Finally, on January 7th, the Boston Bruins called up David Pastrnak to the NHL and he played on January 9th. It was Pastrnak’s first National Hockey League came since October 31st of 2015. From that point on, Pasta would play in the remainder of the season, often jumping between lines. He concluded the year with a total of 51 games played, having 15-11-26 totals with a +3 rating and averaged 13:56 of time on ice.

Now, we reach this season. The breakout season for Pastrnak. In only 17 games played, Pasta has 13-4-17 totals, which puts him 2 goals behind league leader Sidney Crosby in goals. David is also 5th in the league for +/- with a +13 rating. Current teammate and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sits at 9th for the same category, with a +12 rating.

The main purpose of this article, was to compare the picks of the draft. The reason why I talked about David Pastrnak, is because he currently has the third most points from the players that were selected in the 2014 draft.

Aaron Ekblad takes first place, with 33-48-81 career totals in 181 career games. In the second position, is Leon Draisaitl with 28-49-77 career totals in 132 career games. Finally, in the third spot, David Pastrnak with 38-32-70 totals in 114 career games. Pastrnak and Draisaitl are separated by a mere 7 points, however, the Edmonton Oilers prospect has played 14 more games. Considering all of that, Pastrnak is tied for the most points this season between these three players, with Leon Draisaitl. Although, Pastrnak has 6 more goals.

So, will David Pastrnak end up taking over Aaron Ekblad and Leon Draisaitl? Will his hot streak continue against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night? The only way to find out, is by keeping an eye on David Pastrnak for not only the season, but for the rest of his career.

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*Below are some videos of David Pastrnak highlights*

 

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