It's never too early to start thinking about the next NHL Entry Draft...
Our summer project here at the "Game Time" Prospect Department is to put together a database on the top players eligible for selection in the 2014 Draft, to be held in the City of Brotherly Love. The database, which is a work in progress, will show every major junior, USHL, and NTDP player who is a first-time eligible selection for the 2014 Draft (birthdate between Sep. 16, 1995 and Sep. 15, 1996).
Select players from the Canadian Junior "A" leagues (AJHL, BCHL, etc.), from the NAHL and US High School programs, and from Europe, will also be included in this database. Those players will be added as they are named on any of Central Scouting's 2014 Draft Lists (Players To Watch, Preliminary, Midterm, Final), or as a result of any independent information we here at the GTPD may receive as the season progresses.
Here's a link to a sneak peek of a small portion of the database (focusing on the Western Hockey League)...
The spaces highlighted in yellow indicate a player who was listed on Central Scouting's initial "Players To Watch" list (Link HERE). The spaces highlighted in gold with a black number indicate where that player was selected in the major junior 2013 CHL Import Draft (Link HERE), and the spaces highlighted in Prussian blue with a white number indicate where that player is ranked by International Scouting Services (ISS) in their 2014 Preliminary Draft Ranking.
Blues' Selections In 2014
As of today, the Blues have nine selections in the 2014 Draft, with one selection in every round. If Tampa Bay finishes in the bottom third of the league, the Blues could go into the 2014 Draft with as many as five picks in the top 100, since the Blues own Tampa's fourth-round pick in 2014.
The Blues will have their own picks in the first, second, third, sixth and seventh rounds, with extra picks in the second and sixth rounds as a result of trades this past season involving Wade Redden and David Perron.
The Blues' own fourth-round pick in 2014 was dealt to Nashville at the 2013 Draft, along with a seventh-round pick in that draft, to acquire a fourth-round pick in 2013 that the Blues used to select Finnish defenseman Santeri Saari. The Blues do have a fourth-round pick, however, as a result of the B.J. Crombeen trade in 2012. Crombeen, along with the Blues' fifth-round pick in 2014, was sent to Tampa Bay in exchange for fourth-round picks in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 fourth-rounder acquired in that trade was dealt as part of the package to Edmonton which brought back the 57th overall pick that the Blues used to select QMJHL power winger William Carrier.
NOTE: The pick at 57th overall originally belonged to Los Angeles. The Kings' second-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on June 30, 2013 that sent Tampa Bay's fourth-round pick in 2013 (94th overall) and St. Louis' third and fourth-round picks in 2013 (83rd and 113th overall) to Edmonton in exchange for this pick. Edmonton previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 30, 2013 that sent a second-round pick in 2013 (37th overall) to Los Angeles in exchange for a third-round pick in 2013 (88th overall), Carolina's fourth-round pick in 2013 (96th overall) and this pick.
The Blues do not have their own pick in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft, but did acquire a fifth-round pick in that draft from Calgary earlier this summer in exchange for Kris Russell.
The following handy-dandy chart shows what selections the Blues have in each round of the 2014 Draft, as of today.
|The Edmonton Oilers' second-round pick will go to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on July 10, 2013 that sent David Perron to Edmonton in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and this pick.
|The Tampa Bay Lightning's fourth-round pick will go to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on July 10, 2012 that sent B. J. Crombeen and a fifth-round pick in 2014 to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2013 and this pick.
|The Calgary Flames' fifth-round pick will go to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on July 5, 2013 that sent Kris Russell to Calgary in exchange for this pick.
|The Boston Bruins' sixth-round pick will go to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on April 3, 2013 that sent Wade Redden to Boston in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). The condition -– St. Louis will receive a sixth-round pick in 2014 if Redden appears in one playoff game in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Bruins -– was converted on May 1, 2013.