2014 NHL Draft Order: Panthers, Sabres, Oilers Own Top 3 Picks

14 NHL DraftThe order of selection in the first round of the 2014 NHL draft has been finalized with the completion of the Stanley Cup Final.

The champion Los Angeles Kings will pick 29th in the draft, which will be held June 27-28 in Philadelphia. The runner-up New York Rangers will send their first pick (28th overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the Ryan Callahan-Martin St. Louis deal at the trade deadline.

The other selection that was traded is No. 10, which the Anaheim Ducks acquired from the Ottawa Senators as part of the Bobby Ryan trade last offseason.

The top prospect in this year’s draft class is Barrie Colts (OHL) defenseman Aaron Ekblad. He projects to be a top-pairing defenseman who could play at the NHL level as early as next season. The best forward available is Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) center Sam Bennett.

The Florida Panthers hold the top selection, but they are shopping it, according to general manager Dale Tallon.

Here’s the full first-round draft order:

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 Senators)

11) Nashville Predators

12) Phoenix 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

22) Pittsburgh Penguins

23) Colorado Avalanche

24) Vancouver Canucks (from Anaheim Ducks)

25) Boston Bruins

26) Montreal Canadiens

27) Chicago Blackhawks

28) Tampa Bay Lightning (from New York Rangers)

29) Los Angeles Kings

30) New Jersey Devils

To read why the Devils are selecting 30th, click here.

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