Welcome to the 2014 Dobber Sports NHL Mock Draft. Finished on the eve of the draft, this mock draft was completed by the DobberProspects scout team, DobberProspects managing editor Brendan Ross, Dobber, Steve Laidlaw, Chris Pudsey and myself. We all took prospects from the point of view of bring an NHL GM making the best pick available, then provided a paragraph of fantasy-focused advice. There are over 8000 words waiting for you, get reading!
Austin Wallace-Associate Editor, DobberProspects
1 Florida Panthers (Jake Patterson):Aaron Ekblad
Ekblad is the best pick for the Panthers at first overall, with the depth that Florida has up the middle with Barkov and Bjugstad, grabbing a potential franchise defenceman is the best option. Ekblad will fit right into the top four, with the potential to start with another top three pick Erik Gudbranson. Ekblad is a strong two way defenceman who is confident in all three zones of the ice. He can be looked to on the power play for his powerful shot and can be trusted to protect the net during a penalty kill. With the growth of Florida's many forward prospects and Luongo in net, adding another big defenceman who can be a potential star is a no brainer.
2 Buffalo Sabres (Travis Watson):Sam Reinhart
With Ekblad off the board it comes down to Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl and Reinhart. Sam Reinhart seems to be the best fit based on Buffalo’s need with Reinhart owning the right intangibles the Sabres are looking for from a number two pick. He possesses an above average game in multiple offensive areas including a solid dependable two-way game packed with the heart and hustle needed from a player poised to take on a future leadership role with a fra