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Bad for Ekblad: Big blueliner tops latest 2014 Draft rankings

Jan 23, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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If the 2014 NHL Draft happened on Thursday instead of June 27-28 in Philadelphia, TSN’s experts believe that defenseman Aaron Ekblad would be the No. 1 pick.

The midseason poll saw eight of 10 respondents choose him first while the remaining votes placed him second. The only other players to get first place votes were forwards Sam Reinheart and Sam Bennett.

One anonymous scout said that Ekblad isn’t “a superstar by any means” but could become a very good NHL blueliner. TSN’s Craig Button provided this write-up:

When you build a team, you need a solid foundation. Aaron is a pillar defenceman who can play 25 minutes or more and do so in all important situations. His on-ice maturity is exceptional.

Most importantly, you can put together a rhyming scheme together for cellar teams on Twitter and other venues (i.e. “Fail for Nail”). Although, you probably could go with “Scam for Sam” if the rankings shuffle toward draft day …

TSN’s midseason Top 50 list.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Reading the article’s title made me think that it was bad for Exblad to ranked number 1 overall.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Its bad because the Oilers are going to have the first overall pick…again. I wouldn’t want to play for them. That place is a train wreck.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        No worry there, they’re busy figuring out who the smallest most highly skilled player is, that’s who they’ll take, anyone over 5’10 180 need not apply.

      • TestSubjekt - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Just so you know, they haven’t been the worst team in the league…ALL SEASON LONG. Thus they won’t have the best chance at the first overall.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Just so you know, the season isn’t over. Oilers are trending downwards. Sabres have done better lately. They weren’t the worst team in the league the year they drafted Yakupov either. But the ping pong balls fell there way. The seasonal Oilers death spiral is well under way. One year they were leading the west in December and they still drafted first.

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Saw a little bit of the world juniors and was left wanting more from him.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      same here, didnt see what all the hype was about though i’ll admit i’ve only seen a small sample size

  3. rsl22 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Should have been Breaking Ekblad.

    He would be a nice addition to the struggling (to put it nicely) Caps. We’ve needed a shutdown defender for years, and he’d look good next to Green or Orlov. With Burakovsy and Kuznetsov on the way, it seems the forward ranks will be filled out next season — but defense has been the main problem for years.

    As a Caps fan, I vote for trading Holtby, Laich, Erat, Erskine and re-build.

    • James O'Brien - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Breaking Ekblad is good too. If only there was an NHL team in Albuquerque …

      • esracerx46 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Oh come on! Don’t bring up another NHL team in the desert, even if you’re joking.

  4. lowenni - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Don’t think he has the top-flight offensive skills required to make you a superstar in the NHL these days. I see him as more of a two-way shutdown defenseman, much in the mold of Erik Johnson.

  5. djshnooks - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    IF the draft WAS held TODAY…Ekblad would not go #1, because Buffalo is in last place…and they need forwards, not defense. So, there’s that bit of irony.

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