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Good or not, the 2014 NHL Draft may be ‘wild’

Jun 22, 2014, 10:12 PM EST

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There’s some debate about the quality of the 2014 NHL Draft, but that doesn’t mean that the process needs to be boring. In fact, the uncertainty surrounding prospects might just be the catalyst for some interesting moves and strange propositions.

As much as the Columbus Blue Jackets’ brass tried to spin their “make the best of it” strategy, they also illustrated how unstable things could be to the Columbus Dispatch.

” … I think this is going to be a wild draft, just because there’s so much disagreement on certain players,” Blue Jackets scouting director Paul Castron said. “So there are going to be a lot of guys who go earlier than most teams expected, and then some guys who are still on the board a lot longer than anybody ever imagined.”

If patterns hold, expect more stories about teams looking to move up or down in the first round as the Philadelphia draft approaches.

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow added his team’s name to the group, although it sounds like he’s specifically seeking a piece for the present at the future’s expense.

“We’re open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away,” Snow said, according to New York Newsday.

While the Islanders want to trade out of the draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to move up from No. 8 and the Montreal Canadiens hope to improve upon their 26th pick. The Phoenix Coyotes could go either way from 12 while the Florida Panthers may very well drop down twice.

It could make for some great fodder, however people feel about the overall talent level.

Also: feel bad for anyone hoping to put together an accurate mock draft.

  1. bcisleman - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    There seems to be a consensus that the #Isles will look to deal the #5 pick. The Boyle deal makes it apparent that a #1 D is a top priority and Maloney has made it clear that the Yotes would like a top 5 pick. Furthermore, Keith Yandle does not have a ntc. Not sure what other pieces would be needed, but Yandle may be coming to the Island.

  2. ketch20too - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Snow will trade the #5 pick and John Tavares to the Red Wings for Gordie Howe and a package of microwave popcorn. After the Vanek fiasco, how does he still have a job? If this year’s draft is thin, that explains why Snow wanted to give up next year’s pick instead of this year’s.

    • billsin20xx - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      and everyone in Sabre-land is waiting for that Isle’s pick to become McDavid for us next year!! Keep it up garth, we are rooting for you to keep trading and changing!!!

  3. 950003cups - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    This draft is becoming the most irrelevant draft in many years.

    Look for Pittsburgh to mysteriously finish last in the league and blame it on “new coaching and GM” then suddenly end up with Connor McDavid.

    • stevepopo - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      “GREAT (JOHN) SCOTT! Crosby and Malkin put up less points combined than thug John Scott & Kaleta, edging the Pens to #97!”

  4. fortheboys72 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    It’s the Arizona Coyotes now

    • James O'Brien - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Actually, the name change is taking place AT the draft. Just saying.

  5. 19to77 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    The Islanders have held a top ten pick in seven of the last nine drafts. I know everyone loves to take shots at the Oilers for three straight #1′s (and really, fair enough), but holy sh-t Isles management is terrible. How can they STILL not cobble together a good team?

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      I totally agree its mind blowing. I think the islanders are better off with their picks then oiler are now. The same went for the panthers an blue jackets for atleast a decade but now are finally starting to turn it around. Some of the worst first round drafting I’ve ever seen with them jackets an panthers

  6. killhowe - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Tampa flips a 1st + for a defenceman.

  7. bullwinkle88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    It’s almost comical watching Snow running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying desperately to improve his team in one year to avoid the humiliation of giving up a high pick in next year’s draft.

    Why this guy still has a job, I don’t know.

  8. cjnbsc - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    I don’t know who the Habs would be giving up to move up in this draft, but I’m not sure it’s worth it. Thus isn’t the best draft, and moving up from 26 isn’t going to greatly improve the level of talent IMO

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