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NHL Draft: First Round Review

Jon Litterine

Jon Litterine

A native of Long Island and graduate of U Mass-Lowell, Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead NHL Prospect Analyst and MMA writer/editor. He roots for his hometown Rangers, Mets, Knicks, and Giants.

2014 NHL Entry Draft: First Round Review
By, Jon Litterine

The first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is in the books. Our pick-by-pick analysis of the top 30 selections from Philadelphia on Friday night can be found below.

1) Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad (D, Barrie-OHL): The Panthers got a couple of decent trade offers for this pick, but in the end they decided to hold onto it. Florida has some solid young forwards in Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, and Vincent Trocheck, but they needed help on defense so this pick makes a ton of sense. Ekblad figures to step into the lineup immediately and get all of the minutes he can handle. If Brian Campbell ends up being traded, Ekblad could get power play time next season and he may be worthy of a late round fantasy pick.

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