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Button's 2014 NHL mock draft for the lottery teams

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TSN.ca Staff
4/15/2014 11:14:00 PM
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With the order of the first 13 for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft now set, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button put together a mock draft for the lottery teams.

Button believes the Florida Panthers will take Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick. Ekblad had 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points in 58 games this season in the Ontario Hockey League.

Next, Button thinks Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice will go to the Buffalo Sabres, followed by Prince Albert Raiders forward Leon Draisaitl going to the Edmonton Oilers to round out the top three.

For the other Canadian teams, Button has the Calgary Flames taking Sam Bennett at number four, the Vancouver Canucks drafting Jake Virtanen at six, the Toronto Maple Leafs selecting Nick Ritchie at eight and finally the Winnipeg Jets taking Brendan Perlini at nine.

Aaron Ekblad (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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