It’s finally here. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia gets going tonight around 5pm PST on TSN (Canada) / NBCSN (United States) and the NHL Network. The first two rounds will be broadcasted live on those two networks tonight, with rounds 3-7 going tomorrow.
There’s a handful of new, current and former Vees that may have their name called this weekend by an NHL team. Incoming defensemen Miles Gendron and Mike Lee have a strong chance to be taken in one of the seven rounds this weekend. Those two have been profiled on SB Nation’s College Hockey website, as they did features on college recruits who may be chosen this weekend. Click HERE for the Gendron profile and HERE for the Lee profile. Both features were written by Jeff Cox, who covers the junior and college hockey circuit for SB Nation. He’s one to follow on Twitter throughout the weekend and his Twitter handle is @JeffCoxSports
Other Vees names to keep tabs on are defensemen Brett Beauvais and Paul Stoykewych from this past season and also alum Troy Stecher. Beauvais was the highest ranked Vee by NHL Central Scouting this season and could be a late round steal. Speaking of steals, one NHL team should come to its senses and scoop up Stecher, who’s in his third year of eligibility. Remember, another former Vees defenseman had to wait his third year of eligibility, when Joey Laleggia was taken by the Oilers in 2012. Stoykewych is another “dark horse” pick and I mean that in the best way possible; he could be solid 6-7 round pickup this weekend.
Hunter Miska was ranked among the top 35 goalies in North America earlier this season, in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings. He’s coming off a very solid rookie campaign and still has two years of eligibility left in junior; high ceiling for the Vees goaltender. Jack Ramsey is another Vee that could have his named called late in the draft, as the two-way forward really came into his own during the BCHL playoffs. He was flirting with a point per-game pace in the Vees 11 playoff games last spring and was one of their best penalty-killers.
A good crop of current and former Vees this season could see themselves selected by an NHL team this weekend. The BCHL ran a story on its website, profiling current and recent BCHL players who may be selected this weekend; that story is below.
BCHL NHL DRAFT STORY:
“Last year matched a record high for BCHL players taken at the NHL Entry Draft since the event went to seven rounds. In all, seven players heard their names called, mostly the ones everyone thought but a few surprises as well.
This year, it will be tough for the BCHL to match that number but there are sure to be at least a few BCHL products snapped up by NHL teams.
NHL Central Scouting listed the following players this at some point over the last 10 months:
Jason Cotton – F – West Kelowna Warriors
6-foot-1, 180 pounds HOMETOWN: Plano, TX
23G – 39A – 59Pts
Committed to NCAA Northeastern, returning to West Kelowna for 2014-15
Alec Dillon – G – Victoria Grizzlies
6-foot-5, 170 pounds HOMETOWN: Victoria, BC
21W – 7L – 2 T/OTL .910sv% 2.76GAA
Committed to NCAA RPI but returning to Victoria for 2014-15
Dylan Chanter – D – Vernon Vipers
6-foot-3, 205 pounds HOMETOWN: Armstrong, BC
11G – 22A – 33Pts in 128 career BCHL games
Headed to NCAA U. of New Hampshire for 2014-15
Jeff Wight – F – Merritt Centennials
6-foot-2, 180 pounds HOMETOWN: Coquitlam, BC
22G – 27A – 49Pts
Committed to NCAA Connecticut but returning to Merritt for 2014-15
Jeff Smith – G – Powell River Kings
6-foot-2, 205 pounds HOMETOWN: Maple Ridge, BC
20W – 10L – 1T/OTL .923sv% 2.25GAA
Headed to NCAA UMass-Lowell for 2014-15
Evan Anderson – F – Salmon Arm SilverBacks
6-foot-3, 205 pounds HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado
21G – 31A – 52Pts
Headed to NCAA Michigan Tech for 2014-15
Brett Beauvais – D – Penticton Vees
6-foot-1, 185 pounds HOMETOWN: Summerside, PEI
13G – 45A – 58Pts
Headed to NCAA Bemidji State for 2014-15
Jack Ramsey – F – Penticton Vees
6-foot-2, 185 pounds HOMETOWN: Chanhassen, MInn.
9G – 16A – 25Pts
Headed to U. of Minnesota for 2014-15
Players not listed but possible selections:
Liam Coughlin, F, Vernon Vipers
Danton Heinen, F, Surrey Eagles
Matt Ustaski, C, Langley Rivermen
Connor LaCouvee, G, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
From the NCAA:
Shane Hanna, D, Michigan Tech (Penticton/Salmon Arm, 2011-13)
Devon Toews, D, Quinnipiac (Surrey Eagles, 2011-13)
Troy Stecher, D, North Dakota (Penticton Vees, 2010-13)
Kevin Guiltinan, D, Harvard (Vernon/Prince George, 2012-13)”