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The 2014 NHL draft class can be forgiven for feeling as though it has a case of middle-child syndrome. Which is to say, the top of this years draft class is not as dynamic or exciting as the 2013 class of Nate MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones and its not as strikingly promising as the highly-anticipated 2015 slate of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin. But it would be a disservice to damn Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl and Michael Dal Colle with faint praise. "They are all very good prospects, theyre all going to play in the NHL, they all should turn out to be very good players for a long time," one NHL scout said. But the draft is all about projection. And where MacKinnon, Barkov and Drouin were projected as first-line forwards and Jones was projected a likely No. 1 defenceman – destined for greatness -- this years crop of forwards is projected more as second liners with defenceman Ekblad perhaps getting "top pairing" billing though not necessarily a future dynamic No. 1. Good, maybe very good, but not necessarily great. The draft is also about question marks and, according to the scouts, even the elite picks this year have a few. And once one gets outside the top five of this years draft, question marks really abound. "There are some really talented kids in this draft, and not just at the top either," an NHL scout said, "but I dont recall a year recently when there were as many question marks. Skilled kids who lack size; players who might have issues with attitude or commitment. It seems to be a really volatile draft. Good luck trying to figure out this one." That said, in the eyes of the scouts, at the top, its rock solid, and, really, it has been all season long. Barrie Colt defenceman Aaron Ekblad is No. 1 on TSNs Top 60 Final Rankings for the 2014 draft, a position hes owned or had a share of since last September. Seven of the 10 scouts surveyed by TSN to compile the rankings had Ekblad at No. 1. No scout surveyed had him outside of the top three. Only two other prospects got first-place votes. No. 2-ranked Sam Reinhart, a centre with the Kootenay Ice, had one and No. 3-ranked Sam Bennett, a centre with the Kingston Frontenacs, had two. "The difference between the top guys this year is not significant," a scout said. "Thats why youre hearing more talk of teams drafting with position in mind." To say nothing of those question marks. For example, as good as the 6-foot-4, 216-pound Ekblad is, some scouts wonder if he an upside greater than being a steady, reliable two-way defender. Is there a dynamic quality there that is usually associated with a potential first overall pick? Barrie head coach Dale Hawerchuk, a former NHL star, doesnt know about dynamic, but he does know impactful, because thats what Ekblad has been from the moment he showed up to Barrie as a 15-year-old who was granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada to enter the OHL a year early. "Hes been a top pair, shutdown defenceman who played against the best players in our league from the day he got here," Hawerchuk said, "and theres no doubt in my mind, none whatsoever, that hes going to be a really good top pair, shutdown defenceman who plays against the best players in the NHL. Hes been impactful since Day 1. He does it all and he does it all consistently and hes going to be a 15 to 20 year top-pair NHL defenceman." This years top prospects earn rave reviews for some specific trait or quality, but the praise is accompanied by a question. Reinharts hockey sense, for example, is widely hailed, elite level, as good as it gets. But will his average speed and size put a second-line ceiling on him or reduce his effectiveness against men? Bennetts complete game – equal parts skill, smarts, spirit, edge and work ethic – is lauded but can an average size centre translate that style to the NHL against men? No. 4-ranked Leon Draisaitl, the Prince Albert Raiders German-born and –trained centre, has a big NHL frame and can make plays but will the lack of a dynamic step keep him from being a first-liner? No. 5-ranked Michael Dal Colle, the Oshawa Generals rangy winger who is equally adept at shooting or making plays, but will his play without the puck be an issue? And yet, for all the questions being asked, scouts concede these five are all good NHL prospects with a strong likelihood of having long NHL careers. But there is a high degree – higher than usual – of subjectivity this year. Nowhere is that more evident than in the players, ranked Nos. 6 through 10 on TSNs list. No. 6-ranked Nick Ritchie, the Peterborough Pete winger, has all the physical tools to be the consummate scoring power forward but theres been a lot of immaturity, inconsistency as well as some injuries in his game. No. 7-ranked Jake Virtanen, the Calgary Hitmen winger, is another who has all the tools to be a scoring power forward but some scouts are a little wary because he tends to get tunnel vision when he has the puck. No. 8-ranked Haydn Fleury, the Red Deer Rebel defenceman, has the size and speed scouts love but he has not established himself as either an offensive defenceman or a punishing defenceman. No. 9-ranked William Nylander, the Canadian-born, Swedish-trained winger, may be the most skilled player in the entire draft class, but scouts worry about a stubborn streak that has often seen him play a more individual than team game. No. 10-ranked Nikolaj Ehlers, the Halifax Mooseheads Danish winger, was as prolific as any prospect this year, scoring 49 goals and 104 points in 67 games, and theres no doubting his skill level, but hes listed at 160 pounds, or as one scout put it, "he has to put on 20 pounds to be considered small." "Its a funny draft," a scout said. "A kid like Ritchie, with his size and skill, or Nylander, with his skill level, could one day be the best of this class but theres some real risk associated with these guys. What if Ritchie doesnt get fully committed to being as good as he can be? What if Nylander just decides hes going to play like hes the only guy on the ice?" Thats always a theme in any draft, but this year it seems to be even more prevalent earlier than ever involving more prospects than usual. Size is certainly on the mind of a lot of teams, especially after the very large Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. Whether anyone likes it or not, thats the standard by which players are now judged. "I look at these kids and I try to project them playing against the Los Angeles Kings one day," a scout said. "Can they play that game at that level?" Even that exercise can be fraught with peril because two of those outstanding Kings – Tanner Pearson, who went 30th overall in the 2012 draft, and Tyler Toffoli, who went 47th overall in 2010 – were passed over by many teams in their respective draft year because they were perceived as too slow or too weak or too incomplete or too flawed. Go figure. Guelph centre Robby Fabbri (No. 14 on TSNs list) scored 45 goals for the Storm in the regular season, was the OHLs playoff MVP and plays a hard-nosed game for a 5-foot-10 pivot, but will he stand up to the L.A. King litmus test? Ditto for smallish Swiss forward Kevin Fiala, No. 15 on the TSN list, though Fiala had the benefit of playing against men in both the Swedish League and for Switzerland at the World Championships. But no two players represent the uncertain quality of this years draft like the 30th and 31st-ranked Josh Ho Sang of the Windsor Spitfires and Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting. Ho Sang is an electrifying, highly-skilled albeit undersized skilled forward who has some very firm ideas on how the game of hockey should be played and how he should play it. First-round talent? Absolutely. Will a team step up and take him in the first round? Thats the fascinating aspect of this draft. So much natural talent; so many question marks. "The question with Ho Sang is whether he wants to be a hockey player or he wants to be an artist or an entertainer," one scout said. "When he plays the give and go game, hes effective and dangerous but a lot of the time he only wants to go, theres no give (the puck to anyone else). Is he going to figure it out? Because if he does, the skills he has…" DeAngelos situation, though, takes it to another level of uncertainty. The American blueliner is undersized at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, but he put up 15 goals and 71 points in 51 games for Sarnia. Imagine how many more points he would have registered if he hadnt been suspended on three separate occasions this season for either violating the OHLs diversity policy or verbally abusing an on-ice official or, as fate would have it, both. In December of 2013, DeAngelo was suspended five games for violating the leagues diversity policy in a verbal spat with an on-ice official. In January of 2014, he received an eight-game suspension for violating the leagues diversity policy in a verbal exchange with a teammate. Five games after returning from that eight-game suspension, he was suspended two games for (verbal) abuse of an official. Many scouts dont know what to make of DeAngelo. The vast majority of them say the north New Jersey kid, wholl effectively be at "home" for this weeks NHL draft in Philadelphia, is (in spite of size concerns) a first-round talent, a smart, mobile and offensively gifted blueliner. "Look at the talented small defencemen and where theyve been taken in the draft, guys like Ryan Ellis, Ryan Murphy, Derrick Pouliot, even Erik Karlsson," a scout said. "DeAngelo should, on talent, be taken in that 10 to 20 range but Im not sure he will be because of the other stuff." Some of the scouts surveyed by TSN said they wouldnt take DeAngelo at all. Others said he would be a consideration in the second round – talent like that is hard to pass – but a couple did say they wouldnt rule out considering him in the first round. "If you read stuff that people write, I think they go overboard with it because they dont know the details," DeAngelo told the Camden Courier Post. "They think I have character issues. I dont think I have character issues." Interestingly, USA Hockey chose to not invite DeAngelo to its summer evaluation camp for the 2015 U.S. national junior team. Of all the stories in what is expected to be an unpredictable draft, DeAngelos is bound to be one of the most compelling. Hes expected to have upwards of 100 friends and family in attendance Friday night and whether hes chosen or not in the first round will be an intriguing storyline. Getting consensus for the TSN rankings was never more difficult than this year. Outside of perhaps the top 35 to 40, there was no real consensus. Even within the top 30 in the first round, there was a far greater variance from player to player than ever before. 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AFC options We assess what 16 teams must do to improve For 31 of those teams, the 2015 season ended in disappointment and free agency offers an opportunity to address the weaknesses on their roster which made them fall short.The Denver Broncos closed out the season as champions but general manager John Elway may have more work to do than anyone with a host of key players set to hit the market. Ins & outs Live blog with all the latest news At 5pm (GMT) on March 7, NFL teams are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with agents of pending unrestricted free agents. At 5pm (GMT) on March 9, the 2016 league year and free agency period officially begin and contracts with players can be signed. Here is what each team in the AFC will be looking to accomplish...Arizona Cardinals Rashad Johnson could be in line for a pay increase Biggest Need: Edge rusher. Arizona ranked joint 20th in the NFL last season with 36 sacks and were forced to rely heavily on the blitz to generate pressure. Markus Golden showed promise in his rookie season but the Cardinals need to find a marquee pass rusher.Free agent to keep: Rashad Johnson. The Cardinals boasted one of the leagues best secondaries last season and Johnson was an important part of that. Though Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu tend to grab the headlines, Johnson plays an important role with his ability to patrol the deep part of the field.Free agent to target: Outside linebacker is a big need but the pickings are slim in free agency. Another position where the Cardinals could stand to improve is centre. Stefen Wisniewski is coming off a strong season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and would represent a big upgrade over incumbent starter Lyle Sendlein.Atlanta Falcons Ryan Schraeder must be retained by Atlanta Biggest Need: Safety. When Dan Quinn was defensive coordinator in Seattle his defence was designed around having two elite safeties on the back end with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. He did not have that luxury in Atlanta last season. The Falcons cut injury-prone William Moore in the offseason.Free agent to keep: Ryan Schraeder played well at right tackle last season for Atlanta. At just 28, he has plenty of good football ahead of him. Re-signing him should be a priority the Falcons as they can use him to bookend their offensive line alongside 2014 number six overall pick Jake Matthews.Free agent to target: Despite an injury-hit campaign in 2015, Eric Weddle is still one of the NFLs best safeties. Though he turned 31 in January, he still has some quality years left and his leadership and experience would be a welcome addition to the back end of Atlantas defence.Carolina Panthers Josh Norman is an example of how players can use the market to get the best deal for themselves Biggest Need: Offensive tackle. Michael Oher and Mike Remmers exceeded expectations during the regular season but they struggled with Denvers pass rush in the Super Bowl. Remmers, in particular, was abused by Von Miller. Offensive tackle is a position Carolina must address.Free agent to keep: Josh Norman backed himself last offseason when he turned down an extension with Carolina and that gamble paid as he established himself as one of the NFLs elite cornerbacks. The Panthers have applied their franchise tag to him and will work to agree a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline.Free agent to target: Offensive tackle is a need but so is cornerback where Charles Tillman is a 35-year-old free agent. New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara would help Carolina get younger at the position and his injury history means they should not have to break the bank to land him.Chicago Bears Denvers issues mean Malik Jackson could be available, so will Chicago swoop? Biggest Need: Offensive tackle. Chicago needs to get better on both their defensive and offensive lines to compete in the NFC North. The Bears need to find a left tackle of the future as Charles Leno is not the answer at the position.Free agent to keep: There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Chicagos offence at the moment. Veteran running back Matt Forte wont be returning. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod has been cut. Tight end Martellus Bennett may suffer the same fate while fellow tight end Zach Miller is a free agent. 2015 first-round pick Kevin White has yet to catch a pass in the NFL. All that means keeping Alshon Jeffery is crucial. The Bears need to hammer out a long-term extension after franchising him.Free agent to target: Defensive lineman Malik Jackson is likely to be too expensive for the Denver Broncos to keep, with Von Miller and Brock Osweiler expected to be prioritised by general manager John Elway. Bears coach John Fox knows just how good Jackson is, having coached him in Denver, and he would fit nicely into the Chicago front seven alongside Pernell McPhee and Eddie Goldman.Dallas Cowboys Robert Griffin III has ties to Texas so playing for the Cowboys might reignite his career Biggest Need: Cornerback. Former sixth overall pick Morris Claiborne is a free agent and has never justified his lofty draft position in Dallas. Brandon Carr is expected to be a cap casualty. 2015 first-round pick Byron Jones may be better suited to safety. The Cowboys need to address this position.Free agent to keep: Rolando McClain has turned his career around in Dallas and is worth keeping at middle linebacker. Given Sean Lees extensive injury history, Dallas cannot afford to let McClain leave.Free agent to target: The importance of having a capable back-up quarterback was highlighted in Dallas last season when Tony Romo went down. Robert Griffin III would give them that. His star has faded massively in Washington but he was once one of the NFLs brightest young stars. He was a college phenomenon 90 miles south of Dallas for Baylor University and heading back to Texas could be just what he needs to rebuild his confidence.Detroit Lions Calvin Johnsons retirement would cause significant damage to Detroits offence Biggest need: Wide receiver. Calvin Johnson will leave a gaping hole in the Lions offence if he retires as expected. Golden Tate is a nice player but he is not a number one option and Detroit has little outside of him at the position.Free agent to keep: Tahir Whitehead performed well for Detroit at linebacker last season. He was solid in coverage and excellent against the run. Veteran inside linebacker Stephen Tulloch is also a free agent but the Lions should prioritise the younger Whitehead.Free agent to target: Assuming Alshon Jeffery stays in Chicago; the free agency crop of wide receivers looks extremely thin at the top. One player who would be a nice fit in Detroit is Rishard Matthews of the Miami Dolphins. He shined last season with extended playing time and he is an ascending player.Green Bay Packers Would Green Bay fancy tempting Danny Trevathan (left)? Biggest need: Inside linebacker. Clay Matthews is the most talented player on the Packers defence and they played him out of position for a lot of last season on the inside. He is at his best at outside linebacker when he can get after opposing quarterbacks. The Packers need to find someone to play inside so they can shift himm back outside.ddddddddddddFree agent to keep: Casey Hayward is a talented cornerback but he is likely to be too expensive to keep, especially given the Packers spent first and second-round picks on Damarious Randall and Quentin Rollins in the 2015 draft. That being said, Green Bay should bring running back James Starks to compete with Eddie Lacy, who had a down year last season.Free agent to target: Danny Trevathan was excellent at the heart of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl-winning defence in 2015. He is unlikely to be brought back given the demands on Denvers salary cap and would be a terrific addition in Green Bay.Los Angeles Rams The Rams will need to invest in a better QB than Case Keenum Biggest need: Quarterback. Case Keenum is not a viable NFL starter in the long term and Nick Foles was a huge disappointment after arriving from Philadelphia. The lack of a quality quarterback has crippled this franchise for years since Kurt Warner left.Free agent to keep: Both starting cornerbacks, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, are free agents and the Rams had to keep at least one. They have decided Johnson is the superior player and ensured he will stay by placing the franchise tag on him.Free agent to target: Cutting Chris Long, James Laurinitus and Jared Cook positions the Rams to bid for Brock Osweiler in free agency. Landing a quarterback in the draft will be difficult because the Rams hold the 15th pick and Osweiler is the top option available in free agency.Minnesota Vikings Mike Wallace hasnt performed as Minnesota hoped Biggest need: Wide receiver. Stefon Diggs was great as a rookie but Mike Wallace has been a free agent bust. The Vikings need to find a receiver to draw coverage away from Diggs.Free agent to keep: Michael Harris played well at guard for Minnesota in 2015 and needs to be brought back to solidify the interior of the Vikings offensive line.Free agent to target: With the wide receiver free agent class being a weak one, the Vikings should look to upgrade that position in the draft and focus on strengthening the offensive line. San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone would be a nice addition to that unit.New Orleans Saints Damon Harrison could plug a leaky New Orleans defence Biggest need: Where to start? The Saints need help at every level of their defence but they really need an edge rusher to help out Cameron Jordan. New Orleans managed just 31 sacks in 2015 which was the sixth-lowest total in the NFL.Free agent to keep: Running back Tim Hightower gave the Saints a real spark down the stretch with his bruising style after Mark Ingram went down with injury. Hightower was out of the NFL for almost four years before New Orleans gave him a chance and he proved he belonged.Free agent to target: No team in the NFL allowed a higher yards per carry (4.9) in 2015 than New Orleans. Nose tackle Damon Harrison was an outstanding run stuffer for the New York Jets last season and would go a long way to solving that problem. Ian Williams of the San Francisco 49ers would be a good alternative.New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul is out of contract so could renegotiate a bumper deal Biggest need: Edge rusher. The Giants could not get to the quarterback last season, ranking 30th in the NFL with just 23 sacks, and their two best pass rushers - Robert Ayers and Jason Pierre-Paul - are free agents.Free agent to keep: Ayers had the best season of his career in 2015 but Pierre-Paul is younger with more upside, even with his damaged hand.Free agent to target: Free safety Rodney McLeod had an excellent season for the Rams in 2015. The Giants gave up the most passing yards in the NFL (4,783) last season and must address the back end of their defence.Philadelphia Eagles Byron Maxwell has done little to justify his generous salary in Philadelphia Biggest need: Cornerback. The massive deal the Eagles handed out to Byron Maxwell looks like a big mistake after one season and Nolan Carroll is a free agent. This is a problem position.Free agent to keep: Walter Thurmond handled his transition from corner to free safety well after arriving from Seattle and is worth bringing back if Philadelphia can get him for a reasonable rate.Free agent to target: The departure of Evan Mathis to Denver left a hole in the Eagles offensive line. They could stand to upgrade both guard spots. Jeff Allen had a stellar season with Kansas City and would be a good addition.San Francisco 49ers Is Joe Staley (left) worth the investment considering his age? Biggest need: Wide receiver. Torrey Smith was hugely disappointing after arriving as a free agent prior to the season. The 49ers have little outside of him at the position.Free agent to keep: Given the uncertainty in the 49ers passing game, bringing back Anquan Boldin is important for San Francisco. He has been their most consistent receiving option though his age - 35 - is a concern.Free agent to target: The 49ers have a lot of uncertainty on their offensive line. Left tackle Joe Staley will be 32 next season. It is still unknown whether right tackle Anthony Davis will return after a year out of the game. Alex Boone, San Franciscos best interior lineman, is a free agent. Signing versatile Baltimore Ravens tackle/guard Kelechi Osemele would be a great boost for San Francisco next season.Seattle Seahawks Seattle have to make a tough decision on Russell Okung (right) Biggest need: Offensive tackle. The Seahawks may need to find two starting offensive tackles this offseason. Injury-prone Russell Okung is a free agent while Garry Gilliam struggled at right tackle.Free agent to keep: Injuries have hampered Okung in recent seasons but he is a talented left tackle. Seattle may be able to sign him to a reasonably-priced, short-term deal which would work for both sides.Free agent to target: Richie Incognito was outstanding at left guard for Buffalo in 2015. He will be 33 entering next season and may fancy playing for a Super Bowl contender. He would provide a huge boost to Seattles offensive line.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Martin has significant bargaining power after a great season Biggest need: Cornerback. Tampa had one of the poorest secondary groups in the league last season and need to find multiple new starters this offseason.Free agent to keep: If the price is right, it makes sense to keep running back Doug Martin in Tampa after his stellar 2015 season but the Buccaneers should not overpay.Free agent to target: Los Angeles Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is a quality starter and would provide a big upgrade for Tampa Bay.Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins could earn a huge contract because Washington are desperate for a QB Biggest need: Quarterback. Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy are free agents and Robert Griffin III will be playing elsewhere in 2016. The Redskins have nothing at the quarterback position.Free agent to keep: Terrance Knighton didnt wow at nose tackle but he is a solid two-down run stuffer and the Redskins want to be a physical team so keeping him makes sense.Free agent to target: Washingtons limited cap space means they will not be big shoppers in free agency but ascending Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead would be a big upgrade in the middle of their defence. Also See: NFL Video Rookies guide NFL on Sky Sports Pundits Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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