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HW Staff Mock Draft Pick 14: Kyle Connor

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The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is 21 days away and the Wild are looking to find that next NHL star to raise their franchise to the next level. Hockey Wilderness is counting down the days with a daily mock draft. We are at pick number 14 today.

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Bruin in the Prospect Pool

The Boston Bruins are an interesting team, in that they seem to have a lot of depth across the board swimming in the prospect pool, yet the lack an elite talent that really stands out as above the rest. Malcom Subban came up to mind the cage for 1 whole game this season. Things didn't go particularly well for him, but he's just 21 and still has a lot of time left to learn the ropes. Niklas Svedberg saw 18 games this season between the pipes, posting a .918 Sv% and 2.76 GAA.

David Pastrnak was the Bruins first round selection in 2014 and saw 46 games this season racking up 27 point with 10 goals and 17 assists, and he's only 18!  Matt Lindblad saw a couple games, Alexander Khokhlachev played 3, Brett Connolly, Brian Ferlin, Joseph Morrow, Seth Griffith, the list of young guns coming up for a cup of coffee or two with the Bruins this season is extensive. It goes to show that there are plenty of players in the Bruins pipeline that they are comfortable with dropping into an NHL game, if not for anything else but to see what they bring to the big club.

About Kyle Connor

Kyle Connor is a 6'1", 185 lb center coming to us from the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. In 56 games for the Phantoms this  he pocketed 34 goals and 46 assists for 80 points. He's an explosive skater with great hands who not only shoots the puck (256 SOG), but he can distribute the puck as well, using his great vision on the ice with an ability to see the plays develop in advance.

The Michigan native has the speed to keep defensemen on their heels and the puck control and sick hockey moves to cause goalies fits. With his speed it makes him a serious threat on the backcheck, picking off pucks and turning the pressure back up the ice. His wrist shot is quick, and you don't always see it coming or know that the puck has left his stick till you hear the horn blasting in your ears.

The knock on Connor is really just his size. He's not short by any means, but at 185 lbs he needs to add some muscle to compete regularly with the big boys of the NHL. He's been known to get a little too fancy at times as well, and can force pucks into bad spots for his teammates. If he continues to develop his game however, play a few years in college so he can bulk up, his upside could place him in the top tier of the 2015 draft class.

Wild about Kyle Connor

This guy definitely has my attention. Future Considerations has him ranked at #12 overall, so I'm not sure he'd slide another 8 spots without a lot of help from those teams in front of the Wild. If, by some miracle he's still anxiously waiting at 20, you have to grab him. The Wild may have other needs that they could address, but the potential this kid has makes him almost impossible to ignore.