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2014 NHL Entry Draft – Top 30 Prospects

1. Sam Reinhart – C – Kootenay (WHL)

Reinhart is the son of former NHLer Paul Reinhart and is the younger brother of prospects Max and Griffin Reinhart. Reinhart was the 2011-12 WHL Rookie of the Year and improved in his sophomore season with 35 goals and 50 assists with the Kootenay Ice in 2012-13.

2. Aaron Ekblad – D – Barrie (OHL)

Ekblad was the 2nd player after John Tavares to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada. Ekblad was named the 2011-12 OHL Rookie of the Year. In 2012-13, the 6’3”and 212 lbs defenseman recorded 34 points with the Barrie Colts and added 17 points in 22 playoff games.

3. William Nylander – C – Sodertalje (Sweden)

As a 16 year old, Nylander had 43 points in 27 games with Sodertalje in the J20 SuperElit, the most among both U18 and U17 players. He also appeared in 8 games with Sodertalje in the Allsvenskan and contributed with 6 points. Nylander is the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.

4. Roland McKeown – D – Kingston (OHL)

McKeown was the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. In 2012-13, he had 29 points as a rookie with the Frontenacs.

5. Blake Clarke – LW – Brampton (OHL)

In his OHL rookie season, the 6’2 and 196 lbs winger finished with 51 points for the Brampton Battalion.

6. Jakub Vrana – RW – Linkoping (Sweden)

Vrana was a member of Team Czech Republic at the 2013 U20 WJC and was the youngest player in the tournament. In 2012-13, Vrana averaged a point a game with Linkoping J20. He also appeared in 5 games with Linkoping in the Elitserien and became the youngest foreigner to make his Elistserien debut at 16 years and 7 months.

7. Leon Draisaitl – C – Prince Albert (WHL)

Dubbed the “German Gretzky”, Draisaitl had 58 points in his first WHL season. As a 17 year old, he was also one of the top players for Germany at the U20 WJC with 6 points in 6 games.

8. Michael Dal Colle – C – Oshawa (OHL)

In 2012-13, Dal Colle recorded 48 points with the Generals and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.

9. Jake Virtanen – LW – Calgary (WHL)

Virtanen was the 1st overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. In 2012-13, Virtanen finished with 34 points in her first full season with the Hitmen.

10. Jared McCann – C – Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

The 4th overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, McCann scored 21 goals and added 23 assists as a rookie with the Greyhounds in 2012-13.

11. Haydn Fleury – D – Red Deer (WHL)

In 2012-13, the 6’3” defenseman registered 19 points in his first season with the Rebels.

12. Sam Bennett – LW – Kingston (OHL)

Bennett had 40 points in 60 games as a rookie with the Frontenacs in 2012-13. He also represented Canada at the U18 WJC and contributed with 7 points in 7 games.

13. Brycen Martin – D – Swift Current (WHL)

Martin was the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. In 2012-13, the 6’3” blueliner had 19 points with the Broncos. He also represented Team Pacific at the U17 WHC and led all defensemen with 9 points in the tournament.

14. Anton Karlsson – RW – Frolunda (Sweden)

Karlsson led Team Sweden to a gold medal at the 2013 U17 WHC with 6 goals in 6 games. He also represented Sweden at the U18 WJC and was named one of the Top 3 players on the team.

15. Nikolai Goldobin – RW – Sarnia (OHL)

In his first OHL season, Goldobin scored 30 goals and added 38 assists in 68 games with the Sarnia Sting.

16. Matthew Mistele – LW – Plymouth (OHL)

In 2012-13, the 6’2” winger scored 34 goals with the Whalers.

17. Ivan Barbashev – LW – Moncton (QMJHL)

Barbashev had 62 points in his first season in the QMJHL. He represented Russia at the U18 WJC and led the tournament with 6 assists.

18. Nick Ritchie – LW – Peterborough (OHL)

Ritchie was the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. He is the younger brother of Dallas Stars’ prospect Brett Ritchie.

19. Josh Ho-Sang – RW – Windsor (OHL)

The 5th overall pick by the Spitfires in 2012, Ho-Sang recorded 44 points as an OHL rookie in 2012-13.

20. Anthony DeAngelo – D – Sarnia (OHL)

In his second OHL season, DeAngelo led all OHL defenseman with 49 assists.

21. Kasperi Kapanen – LW – KalPa (Finland)

Kapanen is the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen. In 2012-13, he appeared in 13 SM-liiga games and played alongside his father.

22. Oskar Lindblom – RW – Brynas (Sweden)

Lindblom led the U17 WHC with 8 goals and 13 assists and won a gold medal with Team Sweden.

23. Spencer Watson – LW – Kingston (OHL)

In 2012-13, Watson had 43 points in 63 games with the Frontenacs and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.

24. Nick Schmaltz – F – Green Bay (USHL)

In 2012-13, Schmaltz recorded 52 points in 64 games with the Green Bay Gamblers. He committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2014-14 season.

25. Nikolaj Ehlers – F – Biel (Switzerland)

Although born in Denmark, Ehlers has been developing in Switzerland with Biel. Over the last two seasons, he has scored 43 goals in 60 games with Biel U20 and played 18 games with Biel in the NLA including 7 playoff games in 2012-13.

26. Jayce Hawryluk – C – Brandon (WHL)

In his first season with the Wheat Kings, Hawryluk was among the team scoring leaders with 43 points.

27. Alexis Pépin – F – PEI (QMJHL)

Pépin was the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 QMJHL Draft. In his rookie season with the Rocket, the 6’2” and 196 lbs forward scored 18 goals.

28. Jack Glover – D – USNTDP (USHL)

The 6’3” blueliner will continue to develop with the USNTDP and is expected to join the University of Minnesota in 2014-15.

29. Brayden Point – C – Moose Jaw (WHL)

A small forward with great skills, Point was second in team scoring with 57 points as a rookie with the Warriors.

30. David Pastrnak – RW – Sodertalje (Sweden)

In 2012-13, the Czech forward notched 29 points in 36 games with Sodertalje J20 in the SuperElit league and appeared in 16 games in the Allsvenkan league.