1. Connor McDavid – C – Erie (OHL)
McDavid was granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and was selected 1st overall by the Erie Otters. In his rookie season with the Otters, McDavid averaged better than a point per game with 66 points in 63 games. He also led the U18 WJC with 8 goals and 14 points and won a gold medal with Team Canada.
2. Aleksi Saarela – C – Lukko (Finland)
Saarela started the 2012-13 season with 36 points in 16 games for Lukko U18 in the Jr. B SM-sarja and finished the season with 18 points in 22 games for Lukko U20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga. He also appeared in 3 games with the men’s team and will challenge for a roster spot in 2013-14.
3. Matthew Barzal – C – Seattle (WHL)
The 1st overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Barzal led the BCMML with 103 points in 34 games with the Vancouver NE Chiefs in 2012-13. He will join the Seattle Thunderbirds for the 2013-14 season.
4. Jack Eichel – C – USNTDP (USHL)
Eichel spent the 2012-13 season with the USNTDP and scored 13 goals and added 14 assists in 35 games. He has committed to Boston University for the 2014-15 season.
5. Travis Konecny – C – Ottawa (OHL)
Konecny was the first overall pick by the Ottawa 67’s in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. In 2012-13 he registered 114 points in 54 games with the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and was named Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario Player of the Year.
6. Rasmus Andersson – D – Malmo (Sweden)
As a 16 year old, Andersson spent most of the 2012-13 season with Malmo in the Allsvenskan and contributed with 11 points from the blueline. He will continue to develop playing against men for a couple more seasons before being eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
7. Dylan Strome – C – Erie (OHL)
Strome was the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and is the younger brother of Islanders’ prospect Ryan Strome. He will join the Otters for the 2013-14 season and play with fellow 2015 prospect Connor McDavid.
8. Ryan Pilon – D – Lethbridge (WHL)
A late ’96 birthday, Pilon was the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. In his rookie season with the Hurricanes, the 6’2” 201 lbs defender registered 28 points in 57 games.
9. Nicolas Roy – RW – Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Roy was the 1st overall pick in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and will join the Screaming Eagles for the 2013-14 season.
10. Mikko Rantanen – F – TPS (Finland)
Rantenen spent most of the 2012-13 season with TPS U20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga and finished with 24 points in 35 games. He also appeared in 15 games with the men’s team in the SM-liiga.
11. Nathan Noel – C – Saint John (QMJHL)
Noel was the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. In 2012-13, he recorded 40 points with Shattuck St. Mary’s.
12. Matthew Spencer – D – Peterborough (OHL)
In 2012-13, Spencer was named the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Player of the Year and he captained the OHL Cup Champion Oakville Rangers. The 6’2” defenseman was the 3rd overall pick by the Petes in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
13. Noah Hanifin – D – USNTDP (USHL)
Hanifin will join the USNTDP for the 2013-14 season. The 6’3” blueliner has committed to Boston College for the 2015-16 season.
14. Zach Werenski – D – USNTDP (USHL)
Werenski is expected to join the USNTDP but he was also selected by the London Knights in the second round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. With London hosting the 2014 Memorial Cup and the Knights’ history of luring top American prospects, Werenski may opt to continue his development in the OHL.
15. Anthony Beauvillier – F – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Beauvillier was the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. In 2012-13, he scored 39 goals in 41 games with Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois and was named MVP of the QMAAA.
16. Dante Salituro – C – Ottawa (OHL)
A late 1996 born prospect, Salituro had 40 points in his OHL rookie season with the struggling Ottawa 67’s.
17. Jeremy Roy – D – Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
In 2012-13, Roy played for Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois with fellow 2015 prospect Anthony Beauvillier. Roy had 54 points in 42 games and was named Top Defenseman of the QMAAA. He was selected 4th overall in the QMJHL Entry Draft.
18. Mitchell Stephens – C – Saginaw (OHL)
Stephens was selected 8th overall by the Saginaw Spirit in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. In 2012-13, he scored 44 goals and added 40 assists in 58 games with the Toronto Marlboros AAA Midget team.
19. Paul Bittner – LW – Portland (WHL)
At 6’4” and 194 lbs, Bittner has the size to be a power forward. In his first season in the WHL, Bittner had 23 points with the WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks.
20. Adam Musil – C – Red Deer (WHL)
Son of former NHLer Frantisek Musil, Adam was the 6th overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
21. Jansen Harkins – C – Prince George (WHL)
Harkins was selected 2nd overall by the Cougars in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
22. Felix Sandstrom – G – Brynas (Sweden)
Sandstrom posted impressive numbers with Brynas last season and won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
23. Kyle Connor – C – Youngstown (USHL)
In 2012-13, Connor had 41 points in 62 games with the Youngstown Phantoms. He has committed to the University of Michigan for the 2015-16 season.
24. Gustaf Franzen – C – HV71 (Sweden)
Missing the 2014 NHL Draft by just a week, Franzen scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for Team Sweden in the 2013 U17 WHC gold medal game.
25. Robin Kovacs – LW – AIK (Sweden)
Kovacs had 30 points in 18 games with AIK J18 in 2012-13. He also appeared in 6 games with the AIK J20 team and chipped in with 4 points.
26. Maxim Tretiak – G – CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Grandson of legendary goaltender Vladislav Trekiak, Maxim has great hockey bloodlines. At 6’3” he also covers the net very well.
27. Jordan Greenway – LW – USNTDP
The 6’4” Greenway spent the last few seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s. Greenway is expected to join the USNTDP team but could join the Plymouth Whalers who selected him in the first round of the OHL Priority Selection.
28. Nikita Korostelev – RW – Sarnia (OHL)
Korostelev has already spent a couple season playing in North America. In 2012-13, he averaged 2 points per game with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. He was selected 9th overall by Sarnia in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
29. Erik Cernak – D – HC Kosice (Slovakia)
At 6’3” 203 lbs, Cernak has the size to be an effective shutdown defender.
30. Giorgio Estephan – F – Lethbridge (WHL)
Estephan was the 4th overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.