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Top 2014 Final Draft Prospects

Prospects 1 - 15 | Prospects 16 - 30 | Prospects 31 - 45 | Prospects 46 - 60 | Hon. Mention

Posted June 23

Listed is TSN's final NHL draft ranking - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League. Included are comparable rankings from TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button, The Hockey News, International Scouting Services, hockeyprospect.com, McKeen's Hockey and NHL Central Scouting. (Photos courtesy: The Canadian Press, Getty Images, HHOF/IIHF-Images on Ice, NHLI, Tom Soresen/USHL)

Prospects 1 - 15

1. Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad
Profile
2013-14 Team: Barrie League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'4"
DOB: Feb. 7, 1996 Weight: 216 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Barrie 58 23 30 53 +7
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Aaron is a pillar defenceman who can play 25 minutes+ and all important situations. On-ice maturity is exceptional. Outstanding awareness and poise in all situations. Finds ways to be an impact player.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 2 | THN: 2 | ISS: 2 | hockeyprospect.com: 3 | McKeen's: 3 | NHL CS: 2 NAS

2. Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kootenay League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'1"
DOB: Nov. 6, 1995 Weight: 185 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kootenay 60 36 69 105 +24
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Sam 'beats up' opponents with his mind. Exceptional intelligence and he understands what to do, where to be and how to be highly productive both individually and for the team. Knows how to get the best out of situations.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 1 | THN: 3 | ISS: 1 | hockeyprospect.com: 2 | McKeen's: 1 | NHL CS: 3 NAS

3. Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kingston League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'1"
DOB: June 20, 1996 Weight: 178 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kingston 57 36 55 91 +34
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Three things stand out. 1. Versatility 2. An edge to his play 3. Ability to 'step up' when it counts. He's in the 'guts of the action' and makes 'difference making' plays because he has a 'refusal to lose' attitude.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 3 | THN: 1 | ISS: 4 | hockeyprospect.com: 1 | McKeen's: 2 | NHL CS: 1 NAS

4. Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl
Profile
2013-14 Team: Prince Albert League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'2"
DOB: Oct. 27, 1995 Weight: 208 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Prince Albert 64 38 67 105 +7
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Leon is smart and his awareness allows him to make plays and impact the game in multiple ways. He sees potential for plays that very few do and as a team mate you have to be ready because he gets puck to advantageous spots.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 4 | THN: 4 | ISS: 6 | hockeyprospect.com: 6 | McKeen's: 4 | NHL CS: 4 NAS

5. Michael Dal Colle

Michael Dal Colle
Profile
2013-14 Team: Oshawa League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2"
DOB: June 20, 1996 Weight: 183 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Oshawa 67 39 56 95 +8
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Michael is just beginning to hit his physical maturity. Combination of size, skill and power will only be enhanced as he continues to grow on and off the ice. He's smart and knows how to play to his strengths.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 5 | THN: 5 | ISS: 3 | hockeyprospect.com: 7 | McKeen's: 5 | NHL CS: 5 NAS

6. Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie
Profile
2013-14 Team: Peterborough League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2"
DOB: Dec. 5, 1995 Weight: 218 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Peterborough 61 39 35 74 +4
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Blend of skill, power and size is second to none. Excellent shot that can overwhelm goalies. He has the capability of being brilliant yet is still growing as a player. Scary thought! He's a man-child.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 16 | THN: 9 | ISS: 10 | hockeyprospect.com: 5 | McKeen's: 9 | NHL CS: 7 NAS

7. Jake Virtanen

Jake Virtanen
Profile
2013-14 Team: Calgary League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'0"
DOB: Aug. 17, 1996 Weight: 213 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Calgary 71 45 26 71 +23
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Great skater with a great shot and when he bears in on defenders, they are on their heels. Has an edge to his game. He could be that grand slam player with enormous upside that teams are looking to draft.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 43 | THN: 11 | ISS: 7 | hockeyprospect.com: 18 | McKeen's: 7 | NHL CS: 6 NAS

8. Haydn Fleury

Haydn Fleury
Profile
2013-14 Team: Red Deer League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'3"
DOB: July 8, 1996 Weight: 207 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Red Deer 70 8 38 46 +15
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
An excellent skater who uses it to his advantage, everywhere, very well. Smart defender who will transition the puck but is a real steady force on the blue line, who steps up when it matters. Calm yet intensely competitive.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 7 | THN: 8 | ISS: 12 | hockeyprospect.com: 10 | McKeen's: 10 | NHL CS: 9 NAS

9. William Nylander

William Nylander
Profile
2013-14 Team: Modo League: SWE
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: May 1, 1996 Weight: 169 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sodertalje 22 1 6 7 -3
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
High end skills highlighted by excellent puck skills. His confidence with the puck is outstanding and he has as much patience with the puck as any player in the draft. Need to celebrate his gifts not question them.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 9 | THN: 6 | ISS: 5 | hockeyprospect.com: 8 | McKeen's: 8 | NHL CS: 2 ES

10. Nikolaj Ehlers

Nikolaj Ehlers
Profile
2013-14 Team: Halifax League: QMJHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Feb. 13, 1995 Weight: 162 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Halifax 63 49 55 104 +65
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
A dynamic player who plays big and is elusive. Fast and quick, he is able to see opportunity and take advantage. Equally adept finishing plays as he at making them. Rises to the challenges and overcomes obstacles in his way.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 6 | THN: 7 | ISS: 11 | hockeyprospect.com: 4 | McKeen's: 6 | NHL CS: 13 NAS

11. Kasperi Kapanen

Kasperi Kapanen
Profile
2013-14 Team: KalPa League: FIN
Position: Right Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Jul. 23, 1996 Weight: 172 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kalpa 47 7 7 14 -8
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Kasperi is capable of playing in all situations. What separates him from others is his ability to make critical plays that help the team win. He can do it in all areas of the game. Will be that 'Finnish Army Knife' type of player.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 13 | THN: 10 | ISS: 13 | hockeyprospect.com: 19 | McKeen's: 18 | NHL CS: 1 ES

12. Dylan Larkin

Dylan Larkin
Profile
2013-14 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'1"
DOB: July 30, 1996 Weight: 190 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
USNTDP 26 17 9 26 +13
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Has ability to play the game at a very high pace, temp and intensity. Combine that with very good hockey sense and his impact becomes significant. Wants to make a difference in game and finds ways. Ultra competitive.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 21 | THN: 14 | ISS: 15 | hockeyprospect.com: 9 | McKeen's: 14 | NHL CS: 17 NAS

13. Brendan Perlini

Brendan Perlini
Profile
2013-14 Team: Niagara League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'3"
DOB: Apr. 30, 1996 Weight: 205 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Niagara 58 34 37 71 -2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
A big, strong, excellent skating winger with a great release on his shot that can beat goalies from 35 feet. His growth as a player has skyrocketed and with his skills, he has the potential to be an impact player who is diifcult to negate.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 11 | THN: 12 | ISS: 9 | hockeyprospect.com: 20 | McKeen's: 13 | NHL CS: 8 NAS

14. Robert Fabbri

Robert Fabbri
Profile
2013-14 Team: Guelph League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 5'10"
DOB: Jan. 22, 1996 Weight: 166 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Guelph 58 45 42 87 +45
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Very good speed and he uses it to attack well. Plays hard and goes into the areas where it may be challenging but offers rewards! Is a player who takes the initiative to be a factor in winning. Big time performer in the clutch.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 28 | THN: 20 | ISS: 8 | hockeyprospect.com: 24 | McKeen's: 17 | NHL CS: 21 NAS

15. Kevin Fiala

Kevin Fiala
Profile
2013-14 Team: HV71 League: SWE
Position: Centre Height: 5'10"
DOB: Jul. 22, 1996 Weight: 180 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
HV71 17 3 8 11 -2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Skills are very good but when you combine that with a determination that is excellent, you get a player who can make a difference and Kevin does. Plays where it matters and has the ability to deliver and unnerve opponents.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 22 | THN: 13 | ISS: 20 | hockeyprospect.com: 15 | McKeen's: 11 | NHL CS: 3 ES

Prospects 1 - 15 | Prospects 16 - 30 | Prospects 31 - 45 | Prospects 46 - 60 | Hon. Mention



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