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Top 2014 Mid-Season Draft Prospects

Prospects No. 1 - 15 | Prospects No. 16 - 30 | Prospects No. 31 - 50 | Honourable Mention

Posted Jan. 23

Check TSN's mid-season NHL draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

Included in the Top 30 are scouting reports from TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. (Photos courtesy: The Canadian Press, Getty Images, HHOF/IIHF-Images on Ice, NHLI, Tom Soresen/USHL, Modo Hockey)

Statistics as of Jan. 13, 2014

The Top 30

16. Sonny Milano

Sonny Milano
Profile
2013-14 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: May 12, 1996 Weight: 183 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
USNTDP 30 14 33 47 -
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Milano is an offensive threat with magic hands around the net and the confidence to carry out plays despite opponents bearing down on him. He has the ability to be in the scoring spots at the right times.

17. Roland McKeown

Roland McKeown
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kingston League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'1"
DOB: Jan. 20, 1996 Weight: 186 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kingston 39 8 23 31 +28
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Skating is the foundation of McKeown's game and he uses it well to close off plays defensively, transition the puck and then jump into the play offensively. He's a very confident player who plays an even game.

18. Julius Honka

Julius Honka
Profile
2013-14 Team: Swift Current League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 5'11"
DOB: Dec. 3, 1995 Weight: 178 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Swift Current 35 12 24 36 +9
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Honka may be diminutive but he makes a big impact on the game. He recognizes opportunity and is quick to take advantage yet he is also a very patient player. He showed big-time capability on Finland's gold medal-winning World Junior team.

19. Alex Tuch

Alex Tuch
Profile
2013-14 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'4"
DOB: May 10, 1996 Weight: 213 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
USNTDP 32 20 18 38 -
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Tuch is a physically assertive, rugged winger who contributes offensively. He is difficult to play against and is competitive, determined. His development has been excellent. These types are coveted.

20. 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 32 15 12 27 -
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Larkin has the ability to play the game at a very high pace, with tempo and intensity. Combine that with very good hockey sense and his impact becomes significant. He wants to make a difference in the game.

21. Nikita Scherbak

Nikita Scherbak
Profile
2013-14 Team: Saskatoon League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'0"
DOB: Dec. 30, 1995 Weight: 172 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Saskatoon 46 24 32 56 +7
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Scherbak has excellent scoring instincts and arrives at the right times to take full advantage. He is aware of how to exploit opportunities and is vigilant and alert in this regard.

22. Nikolay Goldobin

Nikolay Goldobin
Profile
2013-14 Team: Sarnia League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Oct. 7, 1995 Weight: 178 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sarnia 42 31 37 68 -11
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
He has excellent poise with puck and is able to hold it to allow the play to develop. He handles puck in traffic very well and while he may not look it, he plays fast. That said, he never looks like he is in a hurry.

23. Jakub Vrana

Jakub Vrana
Profile
2013-14 Team: Linkoping League: SWE
Position: Right Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Feb. 28, 1996 Weight: 185 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Linkoping J20 21 12 10 22 +3
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Jakub has a very good offensive mind and is hungry from the circles down in the offensive zone. He has a good shot and is a player you have to respect because he can both score and make plays. He has the ability to be dangerous quickly.

24. Kevin Fiala

Kevin Fiala
Profile
2013-14 Team: Frolunda League: SWE
Position: Centre Height: 5'10"
DOB: Jul. 22, 1996 Weight: 180 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Frolunda J20 26 10 14 24 +11
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Fiala's skills are very good but when you combine them with excellent determination, you get a player who can make a difference. He plays where it matters.

25. Nick Schmaltz

Nick Schmaltz
Profile
2013-14 Team: Green Bay League: USHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0"
DOB: Feb. 23, 1996 Weight: 170 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Green Bay 26 8 21 29 -2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Nick has excellent hockey sense and an ease to his game that very few possess. He has excellent puck skills and can make plays that create scoring opportunities. He knows where to be on the ice to make a difference.

26. Anthony DeAngelo

Anthony DeAngelo
Profile
2013-14 Team: Sarnia League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 5'11"
DOB: Oct. 24, 1995 Weight: 175 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sarnia 35 11 42 53 -15
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
DeAngelo has exceptional ability with the puck. He can hold it to allow plays to develop, is an excellent passer and creates offence at every turn. He plays with a confidence and is able to play 'all night long!'

27. Adrian Kempe

Adrian Kempe
Profile
2013-14 Team: Modo League: SWE
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'1"
DOB: Sept. 13, 1996 Weight: 187 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Modo 14 3 15 18 +9
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Adrian is an excellent skater with speed and he uses it to get to openings and to back off defenders. He's a player who understands how to use that skating to maximum benefit and to create chances.

28. Conner Bleackley

Conner Bleackley
Profile
2013-14 Team: Red Deer League: WHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'0"
DOB: Feb. 7, 1996 Weight: 192 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Red Deer 44 22 31 53 +13
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Conner is a determined, competitive player who doesn’t take any shortcuts. He's smart, gets to the right areas and is a catalyst for positive plays all over the ice. He doesn’t allow himself to be denied!

29. Josh Ho-Sang

Josh Ho-Sang
Profile
2013-14 Team: Windsor League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 5'11"
DOB: Jan. 22, 1996 Weight: 166 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Windsor 42 19 32 51 +23
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Josh continues to grow as a player. He has excellent hands, the capability to make plays in tight and is very difficult to get the puck from. He can make it easy for his line-mates and is a dynamic player.

30. 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 33 27 22 49 +27
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Fabbri has very good speed and uses it to attack well. He plays hard and goes into the areas where it may be challenging but rewarding! He's a player who takes the initiative to be a factor in winning.

Prospects No. 1 - 15 | Prospects No. 16 - 30 | Prospects No. 31 - 50 | Honourable Mention



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