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Reinhart and Ekblad top Craig's List for 2014 NHL Draft

Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting

9/3/2013 12:14:39 PM

It may only be September, but the prospects are already on the road to the 2014 NHL Draft.

Watching them over the past year - and in some cases, two years - has given us a starting point for this season's Craig's List.

This year begins with Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad in the top two spots, followed by William Nylander, the son of former NHL player, Michael Nylander. A debate will surely ensue about a forward versus a defenseman being selected first overall and it is one that is a worthy one, once again because the players are so good.

We begin with 30 players, even though the 2014 draft will see only 29 players selected in the first round given the fact that the New Jersey Devils must forfeit their first round pick because of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation.

These are the players I feel most comfortable with at this point in time. There are some players I have not seen - and I will not rank players that I haven't seen or do not have a comfort level because of too few viewings.

The beginning of the season will allow me to see those players and with the second Craig's List in October, it will be an expanded seventy-five player list.

Let the journey begin!