Sam Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

The 2014 NHL Draft remains a very close race for number one overall. None of the top contenders have separated themselves definitively and the picture is becoming increasingly competitive as Kingston’s Sam Bennett continues his rapid rise in the rankings unseating Leon Draisaitl from Prince Albert to enter the top three. Draisaitl was on a torrid eight game burst (8-8-12-20) before a difficult World Junior tournament that saw him ejected for two games.

Brendan Perlini progresses from #12 to enter the top ten at number eight while climbing to fifth in goal scoring in the OHL with 28 in 44 games (44-28-32-60), 12 of them scored since December 13th.

Michael Dal Colle holds his fourth place ranking while slightly edging Sam Bennett in OHL scoring. He currently ranks 5th (46-29-38-67) while Bennett is 6th (40-26-40-66). An impressive Top Prospects game in which he scored, and could have had more, solidified his status.

Sam Reinhart holds tenaciously to the number one spot despite a growing crowd of contenders. Captaining his squad in the Top Prospects game with a commanding performance highlighted his potential versus his peers.

Here are our Mid Term Rankings:

 

RANK LAST PLAYER POS TEAM HT/WT DOB
1 1 Sam Reinhart C Kootenay (WHL) 6-1/185 06-Nov-95
2 2 Aaron Ekblad D Barrie (OHL) 6-3/215 07-Feb-96
3 5 Sam Bennett C Kingston (OHL) 6-0/180 20-Jun-96
4 4 Michael Dal Colle LW Oshawa (OHL) 6-2/180 20-Jun-96
5 3 Leon Draisaitl C Prince Albert (WHL) 6-2/210 27-Oct-95
6 6 Nick Ritchie LW Peterborough (OHL) 6-2/230 05-Dec-95
7 9 Jared McCann C Sault Ste Marie (OHL) 6-0/180 31-May-96
8 10 Nikolaj Ehlers LW Halifax (QMJHL) 5-11/165 13-Feb-96
9 12 Brendan Perlini LW Niagara (OHL) 6-2/205 27-Apr-96
10 8 Haydn Fleury D Red Deer (WHL) 6-2/200 08-Jul-96
11 7 Jake Virtanen RW Calgary (WHL) 6-1/205 17-Aug-96
12 13 Julius Honka D Swift Current (WHL) 5-10/180 03-Dec-95
13 19 Ivan Barbashev C Moncton (QMJHL) 6-1/185 14-Dec-95
14 16 Adrian Kempe C MoDo (Swe) 6-1/185 13-Sep-96
15 15 Nick Schmaltz C Green Bay (USHL) 5-11/175 23-Feb-96
16 11 William Nylander C Rogle (Swe) 5-11/175 01-May-96
17 20 Dylan Larkin C NTDP (USA) 6-1/195 30-Jul-96
18 21 Joshua Ho-Sang C Windsor (OHL) 5-11/165 22-Jan-96
19 25 Sonny Milano LW NTDP (USA) 5-11/185 12-May-96
20 24 Anton Karlsson LW Frolunda (Swe) 6-1/190 03-Aug-96
21 22 Alex Tuch RW NTDP (USA) 6-3/215 10-May-96
22 17 David Pastrnak RW Sodertalje (Swe) 6-0/170 25-May-96
23 26 Jakub Vrana RW Linkopings (Swe) 5-11/185 28-Feb-96
24 NR Nikolai Goldobin RW Sarnia (OHL) 5-11/185 07-Oct-95
25 23 Kasperi Kapanen RW KalPa (Fin) 6-0/180 23-Jul-96
26 14 Brycen Martin D Swift Current (WHL) 6-2/185 09-May-96
27 NR Jack Glover D NTDP (USA) 6-3/195 17-May-96
28 29 Robert Fabbri C Guelph (OHL) 5-10/170 22-Jan-96
29 NR Jack Dougherty D NTDP (USA) 6-1/185 25-May-96
30 18 Roland McKeown D Kingston (OHL) 6-1/195 20-Jan-96
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