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McKeens Hockey releases its preliminary 2014 NHL Draft list

Fresh off the heels of an exciting 2013 NHL Draft, McKeens Hockey releases its first look at the top names for the 2014 NHL Draft in our preliminary list. This will change and come into focus as the season gets underway in September and our first official ranking will follow once we have had a chance to do more scouting.

Unlike the 2013 draft, where the focus was on Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon, there are a 5 or 6 names to consider for the 1st overall ranking. Players like William Nylander and Jakub Vrana will make the push from overseas, while the CHL will have a significant impact as well, with players like Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekbald and Leon Draisaitl also in the mix for the first overall slot. The OHL has the potential to be one of the heaviest scouted areas in 2014, with 10 players in McKeens players in the initial rankings, which puts them tops among all development leagues.

The 2014 NHL Draft scouting season starts early for scouts, with the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and U20 camps starting up in Lake Placid next week, scouts are already preparing to get early looks at the top names available.


1 William Nylander Altelius C Sodertalje (Swe) 5-10/170 01-May-96
2 Sam Reinhart C Kootenay (WHL) 6-0/185 06-Nov-95
3 Nick Ritchie LW Peterborough (OHL) 6-1/210 05-Dec-95
4 Leon Draisaitl C Prince Albert (WHL) 6-1/195 27-Oct-95
5 Roland McKeown D Kingston (OHL) 6-1/185 20-Jan-96
6 Ryan MacInnis C NTDP (USA) 6-3/170 14-Feb-96
7 Aaron Ekblad D Barrie (OHL) 6-3/210 07-Feb-96
8 Jakub Vrana RW Linkopings (Swe) 6-0/180 28-Feb-96
9 Haydn Fleury D Red Deer (WHL) 6-3/205 08-Jul-96
10 Anton Karlsson LW Frolunda (Swe) 6-1/190 03-Aug-96
11 Jared McCann C Sault Ste Marie (OHL) 6-0/175 31-May-96
12 Michael Dal Colle LW Oshawa (OHL) 6-2/175 20-Jun-96
13 Brycen Martin D Swift Current (WHL) 6-1/180 09-May-96
14 Nick Schmaltz C Green Bay (USHL) 5-11/170 23-Feb-96
15 Jake Virtanen LW Calgary (WHL) 6-0/190 17-Aug-96
16 Alexis Pepin C PEI (QMJHL) 6-2/195 24-Apr-96
17 Sam Bennett C Kingston (OHL) 6-0/170 20-Jun-96
18 Jack Glover D NTDP (USA) 6-3/185 17-May-96
19 Joshua Jacobs D Indiana (USHL) 6-2/195 15-Feb-96
20 Blake Clarke LW Brampton (OHL) 6-1/190 24-Jan-96
21 Kaapo Kahkonen G Blues (Fin) 6-1/195 16-Aug-96
22 Sonny Milano C NTDP (USA) 5-10/170 12-May-96
23 Adrian Kempe C MoDo (Swe) 6-1/170 13-Sep-96
24 Alex Tuch C NTDP (USA) 6-3/225 10-May-96
25 Mason McDonald G Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 6-3/175 23-Apr-96
26 Jacob Middleton D Ottawa (OHL) 6-3/195 02-Jan-96
27 Oskar Lindblom RW Brynas (Swe) 6-0/185 15-Aug-96
28 Kasperi Kapanen LW KalPa (Fin) 5-10/165 23-Jul-96
29 Joshua Ho-Sang C Windsor (OHL) 5-11/160 22-Jan-96
30 Matt Schmalz LW Sudbury (OHL) 6-5/190 21-Mar-96