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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Demko, Bayreuther the best of a thin NCAA crop

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Demko, Bayreuther the best of a thin NCAA crop

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko played a key role in helping the Eagles reach their 24th Frozen Four, but the team ultimately fell short of winning the national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

This year’s top 10 NCAA prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft features a nice mix of playing styles and player positions. It is comprised of two goaltenders, three defensemen and five forwards representing four of the NCAA’s six conferences. Boston College and the University of Michigan are the only programs that have more than one player ranked. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of June 1st.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Germany prospects overshadowed by countryman competing in WHL

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Germany prospects overshadowed by countryman competing in WHL

Photo: Mannheim forward and 2014 prospect Marc Michaelis represented Germany at the 2013 U18 World Championship but did not compete internationally in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 season was one that had little excitement on the German front with respect to prospects with NHL ambitions, ultimately ending with a U18 World Championship tournament where Germany retained class retention with two victories over Denmark in the relegation round.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Forward trio led by Reinhart tops WHL prospects

by Glen Erickson
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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Forward trio led by Reinhart tops WHL prospects

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart is among a trio of CHL players being viewed as a potential first overall selection for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League for the 2014 NHL Draft, with the consensus top five rather apparent. Beyond the first five players, things do indeed get interesting.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Uncertainty the word for Russia’s latest draft class

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Uncertainty the word for Russia’s latest draft class

Photo: SKA St. Petersburg goaltender and 2014 prospect Igor Sheshtyorkin competed for Team Russia at the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With the 2013-14 season now completed, and as the 2014 NHL Draft draws closer, the list of Russian prospects who are on the radar of the NHL scouting staffs gets thinner. The list of potential draftees playing in Russia is always somewhat difficult to gauge due to the infamous “Russian Factor” hanging over the heads of any player that chooses to stay in Russia to continue their development.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Ekblad heads another solid OHL class

by Jason Menard
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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Ekblad heads another solid OHL class

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is said to be the most NHL-ready player in this year’s NHL Draft class (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While it may not be the slam-dunk consensus that previous years have provided, either Sam Bennett or Aaron Ekblad are the odds-on favorites to be the sixth first-overall NHL Draft selection in the past nine years to come from the OHL.

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