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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks

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Chase De Leo - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Chase De Leo will be taking part in his second top prospects game this season when he takes the ice for Team Cherry at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For a player whose first experiences with hockey included a pair of roller blades, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that today Chase De Leo might very well be developing the best set of wheels the WHL has to offer.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Brendan Perlini, Niagara IceDogs

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Brendan Perlini - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and 2014 prospect Brendan Perlini is currently rated as a top 10 prospect by both Central Scouting and ISS Hockey (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Brendan Perlini is the only player at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game who was born in England. He is also proof-positive that the road to hockey success can be one traveled in a rather unique fashion.

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Mason McDonald, Charlottetown Islanders

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Mason McDonald - Charlottetown Islanders

Photo: Charlottetown Islanders goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald was recently dealt by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to the Islanders in exchange for draft picks (courtesy of CHL Images)

In an era where it would seem that NHL teams seem to yearn for big, tall goaltenders, it would appear that Mason McDonald might be just the physical package scouting staffs will be looking for.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Ekblad takes over ISS top spot while Bennett tops CSS rankings

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Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett is ranked third overall by ISS and first in North America by CSS, but he’ll miss out on competing with the other top prospects at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to injury (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For the NHL Draft prospect junkie, January is a particularly interesting month given the information available and events that take place. On the event side, the World Junior Championship wraps up in early January, while the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game normally takes place at mid-month (and in fact is taking place tomorrow night).

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2014 Top Prospects Game Podcast: Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen

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Jake Virtanen - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen forward and 2014 prospect Jake Virtanen has produced at a nearly point-per-game pace during the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

When he was selected first overall by the Calgary Hitmen at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, there was little doubt that Jake Virtanen was a player who would arrive in the WHL with a prototypical “full tool kit”.

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