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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Reinhart tops prospects for 2014 NHL Draft coming out of the WHL

by Glen Erickson

Sam Reinhart and Griffin Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice center and 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart (L), shown here competing against brother Griffin at Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in Toronto, is considered both the top prospect coming out of the WHL for the 2014 NHL Draft along with being tabbed by some as the top prospect overall for this draft (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 33 of its players selected at the NHL Draft in New Jersey. With the NHL festivities set for Philadelphia in 2014, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool.

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Hot play has Storm’s Fabbri climbing the 2014 draft ranks

by Jason Menard

Robby Fabbri - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and 2014 draft prospect Robby Fabbri has been on a scoring tear of late, picking up 11 points in his last six games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For players entering their draft year, one of the keys is to ensure that you are able to showcase your talent as often — and in as many situations — as possible as an audition for potential future employers. So, while a 10-game suspension for a hit to the head meant that Guelph Storm forward Robby Fabbri missed some marquee showtime, his experience backstage may serve to help his future performance.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart holding steady as top prospect in December rankings

by ISS

Sam Reinhart - Team WHL

Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.

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Kase hoping to display skills at U20 World Juniors

by Radoslav Vavrina

Ondrej Kase - HC Chomutov

Photo: Chomutov Pirates forward and 2014 prospect Ondrej Kase is hoping to be a part of the Czech Republic’s team that will be taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship later this month (courtesy of HC Chomutov)

It looks like it could be a solid draft year for the Czech Republic in 2014 with David Pastrňák and Jakub Vrána, two upper round candidates based in Sweden, and many more potential later round prospects playing either in Sweden, Canada or in their homeland. Thanks to a new rule implemented by the Czech Ice Hockey Association, prospects are also getting much more ice-time in the Extraliga than in recent years.

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Russia features some good, second-tier talent for 2014 draft

by Alessandro Seren Rosso

Vladimir Tkachyov - Team Russia

Photo: Omskiye Yastrebi Omsk forward and 2014 prospect Vladimir Tkachyov was one of the more offensively productive players for Russia during the recent Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

After having eight players selected during the 2013 NHL Draft, a decrease from 11 during the 2012 selections (three of them in the first round: Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Andrei Vasilevsky), Russia might see a rebound in the number of recruited players as the class of ’95- and ’96-born players is very solid and most likely better than the ’94 group.

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