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Photo: St. Lawrence University defenseman and 2014 prospect Gavin Bayreuther was passed over in the 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts but could have his name called at this year’s draft in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Tara Freeman/SLU)
The NCAA narrative begins early for most players planning to play collegiate hockey. By Grade 10 the player is being actively recruited and generally takes the next year or two to choose the school they feel will be best suited to their needs. The top recruits – the ones with NHL interest – are typically selected in the NHL Draft prior to even suiting up for their school of choice.
Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is scoring at a point-per-game pace so far in the 2013-14 season, posting 19 goals and 24 assists in 43 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The top six prospects from last month's rankings are the same six players holding down those slots in this month's list. And in fact, the players are ranked exactly as they were in January, so the ISS view of the draft's top prospects seems to be more settled as the 2013-14 regular season heads towards its conclusion.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers defenseman and 2014 prospect Alex Peters played for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, getting on the scoresheet via a two-minute penalty (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Plymouth Whalers’ defense prospect Alex Peters benefits from a pair of older brothers who have been through the NHL Draft experience and seen it all — literally, as they both bring a goal line perspective to the game and the draft process that Alex says has been beneficial.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Connor Chatham changed his development path after the firing of former University of Denver head coach, George Gwodzecky (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Connor Chatham’s path to the NHL Draft was diverted thanks to a coaching change in the U.S. collegiate ranks — and an American team’s success at grooming American players has led to another top U.S. prospect passing through Plymouth en route to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2014 prospect Jaden Lindo was ranked among the top 100 prospects in North America for this year’s NHL Draft in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For decades, when you think of hockey, you don’t often think of visible minorities. But that’s slowly changing. From Willie O’Ree to Grant Fuhr to P.K. Subban, it’s been proven that talent knows no race, religion, or colour — and Owen Sound Attack forward Jaden Lindo hopes to be a role model for the next generation of hockey players.
Top Prospects: Leagues
- 7. Phil Baltisberger
- 8. Alexander Protapovich
- 9. Dmitrii Sergeev
- 10. Dakota Mermis
- 11. Max Iafrate
- 12. Gianluca Curcuruto
- 1. Timo Meier
- 2. Vladimir Tkachyov
- 3. Alexandre Goulet
- 4. Daniel Moynihan
- 5. Julio Billia
- 6. Matt Murphy
- 7. Anthony DeLuca
- 8. Emil Aronsson
- 9. Nikita Lyamkin
- 10. Mark Simpson
- 11. Kurt Etchegary
- 12. Scott Oke
- 13. Eric Brassard
- 14. Sebastien Auger
- 15. Denis Gorbunov
- 16. Philippe Gadoury
- 17. Jacob Sweeney
Top Prospects: Countries
- What if Vince McMahon created the XHL rather than XFL?
- Clearing Nathan Horton off the books
- Post-Game Talk: Canucks vs. Stars - 3/28/15 (3-4 OTL)
- Speculation: Potential NCAA UFA: Mike Reilly (Drafted 2011 by CBJ - 4th Round/98th Overall)
- Prospect Info: Pittsburgh Penguins Prospects Thread
- Denis Potvin vs Ray Bourque (Prime)