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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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California likely to be well represented at the 2014 NHL Draft

by Ian Altenbaugh

Sweden v United States - 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp

Photo: A native of southern California, goaltender Thatcher Demko has worked his way onto the radars of many NHL teams in the past year. Demko is beginning his freshman season with Boston College. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

If the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is any indication, the state of California will be well represented at the 2014 NHL Draft. Four California-born players participated in the September 26th exhibition game, led by forward Chase De Leo and goaltender Thatcher Demko, both of whom head into the 2013-14 season with an 'A' ranking from NHL Central Scouting.

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Mistele expected to provide offense for young Whalers

by Jason Menard
Matt Mistele - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Matt Mistele is coming off a 60-point season as he enters his draft year (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)


With several of the team’s top players having departed for the professional ranks, the Plymouth Whalers’ Matt Mistele knows it’s his time to step up and fill some pretty big shoes. Fortunately, a mid-season trade last year provided him a pretty good example to follow.

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Team Canada captains top the ISS September ranking of the top 30 2014 prospects

by ISS
Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 U18 World Juniors, and looks to be a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Europe and the junior leagues are now underway, with the NCAA to follow soon. This means, of course, that the prospects available for the 2014 NHL Draft are now displaying their talents to both fans and hockey scouts in North America and Europe. Included amongst the scouts are those from the ISS Hockey organization, the largest independent hockey scouting organization.

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Video: 2013 Five Nations – Tory Dello, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
Tory Dello - Team USA

Photo: Tri-City Storm defenseman and 2015 prospect Tory Dello has committed to the University of Notre Dame (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)


Although the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament received most of the attention in August, another prospect showcase that took place in Slovakia, the U17 Five Nations Tournament, also featured some potential future NHL Draft material.

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Hard-working Jenys hoping to grab the attention of NHL scouts

by Radoslav Vavrina

Pavel Jenys - Kometa Brno

Photo: Czech forward and 2014 draft prospect Pavel Jenys hopes to make some noise this season with the top team in the Kometa Brno organization (courtesy of Kometa Brno)


Czech hockey is seemingly losing its talent, or at least that's what most recent drafts, except for the 2012 NHL Draft, seem to indicate. Despite that, the Czech Under-18 national team always manages to have a decent or better showing at the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which is hosted by the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This year, the team went far and came home with a bronze medal, beating Sweden and Russia along the way.

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