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2015 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Gavrikov keen on crossing the ocean as a fully developed player

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Gavrikov keen on crossing the ocean as a fully developed player

Photo: Yaroslavl Lokomotiv defenseman and 2014 prospect Vladislav Gavrikov is ranked 17th among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

One of the top-ranked Russian defensemen for the 2014 NHL Draft, Vladislav Gavrikov, had an eventful season, culminating with his inclusion in NHL Central Scouting's draft rankings.

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2014 NHL Combine: William Nylander, MODO

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine: William Nylander, MODO

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is ranked second among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Through the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season, forward William Nylander was struggling to live up to his reputation as a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. The skilled forward and son of former star NHL forward Michael Nylander had played for two different organizations at various levels of Swedish hockey, but only occasionally showed flashes of the high-end talent that gained him his high ranking.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Kasperi Kapanen, KalPa Kuopio

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine Video: Kasperi Kapanen, KalPa Kuopio

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen is ranked 13th overall by ISS Hockey in their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Whether looking at the top 2014 prospects from North America or Europe, NHL bloodlines run strong among several of those high-end players available for this year's NHL Draft. It is especially strong in the European contingent as the top two Euro prospects according to NHL Central Scouting – Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander – both have fathers that turned in lengthy and successful careers in hockey's top league.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs center and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett, shown here taking part in the 2014 NHL Combine, is ranked fourth overall for the 2014 NHL Draft by ISS Hockey (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is varied opinions as to which player is the top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. Some NHL scouts feel that Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is the top player by a tiny margin, while the independent scouting service ISS Hockey ranked Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart as their top prospect. But NHL Central Scouting hasn't wavered in their belief that Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett is the best of this year's crop.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Brendan Lemieux, Barrie Colts

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Brendan Lemieux, Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2014 prospect Brendan Lemieux, shown here during the testing portion of the 2014 NHL Combine, is ranked 28th among North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

With a father that is a four-time Stanley Cup winner, Barrie Colts left wing Brendan Lemieux certainly has a tough act to follow as he pursues his NHL dream. Lemieux's first step towards filling those big skates comes at the end of June when his name is likely to be called at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Top Prospects: Leagues

NCAA

  1. 1. Jack Eichel
  2. 2. Noah Hanifin
  3. 3. Zach Werenski
  4. 4. Gavin Bayreuther
  5. 5. Scott Savage
  6. 6. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  1. 7. Tyler Moy
  2. 8. Nick Schilkey
  3. 9. John Stevens
  4. 10. Brendan Harms
  5. 11. Shane Conacher
  6. 12. Mika Ilvonen

OHL

  1. 1. Connor McDavid
  2. 2. Dylan Strome
  3. 3. Mitch Marner
  4. 4. Lawson Crouse
  5. 5. Pavel Zacha
  6. 6. Travis Konecny
  7. 7. Vince Dunn
  8. 8. Mitchell Vande Sompel
  9. 9. Darby Llewellyn
  1. 10. Josh Sterk
  2. 11. Ryan Foss
  3. 12. Blake Clarke
  4. 13. Zach Bratina
  5. 14. Phil Baltisberger
  6. 15. Alexander Protapovich
  7. 16. Dmitrii Sergeev
  8. 17. Dakota Mermis
  9. 18. Max Iafrate
  10. 19. Gianluca Curcuruto

QMJHL

  1. 1. Timo Meier
  2. 2. Thomas Chabot
  3. 3. Evgeny Svechnikov
  4. 4. Filip Chlapik
  5. 5. Jakub Zboril
  6. 6. Daniel Sprong
  7. 7. Jeremy Roy
  8. 8. Dennis Yan
  9. 9. Anthony Beauvillier
  10. 10. Gabriel Gagne
  11. 11. Vladimir Tkachyov
  12. 12. Alexandre Goulet
  13. 13. Daniel Moynihan
  1. 14. Julio Billia
  2. 15. Matt Murphy
  3. 16. Anthony DeLuca
  4. 17. Emil Aronsson
  5. 18. Nikita Lyamkin
  6. 19. Mark Simpson
  7. 20. Kurt Etchegary
  8. 21. Scott Oke
  9. 22. Eric Brassard
  10. 23. Sebastien Auger
  11. 24. Denis Gorbunov
  12. 25. Philippe Gadoury
  13. 26. Jacob Sweeney

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Colin White
  2. 2. Edwin Minney
  3. 3. Ryan Hitchcock
  1. 4. Mitch Slattery
  2. 5. Nick Wolff
  3. 6. Dylan Malmquist

USHL

  1. 1. Kyle Connor
  2. 2. Brock Boeser
  3. 3. Thomas Novak
  1. 4. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
  2. 5. Seamus Malone
  3. 6. Karson Kuhlman

WHL

  1. 1. Mathew Barzal
  2. 2. Ivan Provorov
  3. 3. Paul Bittner
  4. 4. Jansen Harkins
  5. 5. Jake DeBrusk
  6. 6. Noah Juulsen
  7. 7. Nick Merkley
  8. 8. Ryan Pilon
  9. 9. Brandon Carlo
  10. 10. Austin Wagner
  1. 11. Reid Gardiner
  2. 12. Adam Helewka
  3. 13. Luke Philp
  4. 14. Riley Stadel
  5. 15. Dallas Valentine
  6. 16. Tyson Baillie
  7. 17. Kris Khenkel
  8. 18. Ty Edmonds
  9. 19. Austin Lotz
  10. 20. Spenser Jensen
  11. 21. Ty Stanton

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