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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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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

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2014 NHL Combine - 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 - 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 - 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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2014 NHL Combine Video: Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals

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2014 NHL Combine - Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and 2014 prospect Michael Dal Colle is ranked fifth among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

There is a handful of top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft that have held their top-5 ranking over the course of the 2013-14 season. One of those steady performers is Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle, the highest ranked forward out of the OHL this season.

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