2014 NHL Draft Preview: Kapanen head of the class from Finland

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Kasperi Kapanen - 2014 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, sone of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, is one of several 2014 NHL Draft prospects to have NHL bloodlines (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft figures to be an interesting one when it comes to players being selected out of Finland. The general consensus on the draft as a whole is that the talent pool drops off significantly after the first handful of prospects with the next group all very similar with little separating them. The same can be said of the prospects coming out of Finland this year.

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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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ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart, Ekblad tighten hold on top slots

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Sam Reinhart - Kootenay Ice

Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart will likely enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked prospect according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The calendar has flipped over to May, but the top 10 in the ISS Hockey ranking of the 2014 NHL Draft prospects looks an awful lot like the top of the order in April's rankings.

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Niku, Parikka prominent on defense for Finland at the U18

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Jarkko Parikka - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Jarkko Parikka played for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the 2013-14 season, picking up eight points in 51 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Despite failing to medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, host team Finland was received well by the hometown fans in Lappeenranta and Imatra. Many of Finland’s players stood out positively in their five games, with blueliners Sami Niku and Jarkko Parikka having been very noticeable on the blueline.

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Teravainen tops otherwise thin group of Finnish center prospects

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Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen made his regular season debut with that NHL club in a three-game stint with the Blackhawks back in March (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The prospect pool of centers skating in Finland's Liiga in the 2013-14 season wasn't very deep, but the top prospect in that group — 19-year-old Teuvo Teravainen — had a season to remember.

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