Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid finished fourth in OHL scoring during the 2013-14 regular season and 10th in the 2014 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The 2014 NHL Draft prospects enjoyed a great weekend in Philadelphia late last month as they passed another milestone on their journey to the NHL. The Class of 2015 now gets its turn in the spotlight, and it is also time for Beyond Tomorrow to shift the focus to the 2016 prospects. Read more»
Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward Kasperi Kapanen was chosen 22nd overall at the 2014 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL Draft has always seen its share of players with family ties but the 2014 edition that took place in Philadelphia this weekend could just as easily have been called Father's Day.
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.
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.
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.