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.
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.
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.
Photo: Team Finland forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen saw his first extensive action in the Liiga, Finland’s top league, in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team Finland saw their dreams of winning gold on home ice come to an end at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. The Finns drew Sweden, the country they defeated in the gold medal game of the U20 torunament a few months back, in their quarterfinal match at the U18. Sweden, the host team of that U20, obviously hadn't forgotten that loss as they posted a 10-0 win over Finland to move on to the semi-finals and end the Finns' tournament.