Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko has turned in a stellar freshman season between the pipes for the Eagles, a season that he and his teammates hope will end with a national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
As the 2013-14 season progresses, the order at the top of the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings seems to have further solidified. Case in point: the top five prospects in the March rankings is the same order as the top five from the February rankings.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk has taken on a leadership role with the Attack this season as that team’s captain (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk, sports is bred in the bone. But despite his father reaching the pinnacle of Canadian gridiron success, the only Detroit professional squad Zach would ever play for would be the Red Wings — never the Lions.
Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny is second in scoring for the 67’s with 64 points in 55 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It may be cold and snowy in Canada’s capital, but the path to the Sunshine State looks like it’s going to run from small-town Ontario, through Ottawa, to the podium at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL.
Photo: London Knights forward and Dallas Stars prospect Gemel Smith was dealt to the Knights by the Owen Sound Attack in a deal that sent Kyle Platzer and Santino Centorame to the Attack (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
After three-and-a-half years in Owen Sound, Gemel Smith has been knighted — and he’s hoping to play a key role leading the London Knights charge to its third Memorial Cup berth. Not only has he joined a team with a wealth of playoff experience, but he’s bringing some finals’ knowledge himself as he was part of the Attack’s OHL champion squad in 2010-11.
Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2014 prospect Nikolay Goldobin is the Sting’s leading scorer this season with 81 points, a point total that ties him for fifth overall in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For most draft-eligible players, receiving a first-round grade and spot in the top 15 would be cause for celebration. But most players aren’t Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin, a player who has set some lofty goals for himself.