Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Tyler Gaudet played in 99 regular season games over two seasons for the Soo, totaling 69 points over those two seasons (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
He wasn't drafted by the OHL. He was passed over by every NHL team in two entry drafts. But by signing a three-year, entry-level contract earlier this year with the Phoenix Coyotes, Tyler Gaudet is a wonderful example of how hard work, dedication, and persistence can pay off.
Photo: Peterborough Petes forward and 2014 prospect Nick Ritchie led the Petes in scoring for the 2013-14 regular season, producing 74 points in 61 games for the playoff-bound Petes (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Peterborough Petes forward Nick Ritchie has played a key role in leading the Petes back into the OHL playoffs. But when it comes to finding a way to the podium at the 2014 NHL Draft, the 18-year-old has someone much closer to home to help show him the way.
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Michael Bunting returned to action this past weekend after missing time due to injury. Bunting notched three points in the two games he played in the 2013-14 season’s final weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound forward Michael Bunting could be forgiven for thinking, “Why me?” back on Jan. 16th when he suffered an injury that has kept him out of the lineup for two months during his draft year. After all, he was bypassed in his first go-round with the OHL Priority Selection, and the self-professed late bloomer was just starting to open some eyes.
Photo: Peterborough Petes forward and 2014 prospect Eric Cornel has played on a line with fellow 2014 prospect Nick Ritchie for much of the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
He may have started the season off the radar, but after a solid sophomore campaign with the Peterborough Petes, Eric Cornel has himself firmly affixed in the sights of NHL scouts.
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.