Ritchie leading Petes to the playoffs while following brother to NHL

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Nick Ritchie - Peterborough Petes

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.

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Accidental hockey career starting to pan out for Greyhounds’ Bunting

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Michael Bunting - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

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.

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Petes’ Cornel hoping versatility will be his ticket to NHL Draft selection

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Eric Cornel - Peterborough Petes

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.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Top 5 remains unchanged as Ekblad tightens grip on top ranking

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

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.

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Athletic genes aid Attack’s Nastasiuk in his quest to reach the NHL

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

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.

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