Photo: The players chosen with the top three selections in the 2014 NHL Draft – Leon Draisaitl (L), Aaron Ekblad (C), and Sam Reinhart (R) – pose in front of the draft stage at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference had some of the most dominant teams in the 2013-14 season — including Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles — thanks largely to forwards such as the Kings' Anze Kopitar, Anaheim's Corey Perry and the Chicago's' Jonathan Toews.
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2014 prospect Nikolaj Ehlers was named the CHL Rookie of the Year for the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
After a banner year in 2013 at the NHL Draft, the QMJHL appears to have settled back to more familiar levels when it comes to the draft class of 2014. While there may be no Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin to highlight the list of eligible players this year, it is another Halifax Moosehead, Nikolaj Ehlers, who appears set to be the first QMJHL player to hear his name called on Friday night in Philadelphia.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings captain and New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart hoists the Memorial Cup trophy following the Oil Kings’ 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm in the final of the 96th edition of this tournament (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Despite coming into the final game having played almost two extra ‘games’ at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Edmonton Oil Kings found something extra in its reserves in defeating the Guelph Storm, 6-3.
Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel generated 53 points in his second full season in the QMJHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Every step along the way, Nicolas Aube-Kubel knows he’s got more and more eyes on him as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches — and, after a bit of a slow start, he believes he’s hitting his rhythm as the Val d’Or Foreurs play in the tournament semi-final.
Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs defenseman Guillaume Gelinas has generated 193 points in 275 regular season games and another 38 points in 38 playoff games over his five QMJHL seasons (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
An undrafted free-agent, 20-year-old Guillaume Gelinas was hoping to make a big impression in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup, but an injury suffered in his second game almost derailed that opportunity.