Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart is among a trio of CHL players being viewed as a potential first overall selection for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League for the 2014 NHL Draft, with the consensus top five rather apparent. Beyond the first five players, things do indeed get interesting.
Photo: Forward Mike McCarron underwent some growing pains in his first full season of OHL hockey. The Montreal Canadiens selected McCarron 25th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Montreal Canadiens surprised many hockey experts by finishing the 2013-14 NHL season fourth in the Eastern Conference and hitting the 100-point total. The team's successful run into the conference finals during the NHL playoffs showed the Canadiens are on the cusp of being a contending team in the East.
Photo: Forward Andre Burakovsky had a strong first season in the OHL, posting 41 goals and 46 assists in 57 games. Burakovsky was selected 23rd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Washington Capitals enter the 2014 NHL Draft under new leadership, following the firing of longtime general manager George McPhee. Brian MacLellan, McPhee's assistant, was promoted to the GM position.
Photo: Edmonton’s 7th overall selection in 2013, Darnell Nurse, was the first defenseman drafted by the Oilers with their first pick of the draft since Jeff Petry in 2006 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With the Edmonton Oilers failing to secure a playoff berth for the eighth year in a row and once again finding themselves in a top-three draft position, many eyes are on the Oilers and General Manager Craig MacTavish as the tough decision of how best to utilize this asset looms.
Photo: Zach Pochiro, St. Louis’ 112th overall pick in 2013, was a point-per-game player while earning 123 penalty minutes for Prince George in 2013-14 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
While the St. Louis Blues have not won a Stanley Cup, the current team they have put together seems to be on the right track. There are very few holes on the NHL team, but they are running out of resources at the lower levels of hockey.