ISS Draft Rankings: Strong playoff showing helps Reinhart regain top spot

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Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals center and 2014 prospect Michael Dal Colle turned in a strong 2013-14 regular season, but is playing at an even higher level in the 2014 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

On the eve of the NHL Draft Lottery, ISS Hockey has released their April ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft. And, as a result of some strong playoff performances by a pair of players, there has been some re-shuffling at the top of the order since the March edition of this list.

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Eagles’ Savage very much a product of the California hockey boom

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Scott Savage - Boston College

Photo: Boston College freshman defenseman and 2014 prospect Scott Savage has played in 34 games for the Eagles so far in 2013-14, scoring four goals and adding 14 assists in those appearances (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Defenseman Scott Savage played for one of California’s most storied youth programs. Today, he plays for one of college hockey’s most storied programs.

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BC’s Demko mindful of the part his California roots have played in his success

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko will enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked goaltender according to the NHL’s Central Scouting (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko is one of the rising stars in college hockey. He is also the top-ranked collegian eligible for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.

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North Dakota’s Grimaldi part of growing Cali contingent playing NCAA hockey

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Rocco Grimaldi - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi was third in scoring on the ND roster in 2012-13 but is leading the offense this season with 39 points in 41 games (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

At 5’6” and 172 pounds, Rocco Grimaldi is one of the smallest players in all of college hockey, but he is also one of the most dynamic. The Rossmoor, CA native’s developmental progress has allowed him to reach new heights and become more of a rounded player. Grimaldi currently leads the University of North Dakota with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games to date.

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Solid coaching, talented teammates helping BC’s Fitzgerald develop his game

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Ryan Fitzgerald - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald’s 28 points ranks him fifth in scoring on the Eagles roster for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After growing up in Boston his entire life, Ryan Fitzgerald is living his childhood dream of playing hockey for the Boston College Eagles.

The BC freshman has already gotten the experience of playing at Fenway Park and in the Beanpot Tournament. He’s helped the Eagles win both.

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