Photo: Kootenay Ice center and 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart (L), shown here competing against brother Griffin at Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in Toronto, is considered both the top prospect coming out of the WHL for the 2014 NHL Draft along with being tabbed by some as the top prospect overall for this draft (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 33 of its players selected at the NHL Draft in New Jersey. With the NHL festivities set for Philadelphia in 2014, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool.
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock recently played for Team WHL in the recent 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
If there is any truth to the notion that you can take a man out of a town but you can’t take the town out of the man, Ryan Pulock might soon become a poster-boy of sorts for that axiom. It seems inconceivable that the 19-year-old will ever be able to forget his Manitoba roots.
Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar is scoring at a better than point-per-game pace so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
It’s not necessarily a description heard frequently in WHL circles, but the terminology leaves little room for debate when assessing the importance of Curtis Lazar in an Edmonton Oil Kings uniform.
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Ryan Olsen is scoring at nearly a point-per-game clip in 2013-14, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists in 21 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
In some quarters, there was surprise when the Kelowna Rockets acquired Ryan Olsen from the Saskatoon Blades prior to the 2012-13 season.