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: 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: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 prospect Leon Draisaitl, shown here during the testing phase of the 2014 NHL Combine, competed for Germany at the 2014 World Championship (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
It has been 13 years since a player that developed primarily in Germany was chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft. That drought seems as if it will come to an end at the 2014 edition of the draft when center Leon Draisaitl's name is called from podium.
Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart is the top-ranked prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey, and is ranked third amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
He's had the experience of two brothers before him to learn from, not to mention a father that starred in the NHL, but Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart may ultimately surpass his parent and siblings when it comes to draft position when the 2014 NHL Draft takes place in late June.
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.