ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart holding steady as top prospect in December rankings

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Sam Reinhart - Team WHL

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.

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Oil Kings’ Lazar embraces leadership role on young squad

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Curtis Lazar - Edmonton Oil Kings

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.

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Rockets’ Olsen working on two-way game in bid for NHL contract

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Ryan Olsen - Kelowna Rockets

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.

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Royals’ Nelson balancing team, career goals

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Logan Nelson - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Logan Nelson spent a short amount of time in the USHL before electing to take his talents to the WHL (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

By all accounts put forth by prognosticators through the early going, the road to a Western Hockey League title this season is likely to run through either Kelowna or Portland. However, the Victoria Royals would certainly like to force opponents to embark on a couple of ferry rides as part of the championship travel package next spring.

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California likely to be well represented at the 2014 NHL Draft

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Sweden v United States - 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp

Photo: A native of southern California, goaltender Thatcher Demko has worked his way onto the radars of many NHL teams in the past year. Demko is beginning his freshman season with Boston College. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

If the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is any indication, the state of California will be well represented at the 2014 NHL Draft. Four California-born players participated in the September 26th exhibition game, led by forward Chase De Leo and goaltender Thatcher Demko, both of whom head into the 2013-14 season with an 'A' ranking from NHL Central Scouting.

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