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.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings prospect and 2014 prospect Brett Pollock was an offensive force for the Oil Kings in their run to the 2014 WHL Championship, scoring 19 points in 21 playoff games (courtesy of CHL Images)
Edmonton Oil Kings’ center Brett Pollock has rocketed up the draft charts in half a season — and he’s hoping that getting going in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament will help him gain even more notice.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar, shown here battling the London Knights’ Nikita Zadorov at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, finished ninth in the WHL in goals this season with 41 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
It’s been a busy year for Edmonton Oil Kings’ forward Curtis Lazar — drafted 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft, a key player on Canada’s U20 World Junior Championship entry, and now a second go-round in the Memorial Cup. And it’s safe to say the Senators are pleased with his progress — at least, that’s what he thinks their actions mean.