Off the Radar: Five overlooked prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft

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Adam Helewka - Spokane Chiefs

Photo: Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Helewka nearly doubled his point total of 2012-13, picking up 50 points during the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft is still two months away, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the prospects eligible for this year's draft that have been passed over in previous drafts. This edition of "Off the Radar" looks at five prospects that could finally have their names called over the course of the two-day draft taking place in Philadelphia, PA in late June.

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2014 U18 Video: Kevin Dineen, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Kevin Dineen - Team Canada

Photo: Current Hockey Canada head coach and former NHL forward Kevin Dineen has guided Canada to medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Team Canada head coach Kevin Dineen has had a varied 2013-14 season, having taken the Canadian women's team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics while also guiding Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.

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2014 U18 Video: Brayden Point and Jared McCann, Canada

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Jared McCann - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Jared McCann is ranked 10th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Winning gold was the goal for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but the defending gold medalists instead had to settle for bronze this time around. Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 to take the bronze medal game in Lappeenranta, Finland, a game in which the Canadians were outshot by the Swedes, 39-26.

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2014 U18 Video: Jayce Hawryluk, Canada

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Jayce Hawryluk - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2014 prospect Jayce Hawryluk had his draft ranking rise in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, going from 42 to his current ranking of 37 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Canada didn't get what they came for at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are heading home with some hardware after winning the bronze medal game against Sweden, 3-1. A strong performance in net by Mason McDonald and goals from Brendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse and Travis Konecny were the difference in the game for the Canadians.

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2014 U18 Video: Travis Sanheim, Canada

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Travis Sanheim - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and 2014 prospect Travis Sanheim (R) is one of three Hitmen players to be ranked among the top 90 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Despite the disappointing semi-final loss to the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Canada has turned in a solid effort at this year's tournament. They still have a shot at taking home the bronze medal, but that is small comfort for a country that is used to at least competing for the gold medal at these tournaments.

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