Oil Kings’ Lazar, Samuelsson top center prospects competing in WHL

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Nic Petan and Brendan Leipsic - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

The defensemen, goaltenders and wingers have all been covered, so it is time to take a look at the top centers prospects that competed in the WHL during the 2013-14 season.

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Kanzig stands on guard for Royals

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Keegan Kanzig - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Keegan Kanzig is getting his first taste of the pro game after joining the Abbotsford Heat for the AHL playoffs (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

At first glance, one might assume that a player who checks in at 6’6” has got to be the tallest player on his team in a league full of teenagers. In fact, at that height, the player is probably always the tallest player in the room, at a restaurant or in a gym.

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

by Chris Roberts
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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

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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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