Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko has turned in a stellar freshman season between the pipes for the Eagles, a season that he and his teammates hope will end with a national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
As the 2013-14 season progresses, the order at the top of the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings seems to have further solidified. Case in point: the top five prospects in the March rankings is the same order as the top five from the February rankings.
Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is scoring at a point-per-game pace so far in the 2013-14 season, posting 19 goals and 24 assists in 43 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
ISS Hockey has released their February rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, with the upper portion of those rankings looking very familiar.
The top six prospects from last month's rankings are the same six players holding down those slots in this month's list. And in fact, the players are ranked exactly as they were in January, so the ISS view of the draft's top prospects seems to be more settled as the 2013-14 regular season heads towards its conclusion.
Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett is ranked as the top North American skater in Central Scouting’s 2014 midterm rankings (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Ontario Hockey League loves to bill itself as the marquee developmental league for the National Hockey League. It’s a statement that’s at the core of its recruiting and marketing tactics for players throughout the province, into the U.S., and around the world. And 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year — led by an “exceptional” player that hockey watchers have been anxiously awaiting.
Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and 2014 prospect Brendan Perlini is currently rated as a top 10 prospect by both Central Scouting and ISS Hockey (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Brendan Perlini is the only player at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game who was born in England. He is also proof-positive that the road to hockey success can be one traveled in a rather unique fashion.
Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett is ranked third overall by ISS and first in North America by CSS, but he’ll miss out on competing with the other top prospects at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to injury (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
For the NHL Draft prospect junkie, January is a particularly interesting month given the information available and events that take place. On the event side, the World Junior Championship wraps up in early January, while the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game normally takes place at mid-month (and in fact is taking place tomorrow night).