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cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 07:18 AM

2014 NHL Draft Prospects Top 30
 
Please post your Top 30 Prospects. I follow the 2013, 2014 AND 2015 NHL Drafts. Follow me on twitter @cvandenberg22

2014 NHL Draft Prospects

Weak years so far in the WHL and QMJHL with their first overall picks struggling. This draft is loaded with sons of NHLers who could get on the next list (Nikolishin, Turgeon, MacInnis, Audette) depending on U17 Challenge performance.

1. Aaron Ekblad, Barrie Colts, 6-4 213, D, 1996-02-07
Exceptional player continues to grow offensively, plays like 10 yr NHL vet already.

2. Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice, 6-0 182, C, 1995-11-06
Had a great summer, but struggling this season a bit, great vision, hockey sense.

3. William Nylander Altelius, Sodertalje U20, 6-0 170, C/RW, 1996-05-01
Michael’s son tearing up the SuperElit with 43 pts in 27 games. Elite hockey player.

4. Roland McKeown, Kingston Frontenacs, 6-1 186, D, 1996-01-20
Defenseman does it all- elite skating, skills. Could challenge Ekblad for Top D.

5. Leon Draisatl, Prince Albert Raiders, 6-2 198, C, 10/27/95
German forward dominant with size, puck skills. Needs to work on skating.

6. Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals, 6-2 180, C/LW, 6/20/96
Already playing on top line for Generals. Big, fast forward who is averaging about a point per game in O.

7. Jakub Vrana, Linkoping (Elitserien), 6-0 165, RW/LW, 2/28/96
Already played 5 games in SEL. Is playing in WJC for Czech Republic- tore up U18s last summer.

8. Nick Ritchie, Peterborough Petes, 6-2 218, LW, 12/5/95
Power fwd injured early, struggled a bit with terrible Petes team. Has NHL size, skills.

9. Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels, 6-3 204, D, 7/8/96
Best 16 yr old D-man in WHL this season and they always go high.

10. Kasper Kapanen, KalPa, 5-10, 165, LW, 7/23/96
Son of Sami has already played 1 SM-Liiga game. He will dominate U17s for Finland.

11. Blake Clarke, Brampton Battalion, 6-1 190, LW, 1/24/96
Big American has been excellent for Brampton this season. Power forward.

12. Anthony De Angelo, Sarnia Sting, 5-11 170, D, 10/25/95
Powerplay quarterback has excellent vision. Needs to fill out frame.

13. Ivan Barbashev, Moncton Wildcats, 6-0 185, LW, 12/14/95
1st pick in Euro Draft oozes skill, needs big 2nd half to move up board.

14. Nick Schmaltz, Green Bay Gamblers, 5-11 170, C, 2/23/96
Has struggled a bit this year in USHL. Not putting up Gagner type numbers as expected.

15. Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen, 6-1 190, C, 8/17/96
Another top pick struggling to adjust. 1st Bantam Pick has tons of skill, needs to produce.

16. Markus Pettersson, Skelleftea (SuperElit), 6-3 157, D, 5/8/96
This year’s top Swedish defenseman has size, skill, but needs to fill out.

17. Jared McCann, Soo Greyhounds, 6-0 174, C, 5/31/96
2 way centre shows lots of skill, grit. Needs to fill out, but has 13 goals in the O so far.

18. Brycen Martin, Swift Current Broncos, 6-1 181, D, 5/9/96
Another solid skating D-Man from the Dub. Offense coming- high bantam pick.

19. Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-8 160, 3/12/96
Another small, western pivot has been steady producer all year. Needs to grow, fill out.

20. Rikhards Bukarts, Riga (MHL), 5-10 185, LW, 12/31/95
Has signed KHL contract. Also playing for Latvia in WJC. Small, but has great skills.

21. Josh Ho Sang, Windsor Spitfires, 5-11 160, RW, 1/22/96
Has excellent skating, puck skills. Needs to grow in other areas of the game.

22. Josh Wesley, USNTDP Under 17, 6-2 188, D, 4/9/96
Son of Glen has struggled with Under 17s in USHL. Has all the skills, needs to produce.

23. Anton Karlsson, Frolunda J20, 6-0 190, RW/LW, 8/23/96
Played in U-18s for Sweden this summer. Big, strong winger could break out in U-17s.

24. Alexis Pepin, PEI Rockets, 6-2 196, C, 4/24/96
Big pivot has tons of skill, size. He’s the big centre NHL teams look for.

25. Ryan MacInnis, USNTDP Under 17, 6-3 161, F, 2/14/96
Son of Al is lanky, still filling out. Good skills, but needs to be more productive.

26. Chase De Leo, Portland Winter Hawks, 5-9, 172, C, 10/25/95
Smallish pivot has tons of skill. Needs to grow a couple of inches and fill out.

27. Iliya Zinovyev, Belie Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL), 5-10 176, LW, 3/15/96
Tons of skill, but not producing in MHL. Needs big U-17s or could drop off list.

28. Keegan Iverson, Portland Winter Hawks, 6-0 215, C, 4/5/96
HUGE centre shows a lot of grit. Stuck on a veteran Portland team with Turgeon, but could be Top 10 pick.

29. Jaakko Halli, D, Tappara U20, 6-0 172, D, 2/13/96
Skilled Finn poised for breakout in U17s. Born in Wisc., could be a top CHL Euro pick.

30. Justin Paulic, Moose Jaw Warriors, 6-1 188, G, 10/7/95
#1 Goalie already on Moose Jaw. Has put up good stats this season.

Robin Hood 12-27-2012 07:27 AM

Thanks! Where do you see Nicolaj Ehlers in the mix?

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=66581
http://www.eliteprospects.com/league... A&season=2012

YARR123 12-27-2012 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by cvandenberg22 (Post 56827841)


29. Jaakko Halli, D, Tappara U20, 6-0 172, D, 2/13/96
Skilled Finn poised for breakout in U17s. Born in Wisc., could be a top CHL Euro pick.

Did I miss something will he be playing in the CHL next season?

Also what do you think of Kapanen, have you seen him play this season yet? According to some posters they were disappointed by his showings early this season. He must have improved his game tho as he already made his pro debut.

cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 07:59 AM

2014 nhl draft questions
 
Ehlers is a 2nd-3rd Round prospects. He needs to grow a bit and was left off Denmark's WJC entry this year. It will be interesting to see how he does if he comes over to the CHL next season. He could definitely move up.

Halli was born in Appleton, WI so him coming over next year wouldn't be a huge stretch. I have not heard anything though, but agents usually arrange those types of moves. It's the same as William Nylander who was born in Calgary and played with Blake Clarke on the Chicago Mission U16 Midget Team in 10-11.

Kapanen played in the SM-Liiga as a replacement for Artturi Lehkonen while he plays for Finland in the WJC. He skates like his Dad, which you can't teach. He needs to have a good tournament at the Under-17s or he could slide a bit, but NHL teams love drafting former NHLers kids.

Eyelanders 12-27-2012 08:05 AM

Thanks a ton for the list, cvandenberg22!

Probably not TOP 30 players, but rather could be mid-rounders or late round selections, I´ve been quite impressed this year with two Finns: Julius Honka (JYP) and Teemu Lämsä (TPS). Honka is a smaller defenseman who has excellent poise with the puck, a good shot and can run a powerplay. On the other hand, his defensive game will need to improve. Lämsä is a big center who wins face-offs and has produced quite well. Not afraid of the physical game either.

orangeandblack 12-27-2012 08:14 AM

MacInnis is a forward.

thomast 12-27-2012 08:24 AM

I would say that Kasperi Kapanen is closer to 2nd round than first round. Definetly not top 10. Jakub Vrana is excellent prospect and could see him being very high pick. Nylander is very very good. He has superstar potential. I would be suprised if Hälli goes in the first round at this point.

BalticWarrior 12-27-2012 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by cvandenberg22 (Post 56828145)
Ehlers is a 2nd-3rd Round prospects. He needs to grow a bit and was left off Denmark's WJC entry this year. It will be interesting to see how he does if he comes over to the CHL next season. He could definitely move up.

Halli was born in Appleton, WI so him coming over next year wouldn't be a huge stretch. I have not heard anything though, but agents usually arrange those types of moves. It's the same as William Nylander who was born in Calgary and played with Blake Clarke on the Chicago Mission U16 Midget Team in 10-11.

Kapanen played in the SM-Liiga as a replacement for Artturi Lehkonen while he plays for Finland in the WJC. He skates like his Dad, which you can't teach. He needs to have a good tournament at the Under-17s or he could slide a bit, but NHL teams love drafting former NHLers kids.

What do you think about Rihards Bukarts? have toy seen him play?

Brock 12-27-2012 08:48 AM

In terms of OHL guys...

I don't think I'd have De Angelo as a first rounder at this point. His development this year has been a tad disappointing. He's also "apparently" not happy in Sarnia.

The OHL actually has a VERY strong group of late 95's available. You hit on some of them (Ritchie, De Angelo), but it seems like Brandon Robinson, Nikolai Goldobin, Matthew Mistele, and Devin Williams all have great shots of going inside the top 60.

And for the 96's, Spencer Watson, and Brandon Prophet are the two strongest left off your list. Watson, in particular, has been quite incredible this season.

JL17 12-27-2012 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Brock (Post 56828585)
In terms of OHL guys...

I don't think I'd have De Angelo as a first rounder at this point. His development this year has been a tad disappointing. He's also "apparently" not happy in Sarnia.

The OHL actually has a VERY strong group of late 95's available. You hit on some of them (Ritchie, De Angelo), but it seems like Brandon Robinson, Nikolai Goldobin, Matthew Mistele, and Devin Williams all have great shots of going inside the top 60.

And for the 96's, Spencer Watson, and Brandon Prophet are the two strongest left off your list. Watson, in particular, has been quite incredible this season.

De Angelo IMO needs to see what happened with Nick Ebert last year and get his head out of his @%&%&^ and play hockey. I haven't liked what i've seen from him this year. Plus the unhappiness doesn't help.

cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 01:10 PM

2014 nhl draft
 
Prophet has been good, but needs to be more productive for me to move him into my first round. He was in consideration.

Spencer Watson is a good player, but needs to be more than 157 lbs to go in the first round.

Robinson has had a tough season so far so I dropped him out. Clarke seems to have surpassed him on the Battalion. I saw him play this year and he seems to be pushing a bit after a good year last year.

Goldobin also almost made the list. If he continues to be productive, then he will definitely crack the top 30 after the New Year.

shello 12-27-2012 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Brock (Post 56828585)
In terms of OHL guys...

I don't think I'd have De Angelo as a first rounder at this point. His development this year has been a tad disappointing. He's also "apparently" not happy in Sarnia.

The OHL actually has a VERY strong group of late 95's available. You hit on some of them (Ritchie, De Angelo), but it seems like Brandon Robinson, Nikolai Goldobin, Matthew Mistele, and Devin Williams all have great shots of going inside the top 60.

And for the 96's, Spencer Watson, and Brandon Prophet are the two strongest left off your list. Watson, in particular, has been quite incredible this season.

Also I could see Robby Fabbri sneaking into the first round, if not the second.

Daneurism 12-27-2012 01:44 PM

Draft doesn't seem strong enough to keep Ho Sang out of the top 10.

cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 06:11 PM

Ho-Sang
 
Seen him play twice this year. Great puck skills but holds onto it way too long. Caused a lot of turnovers. Defensively non-existent.

Jamie Benn 12-27-2012 06:12 PM

Joe Hicketts is criminally underrated defensively. Think of Ryan Ellis. Only 5'8 but he can hit and uses his stick well, the most consistent defenseman on the Royals.

Faidh ar Rud Eigin 12-27-2012 06:21 PM

Wasn't it surprising Sarnia landed De Angelo in the first place? Don't think it's that surprising that he would become unhappy.

MacInnis being up there makes me happy as it seems like he's going to skip his second USNTDP year and come to Kitchener next season. We could use him.

Canuck71 12-27-2012 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by cvandenberg22 (Post 56834401)
Spencer Watson is a good player, but needs to be more than 157 lbs to go in the first round..

I don't understand your logic then because you have Brayden Point at #19 on you're list and he's a generous 5'8" 155 lbs. Im not sure if you purposely left that info out because he's the only player in the first round without those HT/WT stats.

I think Spencer Watson is definitely going to have a real good shot going first round. I have had limited viewings of him but have came away very impressed in both of them, he's very skilled. I was much more impressed with him than DeAngelo who you have at 12th. Maybe I'm harder on DeAngelo because I see him a lot but he is not having a good year at all and his development is going no where at the moment.

Canuck71 12-27-2012 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin (Post 56843675)
Wasn't it surprising Sarnia landed De Angelo in the first place? Don't think it's that surprising that he would become unhappy.

MacInnis being up there makes me happy as it seems like he's going to skip his second USNTDP year and come to Kitchener next season. We could use him.

Was surprising at first but according to the Sting he only wanted to play in Sarnia and was happy with the role he would be playing here. Jacques Beaulieu sure isn't a players coach, and a lot of players are unhappy playing for him.

Faidh ar Rud Eigin 12-27-2012 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Canuck71 (Post 56843871)
Was surprising at first but according to the Sting he only wanted to play in Sarnia and was happy with the role he would be playing here. Jacques Beaulieu sure isn't a players coach, and a lot of players are unhappy playing for him.

I'm not sure I'd believe Sarnia on that one.

Hardyvan123 12-27-2012 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Yandle Bars (Post 56843509)
Joe Hicketts is criminally underrated defensively. Think of Ryan Ellis. Only 5'8 but he can hit and uses his stick well, the most consistent defenseman on the Royals.

Sorry but when you are 5'8" you can't be criminally underrated as a Dman.

He is a good prospect but is he any better than Brett Kulak?

shello 12-27-2012 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cvandenberg22 (Post 56843489)
Seen him play twice this year. Great puck skills but holds onto it way too long. Caused a lot of turnovers. Defensively non-existent.

That's the problem then. You've only seen him twice. He defiantly needs to work on those areas but, he's been excellent this year as a rookie for Windsor started to produce a lot on the third line then moved up. Don't know if he's still there though but I assume he still is. When did you see his games? I only ask because the Josh Ho-Sang from the beginning and now are very different.

cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 07:03 PM

31-60 tomorrow
 
I will post my 31-60 tomorrow morning.

fredligh 12-27-2012 07:10 PM

Cant stop wondering about Markus Petterssons proportions 190 cm/71 kg. Jesus christ spare the kid some food. I cant imagine how lanky he is. He probably looks like peter crouch.

cvandenberg22 12-27-2012 07:22 PM

2014 NHL Draft Prospects #31-60
 
Here is my second installment. Thanks for all the conversation. The Under-17s I imagine will cause this to be rearranged somewhat.
@cvandenberg22

2014 NHL Draft Prospects-#31-60

31. Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings, 5-10 186, C, 1996-01-01
23 points in 32 games for Wheat Kings.

32. Nikolay Goldobin, Sarnia Sting, 5-11 165, RW, 1995-10-07
Played as a 16 yr old in MHL last season, almost point a game in the OHL.

33. Adrian Kempe, Modo J20, 6-1 170, C, 1996-09-13
Stock has dropped a bit, needs a strong U-17 Challenge.

34. Spencer Watson, Kingston Frontenacs, 5-10 157, LW, 1996-04-25
Very slight winger plays bigger than he is. Scoring big for Kingston as a 16 yr old.

35. Kevin Fiala, Malmo J20, 6-0 170, C, 07/22/96
Played for Swiss U18 team this summer and was one of their best players.

36. Philip Baltisberger, ZSC Lions, 6-0 209, D, 11/13/95
Playing in 2nd WJC and is only 17 years old. Solid D-Man and strong as an ox.

37. Robby Fabbri, Guelph Storm, 5-10 160, C, 1/22/96
Has really come on lately. Not very big, but has excellent skating, puck skills.

38. Matt Mistele, USNTDP Under-17, 6-2 183, LW, 10/17/96
Power forward moving up draft boards quickly with combination of size, scoring.

39. Tyler Sandhu, Everett Silvertips, 5-10 160, C, 1/7/96
Seems to be the typical forward in this draft-undersized, skilled; traded for Seth Jones

40. Eric Cornel, Peterborough Petes, 6-2 173, C, 4/11/96
3rd overall bantam pick has struggled to score on terrible Petes team. Big centre.

41. Brandon Prophet, Saginaw Spirit, 6-2 196, D, 6/3/96
Defenseman has turned heads in the OHL with complete game. Could shine at U-17s.

42. Liam Herbst, London Knights, 6-3 181, G, 9/14/96
Potential franchise goaltender was dominant in Midget. Out all season with knee injury.

43. Nikolaj Ehlers, Biel, 5-10 176, F, 2/13/96
Great Dane may come over next year to the CHL. Has great skill, hands.

44. Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs, 6-0 168, LW, 6/20/96
Needs to fill out, but is producing points on very young Frontenacs team.

45. Brandon Robinson, Brampton Battalion, 6-3 200, LW, 10/15/95
Hasn’t produced as expected this year, but has all the tools to go in the 1st round.

46. Brendan Lemieux, Barrie Colts, 6-0 190, LW, 3/15/96
Agitator plays like Dad, doesn’t need to score to impact game. Fun to watch.

47. Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels, 6-0 199, C, 2/7/96
2 way centre shows lots of skill, grit. Needs to fill out, but has 13 goals in the O so far.

48. Jack Glover, USNTDP Under-17, 6-2 180, D, 5/17/96
Typical Minnesota kid-he’s big, he’s fast and loves to push the pace..

49. Josh Thrower, Calgary Hitmen, 6-1 199, D, 3/17/96
Another small, western pivot has been steady producer all year. Needs to grow, fill out.

50. Brett Hargrave, Sarnia Sting, 6-4 206, RW, 1/16/96
Huge winger starting to adjust. May overtake DeAngelo by the time next season starts.

51. Damian Bourne, Mississauga Steelheads, 6-4 211, LW, 2/11/96
Another massive Ontario winger who has struggled to produce points so far.

52. Emil Johansson, HV-71 J20, 5-11 194, D, 5/6/96
Typical Swedish defenseman-solid, with good hockey sense. Will play at U-17s.

53. Connor Chatham, Omaha Lancers, 6-1 207, F, 10/30/95
Impressed scouts at All-American game in the fall. Big, strong power forward.

54. Ivan Nikolishin, CSKA (MHL), 5-8 160, LW, 4/12/96
Andrei’s son needs to grow. Has tons of skill, but size is holding him back.

55. John Quenneville, Brandon Wheat Kings, 6-0 194, C, 4/16/96
Cousin of Joel Quenneville has good hockey sense, solid centreman.

56. Jaden Lindo, Owen Sound Attack, 6-1, 194, RW, 1/11/96
Had a greta start to season, then stalled. Solid power forward on deep Attack team.

57. Payton Lee, Vancouver Giants , 6-0 175, G, 6/24/96
#1 Goalie on rebuilding Giants team. Still has an over .900 SV PCT though.

58. Brent Moran, Niagara Ice Dogs, 6-3 180, G, 7/5/96
Impressive start for 16 year old backstopper. Has NHL size and athletic ability.

59. Daniel Audette, Sherbrooke Phoenix, 5-8 160, C, 5/6/96
Donald’s son and #1 Overall Draft Pick struggled at first on a terrible Sherbrooke team.

60. Patrick Koys, Shawinigan Cataractes, 5-9 170, RW, 10/24/95
We’ll give him an adjustment period, but he needs to produce ASAP.

sniper81 12-27-2012 07:54 PM

I think sam bennet needs to be higher, IMO he will rocket up the charts


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