2014 NHL Draft Top 30 Prospects Ranking: January Edition

2014 NHL Draft Top 30 Prospects Ranking: January Edition

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Aaron Ekblad
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January 12th, 2014

HockeyProspect.com has released their latest Top 30 2014 NHL Draft prospects rankings.  They have a new number one ranked player this month. Aaron Ekblad moves up from being our 2nd ranked player to take over the top spot in our rankings. Sam Reinhart falls from #1 to #2 overall.

Another change in our top 10 group is Nikolaj Ehlers moving from #11 overall, to #7 overall.  The Halifax Mooseheads forward has had a steady rise up our rankings each month.

A big mover this month is Brendan Perlini of the Niagara IceDogs. We had several viewings of Perlini since our last rankings release and he had some very impressive performances. Perlini showed us more willingness to compete in traffic or the dirty areas on the ice. It was one of the areas of his game that we really hoped to see improvement. Perlini has always stood out with his skating, but in our more recent viewings he has played bigger, using his size and reach to his advantage. In our earlier viewings this season, Perlini had not flashed the puck protecting abilities that he showed us he is capable of during our games attended since our last rankings release.

Overall, there was not all that much movement this month, although two players did move into our top 30.

Jayce Hawryluk makes his first appearance in our top 30 player rankings. After lurking just outside our list since September, Hawryluk played his way onto our list this month.

Jake Virtanen moves back into our top 30 after slipping out of it on our December list.

Next month we expand our list for our subscribers. We will rank our top 60 NHL Draft eligible prospects on our February list.

Be sure to listen in to an upcoming episode of NHL Network Radio’s Hockey Prospects show on Sirius XM where  Director of Scouting, Mark Edwards, will be a guest to discuss this current NHL Draft Top 30 list.

JANDECPLAYERPOSTEAMLEAGUEHTWT
12EKBLAD, AARONRDBARRIEOHL6'4"216
21REINHART, SAMRCKOOTENAYWHL6'0"182
33DAL COLLE, MICHAELLWOSHAWAOHL6'2179
45RITCHIE, NICKLWPETERBOROUGHOHL6'2"231
58BENNETT, SAMLCKINGSTONOHL6'0"175
64DRAISATL, LEONLCPRINCE ALBERTWHL6'1"208
711EHLERS, NIKOLAJLWHALIFAXQMJHL5'11"163
89NYLANDER, WILLIAMLWSODERTALJESWE5'11"175
96MCCANN, JAREDLCSAULT STE. MARIEOHL6'0"174
1023PERLINI, BRENDANLWNIAGARAOHL6'2"205
1110TUCH, ALEXRWUSNTDPUSHL6'4"213
1214KAPANEN, KASPERIRWKALPAFIN5'11"172
137BARBASHEV, IVANLWMONCTONQMJHL6'1"185
1412LARKIN, DYLANC/LWUSNTDPUSHL6'0190
1516KEMPE, ADRIANLWMODO J20SWE6'1"187
1615KARLSSON, ANTONRWFROLUNDASWE6'0"185
1718BLEACKLEY, CONNORRCRED DEERWHL6'0"199
1819HONKA, JULIUSDSWIFT CURRENTWHL5'10170
1920DEANGELO, ANTHONYRDSARNIAOHL5'11"167
2017FLEURY, HAYDNLDRED DEERWHL6'3"204
2122PASTRNAK, DAVIDC/WSODERTALJESWE6'0168
2221SCHMALTZ, NICKRCGREEN BAYUSHL5'11"160
2313VRANA, JAKUBLCLINKOPINGSWE6'0"165
2425SCHERBAK, NIKITALWSASKATOONWHL6'0172
2524MARTIN, BRYCENLDSWIFT CURRENTWHL6'3"179
2627GOLDOBIN, NIKOLAYLWSARNIAOHL6'0185
27HAWRYLUK, JAYCERWBRANDONWHL5'10.5190
2826FABBRI, ROBBYCGUELPHOHL5'10"160
2929MILANO, SONNYLWUSNTDPUSHL5'10"176
30VIRTANEN, JAKELWCALGARYWHL6'1"190

NHL Network Radio’s Hockey Prospects show on Sirius XM

HockeyProspect.com’s Mark Edwards recently* joined hosts Shane Malloy and Russ Cohen on NHL Network Radio’s Hockey Prospects show to chat about a few players in HP’s latest 2014 NHL Draft Rankings.

Mark Edwards Part 1

Mark Edwards Part 2

*recorded on January 13th, 2014