2014 NHL Draft Top 30 Prospects Ranking: January Edition

    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