HockeyProspect.com: Pre-Season 2014 NHL Draft Rankings

    Sam Reinhart

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    HockeyProspect.com released our 2014 NHL Draft pre-season prospect rankings combined with our pre-season “The Draft News” newsletter which includes 18 pages of prospects info for the NHL, OHL and QMJHL Drafts.

    The WHL’s Sam Reinhart tops our pre-season ranking list followed by Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts. Following those two players are William Nylander, Jakub Vrana and Leon Draisatl.

    In our same list last season we ranked Jonathan Drouin 10th overall, while some of our competitors failed to even have him in listed their top 30 on their pre-season lists. Two years ago we ranked Tom Wilson 20th overall on both our pre-season and final lists and he was selected 16th overall by the Washington Capitals. This season we decided to release an extra 10 players on our list making it a top 40 ranking which can be seen below.

    RANKPLAYERPOSTEAMLEAGUEHEIGHTWEIGHT
    1REINHART, SAMRCKOOTENAYWHL6'0"182
    2EKBLAD, AARONRDBARRIEOHL6'4"213
    3NYLANDER, WILLIAMLWROGLESWE5'10"170
    4VRANA, JAKUBLCLINKOPING SWE6'0"165
    5DRAISATL, LEONLCPRINCE ALBERTWHL6'1"198
    6KEMPE, ADRIANLWMODO J20SWE6'1"187
    7RITCHIE, NICKLWPETERBOROUGHOHL6'2"216
    8BARBASHEV, IVANLWMONCTONQMJHL6'1"185
    9DAL COLLE, MICHAELLWOSHAWAOHL6'2171
    10MCCANN, JAREDLCSAULT STE. MARIEOHL6'0"174
    11FLEURY, HAYDNLDRED DEERWHL6'3"204
    12CLARKE, BLAKELWNORTH BAYOHL6'1"190
    13WATSON, SPENCERLWKINGSTONOHL5'10"157
    14GOLDOBIN, NIKOLAYLWSARNIAOHL5'11"165
    15NANTEL JULIENLWROUYN NORANDAQMJHL6'0191
    16KARLSSON, ANTONRWFROLUNDA SWE6'0"185
    17LYAMKIN, NIKITALDCHICOUTIMIOHL6'3"165
    18MARTIN, BRYCENLDSWIFT CURRENTWHL6'3"179
    19KAPANEN, KASPERRWKALPAFIN5'11"172
    20LINDBLOM, OSKARRWBRYNAS J20SWE6'0"185
    21SCHMALTZ, NICKRCGREEN BAYUSHL5'11"160
    22BENNETT, SAMLCKINGSTONOHL6'0"168
    23MCKEOWN, ROLANDRDKINGSTONOHL6'1"186
    24VIRTANEN, JAKELWCALGARYWHL6'1"190
    25BLEACKLEY, CONNORRCRED DEERWHL6'0"199
    26MACINNIS, RYANFKITCHENEROHL6'3"175
    27MIDDLETON, JACOBLDOTTAWAOHL6'3"194
    28BALTISBERGER, PhilLDGUELPH SUI6'0"207
    29EHLERS, NIKOLAJLWHALIFAXQMJHL5'11"163
    30PASTRNAK, DAVIDC/WSODERTALJESWE6'0168
    31DUKE, REIDRWLETHBRIDGEWHL5'11192
    32PEPIN, ALEXISRCCHARLOTTETOWNQMJHL6'2"196
    33OLLAS MATTSSON, ADAMLDDJURGARDENSWE6'4"209
    34HAWRYLUK, JAYCERWBRANDON WHEAT KINGSWHL5'10.5186
    35HONKA, JULIUSDSWIFT CURRENTWHL5'10170
    36GLOVER, JACKLDUSNTDPUSHL6'2"170
    37MISTELE, MATTHEWLWPLYMOUTHOHL6'2"183
    38MILANO, SONNYLWUSNTDPUSHL5'10"176
    39BUKARTS, RIHARDSLWBRANDON WHEAT KINGSWHL5'9"189
    40KAHKONEN, KAAPOGBlues FIN6'1"195