From HockeyProspect.com | Press Release

Photo: The Canadian Press
Photo: The Canadian Press

February 24th, 2014–This month we are providing a sneak peek at our upcoming edition of our NHL Draft rankings by releasing our updated top 10 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft. Our full Top 60 prospect list will be released on Friday, February 28th.

Sam Reinhart returns to the top of our list after getting bumped by Aaron Ekblad in our January rankings. Reinhart has been on fire since returning from the World Jr. Tournament. Sam posted 12 pts in 6 games in January and has added 8 goals and 20 assists in February. Ekblad slips to #2 in our rankings.

We have new player moving into our top 5 this month. Nikolaj Ehlers from the Halifax Mooseheads  moves from the 7th  spot on our list into our top 5 at 3rd overall. Ehlers plays fast. He is an incredible skater, he flashes both great speed and agility. He combines scoring skills and the ability to play a role as a playmaker. He possesses Drouin-like abilities.

Other players holding onto their spots in our top 10 this month are Sam Bennett, Nick Ritchie, Mike Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl, Brendan Perlini and William Nylander. Nikita Scherbak of the Saskatoon Blades is a new entrant to our top 10. Scherbak replaces Jared McCann from the Soo Greyhounds, who narrowly missed a spot amongst our top 10 2014 NHL Draft prospects.

 

2014 NHL Draft Rankings – February Top 10

HP
PLAYER
TEAM
LEAGUE
POS
HEIGHT
WEIGHT
1 REINHART, SAM KOOTENAY WHL C 6′ 0.75″ 185
2 EKBLAD, AARON BARRIE OHL D 6′ 3.5″ 216
3 EHLERS, NIKOLAJ HALIFAX QMJHL LW 5′ 11.5″ 162
4 BENNETT, SAMUEL KINGSTON OHL C 6′ 0.25″ 178
5 RITCHIE, NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH OHL LW 6′ 2.25″ 231
6 DAL COLLE, MICHAEL OSHAWA OHL C/LW 6′ 1.5″ 179
7 DRAISAITL, LEON PRINCE ALBERT WHL C 6′ 1.75″ 208
8 PERLINI, BRENDAN NIAGARA OHL LW 6′ 2.5″ 205
9 NYLANDER, WILLIAM SODERTALJE SWEDEN-2 C/RW 5′ 11.0″ 169
10 SCHERBAK, NIKITA SASKATOON WHL RW 6′ 2.0″ 174

 

Check HockeyProspect.com on Friday for a look at the full Top 60 NHL Draft prospects ranking.

 

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