From HockeyProspect.com | Press Release

February 28th, 2014 – Earlier this week HockeyProspect.com released its February Top 10 rankings as a preview to its full Top 60 2014 NHL Draft Prospects Rankings released today. The top 30 NHL prospects are viewable for the general public, while the full top 60 is only viewable for NHL Draft and All Access subscribers.

HP’s Mark Edwards commented about this month’s list. ”Our previous rankings were posted on January 10th, so we’ve had several viewings of players leading up to our February list. While we have had some movement in the first round, the most significant changes affect players we had grouped on our internal lists in subsequent rounds.”

Photo: Gord Waldner/ The StarPhoenix
Photo: Gord Waldner/ The StarPhoenix

After the change at the top of the list, one player making a big jump in the first round is Nikita Scherbak, from the Saskatoon Blades. Nikita is posting big numbers despite the fact that he is a rookie in the WHL. Scherbak currently leads the rookie scoring race in the WHL by 22 points. Nikita measured in at 6’1” 178 lbs at the Top Prospects Game back in January. Much like his play during the regular season, he impressed NHL scouts in Calgary that night.

There are new entrants in our top 30 this month. Goaltender Thatcher Demko sat just outside our top 30 all season but he has played his way into our first round. HockeyProspect.com’s  Rochester based scout, Russ Bitely, scouted him recently, “He is very technically sound and uses his size to his advantage. He makes the big saves to always give his team a chance to win.” Demko plays for Boston College where he has posted a 1.74 GAA and a .937 save percentage this season.

Photo: USCHO.com College Hockey Photography
Photo: USCHO.com College Hockey Photography

Also moving into our top 30 is the Barrie Colts Brendan Lemieux. HP’s Mark Edwards weighed in on the former Toronto Red Wing, “One reason Brendan has moved up a few spots into our top 30 is because his skating has improved, especially if you go all the way back and compare it now to his AAA days in the GTHL.” Edwards continued “You can’t teach a player to play the way he plays, he’s the guy you love when he’s a teammate and absolutely hate if he’s not.”  Lemieux has 21 goals and 23 assists in 56 games.

With new entrants into the top 30 there are obviously players who slipped out of the first round. Robert Fabbri and Brycen Martin have 2nd round grades this month.

Subscribers can log in to view the full Top 60 2014 NHL Draft Rankings. Our next prospect rankings will be with the release of our 2014 NHL Draft Black Book in late May.

NHL Draft Rankings Players 1-30 – February 28th, 2014

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
11 KAPANEN, KASPERI KALPA FINLAND RW 6′ 0.0″ 180
12 TUCH, ALEX USA U-18 USHL C/RW 6′ 3.5″ 213
13 FLEURY, HAYDN RED DEER WHL D 6′ 2.5″ 198
14 KEMPE, ADRIAN MODO JR. SWEDEN-JR. LW 6′ 1.5″ 187
15 VIRTANEN, JAKE CALGARY WHL RW 6′ 0.75″ 208
16 BARBASHEV, IVAN MONCTON QMJHL C/LW 6′ 1.0″ 185
17 LARKIN, DYLAN USA U-18 USHL C 6′ 0.75″ 190
18 BLEACKLEY, CONNER RED DEER WHL C 6′ 0.5″ 192
19 MCCANN, JARED SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C 6′ 0.25″ 179
20 HONKA, JULIUS SWIFT CURRENT WHL D 5′ 10.5″ 178
21 GOLDOBIN, NIKOLAY SARNIA OHL RW 5′ 11.5″ 178
22 PASTRNAK, DAVID SODERTALJE SWEDEN-2 RW 6′ 0.0″ 167
23 VRANA, JAKUB LINKOPING SWEDEN LW/RW 5′ 11.0″ 185
24 DEMKO, THATCHER BOSTON COLLEGE H-EAST G 6′ 3.75″ 192
25 SCHMALTZ, NICK GREEN BAY USHL C 5′ 11.5″ 172
26 LEMIEUX, BRENDAN BARRIE OHL LW 6′ 0.0″ 206
27 MILANO, SONNY USA U-18 USHL LW 5′ 11.5″ 183
28 DEANGELO, ANTHONY SARNIA OHL D 5′ 10.75″ 175
29 KARLSSON, ANTON FROLUNDA JR. SWEDEN-JR. RW 6′ 1.25″ 187
30 HAWRYLUK, JAYCE BRANDON WHL C 5′ 10.25″ 190

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