2014 NHL Draft Rankings – November

Here on the web page we present a ranking of the prospects who will be drafted by the NHL clubs in 2014. We will publish several rankings throughout the year, so you can follow who different players fall or rise. Our last ranking was in August, and a lot of things have happen since then.

At the top Canadian centre Sam Reinhart is still number one. He plays for for Kootenay in the WHL and has scored 32 points in the first 20 games of the season. Rehinhart has also shown he is a leader on the ice, which of course is important for many NHL clubs.

We find a new player on the second spot, here defenseman Aaron Ekblad jumped up one spot ahead of Swedish forward William Nylander-Alterlius. Ekblad is the captain of Barrie Colts in the OHL, and has so far nearly scored a point-per-game. After 19 games he has collected 7 goals and 11 assists. Swedish forward William Nylander-Alterlius plays together with his father in Rögle, Hockeallsvenkan, Sweden. He has also been called up to Modo in the SHL, to get a taste of the best Swedish league, and to play with men. Nylander is a flashy player with great vision and scorinig ability. A question mark is the physical play, can he be a franchise player in the NHL?

Sam Bennett on fourth place has climbed 13 positions since the last ranking in August. The centre is one of the most interesting names in the entire draft. He has a responsible game in all areas of the rink and is a real winner.

Another player to watch is Kasperi Kapanen, the son of former NHL’er Sami Kapanen. He has made the jump to senior hockey on a regular basis this season with KalPa, Finland. In 15 games so far he has scored 2 goals and added 1 assist. Kapanen already looks very mature for his age and could play in the NHL really soon.

In the 10th spot you can find another player who really has started the season well. Swedish power forward Adrian Kempe has been a regular with Modo’s team in the SHL, and he has also been a very useful player for the team. He is already now playing with men, which makes it easier to judge his development.

The highest ranked goaltender is once again Finish goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, who playes for Blues, but American Alex Nedeljkovic is not far behind. He plays for Plymouth in OHL and has so far appeared in 19 games.

1. Sam Reinhart – Kootenay (WHL) – C (+/- 0)
2. Aaron Ekblad – Barrie (OHL) – D – (+1)
3. William Nylander-Altelius – Rögle BK/Modo (SWE) – C – (-1)
4. Sam Bennett – Kingston (OHL) – C – (+13)
5. Leon Draisaitl – Prince Albert (WHL) – C – (+1)
6. Nick Ritchie – Peterborough (OHL) – LW – (-2)
7. Jake Virtanen – Calgary (WHL) – RW – (+3)
8. Kasperi Kapanen – KalPa (FIN) – RW – (+21)
9. Jakub Vrana – Linköping (SWE) – RW – (-1)
10. Adrian Kempe – Modo (SWE) – LW – (+13)
11. Anton Karlsson – Frölunda (SWE) – LW – (+/- 0)
12. Roland McKeown – Kingston (OHL) – D – (-7)
13. Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa (OHL) – LW – (+15)
14. Nick Schmaltz – Green Bay (USHL) – C – (+/- 0)
15. Haydn Fleury – Red Deer (WHL) – D – (+/- 0)
16. Ivan Barbashev – Moncton (QMJHL) – C – (+14)
17. Blake Clarke – North Bay (OHL) – LW – (-10)
18. Matt Mistele – Plymouth (OHL) – C/LW – (new)
19. Ryan MacInnis – Kitchener (OHL) – C – (-10)
20. Jared McCann – Sault Ste Marie (OHL) – C – (-8)
21. Brycen Martin – Swift Current (WHL) – D – (-8)
22. Alexis Pepin – Charlottetown (QMJHL) – C – (-6)
23. Kaapo Kahkonen – Blues (FIN) – G – (-3)
24. Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth (OHL) – G – (new)
25. Jacob Middleton – Ottawa (OHL) – D – (+1)
26. Brendan Perlini – Niagara (OHL) – LW – (new)
27. Dylan Larkin – USNTDP (USHL) – C – (new)
28. Brayden Point – Moose Jaw (WHL) – C – (new)
29. Adam Ollas Mattsson – Djurgården (SWE) – D – (new)
30. Anton Lindblom – Brynäs Jr (SWE) – RW – (-3)

Link:
2014 NHL Draft Rankings – August