2014 NHL Draft Consensus Top 25

Derek Zona
July 31 2013 11:46AM


Photo by Bri Weldon via Wikimedia Commons

It's early, but the 2014 NHL Draft is just 11 months away!  We don't have much data on the top players yet, and most of the relevant bits seem to come from the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.  One thing we do know is that the names involved in the early part of the draft in June are some of the best we've had in a long time:  Willie, Leon, Roland, Ivan, Joshua Ho-Sang, Kaspar, Oskar, Sonny, and Arkhip.  Toss in Rihards Bukarts for good measure and it's a great group of monikers.

The sources for the consensus list are Future Considerations, ISS, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Future Considerations' rankings carry the most weight as they were the most accurate prognosticator in the group. 

The Top 25:

#   Pos   Name   Ht, Wt L/R   Team  
1 C Sam Reinhart 6'1, 186 R Kootenay
2 F Willie Nylander 5'10, 163 R Sodertalje
3 D Aaron Ekblad 6'4, 213 R Barrie
4 F Michael Dal Colle 6'2, 172 L Oshawa
5 F Blake Clarke 6'1, 190 L Brampton
6 C Leon Draisaitl 6'0, 199 L Prince Albert
7 F Nicholas Ritchie 6'3, 218 L Peterborough
8 F Jakub Vrana 6'0, 183 L Linkoping
9 C Jared McCann 6'0, 175 L S.S. Marie
10 D Roland McKeown 6'0, 186 R Kingston
11 F Sam Bennett 6'0, 165 L Kingston
12 F Ivan Barbashev 6'0, 181 L Moncton
13 F Joshua Ho-Sang 5'11, 160 R Windsor
14 F Anton Karlsson 6'0, 170 L Frolunda
15 F Kaspar Kapanen 5'11, 165 R Kuopio
16 F Jake Virtanen 6'0, 199 R Calgary
17 D Jacob Middleton 6'3, 194 L Ottawa
18 F Oskar Lindblom 6'2, 187 L Brynas
19 C Adrian Kempe 6'2, 178 L Modo
20 D Jack Glover 6'3, 173 R USNT
21 D Haydn Fleury 6'3, 202 L Red Deer
22 F Spencer Watson 5'10, 165 L Kingston
23 C Conner Bleackley 6'0, 197 R Red Deer
24 F Tyson Baillie 5'10, 195 R Kelowna
25 F Nikolai Goldobin 5'11, 165 L Sarnia

 

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#1 RexLibris
July 31 2013, 08:58PM
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I've noticed that historically, the year following a strong draft displays a bit of a reflex in terms of depth.

I'm not entirely convinced that 2013 will be a draft to remember, but if it does prove to be a deep talent pool, it makes me question what to expect with this year's class.

Outside of the three at the top and Ho-Sang and Virtanen there aren't as many names that I have read as much about compared to last year. Some yes, but nowhere near the hype that preceded the '13 class.

I'll be most interested to see how Nylander ranks as the season wears on because of his size relative to the other forwards listed.

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