CALGARY, AB — Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts remains Future Considerations’ top-ranked prospect for 2014.
Ekblad topped Future Considerations’ March ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft, a spot he’s held since taking over the position from Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice on December’s list. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman has 21 goals and 47 points in 52 games this season.
Reinhart remains second directly behind Ekblad. The 18-year-old is Future Considerations’ top forward and hasn’t been ranked lower than second all season. He’s set the Western Hockey League on its ear of late and has a career-high 94 points in 53 games this season.
Sam Bennett, one of two Kingston Frontenacs skaters to make the top-30, is third. William Nylander of MoDo, the top-ranked European skater, and Nick Ritchie of the Peterborough Petes round out the top-5.
At 13, Boston College’s Thatcher Demko is the top-ranked goaltender for the 2014 NHL Draft.
1). D Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (OHL), 6-4, 215
2). C Sam Reinhart, Kootenay (WHL), 6-1, 185
3). C/LW Sam Bennett, Kingston (OHL), 6-0, 180
4). C William Nylander, MODO (SHL), 5-11, 170
5). LW Nick Ritchie, Peterborough (OHL), 6-2, 230
6). LW/C Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (OHL), 6-2, 180
7). C Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert (WHL), 6-2, 210
8). D Haydn Fleury, Red Deer (WHL), 6-3, 200
9). LW Brendan Perlini, Niagara (OHL), 6-2, 205
10). LW Jake Virtanen, Calgary (WHL), 6-1, 210
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