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Top 2014 Mid-Season Draft Prospects

Prospects No. 1 - 15 | Prospects No. 16 - 30 | Prospects No. 31 - 50 | Honourable Mention

Posted Jan. 23

Check TSN's mid-season NHL draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

Included in the Top 30 are scouting reports from TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. (Photos courtesy: The Canadian Press, Getty Images, HHOF/IIHF-Images on Ice, NHLI, Tom Soresen/USHL)

Statistics as of Jan. 13, 2014

The Top 30

1. Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad
Profile
2013-14 Team: Barrie League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'4"
DOB: Feb. 7, 1996 Weight: 216 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Barrie 31 14 17 31 +2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
When you build a team, you need a solid foundation. Aaron is a pillar defenceman who can play 25 minutes or more and do so in all important situations. His on-ice maturity is exceptional.

2. Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kootenay League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'1"
DOB: Nov. 6, 1995 Weight: 185 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kootenay 34 18 35 53 +7
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Sam 'beats up' opponents with his mind. He has an outstanding "Ice-Q" and he understands what to do, where to be and how to be highly productive, both individually and for his team.

3. Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kingston League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0"
DOB: June 20, 1996 Weight: 178 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kingston 40 26 40 66 +26
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Three things stand out about Bennett: His versatility, an edge to his play and his ability to 'step up' when it counts. Combine this with his skill-level and it makes Sam a top-end prospect.

4. Michael Dal Colle

Michael Dal Colle
Profile
2013-14 Team: Oshawa League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2"
DOB: June 20, 1996 Weight: 171 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Oshawa 43 27 37 64 +9
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Michael is just beginning to 'touch' his physical maturity. His combination of size, skill and power will only be enhanced as he continues to grow on and off the ice.

5. Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl
Profile
2013-14 Team: Prince Albert League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'1"
DOB: Oct. 27, 1995 Weight: 208 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Prince Albert 35 19 35 54 +2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Leon is a big centre who is smart, can make plays and can impact the game in multiple ways. He's the type of centre who is coveted by many NHL clubs because of his combination of size and skill.

6. Haydn Fleury

Haydn Fleury
Profile
2013-14 Team: Red Deer League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'2"
DOB: July 8, 1996 Weight: 207 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Red Deer 43 6 24 30 +13
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Haydn's an excellent skater who uses it to his advantage very well. He's a smart defender who will transition the puck but is a real steady force on the blue line who steps up when it matters.

7. Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie
Profile
2013-14 Team: Peterborough League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2"
DOB: Dec. 5, 1995 Weight: 218 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Peterborough 36 19 17 36 -8
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Ritchie's blend of skill, power and size is second to none. He has an excellent shot that can overwhelm goalies. He has the capability of being brilliant yet is still growing as a player. Scary thought!

8. Brendan Perlini

Brendan Perlini
Profile
2013-14 Team: Niagara League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2"
DOB: Apr. 30, 1996 Weight: 205 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Niagara 42 28 32 60 -3
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Perlini is a big, strong, excellent skating winger with a great release on his shot that can beat goalies from 35 feet out. His growth as a player has sky-rocketed and he shows every indication of being a top pro.

9. Kasperi Kapanen

Kasperi Kapanen
Profile
2013-14 Team: Kalpa League: FIN
Position: Right Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Jul. 23, 1996 Weight: 172 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Kalpa 30 4 4 8 +2
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Kasperi is capable of playing in all situations. What separates him from others is his ability to make critical plays that help the team win. He can do it in all areas of the game.

10. Jake Virtanen

Jake Virtanen
Profile
2013-14 Team: Calgary League: WHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'0"
DOB: Aug. 17, 1996 Weight: 213 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Calgary 43 26 16 42 +11
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Jake is a great skater with a great shot and when he bears in on defenders, they are on their heels. He has an edge to his game and could be that 'grand slam' player all teams would love to get.

11. William Nylander

William Nylander
Profile
2013-14 Team: Modo League: SWE
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: May 1, 1996 Weight: 169 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sodertalje 24 9 7 16 +1
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Nylander boasts high-end skills highlighted by excellent puck control. His confidence with the puck is outstanding and he has as much patience with it as any player in the draft.

12. Jared McCann

Jared McCann
Profile
2013-14 Team: Sault Ste. Marie League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0"
DOB: May 31, 1996 Weight: 179 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sault Ste. Marie 42 20 23 43 +9
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Centres who play every situation in the game, are involved in all areas on the ice and contribute both with and without the puck are in high demand. The cliche of being a '200 foot player' applies to Jared.

13. Ivan Barbashev

Ivan Barbashev
Profile
2013-14 Team: Moncton League: QMJHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0"
DOB: Dec. 14, 1995 Weight: 185 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Moncton 31 13 27 40 -3
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Ivan is an outstanding leader. He leads by his actions and there is nothing he won't do to help his team win. Versatile, skilled and competitive, he can play in many spots in your line-up.

14. David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak
Profile
2013-14 Team: Sodertalje League: SWE2
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'0"
DOB: May 25, 1996 Weight: 167 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Sodertalje 29 7 14 21 +7
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Pastrnak's ability to challenge defenders with his skating from both straight-ahead and darting positions makes him dangerous. He has very good hands and is always looking to create scoring opportunities.

15. Nikolaj Ehlers

Nikolaj Ehlers
Profile
2013-14 Team: Halifax League: QMJHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11"
DOB: Feb. 13, 1995 Weight: 162 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team GP G A PTS +/-
Halifax 40 25 33 58 +30
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Nikolaj is a dynamic player who - while not being really big - plays big and is elusive. A very quick player, he is able to see opportunities and take advantage. He is equally adept at finishing plays as he is making them.

Prospects No. 1 - 15 | Prospects No. 16 - 30 | Prospects No. 31 - 50 | Honourable Mention



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