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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Sam Bennett is making his mark

Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart is not the only Sam to head the 2014 NHL Draft class. Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett has played his way onto a top five shortlist for the June draft. The Holland Landing, Ontario native currently sits sixth in the OHL in scoring with 24 goals, 37 assists for 61 points in 38 games played. He’s only two points behind Oshawa’s Michael Dal Colle for most points for any ’14 draft eligible player in the OHL. Between Bennett, defenseman Roland McKeown, and Austin Watson, Kingston has become a routine destination for the NHL scouts this season. Bennett …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart continues the family tradition

Sam Reinhart has been one of the more recognizable names in the WHL for quite a while now. The former 15th overall pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft has been a force since joining the Kootenay Ice full time as a 16-year old in the 2011-12 season. Currently, Reinhart is projected to be the number one overall pick in June’s draft in Philadelphia, but he’s also expected to play a prominent role for Team Canada starting today as the 2014 World Juniors get underway in Malmo, Sweden. If you’re just a casual hockey fan, you may not know that …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Roland McKeown will be highly sought after come June

ISS Hockey released its top 30 draft prospect rankings for the month of December earlier this week and to no surprise Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart remains the No.1 prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. However, there is a player sitting at the No.11 position who I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. His name is Roland McKeown and he plays defense for the Kingston Frontenacs. McKeown should be on every NHL team’s must-get list come June. The 6’1, 195 pound defender is blessed with exceptional skating skills that includes top end acceleration and speed. I would classify …

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Hockey runs in the blood of 2014 Penn State commit Scott Conway

Like many of us, hockey players have citizenship with just one country. For a player to have dual citizenship in two different countries is a bit more uncommon. Although, it does occur. NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull has dual citizenship between Canada and United States and he chose to play for the Stars and Stripes. Current Montreal Canadien Alex Galchenyuk has dual citizenship between the United States and Russia, and he too chooses to play for America. Ditto for Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville, who was born in Quebec, but plays for Team USA. For 2014 Penn State commit …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: USHL Preliminary Top 10

The USHL is the top junior hockey league in the United States and the league consists of 16 teams primarily in the mid-western United States. Over the last 10 years, the USHL has become a factory and a pipeline to the NHL. Currently, 213 USHL alumni are playing in the NHL and 211 USHL players have college commitments already this season. The USHL will never be as strong as the CHL in terms of pure firepower and prestige in my opinion, but it has become a viable option for many European players who want to become exposed to the style …

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