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2014 Draft Eligibles: Will Peterborough’s Nick Ritchie be the steal of the draft?

NHL Central Scouting and ISS Hockey both released their mid-term and January rankings respectively this week. To my surprise, there has been some change at the top of both rankings. Central Scouting has Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett as the top rated North American skater. In 40 games with the Fronts this year, Bennett has 26 goals, 40 assists for 66 points. Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl is second, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad is third, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart is fourth, and rounding out the top five is Oshawa Generals C/LW Michael Dal Colle. You can view …

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Future Flyers Report: McGinn’s quiet return to NHL, Larsson traded in the USHL

After taking part in six NHL games earlier in the season, Tye McGinn made his way back to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup this weekend, as both Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo were out with injuries. His two-game tenure with the squad wasn’t as noticeable as his time with the team earlier in the campaign. McGinn failed to register a point and produced one shot on net overall in his two games, as he worked on two different lines in Philly’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and played with Sean Couturier and Vincent Lecavalier on Sunday in the …

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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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Flyers Future Report: World Junior Championship update

With several NHL prospects and draft-eligible players, the World Junior Championship is always entertaining to watch. For Philadelphia Flyers fans, five of the organization’s prospects are taking part in the tournament over in Malmo, Sweden. For Canada, the tandem of Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier made the trip, while Anthony Stolarz is representing the U.S.A. Also from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is Valeri Vasiliev, who is representing Russia. In terms of Flyers’ draft picks from 2013, Robert Hagg is representing the host country. Canada is currently at the top of Group A, as they are 3-0-1 with a plus-7 …

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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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