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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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2014 Draft Eligibles: OHL Preliminary Top 10

With the 2013-14 OHL season slated to start tonight, I figured I would give my preliminary top 10 OHL prospects for the 2014 draft in Philadelphia. For the next several weeks I will be ranking my top 10 prospects in each CHL league, plus Europe and the USHL. Originally, I thought the 2014 class as a whole would be a step down from last year in terms of overall talent. However, after months of watching film and scouting that may not be the case at all. This crop of OHL prospects has the potential to be one of the strongest …