Reinhart claims pole position in TSR Preliminary Rankings | The Scouting Report

Following in the footsteps of two older brothers who are both NHL draft picks can be big shoes to fill. Factor in one of those brothers, Griffin, being the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and you get the picture of the type of success the Reinhart family has had in recent NHL Drafts. That success could reach a whole new level next summer as third-year Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart is poised to be the first player to hear his name called at the 2014 NHL Draft. 


TSR's 2014 Top 30 Preliminary Rankings

2013-14 WHL Season Preview

With the scouting season still very much in its infancy, the 2014 NHL Draft is already shaping up to be a promising one as there is no shortage of high-end talent and depth throughout the draft eligible crop of players.


  • Reinhart has an opportunity to become the first player selected first overall out of the WHL since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins claimed that honour in 2011
  • The OHL leads the way with six players ranked in our Top 10 with the WHL following suit with three players
  • A very impressive draft crop from the OHL is highlighted with 12 players ranked in the Top 30 and a number of other players who could certainly work their way into first round consideration as the year progresses
  • After an impressive showing at the 2013 NHL Draft, only Moncton's Ivan Barbashev is ranked in TSR's Preliminary Top 30 Rankings
  • The WHL has six players ranked, forming a total of 19 players from the three major junior leagues
  • The USHL has three players ranked as well as Boston College's Thatcher Demko, who aims to be the first NCAA player to be selected in the first round since Riley Sheahan was selected by Detroit in 2010.
  • German born Leon Draisaitl is the top ranked European player while Sweden's William Nylander is the top ranked player playing in a European league.

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TSR Staff

2014 NHL Draft Rankings

1. C Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2. D Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
3. C Michael Dal Colle Oshawa Generals
4. C Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
5. C William Nylander Rogle
6. LW Nick Ritchie Peterborough Petes
7. D Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
8. D Roland McKeown Kingston Frontenacs
9. LW Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs
10. C Jared McCann Soo Greyhounds

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