2014 NHL Draft Early Players to Watch List

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The 2014 Draft Year has officially begun.

The 2013 Draft is now in the books, it's time to wipe the slate clean and begin looking at some of the players that could be selected next summer at the 2014 NHL Draft. It's become an annual tradition here to post our first draft watch list on the Monday after the NHL Draft. You can view the 2013 version of said list here. As you can see, for the most part the list holds true, with a handful of players rising or falling throughout the year, and many more working their way onto the list.

The list, as always, only includes players that I've seen play and felt comfortable ranking, which means there are a lot of good players missing, but this serves as a good starting point. Players are broken up into three categories: 'A' players are ones I feel have the potential to be selected in the top 2-3 rounds of the draft, 'B' players are players I feel are likely to be selected somewhere, and 'C' players are that right now are sort of on the fringe of being in the top 210, or have the potential to be selected.

Note: It's not 100% where all these players will be playing next season, so everyone is listed with their 2012-2013 team.

A Prospects

Sam Bennett-F-Kingston(OHL)

Travis Brown-D-Rogers HS(MN-HS)

Anthony DeAngelo-D-Sarnia(OHL)

Chase DeLeo-F-Portland(WHL)

Thatcher Demko-G-NTDP U18

Christian Dvorak-F-Chicago Mission(HPHL)

Jack Glover-D-NTDP U17

Dylan Larkin-F-NTDP U17

Ryan Mantha-D-Sioux City(USHL)

Roland McKeown-D-Kingston(OHL)

Matt Mistele-F-Plymouth(OHL)

Chase Phelps-F-Shattuck(MN HS)

Austin Poganski-F-St. Cloud Cathedral(MN HS)

Tyler Sheehy-F-Burnsville HS(MN HS)

Jack Walker-D-Victoria(WHL)

Spencer Watson-F-Kingston(OHL)

B Prospects

Adam Baughman-D-Chicago Young Americans(HPHL)

Jacob Benson-Grand Forks Red River(ND HS)

Zach Bratina-F-Saginaw(OHL)

Ryan Collins-D-NTDP U17

Dylan DiPerna-D-Kingston(OHL)

Jack Dougherty-D-St. Thomas Academy(MN HS)

Shane Eiserman-F-NTDP U18

CJ Garcia-D-Barrie(OHL)

Shane Gersich-F-Holy Family Catholic(MN HS)

Butrus Ghafari-D-Fargo(USHL)

Brandon Halverson-G-Oakland Grizzlies(T1 AAA)

Keegan Iverson-F-Portland(WHL)

Kevin Labanc-F-NTDP U18

Nick Magyar-F-Sioux City(USHL)

Sonny Milano-F-NTDP U17

Jannik Moser-D-Mannheim Adler(Germany)

Tyler Nanne-D-Edina(MN HS)

Frederik Olofsson-F-Colo. T-Birds(T1 AAA)

Luc Snuggerud-D-Eden Prairie(MN HS)

Hunter Warner-D-Eden Prairie(MN HS)

C Prospects

Matt Berkovitz-D-Ashwaubenon(WI HS)

Michael Booth-F-Fargo(USHL)

Jake Cass-D-Indiana(USHL)

Connor Chatham-F-Omaha(USHL)

Alex Fredberg-D-Irondale(MN HS)

Will Hammer-F-St Cloud Cathedral(MN HS)

Sam Kauppila-F-Chicago Mission(HPHL)

Kevin Kerr-D-Team Comcast(T1 AAA)

Karson Kuhlman-F-Cloquet(MN HS)

Mitchell Lundholm-F-Selects Hockey Academy

Dylan Malmquist-F-Edina(MN HS)

Tommy Marchin-F-Honeybaked(HPHL)

Cody Milan-F-Sioux Falls(USHL)

Jack Murphy-F-Prior Lake(MN HS)

Jason Pawloski-G-Austin(NAHL)

Chase Priskie-D-Selects Hockey Academy

Jack Ramsey-F-Minnetonka(MN HS)

River Rymsha-D-Little Caesar’s(HPHL)

Mitch Slattery-F-Hill-Murray(MN HS)

Griffin Slightham-D-Rochester Lourdes(MN HS)

Beau Starrett-F-South Shore Kings(EmJHL)

Peter Tischke-D-Chicago Mission(HPHL)

Logan Van Ruden-D-Northfield(MN HS)

Nick Wolff-D-Eagan(MN HS)

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