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2014 NHL draft rankings: Samuel Bennet ranked No. 1 in midterm report

Samuel Bennet is considered to be the top prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft, according to the midterm report from NHL CSS.

Christian Petersen

Based upon the opinion of Central Scouting, Samuel Bennet of the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs is the top player in the 2014 draft class.

Central Scouting released its midterm report on Monday morning, and Bennet was listed as the top North American skater prospect in the rankings. Bennet was followed by forward Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts. Here's a look at the top-10 North American skater prospects, as ranked by the midterm report:

Player Pos Team Height Weight
Samuel Bennet C Kingston 6' 0.25 178
Leon Draisaitl C Prince Albert 6' 1.75 208
Aaron Ekblad D Barrie 6' 3.5 216
Sam Reinhart C Kootenay 6' 0.75 185
Michael Del Collie F Oshawa 6' 1.5 179
Haydn Fleury D Red Deer 6' 2.5 198
Nicholas Ritchie LW Peterborough 6' 2.25 231
Brendan Perlini LW Niagara 6' 2.5 231
Jake Virtanen RW Calgary 6' 0.75 208
Anthony DeAngelo D Sarnia 5' 10.75 175

The North American goaltending prospects were led by Thatcher Demko, who is currently playing for Boston College and was the third goaltender on the 2014 US under-20 team. Demko was followed by a pair of USA U18 goaltenders in Edwin Minney and Blake Weyrick. Here's a look at the top-five North American goaltenders, courtesy of CSS' midterm ranking:

Player Team Hand Height Weight
Thatcher Demko Boston College L 6' 3.75 192
Edwin Minney USA U-18 L 6' 4.25 191
Blake Weyrick USA U-18 L 6' 3.0 203
Thomas Perry Wenatchee L 6' 2.5 189
Alex Nedeljkovic Plymouth L 6'0 184

Kasperi Kapanen was ranked as the top European skater, followed by William Nylander and Adrian Kempe. Here's a look at the top-10 European players:

Player Pos Team Height Weight
Kasperi Kapanen RW KalPa 6' 0 180
William Nylander F Sodertalje 5' 11 169
Adrian Kempe LW Modo Jr. 6' 1.5 187
David Pastrna RW Sodertalje 6' 0 167
Jakub Vrana F Linkoping 5' 11 185
Anton Karlsson RW Frolunda Jr. 6' 1.25 187
Arkhip Nekolenko LW Spartak 2 6' 2 176
Vladislav Kamenev LW Magnitogorsk 2 6' 2 198
Sebastien Aho D Skelleftea Jr. 5' 9.25 165
Markus Pettersson D Skelleftea Jr. 6' 4 167

Ville Husso was ranked No. 1 amongst European goaltenders, followed by Kaapa Kahkonen and Jonas Johansson:

Player Team Hand Height Weight
Ville Husso HIFK L 6' 3 205
Kaapa Kahkonen Blues Jr. L 6' 1.5 209
Jonas Johansson Brynas Jr. L 6' 3.75 198
Ilya Sorokin Novokuznetsk L 6' 2. 167
Maximilian Pajpach Slovakia U18 L 6' 1.25 207

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