2014 NHL Draft Rankings: September Consensus Top 30

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Russia, the U.S., and Finland are way off, but Sweden is on the rise.

There's something missing from the first round in the September top 30 for the 2014 draft: the KHL (or MHL). None of the top 30 are playing in the K, which means it's a down year for Russian talent, or as we saw over the last few seasons, the "Russian Factor" is pushing KHL players down the draft board.

The sources for the consensus list are Future Considerations, ISS, Red Line Report, Craig Button of TSN, Corey Pronman of ESPN and Bob McKenzie from TSN. Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he was the most accurate prognosticator in the group. I may tinker with the model as the draft approaches - McKenzie is the most accurate of the group, but he typically only ranks 75-90 players. Pronman is the most accurate predictor from rounds 4-7, but that isn't reflected in the overall weighting.

# Name Pos Ht, Wt Birthdate Shot Team League Move
1 Sam Reinhart C 6'1, 186 11/6/95 R Kootenay WHL 0
2 Willie Nylander F 5'10, 163 5/1/96 R Sodertalje SHL 0
3 Aaron Ekblad D 6'4, 213 2/7/96 R Barrie OHL 0
4 Leon Draisaitl C 6'0, 199 10/27/95 L Prince Albert WHL 0
5 Anton Karlsson F 6'0, 170 9/3/96 L Frolunda SHL 9
6 Sam Bennett F 6'0, 165 6/20/96 L Kingston OHL 5
7 Jake Virtanen F 6'0, 199 8/17/96 R Calgary WHL 6
8 Nicholas Ritchie F 6'3, 218 12/5/95 L Peterborough OHL -3
9 Michael Dal Colle F 6'2, 172 6/20/96 L Oshawa OHL -2
10 Ivan Barbashev F 6'0, 181 12/14/95 L Moncton QMJHL 2
11 Roland McKeown D 6'0, 186 1/20/96 R Kingston OHL -3
12 Haydn Fleury D 6'3, 202 7/8/96 L Red Deer WHL 5
13 Matthew Mistele F 6'2, 183 10/17/95 L Plymouth OHL 8
14 Kaspar Kapanen F 5'11, 165 7/23/96 R Kuopio SML 1
15 Blake Clarke F 6'1, 190 1/24/96 L Brampton OHL -9
16 Jakub Vrana F 6'0, 183 2/28/96 L Linkoping SHL -7
17 Adrian Kempe C 6'2, 178 9/13/96 L Modo SHL 9
18 Jared McCann C 6'0, 175 5/31/96 L S.S. Marie OHL -8
19 Nick Schmaltz F 5'11, 158 2/23/96 R Green Bay USHL 13
20 Brycen Martin D 6'1, 178 5/9/96 L Swift Current WHL 3
21 Brayden Point C 5'9, 170 3/13/96 R Moose Jaw WHL 10
22 Jack Glover D 6'3, 173 5/17/96 R USNT USHL -3
23 Nikolai Goldobin F 5'11, 165 10/7/95 L Sarnia OHL -5
24 Oskar Lindblom F 6'2, 187 8/15/96 L Brynas SHL 1
25 David Pastrnak F 5'11, 165 5/25/96 L Sodertalje SHL -3
26 Spencer Watson F 5'10, 165 4/25/96 L Kingston OHL 1
27 Jacob Middleton D 6'3, 194 1/2/96 L Ottawa OHL -3
28 Joshua Ho-Sang F 5'11, 160 1/22/96 R Windsor OHL -12
29 Adam Ollas Mattsson D 6'3, 194 7/30/96 L Djurgardens Alls 1
30 Alexis Pepin F 6'2, 230 4/22/96 L Charlottetown QMJHL 8
  • There are two Russians in the Top 30, Ivan Barbashev with Moncton in the QMJHL, Nikolai Goldobin playing in the OHL with Sarnia. Things are worse for Finland, with just one Finn in the top 30.
  • The league breakdown: OHL: 12, Sweden: 7, WHL: 6, QMJHL: 2, USHL: 2, SML: 1
  • There are still just 7 blueliners in the first round and not a single goaltender.
  • I touched on Leon Draisaitl's chance to be the highest-drafted German in history. Ryan Kennedy has a profile on him.
  • Anton Karlsson climbed 9 spots to #5, but McKenzie has him at #11, meaning he's closer to the bottom of the top 10 than #5.
  • #7 overall Jake Virtanen is featured in the WHL Radio show this week.

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