"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Eastern Conference First Round Game 4 Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1 It's on to Round 2. For the second...
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Central Scouting names top players; draft lottery set for April 15th
The youngest of the Reinhart brothers, Sam, is the #3 North American skater in the final NHL Central Scouting draft ratings. (Sam Bennett is #1, Aaron Ekblad is #2).
The #1 North American goalie is Boston College's Thatcher Demko (who is a true freshman); Demko faces Union on Thursday in Philly at the Frozen Four.
Among Europeans, the top 2 are sons of former NHL players: Kasperi Kapanen (Sami's son) and William Nylander (Michael's son).
The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET on TSN in Canada and NBCSN in the United States.
Unless the Isles finish 3-0-1 or 4-0-0 they will have either the 4th or 5th seed going into the lottery-- because of tie-breakers the only teams besides Calgary that the Isles can finish ahead of are Ottawa, Carolina and Winnipeg. They are already guaranteed to finish ahead of Edmonton, Florida, and Buffalo.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick