The Scouting News is pleased to release our top 400 prospect list for the 2014 WHL Bantam draft! In 2014, 224 players were selected and 45 prospects were added to protected lists (in total 269 players). So, we will work towards keeping a 400 players deep list this season to cover the players who'll be drafted - listed and protected (270 to 300), and to prioritize late bloomers who are worthy of consideration as late additions. This year's draft features blue-chippers like (in no special order) like Addison, Focht, Nelson, Smith, O'Reilly, Addison, Stotts, Savage and many more!
The WHL landscape for the 1999 age group has certainly changed a lot over the course of the past five months since the excitement filled 2014 Draft Day spectacle. It's been a long summer, and WHL teams have made countless additions and modification to their protected lists. So, with that said The Scouting News will fill you in on who is still protected, and what players have been picked up by teams over the last one hundred and fifty days after impressing at fall camps!
The Scouting News has compiled a ranking list of the top 100 player prospects in all of Canada for the 2000 age group. This group features the best of the best from all regions of Canada. Get the low down on where high end prospects like Gravel, Busby, Damiani, Lavallee, Merkley, McIssac, Smith and Veleno (and many others fit into the national scouting scene) …
No OHL list is complete without Alexander Chmelevski (1999, 5'11, 170, Honeybaked U16) in the 1 to 10 range! He's a world class set up man, elite scorer, excellent two way player, physically strong on puck and in is, in our opinion, a future NHL draft pick who makes his teammates around him better players!
Our Quebec scouting crew is literally in a frenzy of excitement this year over the upside of Joseph Veleno (F, 2000, Quebec) and we would not lie to you; it's highly contagious to see so many people find themselves on the same page and tout a young 2000 DOB prospect as the best thing since sliced bread (exact words) to happen on the QMJHL draft frontline over the last five years! In our opinion, Valeno may one day surpass Jonathan Drouin's accomplishments on the NHL draft front! YES, he is THAT good!
WHL teams that put a premium on recruiting big, nails-tough and physical 2000s who project to pan out as power forwards of the future need to give Minnesota born and bred prospect Jaxon Nelson (6'2", 180, Luverne High School, 2000, F) serious consideration for a top ten 2015 WHL draft slot (if, of course, he's willing to report to the Western Hockey League).