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Thursday, June 26, 2014, 9:35 p.m.
 

Jesse Marshall, co-founder of Faceoff-Factor.com, specializes in analytics and prospect scouting. He has spent the past 12 months evaluating prospects and provided these lists for the Tribune-Review:

Best Overall players

1. Aaron Ekblad •Defensemen • Right shotBarrie (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot-3, 216 pounds

Notable: A man among boys, he is a well-rounded defenseman who controls the pace.

2. Sam Bennett

Center • Left shot

Kingston (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 178 pounds

Notable: A clone of his coach, Doug Gilmour. He is a playmaking center with elite hands.

3. Sam Reinhart

Center • Right shot

Kootenay (WHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 185 pounds

Notable: Gifted playmaking center who always is one step ahead of opponents.

4. Leon Draisaitl

Center • Left shot

Prince Albert (WHL)

Specs: 6-foot-1, 204 pounds

Notable: Call him “The Deutschland Dangler.” He is a puck possession monster.

5. Nikolaj Ehlers

Winger • Left shot

Halifax (QMJHL)

Specs: 5-foot-11, 162 pounds

Notable: Dubbed “The Electric Ehl” because offensively, he is on another level.6. Michael Dal Colle

Center • Left shot

Oshawa (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot-1, 182 pounds

Notable: He is a rounded, north-south center with a potent wrist-shot.

7. William Nylander

Winger • Right shot

MoDo (Swedish Elite League)

Specs: 5-foot-11, 186 pounds

Notable: He is a small, electric forward with game-breaking potential and NHL bloodlines.

8. Nick Ritchie

Winger • Left shot

Peterborough (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot-2, 225 pounds

Notable: He is the best true power forward in this class — skilled and plays like a bully.

9. Brendan Perlini

Winger • Left shot

Niagara (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Notable: He is an elite sniper and dangler, but in the body of a power forward.

10. Jake Virtanen

Winger • Right shot

Calgary (WHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 208 pounds

Notable: He is a sniper with top puck skills, but he must improve his consistency.

Best Bets For Penguins

1. Nikita Scherbak

Winger • Left shot

Saskatoon (WHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 175 pounds

Notable: Possesses high-end skill and grit. Projects comparably to James Neal.

2. Nikolay Goldobin

Winger • Left shot

Sarnia (OHL)

Specs: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Notable: A consistent, creative shooter with elite hands.

3. Brendan Lemieux

Winger • Left shot

Barrie (OHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 206 pounds

Notable: His plays a lot like his father, former NHLer Claude Lemieux. He will agitate and score big goals.

4. Josh Ho-Sang

Winger • Right shot

Windsor (OHL)

Specs: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Notable: Not big, but his hands are dynamic and his skating is world-class.

5. Ivan Barbashev

Center • Left shot

Moncton (QMJHL)

Specs: 6-foot, 180 pounds

Notable: He is a two-way, playmaking center that could also develop into a winger.

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