The Fastest Risers in the 2014 NHL Draft Class

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The Fastest Risers in the 2014 NHL Draft Class
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Toronto first-round draft choice Frederik Gauthier at the 2013 NHL draft.

The 2014 NHL draft may not come with the same sense of anticipation than many of the previous drafts have had.

That's not a knock against top-rated draft prospects Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad. Instead, it has more to do with the excitement surrounding Connor McDavid, who appears to be the certain No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

McDavid is a hockey wunderkind, a phenomenon who may one day be in a class with the elite names in the game.

The 2014 draft class is solid, and in this piece, we look at the players who are climbing the ladder in the early stages of the season.


Scouting report information courtesy of unless otherwise noted.

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