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IIHF World Junior Championship alumni highlight NHL Central Scouting final rankings
David Brien
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April 10, 2014
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The world’s top young players will be in Toronto and Montreal this winter for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, but first, many will hear their names called at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

With that in mind, NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2013-14 season, and a number of players who took to the ice last December at the 2014 World Juniors in Malmö, Sweden are on the list.

The rankings include 395 players: 210 North American skaters, 30 North American goaltenders, 140 European skaters and 15 European goaltenders.

So who made the list for the 10 countries that will be a part of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship?

CANADA
2014 WJC alumni: Aaron Ekblad (NA No. 2), Sam Reinhart (NA No. 3)

Top-five ranked players: Sam Bennett (NA No. 1), Aaron Ekblad (NA No. 2), Sam Reinhart (NA No. 3), Michael Dal Colle (NA No. 5), Jake Virtanen (NA No. 6)

CZECH REPUBLIC
2014 WJC alumni: Jakub Vrana (EU No. 4), David Pastrnak (EU No. 5), Ondrej Kase (EU No. 8), David Kampf (EU No. 36), Martin Prochazka (EU No. 58)

Top-five ranked players: Jakub Vrana (EU No. 4), David Pastrnak (EU No. 5), Ondrej Kase (EU No. 8), Vitek Vanecek (EU No. 8G), Dominik Masin (EU No. 10)

DENMARK
2014 WJC alumni (Div. 1, Gr. A): Nikolaj Ehlers (NA No. 13), Mikkel Aagaard (EU No. 130)

Top-two ranked players: Nikolaj Ehlers (NA No. 13), Mikkel Aagaard (EU No. 130)

FINLAND
2014 WJC alumni: Ville Husso (EU No. 1G), Julius Honka (NA No. 11), Joni Nikko (EU No. 61), Saku Kinnunen (EU No. 115), Juuso Ikonen (EU No. 131)

Top-five ranked players: Kasperi Kapanen (EU No. 1), Ville Husso (EU No. 1G), Julius Honka (NA No. 11), Juho Lammikko (EU No. 14), Eetu Sopanen (EU No. 31)

GERMANY
2014 WJC alumni: Leon Draisaitl (NA No. 4)

Top-five ranked players: Leon Draisaitl (NA No. 4), Tobias Kircher (EU No. 120), Leonhard Niederberger (EU No. 122), David Trinkberger (EU No. 123), Fabio Pfohl (EU No. 124)

RUSSIA
2014 WJC alumni: Ivan Barbashev (NA No. 18), Nikita Tryamkin (EU No. 65), Andrei Mironov (EU No. 66)

Top-five ranked players: Ilya Sorokin (EU No. 5G), Vladislav Kamenev (EU No. 13), Vladislav Gavrikov (EU No. 17), Ivan Barbashev (NA No. 18), Nikita Cherepanov (EU No. 22)

SLOVAKIA
2014 WJC alumni: Milan Kolena (EU No. 59), David Griger (EU No. 85), Stanislav Horansky (EU No. 96), Pavol Skalicky (EU No. 118)

Top-five ranked players: Milan Kolena (EU No. 59), David Griger (EU No. 85), Stanislav Horansky (EU No. 96), Pavol Skalicky (EU No. 118), Matej Palocko (EU No. 128)

SWEDEN
2014 WJC alumni: Jonas Johansson (EU No. 2G), Anton Karlsson (EU No. 11), Lucas Wallmark (EU No. 20), Lukas Bengtsson (EU No. 48)

Top-five ranked players: Jonas Johansson (EU No. 2G), William Nylander (EU No. 2), Adrian Kampe (EU No. 6), Marcus Pettersson (EU No. 7), Sebastian Aho (EU No. 9)

SWITZERLAND
2014 WJC alumni: Kevin Fiala (EU No. 3), Mevlin Nyffeler (EU No. 10G), Sandro Zangger (EU No. 56), Nico Dunner (EU No. 92)

Top-five ranked players: Kevin Fiala (EU No. 3), Mevlin Nyffeler (EU No. 10G), Noah Rod (EU No. 27), Luca Hischier (EU No. 44), Luca Fazzini (EU No. 49)

UNITED STATES
2014 WJC alumni: Thatcher Demko (NA No. 1G)

Top-five ranked players: Thatcher Demko (NA No. 1G), Alex Tuch (NA No. 12), Anthony Deangelo (NA No. 14), Sonny Milano (NA No. 16), Dylan Larkin (NA No. 17)


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