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2014 NHL DRAFT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Today’s schedule of events for the 2014 NHL Draft:
Top Prospects Clinic (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET)
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation – Scanlon Ice Rink
1099 E. Venango St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Top Prospects Media Availability (2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET)
The National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
* Prospects participating in the media availability include Samuel Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl, Michael Dal Colle, Anthony DeAngelo, Jake Virtanen, Nicholas Ritchie, Brendan Perlini, Kasperi Kapanen, William Nylanderand Thatcher Demko.
Media Welcome Reception (5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET)
1801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
* 2014 NHL Draft media credential required
TOP PROSPECTS TAKE TROLLEY TOUR OF PHILADELPHIA
Top prospects Samuel Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl,Michael Dal Colle and Anthony DeAngelo took a trolley tour of Philadelphia on Wednesday, stopping at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rocky Statue, LOVE Park, Pat’s and Geno’s, and the Betsy Ross House.
They concluded the day by participating in batting practice at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies and the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
“You don’t really realize how far away the wall is,” Bennett said. “It feels a whole lot farther than it looks.”
“It’s fun having guys that I know I’m going to be watching in a few years be the superstars of the NHL coming up,” added former major leaguer Matt Stairs, now a member of the Phillies broadcast team. “To have a chance to be on the field with them, talk to them, see what they have baseball-wise, it’s fun to watch. It’ll be fun to see these guys play [in the NHL].”
Click here for a video recap of the day.
REMINDER: PROSPECT RANKINGS AND PROFILES
See below for Central Scouting’s final player rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft as well as 85 profiles on top prospects:
North American Skaters
North American Goaltenders
The Kings signed forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract extension . . . The Oilers signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin to a two-year contract . . . The Lightning signed forward J.T. Brown to a two-year contract extension . . . The Penguins introduced Mike Johnston as their new head coach and named Rick Tocchet as an assistant coach . . . The Capitals hired Tood Reirden as an assistant coach . . . ICYMI: Take an intimate look into the life of top prospect Michael Dal Colle, who shares the story of his brother with special needs and his mother who is a cancer survivor.
Source: NHL Media