Three Sea Dogs made NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Defenseman Olivier LeBlanc was the highest ranked Sea Dog, coming in at No. 126. Forwards Matthew Highmore and Spencer Smallman were ranked 155th and 173rd, respectively.
LeBlanc was Saint John’s highest scoring defenseman this past season, recording seven goals and 33 points in 56 games. Highmore played in all 68 games and recorded 19 goals and 50 points while Smallman finished with 12 goals and 35 points in 66 games.
Forward Juraj Siska, who was drafted by the Sea Dogs in last year’s CHL Import Draft but never played due to injury, was listed at the bottom of the rankings with a “limited viewing” ranking.
Kingston forward Samuel Bennett was the top ranked skater amongst North Americans. Halifax’s Nikolaj Ehlers was the top ranked QMJHL player, coming in at 13th.
The NHL Draft takes place June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
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