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Sam Reinhart Center
The smooth-skating 6-foot, 182-pound 17-year-old captained last month's gold-medal-winning Canadian U18 world championship team. With excellent vision, Reinhart led the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice in both goals (35) and assists (50).
Aaron Ekblad Defenseman
He's one of four prospects—Islanders center John Tavares (2005), Connor McDavid ('12) and Sean Day ('13) were the others—to be granted exceptional player status by the OHL (in '11). At 6'4", 213 pounds, Ekblad, 17, is an excellent two-way blueliner, scoring seven goals and 34 points for the OHL's Barrie Colts last season.
Jake Virtanen Left wing
At 6'1" and 190 pounds, he has an enviable mix of strength and speed—the 16-year-old scored 16 goals for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen last season—and, thus, tremendous upside.