Who will go No. 1 in 2014?

German star Leon Draisaitl is early leader for next year's draft

Updated: July 1, 2013, 1:25 PM ET
By Grant Sonier | ESPN Insider

Leon DraisaitlMarissa Baecker/Getty ImagesGerman forward Leon Draisaitl's power and skill set make him arguably the top available prospect.

The 2013 NHL draft class will be a tough act to follow -- going down as one of the deepest in many years -- but 2014 has lots to be excited about. But NHL scouts have already moved on to next season and the 2014 draft also promises plenty of star potential.

Here is a look at some of the players who should contend for No. 1 overall in the coming season and no doubt become household names in the future.


1. Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL), 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
Draisaitl has been on the scene for a couple of years when he suited up for the U-18 German national team as a double under-age player and impressed. He is an excellent combination of power and skill and possesses an NHL shot. The fact that he came over to North America to play after being selected in the CHL European draft speaks loudly to NHL teams. They want to see a commitment to the North American game and Draisaitl has that. His tenacious approach to the game makes him special.