There are currently five European players identified on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list who are potential first-round picks for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on June 27.
Among them are four players competing for teams in Sweden, center Jakub Vrana of Linkoping, center/right wing William Nylander of Rogle, right wing David Pastrnak of Sodertalje and left wing Adrian Kempe of Modo Jr. The player who might very well be the best among the European contingent is starring in Finland, right wing Kasperi Kapanen of Kalpa.
Goran Stubb, NHL director of European Scouting, feels "B"-rated Finnish goalie Kaapo Kahkonen of the Espoo Blues junior team is also right on the cusp of earning an "A" rating as a potential first-round draft choice. He enters the 2013-14 season as the top European goalie on the draft board.