CALGARY -- Jake Virtanen knows a little something about the whole draft process. He’s been through it once before.
The Calgary Hitmen made Virtanen, NHL Central Scouting’s ninth-ranked North American skater in its midterm rankings of players for the 2014 NHL Draft, the No. 1 pick of the 2011 Western Hockey League bantam draft.
Virtanen said he feels that experience will help him navigate his way to the 2014 NHL Draft in June.
"Obviously the Western Hockey League draft helped me out a lot," Virtanen said. "You had a lot of scouts and media just because I was the first pick. It's something you go through in hockey. Just doing interviews after games and with scouts too. It's nothing really new.