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Reinhart, Draisaitl earn WHL first-team honors

by Mike G. Morreale

Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl and Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, two of the top 2014 draft-eligible point producers in the Western Hockey League this season, were named First Team All-Stars of the WHL's Eastern Conference on Thursday.

Draisaitl, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, finished fourth in the league with 105 points (38 goals, 67 assists) in 64 regular-season games. Reinhart, No. 4 on Central Scouting's midterm list, also had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in four fewer games.

Reinhart also won the Brad Hornung Trophy as the 'Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year' in the Eastern Conference.

The 6-foot-0.75, 185-pound Reinhart is the brother of forward Max Reinhart, taken by the Calgary Flames in the third round (No. 63) of the 2010 draft, and defenseman Griffin Reinhart, selected No. 4 by the New York Islanders in 2012. His father, Paul Reinhart was chosen No. 12 by the Atlanta Flames in 1979.

Now in his third full season with the Ice, Sam Reinhart has 101 goals, 153 assists, 254 points and a plus-52 rating in 203 career games.

Russian right wing Nikita Scherbak of the Saskatoon Blades was honored as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) in 65 games. Sherbak is ranked No. 24 on Central Scouting's midterm report.

Swift Current Broncos defenseman Julius Honka, No. 13 on Central Scouting's midterm list, was named a Second Team Eastern Conference All-Star. Honka finished 11th among defensemen in scoring with 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists).

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