June 20, 2014

2014 NHL Draft: Rising Sons


Every NHL Draft seems to feature several prospects with notable family relations. The 2014 NHL Draft features a deep pool of NHL bloodlines.

Sam Reinhart will be a top draft pick in 2014. His father was former Calgary Flames standout Paul Reinhart, while his brothers Max and Griffin have already been drafted by Calgary and NY Islanders, respectively.

Dominic Turgeon's father is Pierre Turgeon - the first overall draft pick in the 1987 NHL draft. His uncle - Sylvain - was the 2nd overall draft pick in 1983, selected directly ahead of Pat Lafontaine, Steve Yzerman and Tom Barrasso.  Dominic is ranked as the 94th best prospect by The Hockey News.

Ryan MacInnis mastered his heavy shot from the man with perhaps the most famous slap shot of all time - Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman/father Al MacInnis.

Brendan Lemieux brings some more of the famous and pesty grit that dad Claude and uncle Jocelyn provided in ample amounts.

Kasperi Kapanen is the son of former NHL standout Sami Kapanen, while top prospect William Nylander is the son of Michael Nylander, a Swede so talented that they dubbed him the Swedish Gretzky when he first came to the NHL.

Josh Wesley is a stay-at-home defender more comparable to his uncle Blake than his father Glen. Either way, Josh has great lineage to rely on for a long NHL career.

John Quenneville is a second cousin of Chicago coach/former NHL defenseman Joel Quenneville. He is also a nephew via marriage of Johnny Boychuk.

Daniel Audette faces the same NHL criticisms as did his father Donald Audette - nifty goal scorer but too small to play in the NHL. It didn't stop Dad though. Some NHL team will be hoping for "like father, like son."

Ryan Donato not only counts former NHL forward Ted Donato as his father but as his coach at Harvard.

Top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers' father Heinz never played in the NHL. But the Danish star was drafted by the New York Rangers back in 1984 and starred in Sweden and Germany for many years. He now coaches in Switzerland.

Brendan Perlini is the son of Fred Perlini, who briefly played with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the early 1980s. Brother Brett was drafted by Anaheim four years ago.

Dman Alex Peters is the brother of Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Peters.

Alex Gudbranson is the brother of Florida Panthers' dman Erik Gudbranson.

Defenseman Tyler Nanne is the grandson of NHL legend Lou Nanne.

Defenseman Luc Snuggerud counts former NHL forward Dave Snuggerud as his uncle.

Hunter Smith is the nephew of "Motor City Smitty" Brad Smith.

Ryan Mantha is the son of former NHL defenseman Moe Mantha, who was once traded for Paul Coffey.

Former NHL star Bobby Carpenter's daughter Alex made headlines at the Olympics this year. Now his son Robert looks to begin his NHL career. 

Nick Schmaltz is the brother of Jordan Schmalt, a 2012 first round pick of the St. Louis Blues.

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