Family ties: 22 draft prospects with NHL relatives

Former NHLers’ sons and other relatives are on the radar as top prospects available at the 2014 draft, which kicks off Friday in Philadelphia.
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The 2014 draft class is a geneticist’s dream, as it includes prospects hailing from rich NHL bloodlines. Here are the most noteworthy sons, brothers, nephews and cousins, whose NHL-drafted relatives include Stanley Cup champs and a Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

SAM REINHART, C

Father: Paul Reinhart

Brothers: Max Reinhart, Griffin Reinhart

Paul played in multiple All-Star Games as a Calgary Flame. He was one of the better offensive blueliners of the 1980s. Max is working his way into Calgary’s plans after a great AHL season, while hulking D-man Griffin was the fourth overall pick in 2012. Sam, however, should be picked higher than any of his family members.

DOMINIC TURGEON, C

Father: Pierre Turgeon

Uncle: Sylvain Turgeon

Dominic’s ceiling projects closer to his uncle Sylvain, a decent scorer in the '80s and '90s, than his dad’s. Pierre, the No. 1 pick in 1987, was one of his generation’s more underrated offensive players.

RYAN MACINNIS, LW

Father: Al MacInnis

Ryan, a big forward, has quite the role model in Hall of Famer Al MacInnis. Dad did his damage on defense, but at least passed his famously heavy shot on to his son.

BRENDAN LEMIEUX, LW

Father: Claude Lemieux

Uncle: Jocelyn Lemieux

Brendan Lemieux, an agitating forward who can score and drive opponents bananas, is strikingly similar to superpest Claude Lemieux, who happens to be his dad.

JOHN QUENNEVILLE, C

Second Cousin: Joel Quenneville

Uncle: Johnny Boychuk

The family influence on John’s game is more environmental than hereditary. Second cousin Joel is far more successful as a coach than as a player, and Boychuk is his uncle via marriage, not blood.

JOSH WESLEY, D

Father: Glen Wesley

Uncle: Blake Wesley

Glen is the more accomplished Wesley brother, but Blake’s stay-at-home game is a better comparison to that of Josh, who is bigger than his father and uncle.

DANIEL AUDETTE, C

Father: Donald Audette

Daniel projects to go far higher than his father, a ninth-round Sabres pick. Daniel has the same strengths and weaknesses: a nifty scoring touch, but a frame that will have trouble handling the rigors of NHL play.

RYAN DONATO, C

Father: Ted Donato

Ryan’s roots tie closer to his proud papa than any other player in the draft. He and Ted came up through the U.S. high school system and Ryan has committed to Harvard, where Ted played and now coaches.

BRENDAN PERLINI, LW

Father: Fred Perlini

Brother: Brett Perlini

NICK RITCHIE, LW

Brother: Brett Ritchie

NIKOLAJ EHLERS, LW

Father: Heinz Ehlers

NICK SCHMALTZ, RW

Brother: Jordan Schmaltz

HUNTER SMITH, RW

Uncle: Brad Smith

ALEX PETERS, D

Brother: Justin Peters

LUC SNUGGERUD, D

Uncle: Dave Snuggerud

RYAN MANTHA, D

Father: Moe Mantha

ROBERT CARPENTER, C

Father: Bobby Carpenter

JOSH THROWER, D

Brother: Dalton Thrower

TYLER NANNE, D

Grandfather: Lou Nanne

ALEX GUDBRANSON, D

Brother: Erik Gudbranson

WILLIAM NYLANDER, C

Father: Michael Nylander

KASPERI KAPANEN, RW

Father: Sami Kapanen

This article originally appeared in THN's annual Draft Preview edition.

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