Biggest risers from 2014 draft

The path to the NHL for Brandon Hickey and Rourke Chartier may now be shorter. Getty Images

With prospects and draft picks being shipped around the league ahead of the March 2 deadline, it's a good time to check in with updates on players from the 2014 draft class whose stock has risen since last summer.

This covers players who have improved per my evaluation at the time, not necessarily based on where they were picked. I discussed a handful of players like Detroit's Axel Holmstrom earlier this season, and others like Dylan Larkin and Vlad Kamenev in my recent top 50 NHL prospects list, and now it's time to some check in with notes on some others who have been trending up.

If a player is not specifically profiled here, it's not necessarily because he didn't rise as much as the others, but rather, these are players who have done the most noteworthy things since being drafted last summer.