ISS Hockey released ISS Top 31 for April, our rankings of top prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, on Wednesday April 5th, 2017. The following is a showcase of rising and falling prospects within April’s release:
CODY GLASS (Portland, WHL) | ISS #14 to ISS #7
Keeps Rising up ISS rankings! Has been outstanding all season for Portland. Lots to like about his game, good size, good speed, solid work ethic and creates chances with skill and vision. Plays like a pro.
MARTIN NECAS (Brno Kometa HC, CzeE) | ISS #17 to ISS #10
Has elevated his game during playoffs. Skilled forward who can play all situations and be effective in any role. Watch for him to improve his draft status with strong performance at upcoming World U18 championship.
CONOR TIMMINS (S.S. Marie, OHL) | ISS #47 to ISS #28
Got more and more responsibility as the year went on for SS Marie. Smooth skating puck moving d-man. QB’s the top PP unit and plays PK. Combination of skating and puck handling skills make him very dangerous when leading the play.
ZACH GALLANT (Peterborough, OHL) | ISS #NR to ISS #87
Like this kid more every time we see him. One of the most improved players in the OHL. Highly intelligent player with good skills and physical tools. Has good character and work ethic.
BEN MIRAGEAS (Chicago, USHL) | ISS #54 to ISS #67
Good skating defenseman with average puck skills. He is more efficient when he keeps his game simple and moves the puck quickly. Did not seem to have made a lot of progression since the beginning of the year.
MAX GILDON (USA U18, NTDP) | ISS #84 to ISS #103
Mobile defenseman with decent puck skills. The need to become more consistent and play with more urgency could be key for him.
ANTOINE CRETE-BELZILE (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) | ISS #76 to ISS #122
Average sized defensive d-men has battled the injury bug in recent seasons. Can get pushed around in front of the net and get out-muscled in corners for the puck. With added size/strength could be mid-round steal.