ISS Hockey released ISS Top 31 for February, rankings of top prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft, on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. The following is a showcase of rising and falling prospects within February’s release:
Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound (OHL)
Has the ability to beat players 1-on-1 and find the open man. His puck skills are also very good. Suzuki has no problem making quick plays in traffic and has good in tight puck skills. Plays with a lot of speed and drive.
Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Intriguing prospect. Wears ‘A’. Big mobile defender, no fun to play against. Plays a two-way game, but looks like he will develop into more of a shutdown physical defensive defender at next level.
Conor Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie (WHL)
Right hand shooting defender with hard low point shot. Plays both PP/PK units. Skating is fluid and mobile. We like his offensive upside – this is a player to watch.
Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa (OHL)
Really struggling to get his offensive game going lately with 1 goal in his last 7 games. Deceptively has a quick release and strong wrist-shot. Needs to be better 5-on-5 , 10 of his 17 goals have been while on the PP.
Hugo Leufvenius, Linkoping (SweJE)
Power forward with size and speed has underachieved on the International scene this season. Time is running out for him to make good impression.
Brayden Gorda, Edmonton (WHL)
Makes some soft plays coming out of his zone and in front of his net. Slow to turn when challenged with outside speed. Strong on his skates and closes out his man well in down low coverage. Always left wanting more out of him, very inconsistent performance.