January 15, 2013 [Boca Raton, FL] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 150 skaters, along with the top 10 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.
Below is the ISS Top 30, highlighting the rankings for the top 30 prospects:
ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2013 NHL Draft
Published January 15, 2013
Rank Player Position Birth Shot Height Weight Team League 1 Jones, Seth RD 10/3/1994 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL 2 MacKinnon, Nathan C 9/1/1995 R 6.00 182 Halifax QMJHL 3 Drouin, Jonathan C 3/27/1995 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL 4 Barkov, Sasha C 9/2/1995 L 6.03 209 Tappara FinE 5 Monahan, Sean C 10/12/1994 L 6.02 186 Ottawa OHL 6 Lindholm, Elias C 12/2/1994 R 5.11.75 192 Brynas SweE 7 Nichushkin, Valery LW 3/4/1995 L 6.04 196 Chelyabinsk Chelmet RusS 8 Ristolainen, Rasmus RD 10/27/1994 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE 9 Zadorov, Nikita LD 4/15/1995 L 6.05.25 230 London OHL 10 Nurse, Darnell LD 2/4/1995 L 6.03.5 189 S.S. Marie OHL 11 Lazar, Curtis C 2/2/1995 R 5.11.75 193 Edmonton WHL 12 Hagg, Robert RD 2/8/1995 L 6.02.25 204 Modo SweJE 13 Dickinson, Jason LW 7/4/1995 L 6.01.25 179 Guelph OHL 14 Shinkaruk, Hunter C 10/13/1994 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL 15 Erne, Adam F 4/20/1995 L 6.01 195 Quebec QMJHL 16 Zykov, Valentin RW 5/15/1995 R 6.00 210 Baie-Comeau QMJHL 17 Pulock, Ryan RD 10/6/1994 R 6.00.5 211 Brandon WHL 18 Burakowsky, Andre LW 2/9/1995 L 6.01.5 176 Malmo SweAl 19 Gauthier, Frederik C 4/26/1995 L 6.05 210 Rimouski QMJHL 20 Morrissey, Joshua LD 3/28/1995 L 5.11.75 182 Prince Albert WHL 21 Wennberg, Alexander C 9/22/1994 L 6.01.5 174 Djurgarden SweJE 22 Horvat, Bo C 4/5/1995 L 6.00.25 200 London OHL 23 Santini, Steve RD 3/7/1995 R 6.01.5 207 USA Under18 NTDP 24 Lehkonen, Artturi LW 7/4/1995 L 5.11 159 Kuopio FinE 25 Hartman, Ryan RW 9/20/1994 R 5.11 187 Plymouth OHL 26 Compher, JT C 4/8/1995 R 5.10.5 184 USA Under18 NTDP 27 Rychel, Kerby LW 10/7/1994 L 6.01 200 Windsor OHL 28 Domi, Max C 3/2/1995 L 5.09.25 193 London OHL 29 Thompson, Keaton LD 9/14/1995 L 6.00.25 187 USA Under18 NTDP 30 Duclair, Anthony LW 8/26/1995 L 5.11.25 180 Quebec QMJHL
Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin, Barkov and Monahan remain in the top 5 spots from last month’s rankings; however, there has been a changing in the order, with Seth Jones moving up to the top spot for the first time and Jonathan Drouin moving up to #3.
“Seth Jones clearly established himself as ISS Hockey’s #1 ranked player with his strong performance helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He played better and better as the tournament went on, and in our opinion should transition seamlessly into the NHL game in the not too distant future.”
Adds MacInnis about Valentin Zykov’s rise into the ISS Top 30 at # 16, “Zykov has been impressing scouts all season long with his smooth transition to the North American style of game.”
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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services Inc.) is the leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey player prospects aged 14 to 19. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients, which include (among others): NHL Teams, Hockey Canada, Major Junior Leagues & Teams (CHL, QMJHL, OHL, WHL, USHL), NCAA Teams, TSN, THN: The Hockey News and Sports Agencies. The ISS annual NHL Draft Guide has become the de facto draft reference guide for NHL scouts, fans and sports media. All ISS products are widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. This incredible status leads every young hockey player desiring to advance in the sport to aspire to be scouted and ranked by ISS. The key to the success of ISS is the incredible worldwide network of ISS Hockey scouts. ISS scouts are within reach of every young hockey player in the world, and attend every major hockey tournament, in addition to thousands of league games. Game and player reports are input into ISS’s state-of-the-art systems and evaluated assure reliability and consistency. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several of ISS scouts.
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