In the May edition of the ISS Top 31, a new player moves into the top five. As we move closer to the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, players continue to shuffle in rank.
May 3rd, 2017 [Waterloo, ON] – ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 150 skaters, along with the top 15 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.
Below is the ISS Top 31, highlighting the rankings for the top 31 prospects, which is released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. An interactive page where the ISS Top 31 can be viewed, sorted, and commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts, can be viewed at: isshockey.com/iss-top-31
ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects For 2017 NHL Draft
|5||Heiskanen, Miro||D||7/18/99||L||6.00||174||HIFK Helsinki||FinE|
|7||Mittelstadt, Casey||C||11/22/98||L||6.00.75||201||Green Bay||USHL|
|11||Suzuki, Nick||C||8/10/99||R||5.10.75||187||Owen Sound||OHL|
|13||Necas, Martin||RW||1/15/99||R||6.00.5||167||Brno Kometa HC||CzeE|
|15||Poehling, Ryan||C||1/3/99||L||6.01.75||183||St. Cloud State||NCHC|
|17||Tolvanen, Eeli||LW||4/22/99||L||5.11.25||170||Sioux City||USHL|
|19||Vesalainen, Kristian||LW||6/1/99||L||6.03.25||207||V. Frolunda||SweE|
|23||Norris, Joshua||C||5/5/99||L||6.01.25||192||USA U18||NTDP|
|28||Timmins, Conor||D||9/18/98||R||6.01.25||185||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL|
|1||Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka||G||3/9/99||L||6.04.5||196||HPK Hameenlinna||FinJrA|
|2||Oettinger, Jake||G||12/18/98||L||6.04||203||Boston University||H.E.|
Miro Heiskanen (HIFK Helsinki, FinE) makes a significant jump up into the number five spot in the May Release of the ISS Top 31. Another defenseman, Cale Makar (Brooks, AJHL) continues to move up the ranks into the tenth spot.
Nolan Patrick (Brandon, WHL) and Nico Hishchier (Halifax, QMJHL), continue to hold onto of #1 and #2 rank, respectively.
ISS Hockey Director of Scouting, Dennis MacInnis, has been very impressed with the play of Heiskanen over the second half of the season:
“Heiskanen is a smooth skating, mobile defender with good vision and rarely panics or turns the puck over. He has all the tools to be an effective two-way defender in the NHL with future development.”
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (HPKHameenlinna, FinJrA) and Jake Oettinger (Boston University, H-East) continue to have a strong hold on the number one and two spot, respectively for the ISS Top Goalies.
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About ISS Hockey
ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS is a division of HockeyTech, a worldwide leader in hockey technology, analytics and information services. ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. ISS data is widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. 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. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several ISS scouts.
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