ISS Hockey February Release: Rising and Falling

arrowsISS Hockey released ISS Top 30 for February, rankings of top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. The following is a showcase of rising and falling prospects within February’s release:

RISING:

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
Keeps getting better each month. Power forward with scoring touch. Bright future. Like his passion/compete level. Will play at next level and have success.

Luke Kunin (Wisconsin, BigTen)
A scoring threat when ever he is on the ice. Has good OHS, gets open, finds the ‘soft’ areas of the ice to get a scoring chance. Upside on this player is a top two line NHL player.

Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville, QMJHL)
Highly-skilled player with a great size. In addition, he can bring a physical element to the game. Initiates contacts with the opposition. Knack for finding the back of the net.

Brandon Duhaime (Chicago, USHL)
Good size winger with good puck skills and hockey IQ that plays with a little edge. Has the ability to see the play developing well offensively. Understand his position defensively and very reliable.

Adam Smith (Bowling Green, WCHA)
He’s big and strong. Very good skater, good pivots. Makes good decisions on both sides of the puck. A freshman who came late this season to BG. Plays in all situations. Very good potential flying under the radar up to now.

Ty Ronning (Vancouver, WHL)
Has the traits of a true goal scorer but also willing to get involved physically. Capable of changing the release angle very quickly and fooling goaltenders by changing pace or shooting in stride.

Logan Stanley (Windsor, OHL)
One of the most improved players in the CHL. Dimensional size defenseman. He seems to have been given the green light to play more aggressively on offense. He’s a good skater for a big man. Defensively, he has the range, size and strength.
Shane Kelly (Detroit Victory Honda, T1EHL)
Big two-way defenseman with great speed for his size. Physical tools are all there, just needs to think the game at a higher level.

FALLING:

Dante Fabbro (Penticton, BCHL)
Drops in the rankings this month despite a very good set of offensive tools. His potential is much higher than what he has shown this season.

Tyler Benson (Vancouver, WHL)
Has injury problems again!!!. Could potentially be a top six winger in the NHL but more likely a third line guy.

Sam Steel (Regina, WHL)
Something just doesn’t seem right with him right now. Not playing with any pace to his game – Elite passer and vision – needs to shoot more.

Jacob Neveu (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
Showed flashes of offense at the cost of defense. Decisions will have to be better. Needs to use his size physically and work on his offense to have a chance.

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert, WHL)
Has been handling the puck like it’s a grenade at the end of his stick, and is just not showing any ability to become involved in the offensive flow.

Evan Sarthou (Tri-City, WHL)
Struggling lately and has cost his team by letting in some soft goals. Looked to be lacking confidence. Has some tools, but is really struggling and losing some of his appeal.