ISS Hockey released ISS Top 30 for February, rankings of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. The following is a showcase of rising and falling prospects within February’s release:
Timo Meier (Halifax, QMJHL) – Good size winger with a thick build. Skating is fine with deceptive speed. Has good vision, can make plays or fire the puck. Continues to improve and impress. Has a chance to develop into a top six NHL forward.
Paul Bittner (Portland, WHL) – Big body winger that’s not overly physical but uses his size. Skating is better then average with skills to produce points. Has a chance to develop into a 2/3 line NHL player.
Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke, QMJHL) – Average size offensive defender. Plays with an edge, possess excellent hockey IQ. Poise with the puck and can run PP. Needs to continue working on improving his explosiveness. Foot speed remains an area of concern.
Joel Ek Eriksson (Farjestad, SweJE) – Rising fast – Sized, strong all-around center who can make plays. Smart, sees the ice well. Great skater that has that extra gear or jump in his stride to be a threat every time on the offensive rush. Potential top 6 forward for NHL.
Travis Dermott (Erie, OHL) – Does not have the ideal size but the rest of his skillset is highly impressive. Skates well, great mobility and foot speed. His gap control is extremely impressive. Great 1st pass.
Austin Wagner (Regina Pats, WHL) – Very impressed with his size and skating. Big body who looks bigger than he’s listed. Dangerous every shift due to his speed. Has some grease to his game and has the ability to get under opponents skin.
Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL) – Two way winger that works hard and competes. Has a good skating stride with speed. His puck skills were fine. Like his energy and effort. Can be a bit of an agitator at times. Has a chance to develop into a fourth line energy guy at the NHL level.
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough, OHL) – Liked his skating and size. Decisions at both ends of the ice are questionable. Looked out of position at times. Needs to show better consistency in his own end.
Thomas Schemitsch (Owen Sound Attack, OHL) – Stay at home defender with heavy feet. Needs to tighten up his gap. Saw too many quick forwards beat him outside.
Gustaf Franzen (Kitchener Rangers, OHL) – His skating and foot speed were only average. He does a decent job handling the puck but got knocked off fairly easily. Looked best on the penalty kill. Didn’t see an area of his game that stood out.
Roy Radke (Barrie Colts, OHL) – He’s a big winger with average feet and skills. Does a lot of standing around. Needs to keep his feet moving to be effective. Showed ability to track and finish but wasn’t consistent.
Olivier Galipeau (Val d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL) – Size was fine a with solid build. Skating and puck skills were average at best. Areas of concern were mobility, gap control and better decisions.