ISS Hockey released ISS Top 31 for May, our rankings of top prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017. The following is a showcase of rising and falling prospects within May’s release:
MIRO HEISKANEN (HIFK Heiskanen, FinE) | ISS #35 to ISS #5
Go-to guy on the back end. Rising up the rankings – has added size since start of the season. Mobile with good vision and rarely panics or turns the puck over. Always under control and made very few mistakes. He has all the tools to be an effective two-way defender in the NHL.
CALE MAKAR (Brooks, AJHL) | ISS #15 to ISS #10
Makes good decisions at very high speeds without hesitation and executes more often than not. Elite level skater that can go coast to coast in a hurry. His vision is exceptional. Can make impossible passes tape to tape. Potential top pairing NHL defenseman.
DMITRI SAMORUKOV (Guelph, OHL) | ISS #95 to ISS #63
Good size and strength. Finishes checks in the DZ. Average speed and quickness. Played very well in the U18 Championships. He was a go-to defenseman in all situations. Potential bottom 3 NHL defenseman with an upside.
ALEXEI TOROPCHENKO (Balashikha HC MVD, RusJr) | ISS #NR to ISS #103
Pleasant surprise at World U18 tournament. Solid two-way game. Played well on both sides of the puck. Big body – did his best work along the wall winning battles. Like his passion and compete level.
JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS (S.S. Marie, OHL) | ISS #NR to ISS #12(G)
Played his best hockey of the season in the playoffs. Slightly below average size butterfly goalie. Reads plays well and has athleticism to make big saves. He has upside just needs to show that he can do it consistently.
JONATHAN SMART (Regina, WHL) | ISS #109 to ISS #NR
Back playing defense with injury to Davidson but did not play much and is a liability when he does play. No compete to his game and bails out at hint of physical play. Not a prospect at this time.
PHILIP KEMP (USA U18, NTDP) | ISS #98 to ISS #116
Competes hard, sacrifices to block shots and can play with an edge at times. Doesn’t show much offensive skill. Limited vision up ice and doesn’t use his partner much in transition. Mid-round pick this year in NHL draft.
BRANNON McMANUS (Chicago, USHL) | ISS #139 to ISS #143
Decent size winger with average speed and good hockey IQ. Lacks consistency. His footspeed and strength will need to improve a lot for him to have a chance to play at the next level.