ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For January

laineWhile Auston Matthews continues to hold the #1 ranking, the remainder of the Top 10 rankings have shuffled significantly


January 06, 2016 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 200 skaters, along with the top 15 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, which are released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season:

ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2016 NHL Draft

1MATTHEWS, AustonC9/17/1997L6.01.5194Zurich ZSCSuiA
2PULJUJARVI, JesseRW5/7/1998R6.03203KarpatFinE
3TKACHUK, MatthewLW12/11/1997L6.01.25195LondonOHL
4LAINE, PatrikRW4/19/1998R6.04209TapparaFinE
5CHYCHRUN, JakobLD3/31/1998L6.02215SarniaOHL
6NYLANDER, AlexanderC3/2/1998R6.00.5179MississaugaOHL
7MCLEOD, MichaelC2/3/1998R6.02.25188MississaugaOHL
8JONES, MaxLW2/17/1998L6.03205LondonOHL
9JOST, TysonC3/14/1998L5.11191PentictonBCHL
10SERGACHEV, MikhailRD6/25/1998L6.02.5206WindsorOHL
11RUBTSOV, GermanC6/27/1998L6.02176Russia MHL 98RusJr
12GAUTHIER, JulienRW10/15/1997R6.03.5225Val-d'OrQMJHL
13BROWN, LoganC3/5/1998L6.06222WindsorOHL
14JUOLEVI, OlliLD5/5/1998L6.02.5179LondonOHL
15BELLOWS, KiefferLW6/10/1998L6.00196NTDP USA Under-18USHL
16FABBRO, DanteRD6/20/1998R6.00.25189PentictonBCHL
17KELLER, ClaytonC7/29/1998L5.09.5168NTDP USA Under-18USHL
18DUBOIS, Pierre-LucLW6/24/1998L6.02.5202Cape BretonQMJHL
19BENSON, TylerLW3/15/1998L5.11.75201VancouverWHL
20MCAVOY, CharlesRD12/21/1997R6.00.25208Boston Univ.H.E.
21BEAN, JakeLD6/9/1998L5.11.75173CalgaryWHL
22KRYS, ChadLD4/10/1998L5.11185NTDP USA Under-18USHL
23BASTIAN, NathanC12/6/1997R6.03.75208MississaugaOHL
24STEEL, SamC2/3/1998L5.11177ReginaWHL
25KNIERIM, WilliamRW1/22/1998R6.02.5207DubuqueUSHL
26KUNIN, LukeRW12/4/1997R5.11.75193WisconsinBigTen
27ASPLUND, RasmusC12/3/1997L5.10.5176FarjestadSweJE
28TUFTE, RileyLW4/10/1998L6.04.75205BlaineMN-HS
29MATTSON, MitchellC1/2/1998L6.04186Grand RapidsMN-HS
30RADDYSH, TaylorRW2/18/1998R6.01.75203ErieOHL
Published January 06 2016


Tappara’s Patrik Laine rises five positions to #4 in January’s Release of the ISS Top 30. This is Laine’s first appearance in ISS Hockey’s Top 5 rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft. The biggest mover for the month is German Rubtsov, who climbed over 15 positions to #11 this month. Rubtsov’s impressive showing at the World Junior A Challenge, caught the attention of all ISS scouts.

“Laine and Rubtsov, both brought an outstanding showcase in international competition”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Laine’s confidence, and ability to consistently win battles and space enhanced his pro potential. While Rubtsov used his smarts, skills and power to improve his latest ranking with ISS.”

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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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