ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 For December 2016

hischier_nicoDecember release of the ISS Top 31 shows Nolan Patrick holding onto #1 rank for the closing of 2016

December 07, 2016 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. With the addition of a 31st NHL team for next season in Las Vegas, which will be included in the upcoming NHL Draft, the ISS Top 30 will now become the ISS Top 31. Rankings will include the top 100 skaters, along with the top 10 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 are released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. An interactive page where the ISS Top 31 can be viewed, sorted, commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts can be viewed at:

ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects For 2017 NHL Draft

1Patrick, NolanC9/19/1998R6.02.75198BrandonWHL
2Liljegren, TimothyRD4/30/1999R6.00191RogleSweJE
3Vilardi, GabeC8/16/1999R6.03201WindsorOHL
4Tippett, OwenRW2/16/1999R6.01.5202MississaugaOHL
5Rasmussen, MichaelC4/17/1999L6.05.75215Tri-CityWHL
6Kostin, KlimC5/5/1999L6.03.5183DynamoKHL
7Vesalainen, KristianLW6/1/1999L6.04202HPK HameenlinnaFinE
8Hischier, NicoRW1/4/1999L6.00.75176HalifaxQMJHL
9Tolvanen, EeliLW4/22/1999L5.11.25170Sioux CityUSHL
10Hague, NicolasRD12/5/1998L6.05.5206MississaugaOHL
11Foote, CallanRD12/13/1998R6.03.5213KelownaWHL
12Mittelstadt, CaseyC11/22/1998L6.00.75201Eden PrairieMN-HS
13Pettersson, EliasC11/12/1998L6.01.25156TimraSweAl
14Valimaki, JuusoLD10/6/1998L6.01.5204Tri-CityWHL
15Popugaev, Nikita A.LW11/20/1998R6.05.5204Moose JawWHL
16Comtois, MaximeLW1/8/1999L6.02.25199VictoriavilleQMJHL
17Chmelevski, SashaC6/9/1999R5.11.25191OttawaOHL
18Poehling, RyanC1/3/1999L6.01.75183St. Cloud StateNCHC
19Necas, MartinRW1/15/1999R6.00.5167Brno Kometa HCCzeE
20Mattheos, StelioC6/14/1999R6.00.75190BrandonWHL
21Martin, LukeRD9/20/1998R6.02.5207MichiganBigTen
22Glass, CodyC4/1/1999R6.01.75180PortlandWHL
23Vaakanainen, UrhoLD1/1/1999L6.01187JYP JyvaskylaFinE
24Bowers, ShaneC7/30/1999L6.01.25178WaterlooUSHL
25Safin, OstapLW2/11/1999L6.04.5198SpartaCzeJr
26Jokiharju, HenriRD6/17/1999R5.11.75176PortlandWHL
27Andersson, LiasLW10/13/1998L5.11.5198HV71SweE
28Strome, MatthewLW1/6/1999L6.03.5206HamiltonOHL
29Salo, RobinLD10/13/1998L6.00.5187SportFinE
30Elvenes, LukasRW8/18/1999L6.00167RogleSweJE
31Anderson-Dolan, JaretC9/12/1999L5.11188SpokaneWHL
Published December 07 2016

The Brandon Wheat Kings Centre, Nolan Patrick, closes 2016 on top at #1, in the December release of the ISS Top 31. Rising 13 ranks to #8, the biggest riser within this month’s release was Halifax Mooseheads Centre, Nico Hischier. While fellow QMJHL winger, Maxime Comtois descended nine ranks to #16.

“Hischier showed amazing offensive play throughout the month of November,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “His accurate shot awarded him with a five and four goal night respectively. Hischier’s opponents should beware of his exceptional skill at making plays behind the net.”

The complete ISS Hockey rankings, evaluations, game reports, player reports, player profiles and more are exclusively available to hockey professionals through RinkNet, ISS parent company HockeyTech’s Scouting and Player Information System. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit


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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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