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: isshockey.com/iss-top-31
ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects For 2017 NHL Draft
|7||Vesalainen, Kristian||LW||6/1/1999||L||6.04||202||HPK Hameenlinna||FinE|
|9||Tolvanen, Eeli||LW||4/22/1999||L||5.11.25||170||Sioux City||USHL|
|12||Mittelstadt, Casey||C||11/22/1998||L||6.00.75||201||Eden Prairie||MN-HS|
|15||Popugaev, Nikita A.||LW||11/20/1998||R||6.05.5||204||Moose Jaw||WHL|
|18||Poehling, Ryan||C||1/3/1999||L||6.01.75||183||St. Cloud State||NCHC|
|19||Necas, Martin||RW||1/15/1999||R||6.00.5||167||Brno Kometa HC||CzeE|
|23||Vaakanainen, Urho||LD||1/1/1999||L||6.01||187||JYP Jyvaskyla||FinE|
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.”
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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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