ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 for December, Rankings of the Top Prospects for 2018 NHL Draft

As the season progresses, players are proving themselves and seeing their draft stock rise, with several new faces cracking this month’s ISS Top 31

December 6, 2017 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. The rankings have been created and compiled by our worldwide network of scouts.

Filip Zadina (Halifax, QMJHL)
ISS #4 Ranked NHL Entry Draft Prospect


Below is the ISS Top 31, highlighting the rankings for the top 31 skater and top 2 goalie prospects, which is released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. An interactive page where the ISS Top 31 can be viewed, sorted, and commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts, can be viewed at:

ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects for 2018 NHL Draft

RankPlayer NamePositionDOBShotHeightWeightTeamLeaguePrevious Rank
1Dahlin, RasmusLD4/13/2000L6.02181Vastra FrolundaSweE1
2Svechnikov, AndreiRW/C3/26/2000L6.02*186BarrieOHL2
3Tkachuk, BradyC9/16/1999L6.03.25*196Boston U.H. E3
4Zadina, FilipRW11/27/1999L6.00*196HalifaxQMJHL4
5Hughes, QuinnLD10/14/1999L5.09.5*170U. of MichiganBig Ten6
6Wahlstrom, OliverC6/13/2000R6.00.75*205USA U18NTDP5
7Veleno, JosephC1/13/2000L6.01*195Saint JohnQMJHL7
8Boqvist, AdamLD8/15/2000R5.11170Brynas IF Jr.SweJE8
9McLeod, RyanC9/21/1999L6.02*200MississaugaOHL9
10Kupari, RasmusC3/15/2000R6.01.25183Karpat OuluFinE10
11Smith, TyLD3/24/2000L5.10.25*176SpokaneWHL11
12Wilde, BodeRD1/24/2000R6.02.25*195USA U18NTDP12
13Bouchard, EvanRD10/20/1999R6.01.75*193LondonOHL16
14Farabee, JoelLW2/25/2000L5.11.5*164USA U18NTDP13
15Thomas, AkilC1/2/2000R5.11*169NiagaraOHL14
16Hayton, BarrettC6/9/2000L6.00.75*191Sault Ste. MarieOHL25
17McIsaac, JaredLD3/27/2000L6.01*195HalifaxQMJHL15
18Denisenko, GrigoriLW6/24/2000R5.11165Yaroslavl LokoRusJr18
19Dobson, NoahRD1/7/2000R6.02.75*180Acadie-BathurstQMJHL31
20Alexeyev, AlexanderRD11/15/1999R6.03*200Red DeerWHL22
21Groulx, Benoit-OlivierC2/6/2000L6.00.75*192HalifaxQMJHL19
22Lundestrom, IsacC11/6/1999L6.00.5185Lulea HFSweE21
23Merkley, RyanRD8/14/2000R5.11.25*170GuelphOHL27
24Kotkaniemi, JesperiC7/6/2000L6.01.5*188AssatFinENR
25Sutter, RileyRW10/25/1999R6.03*205EverettWHL17
26McBain, JackLW1/6/2000L6.03194TorontoOJHL23
27Woo, JettRD7/27/2000R5.11.75*205Moose JawWHL20
28Ginning, AdamRD1/13/2000L6.03196Linkoping HCSweE29
29Samuelsson, AdamLD6/21/2000L6.05.75*240USA U18NTDP24
30Olofsson, JacobC2/8/2000L6.02192Timra IKSweAl26
31Noel, SerronRW8/8/2000R6.04.75*200OshawaOHLNR
1Ingham, JacobG6/10/2000L6.03.5*186MississaugaOHLNR
2Rodrigue, OlivierG7/6/2000L6.00.25*159DrummondvilleQMJHL1
Published December 6, 2017


Filip Zadina (Halifax, QMJHL) continues to be a mainstay near the top of ISS Top 31 rankings, as he has been ranked at #4 two months in a row. To say Zadina has adapted quickly to the North American game would be an understatement, as he currently has 43 points in 29 games played, and sits second in QMJHL scoring in just his first season in the league. 

“Zadina has very high offensive potential” says ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He has the ability to change directions on a dime and has very fast hands that make him difficult to handle 1-on-1. His combination of great hands and edge use make him very hard to contain. He can score and set up plays with very little space. He plays in all situations for a deep Halifax team, and is always a threat whenever he is on the ice, as both a playmaker and goal scorer. He will shoot from anywhere, as he averages four shots on goal per game.”


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