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

With the CHL Top Prospects game completed, and playoffs drawing ever closer, it’s time to see which prospects can elevate their game at the most important time of the year

February 7, 2018 [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.

Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL)
ISS #10 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*186BarrieOHL3
3Tkachuk, BradyC9/16/1999L6.03.25*196Boston UniversityH. E2
4Zadina, FilipRW11/27/1999L6.00*196HalifaxQMJHL4
5Boqvist, AdamLD8/15/2000R5.11170Brynas IF Jr.SweJE8
6Bouchard, EvanRD10/20/1999R6.01.75*193LondonOHL6
7Wahlstrom, OliverC6/13/2000R6.00.75*205USA U18NTDP5
8Hughes, QuinnLD10/14/1999L5.09.5*170U. of MichiganBig Ten7
9Veleno, JosephC1/13/2000L6.01*195DrummondvilleQMJHL12
10Dobson, NoahRD1/7/2000R6.02.75*180Acadie-BathurstQMJHL20
11Kupari, RasmusC3/15/2000R6.01.25183Karpat OuluFinE9
12Lundestrom, IsacC11/6/1999L6.00.5185Lulea HFSweE11
13Hayton, BarrettC6/9/2000L6.00.75*191Sault Ste. MarieOHL15
14Smith, TyLD3/24/2000L5.10.25*176SpokaneWHL10
15Farabee, JoelLW2/25/2000L5.11.5*164USA U18NTDP14
16Wilde, BodeRD1/24/2000R6.02.25*195USA U18NTDP13
17McIsaac, JaredLD3/27/2000L6.01*195HalifaxQMJHL16
18Denisenko, GrigoriLW6/24/2000R5.11165Yaroslavl LokoRusJr17
19McLeod, RyanC9/21/1999L6.02*200MississaugaOHL19
20Samuelsson, AdamLD6/21/2000L6.05.75*240USA U18NTDPNR
21Thomas, AkilC1/2/2000R5.11*169NiagaraOHL18
22Kaut, MartinRW10/2/1999R6.01.5176PardubiceCzeE24
23Alexeyev, AlexanderRD11/15/1999R6.03*200Red DeerWHL22
24Noel, SerronRW8/8/2000R6.04.75*200OshawaOHL31
25Groulx, Benoit-OlivierC2/6/2000L6.00.75*192HalifaxQMJHL21
26Tychonick, JonathanLD3/3/2000L5.11.25166PentictonBCHL29
27Kotkaniemi, JesperiC7/6/2000L6.01.5*188AssatFinE25
28Bernard-Docker, JacobRD6/30/2000R6.00*181OkotoksAJHLNR
29Ginning, AdamRD1/13/2000L6.03196Linkoping HCSweE30
30Bokk, DominikLW2/3/2000R6.01178VaxjoSweJENR
31Olofsson, JacobC2/8/2000L6.01.75*192TimraSweAlNR
1Rodrigue, OlivierG7/6/2000L6.00.25*159DrummondvilleQMJHL2
2Ingham, JacobG6/10/2000L6.03.5*186MississaugaOHL1
Published February 7, 2018


Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) has seen a meteoric rise in his draft stock this season. Not ranked in the ISS Top 31 in October, Dobson now sits 10th in the draft rankings, and he has earned the jump due to his spectacular play so far this season. The defenceman has 52 points in 50 games played, to go along with a safe and reliable defensive element as well.


“Dobson just keeps getting better” says ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He’s the complete package, a big mobile two-way defenceman who is as steady as they come. He reads the game very well, has excellent hockey sense and mobility, and consistently makes smart decisions with the puck with high end puck control. He does everything hard, quick and with a purpose, and has good speed and quick feet for his size. He’s not the most physical player, but he knows how to get himself in the right position to shut down the rush. It’s tough to find a weakness in his game right now”.

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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent hockey scouting organization. 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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