ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 for February, Rankings of the Top Prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft

Byram Bowen ranks #4 in our ISS Top 31 after an impressive start to the new year.

 February 6, 2019 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. The rankings have been created and compiled by our worldwide network of scouts.


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 2019 NHL Draft

RankNameDate of BirthTeamLeaguePositionShotHeightWeight
1Hughes, JackMay 14/2001USA U18NTDPCL5.10.25168
2Kakko, KaapoFeb 13/2001TPS TurkuFinERWL6.02.25194
3Podkolzin, VasilyJun 24/2001St. Petersburg SKAKHLLWL6.01190
4Byram, BowenJun 13/2001Vancouver GiantsWHLLDL6.00.5194
5Cozens, DylanFeb 9/2001Lethbridge HurricanesWHLCR6.03181
6Dach, KirbyJan 21/2001Saskatoon BladesWHLCR6.03.5199
7Boldy, MatthewApr 5/2001USA U18NTDPLWL6.00.75175
8Zegras, TrevorMar 20/2001USA U18NTDPCL5.10.75159
9Broberg, PhilipJun 25/2001AIK IFSweAlLDL6.02.75199
10Turcotte, AlexFeb 26/2001USA U18NTDPCL5.11189
11Robertson, MatthewMar 9/2001Edmonton Oil KingsWHLLDL6.03201
12Soderstrom, VictorFeb 26/2001Brynas IF Jr.SweJELDR5.11179
13York, CamJan 5/2001USA U18NTDPLDL5.10.75163
14Harley, ThomasAug 19/2001Mississauga SteelheadsOHLLDL6.03188
15Lavoie, RaphaelSep 25/2000Halifax MooseheadsQMJHLCR6.03.5191
16Caufield, ColeJan 2/2001USA U18NTDPRWR5.06150
17Krebs, PeytonJan 26/2001Kootenay IceWHLCL5.11.25180
18Newhook, AlexJan 28/2001Victoria GrizzliesBCHLCL5.10.5195
19Nikolayev, IlyaJun 26/2001Yaroslavl LokoMHLCL6190
20Leason, BrettApr 30/1999Prince Albert RaidersWHLRWR6.03.75200
21Tomasino, PhilipJul 28/2001Niagara IceDogsOHLCR5.11.75178
22Foote, NolanNov 29/2000Kelowna RocketsWHLLWL6.03.5190
23Suzuki, RyanMay 28/2001Barrie ColtsOHLCL6.00.25178
24Seider, MoritzApr 6/2001Mannheimer AdlerGerERDR6.03.5183
25Poulin, SamuelFeb 25/2001Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHLLWL6.01.25206
26Brink, BobbyJul 8/2001Sioux City MusketeersUSHLRWR5.08.25159
27Kolyachonok, VladislavMay 26/2001Flint FirebirdsOHLLDL6.00.25176
28Pelletier, JakobMar 7/2001Moncton WildcatsQMJHLLWL5.09161
29McMichael, ConnorJan 15/2001London KnightsOHLCL5.10.75172
30McCarthy, CaseJan 9/2001USA U18NTDPRDR6.00.75193
31Kaliyev, ArthurJun 26/2001Hamilton BulldogsOHLLWL6.01.25190
1Knight, SpencerApr 19/2001USA U18NTDPGL6.02.5193
2Gauthier, TaylorFeb 15/2001Prince GeorgeWHLGR6.01193
Published February 6, 2019


Defenceman Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants) climbs two spots #4 in the ISS Top 31 Rankings after being named WHL player of the month in January. ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis recognized his lead amonst defencemen stating:


“Byram is a very good puck-moving defenceman,  recording 19 points and a plus-17 rating in 13 games. He currently leads all CHL defencemen in goals scored with 19. Explosive skater who is tough to forecheck – walks the line well and gets his shot to the net. Bowen is not a big defender but he has enough size to be effective in pin/contain situations and engage physically. He makes good decisions when to go with the puck and when to join the rush. Rarely does he make a glaring mistake with and without the puck; his game has really matured. His mobility and poise are definitely assets. Byram controls the pace, speeds it up and slows it down when he needs to. There’s a good chance he plays in NHL next year.”


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:


About ISS Hockey

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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