The battle for first overall heats up as Kaapo Kakko impresses at the World Junior Championships.
January 2, 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: isshockey.com/iss-top-31
|1||Hughes, Jack||C||5/14/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||5'10||152|
|2||Kakko, Kaapo||RW||2/13/2001||TPS Turku||FinE||L||6'01||187|
|3||Podkolzin, Vasily||LW||6/24/2001||St. Petersburg SKA-194||MHL||L||6'01||190|
|7||Boldy, Matthew||C||4/5/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||6'00.75*||175||Boston College 20V|
|8||Broberg, Philip||LD||6/25/2001||AIK IF||SweAl||L||6'03||202|
|10||Newhook, Alex||C||1/28/2001||Victoria||BCHL||L||5'10.25*||190||Boston College 19V|
|11||Zegras, Trevor||C||3/20/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||5'10.75*||159||Boston University 19V|
|15||Turcotte, Alex||C||2/26/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||5'11||187||Wisconsin 20V|
|16||York, Cam||LD||1/5/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||5'10.75*||163||Michigan 19V|
|17||Caufield, Cole||C||1/2/2001||USA U18||NTDP||R||5'06*||150||Wisconsin 19V|
|20||Nikolayev, Ilya||C||6/26/2001||Yaroslavl Loko||MHL||L||6'0||189|
|21||Vlasic, Alex||LD||6/5/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||6'05*||193||Boston University 19V|
|24||Brink, Bobby||C||7/8/2001||Sioux City||USHL||R||5'10||157||Denver 20V|
|27||Bjornfot, Tobias||LD||4/6/2001||Djurgardens J20||SweJE||L||6'0||188|
|30||Leason, Brett||C||4/30/1999||Prince Albert||WHL||L||6'03.75*||200|
|1||Knight, Spencer||G||4/19/2001||USA U18||NTDP||L||6'02.5*||193||Boston College 20V|
The battle for the top spot became a lot closer as Kaapo Kakko impressed ISS Scouts at the IIHF World Junior Championships for team Finland. Director of ISS Scouting Dennis MacInnis weighed in on the race for the first overall spot, stating:
“Hughes has tremendous first step which sets him apart; at times you don’t notice him cause he is small but when he gets the puck – watch out. Kakko you tend to notice because he is much bigger and has more of a presence and very good speed when carrying the puck. Down low he can be unstoppable with his puck protection and skill. Right now, I’d say Hughes still holds the #1 spot because he is so dynamic but both will be impact players in the NHL.”
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