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

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:

1Hughes, JackC5/14/2001USA U18NTDPL5'10152
2Kakko, KaapoRW2/13/2001TPS TurkuFinEL6'01187
3Podkolzin, VasilyLW6/24/2001St. Petersburg SKA-194MHLL6'01190
4Dach, KirbyC1/21/2001SaskatoonWHLR6'03.5*199
5Cozens, DylanC2/9/2001LethbridgeWHLR6'03*181
6Byram, BowenLD6/13/2001VancouverWHLL6'00.5*194
7Boldy, MatthewC4/5/2001USA U18NTDPL6'00.75*175Boston College 20V
8Broberg, PhilipLD6/25/2001AIK IFSweAlL6'03202
9Suzuki, RyanC5/28/2001BarrieOHLL6'00.25*178
10Newhook, AlexC1/28/2001VictoriaBCHLL5'10.25*190Boston College 19V
11Zegras, TrevorC3/20/2001USA U18NTDPL5'10.75*159Boston University 19V
12Robertson, MatthewLD3/9/2001EdmontonWHLL6.03*201
13Lavoie, RaphaelC9/25/2000HalifaxQMJHLR6'03.5*191
14Soderstrom, VictorLD2/26/2001BrynasSweJER5'11.5177
15Turcotte, AlexC2/26/2001USA U18NTDPL5'11187Wisconsin 20V
16York, CamLD1/5/2001USA U18NTDPL5'10.75*163Michigan 19V
17Caufield, ColeC1/2/2001USA U18NTDPR5'06*150Wisconsin 19V
18Foote, NolanLW11/29/2000KelownaWHLL6'03.5*190
19Poulin, SamuelLW2/25/2001SherbrookeQMJHLL6'01.25*206
20Nikolayev, IlyaC6/26/2001Yaroslavl LokoMHLL6'0189
21Vlasic, AlexLD6/5/2001USA U18NTDPL6'05*193Boston University 19V
22Korczak, KaedanRD1/29/2001KelownaWHLR6'02.75*192
23Krebs, PeytonLW1/26/2001KootenayWHLL5'11.25*180
24Brink, BobbyC7/8/2001Sioux CityUSHLR5'10157Denver 20V
25Seider, MoritzRD4/6/2001MannheimerGerER6'04183
26Tomasino, PhilipC7/28/2001NiagaraOHLR5'11.75*178
27Bjornfot, TobiasLD4/6/2001Djurgardens J20SweJEL6'0188
28Harley, ThomasD8/19/2001MississaugaOHLL6'03*188
29Robertson, NicholasLW9/11/2001PeterboroughOHLR5'08.75*162
30Leason, BrettC4/30/1999Prince AlbertWHLL6'03.75*200
31Kaliyev, ArthurLW6/26/2001HamiltonOHLR6'01.25*190
1Knight, SpencerG4/19/2001USA U18NTDPL6'02.5*193Boston College 20V
2Jones, HunterG9/21/2000PeterboroughOHLL6'04*196

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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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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