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

With the 2018/19 hockey season underway, Jack Hughes tops the list as the #1 draft prospect in our initial ISS Top 31.


October 3, 2018 [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:

Jack Hughes (USA U18, NTDP) ISS #1 Ranked NHL Entry Draft Prospect


ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects for 2019 NHL Draft

RankPlayer NamePos.DOBShotHgt.Wgt.TeamLea.
1Hughes, JackC5/14/2001L5.1152USA U18NTDP
2Kakko, KaapoRW2/13/2001L6.01187TPS TurkuFinE
3Cozens, DylanC2/9/2001R6.03*181LethbridgeWHL
4Turcotte, AlexC2/26/2001L5.11187USA U18NTDP
5Dach, KirbyC1/21/2001R6.03.5*199SaskatoonWHL
6Podkolzin, VasilyLW6/24/2001L6.01183St. Peterburg SKA-194MHL
7Byram, BowenD6/13/2001L6.00.5*194VancouverWHL
8Broberg. PhilipD6/25/2001L6.03198AIKSweJE
9Newhook, AlexC1/28/2001L5.10.25*190VictoriaBCHL
10Lavoie, RaphaelC9/25/2000R6.03.5*191HalifaxQMJHL
11Krebs, PeytonLW1/26/2001L5.11.25*190KootenayWHL
12Suzuki, RyanC5/28/2001L6.00.25*178BarrieOHL
13York, CamD1/5/2001L5.10.75*163USA U18NTDP
14Williams, JoshRW3/8/2001R6.01*194Medicine HatWHL
15Guskov, MatveiC1/20/2001L6.01.25*177LondonOHL
16Robertson, MatthewD3/9/2001L6.03*201EdmontonWHL
17Boldy, MatthewC4/5/2001L6.00.75*175USA U18NTDP
18Soderstrom, VictorD2/26/2001R5.11.5177BrynasSwe18
19Vlasic, AlexD6/5/2001L6.05*193USA U18NTDP
20Vukojevic, MichaelD6/8/2001L6.03*205KitchenerOHL
21Caufield, ColeC1/2/2001R5.06*150USA U18NTDP
22Nikolayev, IlyaC6/26/2001L6189Loko-JuniorMHL
23Poulin, SamuelLW2/25/2001L6.01.25*206SherbrookeQMJHL
24McCarthy, CaseD1/9/2001R6.00.75*193USA U18NTDP
25Gutik, DaniilRW8/31/2001R6.03159Yaroslavl LokoMHL
26Zegras, TrevorC3/20/2001L5.10.75*159USA U18NTDP
27Robertson, NicholasLW9/11/2001L5.08.75*162PeterboroughOHL
28Bjornfot, TobiasD4/6/2001L6188Djurgardens J20SweJE
29Foote, NolanLW11/29/2000L6.03.5*190KelownaWHL
30Korczak, KaedanD1/29/2001R6.02.75*192KelownaWHL
31Mironov, IlyaD3/15/2001L6.03201Loko-JuniorMHL
1Knight, SpencerG4/19/2001L6.02.5*193USA U18NTDP
2Wolf, DustinG4/16/2001L5.11.75*156EverettWHL
Published October 3, 2018


American phenom Jack Hughes (USA U18 ) begins the 2018-2019 season comfortably atop ISS Top 31 rankings. ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis has been very impressed with Hughes’s talents, stating:

Hughes is a dynamic player with the puck, dangerous whenever he is on the ice and can beat you off the rush or with quickness out of the corner. Plays at top speed and dictates the pace of the game – great feet and edge control. His skating ability, not just north-south, but also east-west is at the NHL level right now and his puck handling and creativity are elite.”

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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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