ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 For November 2017

The hockey season is now in full swing, and this year’s draft class is off to a strong start. Early season successes and struggles have seen many prospects move from their initial rankings, and have seen changes to the ISS Top 5 prospects. ISS Hockey is proud to present its November rankings of the 2018 NHL Draft Class.

November 1, 2017 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. The rankings

Oliver Wahlstrom (USA U18, NTDP)
ISS Hockey #5 Ranked NHL Entry Draft Prospect

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 2018 NHL Draft

RankPlayer NamePositionDOBShotHeightWeightTeamLeaguePrevious Rank
1Dahlin, RasmusLD4/13/2000L6.02181Vastra FrolundaSweE1
2Svechnikov, AndreiRW/C3/26/2000L6.02*186BarrieOHL2
3Tkachuk, BradyC9/16/1999L6.03.25*196Boston UniversityH. E4
4Zadina, FilipRW11/27/1999L6.00*196HalifaxQMJHL5
5Wahlstrom, OliverC6/13/2000R6.00.75*205USA U18NTDP11
6Hughes, QuinnLD10/14/1999L5.09.5*170University of MichiganBig Ten7
7Veleno, JosephC1/13/2000L6.01*195Saint JohnQMJHL3
8Boqvist, AdamLD8/15/2000R5.11170Brynas IF Jr.SweJE8
9McLeod, RyanC9/21/1999L6.02*200MississaugaOHL6
10Kupari, RasmusC3/15/2000R6.01.25183Karpat OuluFinE9
11Smith, TyLD3/24/2000L5.10.25*176SpokaneWHL10
12Wilde, BodeRD1/24/2000R6.02.25*195USA U18NTDP12
13Farabee, JoelLW2/25/2000L5.11.5*164USA U18NTDP18
14Thomas, AkilC1/2/2000R5.11*169NiagaraOHL13
15McIsaac, JaredLD3/27/2000L6.01*195HalifaxQMJHL14
16Bouchard, EvanRD10/20/1999R6.01.75*193LondonOHL15
17Sutter, RileyRW10/25/1999R6.03*205EverettWHL16
18Denisenko, GrigoriLW6/24/2000R5.11165Yaroslavl LokoRusJr17
19Groulx. Benoit-OlivierC2/6/2000L6.00.75*192HalifaxQMJHL19
20Woo, JettRD7/27/2000R5.11.75*205Moose JawWHL23
21Lundestrom, IsacC11/6/1999L6.00.5185Lulea HFSweE20
22Alexeyev, AlexanderRD11/15/1999R6.03*200Red DeerWHL21
23McBain, JackLW1/6/2000L6.03194TorontoOJHL26
24Samuelsson, AdamLD6/21/2000L6.05.75*240USA U18NTDPNR
25Hayton, BarrettC6/9/2000L6.00.75*191Sault Ste. MarieOHL24
26Olofsson, JacobC2/8/2000L6.02192Timra IKSweAl27
27Merkley, RyanRD8/14/2000R5.11.25*170GuelphOHL29
28Johansson, FilipRD3/23/2000R6.01180LeksandSweJENR
29Ginning, AdamRD1/13/2000L6.03196Linkoping HCSweE25
30Tychonick, JonathanLD3/3/2000L5.11.25166PentictonBCHL31
31Dobson, NoahRD1/7/2000R6.02.75*180Acadie-BathurstQMJHLNR
1Rodrigue, OlivierG7/6/2000L6.00.25*159DrummondvilleQMJHL1
2Gravel, AlexisG3/21/2000R6.02.5*226HalifaxQMJHL2
Published November 1 2017


Oliver Wahlstrom (USA U18 Program) has seen one of the biggest jumps from the initial prospect rankings, rising from #11 to #5, largely due to the fantastic start to the season he’s had with the National Team Development Program. Wahlstrom has 20 PTS in 12 GP already, and is only just getting started.

Regarding Wahlstrom, ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis says that “Oliver is a goal scorer with a solid frame and high end offensive talent. He currently leads the US U18 team in points with 20 in just 12 games including 11 goals. Oliver is a good skater armed with very good puck skills and an NHL shot. He is improving, especially in his own zone, and looks so much stronger this year. He will shoot the puck often and from almost anywhere. From the red line in to the offensive zone he is very creative, strong on the puck and dangerous offensively. He is not a liability defensively and understands the game well”.


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