ISS Top 30 Released for December

nmerkley1Five prospects crack the ISS Top 30 for December, showing there is much more hockey to prove oneself before the draft. McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin keep the top 3 spots, remaining in elite status.

December 3, 2014 [Guelph, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 200 skaters, along with the top 15 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.

Below is the ISS Top 30, highlighting the rankings for the top 30 prospects.


ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2015 NHL Draft

1McDavid, ConnorC1/13/1997L6.00.75195ErieOHL
2Eichel, JackC10/28/1996R6.02196Boston UniversityH.E.
3Hanifin, NoahLD1/25/1997L6.02.75203Boston CollegeH.E.
4Strome, DylanC3/7/1997L6.03187ErieOHL
5Werenski, ZachRD7/19/1997L6.02206MichiganBigTen
6Barzal, MathewC5/26/1997R5.11.25175SeattleWHL
7Kylington, OliverRD5/19/1997L6.00180FarjestadSweE
8Zacha, PavelC4/6/1997L6.03210SarniaOHL
9Crouse, LawsonLW6/23/1997L6.04211KingstonOHL
10Marner, MitchellC5/5/1997R5.11155LondonOHL
11Connor, KyleC12/9/1996L6.01182YoungstownUSHL
12Konecny, TravisC3/11/1997R5.09.75174OttawaOHL
13Rantanen, MikkoRW10/29/1996L6.04195TPS TurkuFinE
14Greenway, JordanLW2/16/1997L6.04.75222USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
15White, ColinRW1/30/1997R6.00183USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
16Provorov, IvanLD1/13/1997L6.00191BrandonWHL
17Bracco, JeremyRW3/17/1997R5.09.25173USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
18Bittner, PaulLW11/4/1996L6.04206PortlandWHL
19Sprong, DanielRW3/17/1997R6.00189CharlottetownQMJHL
20Svechnikov, EvgenyRW10/31/1996L6.02199Cape BretonQMJHL
21Korostelev, NikitaRW2/8/1997R6.01.25195SarniaOHL
22Merkley, NickC4/23/1997R5.10.5191KelownaWHL
23Spencer, MatthewRD3/24/1997R6.01.5201PeterboroughOHL
24Carlsson, GabrielLD1/2/1997L6.04183LinkopingSweJE
25Novak, TomC4/28/1997L6.00.25180WaterlooUSHL
26Harkins, JansenC/LW5/23/1997L6.00.75177Prince GeorgeWHL
27Zboril, JakubLD2/21/1997L6.00.75184Saint JohnQMJHL
28Meloche, NicolasRD7/18/1997R6.02.5202Baie-ComeauQMJHL
29Fischer, ChristianC4/15/1997R6.01212USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
30Chabot, ThomasLD1/30/1997L6.01.25181Saint JohnQMJHL
Published December 3, 2014


Holding on tight to their rankings are McDavid (#1), Eichel (#2) and Hanifin (#3), the Top 3 prospects remain untouchable for this month’s rankings of the ISS Top Prospects. Nick Merkley is the highest of five new additions to the Top 30. Jumping 12 spots from #34 to #22. Merkley enjoyed a strong month of November with 21 points in just 14 games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Also moving into the top 30 are Tom Novak (#25), Jakub Zboril (#27), Nicolas Meloche (#28) and Thomas Chabot (#30).

“Merkley has top notch hockey IQ”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He is a dangerous offensive performer who has the potential to be a point producer at the NHL level.”

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


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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. 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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