ISS Top 30 Released For February

Valery Nichushkin (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)In the February 15th release of the ISS Top 30, Seth Jones remains the top ranked prospect, with Russian Valery Nichushkin rising up the rankings to the #2 spot. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin pushed down to numbers 3 and 4, and Darnell Nurse cracks the top 5.


February 15, 2013 [Boca Raton, FL] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 150 skaters, along with the top 10 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. A full, sortable version can be viewed at:


ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2013 NHL Draft

1Jones, SethRD10/3/1994R6.03.5208PortlandWHL
2Nichushkin, ValeryLW3/4/1995L6.04196Chelyabinsk ChelmetRusS
3MacKinnon, NathanC9/1/1995R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL
4Drouin, JonathanLW3/27/1995L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL
5Nurse, DarnellLD2/4/1995L6.03.5189S.S. MarieOHL
6Zadorov, NikitaLD4/15/1995L6.05.25230LondonOHL
7Barkov, SashaC9/2/1995L6.03209TapparaFinE
8Monahan, SeanC10/12/1994L6.02186OttawaOHL
9Lindholm, EliasC12/2/1994R5.11.75192BrynasSweE
10Ristolainen, RasmusRD10/27/1994R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE
11Lazar, CurtisC2/2/1995R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL
12Pulock, RyanRD10/6/1994R6.00.5211BrandonWHL
13Shinkaruk, HunterC10/13/1994L5.11175Medicine HatWHL
14Dickinson, JasonLW7/4/1995L6.01.25179GuelphOHL
15Zykov, ValentinRW5/15/1995R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL
16Burakowsky, AndreLW2/9/1995L6.01.5176MalmoSweAl
17Morrissey, JoshuaLD3/28/1995L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL
18Wennberg, AlexanderC9/22/1994L6.01.5174DjurgardenSweJE
19Rychel, KerbyLW10/7/1994L6.01200WindsorOHL
20Santini, SteveRD3/7/1995R6.01.5207USA Under-18NTDP
21Gauthier, FrederikC4/26/1995L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL
22Hagg, RobertRD2/8/1995L6.02.25204ModoSweJE
23Horvat, BoC4/5/1995L6.00.25200LondonOHL
24Bowey, MadisonRD4/22/1995R6.00.75200KelownaWHL
25Compher, JTC4/8/1995R5.10.5184USA Under-18NTDP
26Erne, AdamF4/20/1995L6.01195QuébecQMJHL
27Lehkonen, ArtturiLW7/4/1995L5.11159KuopioFinE
28Domi, MaxC3/2/1995L5.09.25193LondonOHL
29Petan, NicC3/22/1995L5.08.5163PortlandWHL
30Thompson, KeatonLD9/14/1995L6.00.25187USA Under-18NTDP
Published February 15, 2013


While Seth Jones remains in the top ranked spot, there has been some change in the rest of the top 5. Nichushkin earns himself the #2 ranking with some dominant tournament performances, pushing MacKinnon and Drouin to the numbers 3 and 4 rankings. Nurse cracks the top 5 for the first time, continuing to impress ISS scouts.

“Still riding the momentum from his World Juniors performance, Valery Nichushkin took advantage of some added exposure at this month’s U18 5 Nations event and was simply dominant in an event with several high end prospects in attendance”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “The captain of the Russian squad, Nichushkin was also named Russia’s best player in 3 out of 4 games during the tournament.”

Adds MacInnis about Nic Petan, the newest addition to the ISS Top 30 at #29, “Petan continues to answer the question about his lack of size with dominating offensive numbers, currently leading the CHL in points … and he’s still just 17, making him a prime target for a late first round steal.”

The monthly ISS Hockey rankings are included in the company’s Monthly Scouting Report, which is tailored for the general manager, scout, coach, agent or superfan that wants in-depth information on prospects for the upcoming NHL and CHL drafts. Rankings, player profiles, spotlights, tournament reports and news and notes from the world of hockey are published on the 15th of each month from October through June. For more info, visit:


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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services Inc.) is the leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey player prospects aged 14 to 19. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients, which include (among others): NHL Teams, Hockey Canada, Major Junior Leagues & Teams (CHL, QMJHL, OHL, WHL, USHL), NCAA Teams, TSN, THN: The Hockey News and Sports Agencies. The ISS annual NHL Draft Guide has become the de facto draft reference guide for NHL scouts, fans and sports media. All ISS products are widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. This incredible status leads every young hockey player desiring to advance in the sport to aspire to be scouted and ranked by ISS. 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. Game and player reports are input into ISS’s state-of-the-art systems and evaluated assure reliability and consistency. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several of ISS scouts.

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