ISS Top 30 Released for January

Seth Jones singing National Anthem after leading Team USA to gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Seth Jones singing National Anthem after leading Team USA to gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

January 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:

ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects For 2013 NHL Draft

1Jones, SethRD10/3/1994R6.03.5208PortlandWHL
2MacKinnon, NathanC9/1/1995R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL
3Drouin, JonathanC3/27/1995L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL
4Barkov, SashaC9/2/1995L6.03209TapparaFinE
5Monahan, SeanC10/12/1994L6.02186OttawaOHL
6Lindholm, EliasC12/2/1994R5.11.75192BrynasSweE
7Nichushkin, ValeryLW3/4/1995L6.04196Chelyabinsk ChelmetRusS
8Ristolainen, RasmusRD10/27/1994R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE
9Zadorov, NikitaLD4/15/1995L6.05.25230LondonOHL
10Nurse, DarnellLD2/4/1995L6.03.5189S.S. MarieOHL
11Lazar, CurtisC2/2/1995R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL
12Hagg, RobertRD2/8/1995L6.02.25204ModoSweJE
13Dickinson, JasonLW7/4/1995L6.01.25179GuelphOHL
14Shinkaruk, HunterC10/13/1994L5.11175Medicine HatWHL
15Erne, AdamF4/20/1995L6.01195QuebecQMJHL
16Zykov, ValentinRW5/15/1995R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL
17Pulock, RyanRD10/6/1994R6.00.5211BrandonWHL
18Burakowsky, AndreLW2/9/1995L6.01.5176MalmoSweAl
19Gauthier, FrederikC4/26/1995L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL
20Morrissey, JoshuaLD3/28/1995L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL
21Wennberg, AlexanderC9/22/1994L6.01.5174DjurgardenSweJE
22Horvat, BoC4/5/1995L6.00.25200LondonOHL
23Santini, SteveRD3/7/1995R6.01.5207USA Under18NTDP
24Lehkonen, ArtturiLW7/4/1995L5.11159KuopioFinE
25Hartman, RyanRW9/20/1994R5.11187PlymouthOHL
26Compher, JTC4/8/1995R5.10.5184USA Under18NTDP
27Rychel, KerbyLW10/7/1994L6.01200WindsorOHL
28Domi, MaxC3/2/1995L5.09.25193LondonOHL
29Thompson, KeatonLD9/14/1995L6.00.25187USA Under18NTDP
30Duclair, AnthonyLW8/26/1995L5.11.25180QuebecQMJHL
Published January 15, 2013


Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin, Barkov and Monahan remain in the top 5 spots from last month’s rankings; however, there has been a changing in the order, with Seth Jones moving up to the top spot for the first time and Jonathan Drouin moving up to #3.

“Seth Jones clearly established himself as ISS Hockey’s #1 ranked player with his strong performance helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He played better and better as the tournament went on, and in our opinion should transition seamlessly into the NHL game in the not too distant future.”

Adds MacInnis about Valentin Zykov’s rise into the ISS Top 30 at # 16, “Zykov has been impressing scouts all season long with his smooth transition to the North American style of game.”

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 who 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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