ISS Top 30 Released for January

Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel maintain full control of rankings #1 and #2 in our January release of the ISS Top 30. Lawson Crouse breaks into Top 5 by rising six positions to #3.

January 7, 2015 [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.
3Crouse, LawsonLW6/23/1997L6.04211KingstonOHL
4Hanifin, NoahLD1/25/1997L6.02.75203Boston CollegeH.E.
5Rantanen, MikkoRW10/29/1996L6.04195TPS TurkuFinE
6Werenski, ZachRD7/19/1997L6.02206MichiganBigTen
7Strome, DylanC3/7/1997L6.03187ErieOHL
8Barzal, MathewC5/26/1997R5.11.25175SeattleWHL
9Marner, MitchellC5/5/1997R5.11155LondonOHL
10Provorov, IvanLD1/13/1997L6.00191BrandonWHL
11Zacha, PavelC4/6/1997L6.03210SarniaOHL
12Kylington, OliverRD5/19/1997L6.00180AIK IFSweAl
13Merkley, NickC5/23/1997R5.10.5191KelownaWHL
14Konecny, TravisC3/11/1997R5.09.75174OttawaOHL
15Connor, KyleC12/9/1996L6.01182YoungstownUSHL
16White, ColinRW1/30/1997R6.00183USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
17Carlo, BrandonRD11/26/1996R6.04.75198Tri-CityWHL
18Svechnikov, EvgenyRW10/31/1996L6.02199Cape BretonQMJHL
19Greenway, JordanLW2/16/1997L6.04.75222USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
20Bracco, JeremyRW3/17/1997R5.09.25173USA Under-18 NTDPUSHL
21Harkins, JansenC/LW5/23/1997L6.00.75177Prince GeorgeWHL
22Chabot, ThomasLD1/30/1997L6.01.25181Saint JohnQMJHL
23Korostelev, NikitaRW2/8/1997R6.01.25195SarniaOHL
24Spencer, MatthewRD3/24/1997R6.01.5201PeterboroughOHL
25Carlsson, GabrielLD1/2/1997L6.04183LinkopingSweJE
26Novak, TomC4/28/1997L6.00.25180WaterlooUSHL
27Meloche, NicolasRD7/18/1997R6.02.5202Baie-ComeauQMJHL
28Dergachev, AlexanderRW9/27/1996L6.04200St. Petersburg SKA-1946RusJr
29Zboril, JakubLD2/21/1997L6.00.75184Saint JohnQMJHL
30Bittner, Paul LW11/4/1996L6.04206PortlandWHL
Published January 7 2015


With an outstanding showing on junior hockey’s biggest stage, Lawson Crouse rises six positions to hold the #3 rank of top prospects. Brandon Carlo, unranked in December’s ISS Top 30, proves himself to our scouting staff during World Junior Hockey Championships to move him up to #17. We also see movement from our ranked goalies. Quebec Remparts Callum Booth overtakes the #1 Goalie ranking from Daniel Vladar, who has held the #1 position since our initial rankings.

“Crouse is a determined player, that does not give up on any loose pucks or puck battles”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He has a lean body on a large frame and once he fills out, he has the potential to be a top six NHL power forward.”

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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