ISS Top 30 Released for March

Thatcher Demko#1 ranked Goalie Thatcher Demko catches eyes of ISS Hockey for 3rd straight month; Aaron Ekblad remains #1 ranking of ISS Top 30 March Release.

March 14, 2014 [Guelph, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 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 2014 NHL Draft

1Ekblad, AaronD2/7/1996R6.03.5216BarrieOHL
2Reinhart, SamC11/6/1995R6.00.75185KootenayWHL
3Bennett, SamLW6/20/1996L6.00.25178KingstonOHL
4Dal Colle, MichaelC6/20/1996L6.01.5182OshawaOHL
5Nylander, WilliamC5/1/1996R5.11169ModoSweE
6Draisaitl, LeonC10/27/1995L6.01.5204Prince AlbertWHL
7Perlini, BrendanLW4/27/1996L6.02.75205NiagaraOHL
8Virtanen, JakeLW8/17/1996R6.00.75208CalgaryWHL
9Tuch, AlexRW5/10/1996R6.03.5213USA Under-18NTDP
10Fleury, HaydnLD7/8/1996L6.02.5203Red DeerWHL
11Ho-Sang, JoshuaRW1/22/1996R5.11175WindsorOHL
12Ritchie, NicholasLW12/5/1995L6.02.25226PeterboroughOHL
13Kapanen, KasperiRW7/23/1996R6.00180KuopioFinE
14Ehlers, NikolajLW2/14/1996L5.11162HalifaxQMJHL
15McCann, JaredC5/31/1996L6.00.25179S.S. MarieOHL
16Larkin, DylanLW7/30/1996L6.00.75190USA Under-18NTDP
17McKeown, RolandD1/20/1996R6.00.75195KingstonOHL
18Milano, SonnyLW5/12/1996L5.11.5183USA Under-18NTDP
19Goldobin, NikolayRW10/7/1995L5.11.75178SarniaOHL
20Barbashev, IvanC12/14/1995L6.00180MonctonQMJHL
21Fabbri, RobbyC1/22/1996L5.10.25170GuelphOHL
22Bleackley, ConnerC/RW2/7/1996R6.00.25192Red DeerWHL
23Kempe, AdrianC9/13/1996L6.01.5187ModoSweE
24Scherbak, NikitaLW12/30/1995L6.01175SaskatoonWHL
25Karlsson, AntonLW8/3/1996L6.01187MoraSweAl
26Kamenev, VladislavC8/12/1996L6.02198MagnitogorskRusJr
27Pastrnak, DavidLW5/25/1996R6.00167SodertaljeSweAl
28Chatham, ConnorRW10/30/1995R6.02222PlymouthOHL
29MacInnis, RyanLW2/14/1996L6.03.25183KitchenerOHL
30Peters, AlexD7/2/1996L6.03.25207PlymouthOHL
Published March 14 2014


The top 5 player rankings remain unchanged from last month’s ISS Top 30. Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, Michael Dal Colle and William Nylander, respectively maintain the top 5 positions. Demko Thatcher remains as the #1 ranked goalie for the third month in a row.

“Thatcher Demko is a big/athletic goaltender, technically very sound and his athleticism and side to side explosiveness are off the charts”, comments ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Demko has earned the starters job after spending the first half of the season in rotation, which for a freshman is quite impressive.”

The full monthly ISS Hockey rankings are available within RinkNet, software technology tailored for the general manager, scout, coach, player agent or super fan that wants in-depth information on prospects for the upcoming NHL and CHL drafts. They are published on the 15th of each month during the hockey season, along with detailed player scouting profiles and game reports. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit


About ISS Hockey

ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. All ISS products are 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. Game and player reports are input into ISS’s sister company RinkNet’s state-of-the-art systems and evaluated to assure reliability and consistency. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several ISS scouts.

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