ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 For February 2017

February release of the ISS Top 31 shows consistent Top 3 ranks; Luukkonen and Oettinger remain #1 and #2 in goalie rankings.

February 01, 2017 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 151 skaters, along with the top 10 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.

Below is the ISS Top 31, highlighting the rankings for the top 31 prospects, which are released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. An interactive page where the ISS Top 31 can be viewed, sorted, commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts can be viewed at:

ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects For 2017 NHL Draft

1Patrick, NolanC9/19/1998R6.02.75198BrandonWHL
2Liljegren, TimothyRD4/30/1999R6.00191RogleSweJE
3Hischier, NicoC1/4/1999L6.00.75176HalifaxQMJHL
4Tippett, OwenRW2/16/1999R6.01.50202MississaugaOHL
5Vilardi, GabeC8/16/1999R6.03201WindsorOHL
6Mittelstadt, CaseyC11/22/1998L6.00.75201Eden PrairieMN-HS
7Rasmussen, MichaelC4/17/1999L6.05.75215Tri-CityWHL
8Foote, CallanRD12/13/1998R6.03.5213KelownaWHL
9Kostin, KlimC5/5/1999L6.03.5183DynamoKHL
10Tolvanen, EeliLW4/22/1999L5.11.25170Sioux CityUSHL
11Valimaki, JuusoLD10/6/1998L6.01.5204Tri-CityWHL
12Hague, NicolasRD12/5/1998L6.05.5206MississaugaOHL
13Makar, CaleRD10/30/1998R5.11.25179BrooksAJHL
14Glass, CodyC4/1/1999R6.01.75180PortlandWHL
15Poehling, RyanC1/3/1999L6.01.75183St. Cloud StateNCHC
16Popugaev, Nikita A.LW11/20/1998R6.05.5204Prince GeorgeWHL
17Comtois, MaximeLW1/8/1999L6.02.25199VictoriavilleQMJHL
18Necas, MartinRW1/15/1999R6.00.5167Brno Kometa HCCzeE
19Mattheos, StelioC6/14/1999R6.00.75190BrandonWHL
20Strome, MatthewLW1/6/1999L6.03.5206HamiltonOHL
21Pettersson, EliasC11/12/1998L6.01.25156TimraSweAl
22Martin, LukeRD9/20/1998R6.02.5207MichiganBigTen
23Vaakanainen, UrhoLD1/1/1999L6.01187JYP JyvaskylaFinE
24Bowers, ShaneC7/30/1999L6.01.25178WaterlooUSHL
25Andersson, LiasLW10/13/1998L5.11.5198HV71SweE
26Jokiharju, HenriRD6/17/1999R5.11.75176PortlandWHL
27Suzuki, NickC8/10/1999R5.10.75187Owen SoundOHL
28Lind, KoleC10/16/1998R6.01176KelownaWHL
29Vesalainen, KristianLW6/1/1999L6.04202V. FrolundaSweE
30Formenton, AlexLW9/13/1999L6.01162LondonOHL
31Anderson-Dolan, JaretC9/12/1999L5.11188SpokaneWHL
Published February 01 2017


Nolan Patrick (rank #1), Timothy Liljegren (rank #2) and Nico Hischier (rank #3) all remain untouched at the top of February’s Release of the ISS Top 31.  Beyond that, the rankings see a slight shuffle from the previous month.  In goal, the top spots remain status-quo with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Jake Oettinger ranked first and second, respectively, for a second consecutive month.  ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis has been impressed by the play of the top-ranked Luukkonen, stating, “He is a large butterfly style goaltender that covers most of the net while possessing strong lateral movement with very good quickness and technique.”

Like with the rest of this list, Luukkonen and Oettinger continue to be locked in a battle for the top spot.

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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