ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 For January 2017

Nolan Patrick and Timothy Liljegren maintain full control of rankings #1 and #2 in our January release of the ISS Top 31, all while the remaining Top 10 rankings shuffle significantly.

January 04, 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 140 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
4Vilardi, GabeC8/16/1999R6.03201WindsorOHL
5Tippett, OwenRW2/16/1999R6.01.50202MississaugaOHL
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
14Comtois, MaximeLW1/8/1999L6.02.25199VictoriavilleQMJHL
15Glass, CodyC4/1/1999R6.01.75180PortlandWHL
16Poehling, RyanC1/3/1999L6.01.75183St. Cloud StateNCHC
17Popugaev, Nikita A.LW11/20/1998R6.05.5204Moose JawWHL
18Necas, MartinRW1/15/1999R6.00.5167Brno Kometa HCCzeE
19Chmelevski, SashaC6/9/1999R5.11.25191OttawaOHL
20Mattheos, StelioC6/14/1999R6.00.75190BrandonWHL
21Strome, MatthewLW1/6/1999L6.03.5206HamiltonOHL
22Pettersson, EliasC11/12/1998L6.01.25156TimraSweAl
23Martin, LukeRD9/20/1998R6.02.5207MichiganBigTen
24Vaakanainen, UrhoLD1/1/1999L6.01187JYP JyvaskylaFinE
25Bowers, ShaneC7/30/1999L6.01.25178WaterlooUSHL
26Andersson, LiasLW10/13/1998L5.11.5198HV71SweE
27Jokiharju, HenriRD6/17/1999R5.11.75176PortlandWHL
28Lind, KoleC10/16/1998R6.01176KelownaWHL
29Vesalainen, KristianLW6/1/1999L6.04202HPK HameenlinnaFinE
30Formenton, AlexLW9/13/1999L6.01162LondonOHL
31Anderson-Dolan, JaretC9/12/1999L5.11188SpokaneWHL
Published January 04 2017

Impressive game play at the World Junior Championship in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, caught the attention of all ISS Scouts, which led to the significant shuffle seen throughout January’s Release of the ISS Top 31. Many players, including Team Switzerland’s Nico Hischier (#3 Rank) rose up the January rankings after recent play at the World Junior Championship. Others have caught the eye of ISS Scouts during the course of regular season play including centermen, Casey Mittelstadt, of Eden Prairie who moved six positions to rank #6 this January, following a strong start in the season.

“Mittelstadt is logging a ton of minutes for Eden Prairie and centering their top line,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He loves setting up his teammates but he needs to adopt a more shoot first mentality to gain even more interest.”

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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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