ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart, Ekblad continue hold on top spots in November

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Josh Ho-Sang - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2014 prospect Josh Ho-Sang made the biggest upward jump in the November ISS Hockey draft rankings, moving up 12 places to #14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

It's a new month for the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings, but the names at the very top of the November rankings remain unchanged from the October version.

The prospects ranked 1-4 this month are the same names, and in the same order, as last month. Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart continues his hold on the top ranking, his third month in that position. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts retains his runner-up status for the third month in a row, as well, while Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle holds steady at #3.

The highest-ranked player from Europe is center Willie Nylander, who plays for Rogle BK in Sweden's Allsvenskan league. Nylander also retained his hold on a top five position, remaining at #4 in November.

Kingston Frontenacs left winger Sam Bennett continued his climb up the rankings, moving into the fifth position from last month's #9 ranking. Another OHL forward making a significant jump, one that carried him into the top 10, is Niagara IceDogs left wing Brendan Perlini. The potential power forward moved from the 16th slot in October up to the eighth position in this month's ranking.

The player making the greatest jump in the first round from the October rankings is Windsor Spitfires right wing Josh Ho-Sang. He climbed 12 places in this month's rankings, from 26 to 14. The player falling furthest from October to November is injured potential power forward Blake Clarke of the North Bay Battalion, who fell from the 13th position to Ho-Sang's last ranking, #26.

According to ISS Hockey, the top goaltending prospect so far in the 2013-14 season is Kaapo Kahkonen, who plays for Espoo in the Finnish Junior A league. OHL goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers is ranked behind Kahkonen, while Boston College netminder Thatcher Demko is ranked third.

Below is the top 30 draft prospects for November as ranked by ISS Hockey.

Rank Player Position Birth Shot H W Team League

Last Rank

1 Sam Reinhart C 11/6/95 R 6.01 186 Kootenay WHL 1
2 Aaron Ekblad D 2/7/96

R

6.03.5 216 Barrie OHL 2
3 Michael Dal Colle F 6/20/96 L 6.01.75 184 Oshawa OHL 3
4 Willie Nylander F 5/1/96 R 5.11 169 Rogle SweAl 4
5 Sam Bennett LW 6/20/96 L 6.00.25 178 Kingston OHL 9
6 Anton Karlsson LW 8/3/96 L 6.01.25 187 Frolunda SweJE 5
7 Leon Draisaitl C 10/27/95 L 6.00.5 199 Prince Albert WHL 10
8 Brendan Perlini LW 4/27/96 L 6.02.5 205 Niagara OHL 16
9 Haydn Fleury LD 7/8/96 L 6.02.5 207 Red Deer WHL 17
10 Roland McKeown RD 1/20/96 R 6.00.5 192 Kingston OHL 8
11 Kasperi Kapanen RW 7/23/96 L 6.00 180 Kuopio FinE 6
12 Jake Virtanen LW 8/17/96 R 6.00.75 208 Calgary WHL 12
13 Nick Ritchie F 12/5/95 L 6.02.25 218 Peterborough OHL 11
14 Josh Ho-Sang RW 1/22/96 R 5.11 160 Windsor OHL 26
15 Oskar Lindblom RW 8/15/96 L 6.01.25 191 Brynas SweJE 7
16 Jared McCann C 5/31/96 L 6.00.25 179 S.S. Marie OHL 14
17 Ivan Barbashev F 12/14/95 L 6.00 181 Moncton QMJHL 19
18 Nick Schmaltz RW 2/23/96 R 5.11.5 172 Green Bay USHL 23
19 Dylan Larkin LW 7/30/96 L 6.00.75 190 USA Under-18 NTDP 29
20 Adrian Kempe C 9/13/96 L 6.01.5 187 Modo SweJE 20
21 Connor Bleackley C/RW 2/7/96 R 6.00.5 192 Red Deer WHL 15
22 Jack Glover RD 5/17/96 R 6.02.75 173 USA Under-18 NTDP 22
23 Alex Tuch RW 5/10/96 R 6.03.5 213 USA Under-18 NTDP 23
24 Jakub Vrana RW 2/28/96 L 6.00 183 Linkoping SweE 24
25 Anthony Deangelo RD 10/24/95 R 5.10.75 175 Sarnia OHL 28
26 Blake Clarke C 1/24/96 L 6.01.25 199 North Bay OHL 13
27 Nikolaj Ehlers F 2/13/96 L 5.11.5 162 Halifax QMJHL NR
28 David Pastrnak LW 5/25/96 R 6.00 167 Sodertalje SweAl NR
29 Joshua Jacobs RD 2/15/96 R 6.01.75 193 Indiana USHL NR
30 Jacob Middleton LD 1/2/96 L 6.02.75 208 Ottawa OHL 21