ISS Top 30 2009 prospects, March

By Int'l Scouting Services

Name Pos Birth Date S/C Ht. Wt. Team League
1 Tavares, John C 9/20/1990 L 6.00 200 London OHL
2 Hedman, Victor LD 12/18/1990 L 6.06 220 Modo SweE
3 Svensson-Paajarvi, Magnus LW 4/12/1991 L 6.01 200 Timra SweE
4 Duchene, Matt C 1/16/1991 L 5.11 196 Brampton OHL
5 Schenn, Brayden C 8/22/1991 L 6.00 193 Brandon WHL
6 Kane, Evander C 8/2/1991 L 6.01 180 Vancouver WHL
7 Cowen, Jared LD 1/25/1991 L 6.04.7 218 Spokane WHL
8 Kadri, Nazem C 10/6/1990 L 5.11.5 180 London OHL
9 Kulikov, Dmitri LD 10/29/1990 L 6.00 190 Drummondville QMJHL
10 Josefson, Jacob C 3/2/1991 L 6.00 187 Djurgarden SweE
11 Holland, Peter C 1/14/1991 L 6.01.5 188 Guelph OHL
12 Schroeder, Jordan RW 9/29/1990 R 5.08.2 175 Minnesota WCHA
13 Ellis, Ryan RD 1/3/1991 R 5.09.2 183 Windsor OHL
14 Shore, Drew C 1/29/1991 R 6.02 190 USA Under-18 NTDP
15 Despres, Simon  LD 7/27/1991 L 6.03.5 214 Saint John QMJHL
16 Leblanc, Louis  C 1/26/1991 R 6.00 178 Omaha USHL
17 Moore, John  LD 11/19/1990 L 6.02 189 Chicago USHL
18 Ferraro, Landon  RW 8/8/1991 R 5.11 169 Red Deer WHL
19 Kassian, Zack  RW 1/24/1991 R 6.02.5 212 Peterborough OHL
20 Glennie, Scott  C 2/22/1991 R 6.01 180 Brandon WHL
21 Palmieri, Kyle  C 2/1/1991 R 5.10 191 USA Under-18 NTDP
22 Ashton, Carter  LW 4/1/1991 L 6.04 212 Lethbridge WHL
23 Ekman-Larsson, Oliver LD 7/17/1991 L 6.02 176 Leksands SweAl
24 Caron, Jordan  C 11/2/1990 L 6.02.5 200 Rimouski QMJHL
25 Leddy, Nick LD 3/20/1991 L 5.11 179 Eden Prairie MN-HS
26 Werek, Ethan  C 6/7/1991 L 6.00.5 191 Kingston OHL
27 Nattinen, Joonas  C 1/3/1991 R 6.02 183 Espoo FinJrA
28 Morin, Jeremy  C 4/16/1991 R 6.00.5 189 USA Under-18 NTDP
29 Kreider, Chris LW 4/30/1991 L 6.02 201 Andover MA-HS
30 Panik, Richard  C 2/7/1991 L 6.01 202 Trinec CzeE

RISING

Jordan Caron – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) — Caron has been a model of consistency for the Rimouski Oceanic this season and has become one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the QMJHL this year. Caron had a very productive regular season with 35 goals and 30 assists in 54 games. Caron has the size and skill to play at the next level — a good skater with mobility, he protects the puck well, shows good hands and a good shot. He has a nose for the net, a deceptively quick stick, and a good scoring touch.

Nick Leddy – Eden Prairie MN-HS — Leddy continues to label himself as one of the more solid defensemen in this year’s draft. He was a dominating force at the recent Minnesota High State tournament and was voted “Mr. Hockey” for the best player in the state. His quick vision and passing in his own end makes things happen every time he handles the puck. His game has gotten better while the year has progressed.

Simon Lof – Brynas SweJ20 — The 2008-09 season has seen Lof jump multiple age groups. The big gangly defender started the season at the J18 level, but was quickly brought up to the J20 team, where he was one of the most consistent defenders for the club. Lof also made the jump into his first Swedish Elite League game. A good skater with strong mobility, Lof needs to develop his physical game but should garner good attention from NHL clubs this summer.

Casper Carning – Frolunda SweJ20 — A big strong physical winger, Carning has really found his stride this year with Frolunda. His 27 points were good for third-most for Frolunda in the J20 Super Elite league, and were one more than fellow top prospect Carl Klingberg. He also led the team with 74 PIM. Although he hasn’t gotten the attention that some of the other top Swedish prospects, Carning’s individual improvement this season may be above that of any other player in the country. He can dominate tight spaces and is very strong for his age group, justifying his call-up to the Frolunda Men’s club for two games where he did not look out of place. Carning has drawn comparisons to fellow countryman Johan Franzen.

Ryan Button – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) — Button has been excellent all season on a not-so-perfect defense corps in Prince Albert. He has steadily put up consistent numbers for the Raiders this season. He loves to jump up in the play and moves well. He has good vision and is able to make the first pass. He will be a key contributor to the Raiders’ defense corps for the next few seasons and does have the ability and skill set to take it to the next level.

Anton Rodin – Brynas IF Jr. — Rodin tore up the U20 5 -Nations tournament in Turku, Finland, scoring four goals and three assists in four games. Perhaps the fastest rising and improving talent in Sweden at the moment, Rodin has proved to be an effective scorer, and can score unbelievable goals on a regular basis. He’s a tremendous puck handler.

David Savard – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) — Savard has been a model of consistency for the Moncton Wildcats this season. Savard is a solid two-way defender with good size who thinks the games well at both ends of the ice.

Linden Vey – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) — Vey has been a model of consistency for the Medicine Hat Tigers this season. He has put up tremendous numbers at almost a point-a-game clip. He needs to continue with his consistency throughout the playoffs. He still needs to improve on his top-end speed and also his overall strength.

FALLING

Tommi Kivisto – Red Deer (WHL) — Kivisto came to the Red Deer Rebels with very high expectations and seemed to have a tough time with the transition to the North American style of game. His play has struggled since his return from the World Junior Championships as he has only posted six points since the Christmas break.

David Gilbert – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) — Gilbert has been inconsistent offensively for Quebec this season with 43 points in 65 games played. He is a highly-skilled playmaking center who plays a finesse style of game. Doesn’t work hard every shift and lacks some edge to his game. Despite lack of consistency this season statistically, he is still a key component to the success of the Remparts run in the playoffs.

Chase Schaber – Calgary Hitmen (WHL) — Schaber since the trade deadline, has seen his playing time decrease. Needs to improve top-end speed to give him that ability to separate himself from defenders. He’s the No. 7 guy and moves up in the line-up when penalties or injuries occur.

Olli Rahkonen – K-Reipas (FinMid) — Rahkonen started out the season on fire and was the most efficient K-Reipas scorer this season. His season was cut short with a shoulder injury, but he still managed to lead the team in scoring with 27 points in 23 games. A long shot to get drafted, he will need to put up similar numbers at the next level and prove again that his size isn’t a detriment before he will really be able to be considered a viable option at the professional level.