ISS Top 30 2010 prospects, February

By Int'l Scouting Services

Name Pos Birthdate S/C Ht. Wt. Team League

1 Hall, Taylor LW 11/14/1991 L *6.00.75 186 Windsor OHL
2 Seguin, Tyler C 1/31/1992 R *6.01 172 Plymouth OHL
3 Fowler, Cam D 12/5/1991 L *6.02 195 Windsor OHL
4 Tarasenko, Vladimir RW 12/13/1991 L 5.11 202 Novosibirsk KHL
5 Gormley, Brandon D 2/18/1992 L *6.02 187 Moncton QMJHL
6 Connolly, Brett LW 5/2/1992 R 6.02 181 Prince George WHL
7 Kabanov, Kirill LW 7/16/1992 R *6.01.75 176 Moncton QMJHL
8 Pysyk, Mark D 1/11/1992 R *6.01.25 174 Edmonton WHL
9 Gudbranson, Erik D 1/7/1992 R *6.03.75 195 Kingston OHL
10 Burmistrov, Alexander C 10/21/1991 L *5.11.5 162 Barrie OHL
11 Niederreiter, Nino LW 9/8/1992 L *6.01.5 205 Portland WHL
12 Forbort, Derek D 3/4/1992 L *6.04.5 198 Under 18 USHL
13 Sheahan, Riley C 12/7/1991 L 6.01.5 202 Notre Dame CCHA
14 Watson, Austin RW 1/13/1992 R *6.03.25 185 Peterborough OHL
15 Granlund, Mikael C 2/26/1992 L 5.10 180 HIFK Helsinki FinE
16 McFarland, John C 4/2/1992 R *6.00.25 192 Sudbury OHL
17 Skinner, Jeffrey C 5/16/1992 L *5.10 187 Kitchener OHL
18 Johansen, Ryan C 7/31/1992 R *6.02.25 194 Portland WHL
19 Schwartz, Jaden C 6/25/1992 L *5.10 180 Tri-City USHL
20 Kuznetsov, Evgeny C 5/19/1992 L 6.00 174 Chelyabinsk Traktor KHL
21 Howden, Quinton LW 1/12/1992 L *6.02 182 Moose Jaw WHL
22 Tinordi, Jarred D 2/20/1992 L *6.05.5 205 Under 18 USHL
23 Etem, Emerson C 6/16/1992 L *6.00.25 190 Medicine Hat WHL
24 Hishon, Joey C 10/20/1991 L *5.09.75 170 Owen Sound OHL
25 Nelson, Brock C 10/15/1991 L *6.02.5 205 Warroad MN-HS
26 Bjugstad, Nick C 7/17/1992 R *6.03.75 188 Blaine MN-HS
27 Faulk, Justin D 3/20/1992 R *5.11.75 196 Under 18 USHL
28 Merrill, Jonathan D 2/3/1992 L *6.03.25 198 Under 18 USHL
29 Petrovic, Alexander * D 3/3/1992 R *6.04 193 Red Deer WHL
30 Bennett, Beau RW 11/27/1991 R *6.00.5 176 Penticton BCHL

RISING

Nino Niederreiter, RW – Portland Winterhawks

Niederreiter’s stock continues to rise at a runaway pace and his performance at the WJC will likely only add to that. Regarded as perhaps the best offensive prospect the Swiss have ever produced, he has great size and strength to go with very quick hands and strong shot. His competitiveness and his strong leadership are other traits that we love.

Vladimir Tarasenko, RW – Novosibirsk Sibir

A dynamic and unbelievably skilled offensive player, Tarasenko is as dangerous as they come around the puck…and away from it for that matter.

Beau Bennett,  C – Penticton Vees

The University of Denver recruit is having a terrific rookie season in the BCHL where he is currently third in scoring with 112 points. Offensive instincts are secon to none and is deadly with the puck when he has a scoring chance.

Ken Agostino, F – Delbarton HS

Agostino is a gifted player and a born leader wearing the ‘C’ this season and committed to Yale. He has explosive speed and is aggressive on the forecheck and the backcheck with good balance and agility. His coach said he is extremely committed to his conditioning and has a superior work ethic.

Jakub Culek – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Culek has continued to show improvement in all aspects of his game; this and his strong performance at the CHL Prospect Game has him moving up our rankings. He has added 10 lbs to his large frame and appears to have improved first couple steps and looks quicker than earlier viewings.

Jeremie Blain – Acadie-Bathurst Titans (QMJHL)

Blain continues to play a lot of minutes for the Titans, top four plus PP and PK. He currently has 3 goals and 27 assists in 49 games. He looks bigger and stronger than in earlier viewings. He battles and competes well. There is more upside here than first thought.

Mark Alt, RD – Cretin-Derham Hall HS

Alt’s combination of size and speed make him stand out. His skating, lateral movement and acceleration skills are already at a high level. His risky play with the puck sometimes leaves him in tough situations but his ability to recover makes up for his mistakes.

John Ramage, RD – University of Wisconsin

Ramage is a mark for reliability and consistency. This kid never seems to make a bad play. He was used in every situation for the Americans at the World Junior tournament and often drew assignments against other teams’ top lines throughout the tournament. Passed over at last year’s NHL Draft, look for Ramage’s stock to rise if he can continue his solid play.

Matt Bissonnette, C – Lewiston Maineiacs

Bissonnette is a player who really put himself on the radar with his play since joining the Maineiacs. He has earned the trust of his coaching staff and has taken advantage of the increased ice time and offensive responsibilities. He will be the centrepiece to rebuilding the Maineiacs along with fellow ’92 Michael Chaput. He should garner a ton of attention leading up to this year’s draft.

Markus Pock, LW – Klagenfurter EC KAC

The younger brother of former NHL defenseman Thomas Pock. He looks to be a long shot, although should garner some attention in the draft because of his pedigree and physical upside.

Radko Gudas, RD – Everett Silvertips

Gudas was given the chance to show off just how far he has come in the past year during this year’s WJC. The undrafted defensive defenseman, who has played this season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, is a fearless and self-sacrificing monster on the back end. Gudas, plain and simple, is a warrior that does the little things necessary to win games.

FALLING

Mikael Granlund, C – HIFK Helsinki

Has shown ability to produce offensively at a number of international events but appears at times to spend too much time on the perimeter. Lack of size is a concern as he does not appear to be as big as he is listed. He doesn’t have that explosive speed smaller players need. Still a top prospect just not top 10.

Denis Kindl, C – Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

Kindl is free falling; after a very good offensive start, his production continued to drop off. This coupled with the lack of any skating improvement has him falling off most draft lists. Overall speed needs to improve if he has any chance of hearing his name on draft day.

Nikita Zaytsev, RD – Novosibirsk Sibir

Zaytsev is a promising yet raw defender with good size and mobility but who needs to find a way to be more consistent at both ends of the rink. Although he is mobile and has good foot speed, he tends to hold a loose gap and can struggle to contain quicker players who take him wide and then cut back in.

Maxim Kitsyn, LW – Novokuznetsk Metallurg

Kitsyn wasn’t as noticeable offensively at recent WJC as he has been at the U18 and World Jr. A levels before this. Kitsyn is a toe drag master and loves to pull the puck in close and then fire quick shots the other way on the rush. He can at times be too daring with the puck and defenders who can control their gap often are able to break up the chances.