ISS Risers and Fallers and Top 30, March 2010

By Int'l Scouting Services

Name  Pos  Birthdate  S/C  Ht.  Wt.  Team  League
1 Seguin, Tyler  C 1/31/1992 R  6.01 172 Plymouth OHL
2 Hall, Taylor  LW 11/14/1991 L  6.00.75 186 Windsor 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 Gudbranson, Erik  D 1/7/1992 R  6.03.75 195 Kingston OHL
7 Kabanov, Kirill  LW 7/16/1992 R  6.01.75 176 Moncton QMJHL
8 Watson, Austin  RW 1/13/1992 R  6.03.25 185 Peterborough OHL
9 Niederreiter, Nino  LW 9/8/1992 L  6.01.5 205 Portland WHL
10 Forbort, Derek  D 3/4/1992 L  6.04.5 198 Under 18 USHL
11 Connolly, Brett  LW 5/2/1992 R  6.02 181 Prince George WHL
12 Burmistrov, Alexander  C 10/21/1991 L  5.11.5 162 Barrie OHL
13 Sheahan, Riley (Fr.)  C 12/7/1991 L  6.01.5 202 Notre Dame CCHA
14 Granlund, Mikael  C 2/26/1992 L  5.10 180 HIFK Helsinki FinE
15 Skinner, Jeffrey  C 5/16/1992 L  5.10 187 Kitchener OHL
16 Pysyk, Mark  D 1/11/1992 R  6.01.25 174 Edmonton WHL
17 Johansen, Ryan  C 7/31/1992 R  6.02.25 194 Portland WHL
18 Schwartz, Jaden  C 6/25/1992 L  5.10 180 Tri-City USHL
19 Kuznetsov, Evgeny  C 5/19/1992 L  6.00 174 Chelyabinsk Traktor KHL
20 Howden, Quinton  LW 1/12/1992 L  6.02 182 Moose Jaw WHL
21 Merrill, Jonathan  D 2/3/1992 L  6.03.25 198 Under 18 USHL
22 Nelson, Brock  C 10/15/1991 L  6.02.5 205 Warroad MN-HS
23 Etem, Emerson  C 6/16/1992 L  6.00.25 190 Medicine Hat WHL
24 Bjugstad, Nick  C 7/17/1992 R  6.03.75 188 Blaine MN-HS
25 Bennett, Beau  RW 11/27/1991 R  6.00.5 176 Penticton BCHL
26 Tinordi, Jarred  D 2/20/1992 L 6.05.5 205 Under 18 USHL
27 Coyle, Charlie  RW 3/2/1992 R 6.01.5 202 South Shore EJHL
28 Pitlick, Tyler (Fr.)  C 11/1/1991 R 6.01.5 194 Mankato WCHA
29 Marincin, Martin  D 2/18/1992 L 6.04 187 Slovakia SvkE
30 McFarland, John  C 4/2/1992 R 6.00.25 192 Sudbury OHL

RISING

Austin Watson, RW – Peterborough Petes
Watson has molded into an excellent two-way player and has emerged as a bona fide top 10 pick for the 2010 NHL draft. He is arguably one of the smartest players available in the draft. As the year progressed we began to really appreciate the skill and hockey sense that Watson offers. He has great size and he skates very well. Competes hard for the puck and can be used in critical situations when the game is on the line. A great team leader that can score or check the top lines in the league.

Pathrik Vesterholm, C – Malmo IF Redhawks Jr.

Don’t look now, but just as the Sedin twins seem to be coming into their own in the NHL, a second set of Swedish twins is emerging and turning some heads. Pathrik could be considered the Henrik of the Vesterholm twins at this point. A gifted offensive mind, the left side winger of the two can be considered one of Sweden‘s most underrated prospects of the year, along with his brother Ponthus. Both twins possess the stereotypical Swedish offensive skill sets. Both Vesterholms have flown under the radar to this point, but the secret is becoming harder and harder to keep, especially when they continue to outshine their top prospect teammates like Victor Ohman.

Etienne Boutet, LD – Rimouski Oceanic

Boutet has continued to show improvement in all aspects of his game. He has added 10 lbs to his frame and appears to have improved his foot speed and looks quicker than earlier viewings. Making better decisions. He battles and competes well. There is more upside here than first thought.

Greg McKegg, C – Erie Otters
McKegg is now in his second season with the Erie Otters after being selected second overall in the 2008 OHL Draft. While he is listed as a center, he also regularly plays left wing. Effectively uses body to protect puck during offensive zone play. Displays an accurate shot and often surprises goalies with a quick release and doesn’t pass up chance to put the puck on net. Was a member of Team Ontario that won the Gold medal at the 2009 World Under 17 Challenge in January 2009.

Max Reinhart, C – Kootenay Ice

Reinhart’s improvements have definitely paid off for Kootenay and the effect can be felt in the standings. A smart two-way player, Reinhart has developed into a consistent player for the Ice and is now used in most situations. At this point Reinhart remains a long shot or a dark horse for the NHL draft but his play during the second half of the WHL season has definitely pushed him closer to the bubble.

Brody Sutter, RW – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Sutter has a big frame and fits right in to the traditional Sutter work ethic. His bloodlines are great as his father Duane was a journeyman NHLer. His big 6’4 frame and mobility at that size has many people watching. With the youth movement in Lethbridge, he is playing in timely situations and furthering his development. With maturity and strength he could be a diamond in the rough.

Daniel Gunnarsson, RD – Leksand

Another of the increasingly popular tall and mobile young Swedish defenders, Gunnarsson has been compared to Jonathan Ericsson of the Detroit Red Wings. He has made his pro debut with Leksand this year as well as his international debut with the Swedish U18 program. He is not on many people’s radars but a strong showing in April in Minsk could change all of that. Add Gunnarsson to the list of secret Swedish prospects that will likely appear in the mid to late rounds.

FALLING


Joey Hishon, C – Owen Sound Attack

An ISS favorite most of the year, however as the season progressed we observed that he hasn’t been quite what we thought. There have been a few hitches to his season. He missed time in the preseason with a pelvis injury, and then suffered a broken foot Oct. 15 blocking a shot. Size/durability at next level may be an issue.

Petr Straka, RW – Rimouski Oceanic

Below average performance as of late; looked disinterested, did not keep his feet moving, looked lost at time. He needs to play with more energy like in previous viewing. He currently has 28 goals and 35 assists in 60 games, however, almost half his goals, 13 are while on power play.

Julien Levasseur, RD – Rimouski Oceanic

Levasseur is free falling; after a very good start, his production continued to drop off; this coupled with his questionable hockey sense, make him lucky to get drafted at all. He makes more bad decisions than good ones. Does a lot of running around in the defensive zone, and takes himself out of position far too often.

Jon Parker, C – Prince Albert Raiders
Lack of any skating improvement has him falling off most draft lists. He seems to spend more time watching the play than actually being a part of it. Can get caught standing still away from puck at times.