ISS Top 30, Risers and Fallers, November 2010

By Int'l Scouting Services

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

1 Couturier, Sean, C 12/7/92 L 6.04 191 Drummondville QMJHL
2 Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan, F 4/12/93 L 6.00.5 166 Red Deer WHL
3 Larsson, Adam, RD 11/12/92 R 6.02 209 Skelleftea SweE
4 Landeskog, Gabriel, LW 11/23/92 L 6.00.25 205 Kitchener OHL
5 Murphy, Ryan, RD 3/31/93 R 5.10.25 168 Kitchener OHL
6 Armia, Joel, RW 5/31/93 R 6.02 165 Assat FinE
7 Rask, Victor, C 3/1/93 L 6.01 194 Leksands SweAl
8 Siemens, Duncan, LD 9/7/93 L 6.02.25 185 Saskatoon WHL
9 Saad, Brandon, LW 10/27/92 L 6.02.25 200 Saginaw OHL
10 Puempel, Matthew, LW 1/24/93 L 6.00.5 188 Peterborough OHL
11 Hamilton, Douglas, RD 6/17/93 R 6.04 190 Niagara OHL
12 Strome, Ryan, C 7/11/93 R 6.00 163 Niagara OHL
13 Russo, Robbie, RD 2/15/93 R 5.11.5 189 USA Under-18 USHL
14 Musil, David, LD 4/9/93 L 6.03.25 191 Vancouver WHL
15 Bell, Myles, RD 8/19/93 R 5.11.75 213 Regina WHL
16 Ambroz, Seth, RW 4/3/93 R 6.01.75 205 Omaha USHL
17 Jurco, Tomas, RW 12/28/92 L 6.00 180 Saint John QMJHL
18 Khokhlachev, Alexander F 9/9/93 L 5.11 172 Windsor OHL
19 Jaskin, Dmitrij, RW 3/23/93 L 6.01 196 Slavia CzeJr
20 Namestnikov, Vladislav, F 11/22/92 L 5.11.75 156 London OHL
21 Nieto, Matthew (Fr.), LW 11/5/92 L 5.10.5 175 Boston University H.E.
22 Mayfield, Scott, RD 10/14/92 R 6.03.5 197 Youngstown USHL
23 McColgan, Shane, RW 1/1/93 R 5.08 165 Kelowna WHL
24 Shalunov, Maxim, F 1/31/93 L 6.03 185 Chelyabinsk Belye RusJr
25 Rattie, Ty, LW 2/5/93 R 5.10.75 169 Portland WHL
26 Jacobs, Colin, F 1/20/93 R 6.02 205 Seattle WHL
27 McNeill, Mark, C 2/22/93 R 6.00.75 198 Prince Albert WHL
28 Koudys, Patrick (Fr.), LD 11/15/92 L 6.02.25 195 Rensselaer ECAC
29 Clendening, Adam (Fr.), RD 10/26/92 R 5.11.25 190 Boston University H.E.
30 Grimaldi, Rocco, C 2/8/93 R 5.06 161 USA Under 18 USHL

Rising

Joel Armia, RW, Assat Pori
The big talented Armia is just producing more and more excitement with every game he plays. He has adapted very well to Finland’s SM-Liiga scoring 8 goals in his first 12 games in Finland’s highest league. The SM-Liiga is probably the European league which translates best to the North American game as many of the rinks are actually NHL style dimensions and the Finnish style is a very nice hybrid of traditional European skill and North American passion, heart and grit. A great skater with an excellent release on his shot and a combination of fearless determination and power, The 17 year old Armia continues to get better and better and makes his debut in ISS’s top 10 rankings this month.

Ty Rattie, RW, Portland Winterhawks
Last month Rattie’s stock was dropping quickly, after failing to make Canada’s summer U18 team and having his flaws exposed during the U18 evaluation camp. Those flaws are still there but Rattie has emphasized his strengths and reminded scouts of his potential value at the next level. Rattie has consistently played with strong teams as far back as his days with the Airdrie bantam AAA program and has consistently been the top offensive weapon for those teams. This is again the case with the loaded Winterhawks, who are favored to represent the WHL come Memorial Cup time. Rattie has come out of the gate on fire and currently sits third in WHL scoring. The pure scorer’s ability to score just might be a reason to ignore his flaws and could propel him into the first round.

Ryan Strome, C, Niagara IceDogs
Strome has been one of the best stories in the early part of the OHL season. His goals have been front page news on hockey websites and he has created several “YouTube moments”. His play had ISS debating adding him to this list last month, but we decided to wait another month and see if he could maintain his pace before being added to the first round debate. As much credit as he has received for his goal scoring, it’s his playmaking abilities that really allow Strome to stand out. A very dynamic offensive talent who understands the principles of attack, especially off the rush, allow Strome to stand out and have put him into the debate with players such as Peterborough’s Matt Puempel. Strome’s 26 points in 17 games have him on the cusp of the OHL’s top 5 scorers.

Robbie Russo, D, USA Under-18
Hasn’t gotten the credit of some of the other high end defenders for this year’s draft but is likely the most poised and reliable two-way defender after top pick candidate Adam Larsson. Was best player at recent 4 Nation U18 Sundsvall, Sweden tournament. Russo is extremely versatile and can lead a PP as well as matchup against opposing team’s top players and shut them down.

Jonas Brodin, D, Farjestads BK
Brodin is the type of player that you like more and more every time you see him. A great skater who might not bring the type of offense we have been getting used to from the elite Swedish defenders of late, but make no mistake, Brodin is just that, an elite defender. Brodin matches up extremely well against opposing team’s top players and contains well while eliminating passing lanes. Brodin made his Elitserien debut last season and has found himself as a full time participant with Farjestad so far this season. Brodin has also gained a lot of attention internationally and could very well find himself representing Sweden at the WJC in Buffalo this December.

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John Sea Dogs
The conversation about the best defenders for this year’s NHL draft has been a great debate. On the outside looking in has been the very under rated Nathan Beaulieu. The Saint John Sea Dogs are one of the top teams in the Q and have a plethora of young talent that could all potentially hear their names called in the top 2 rounds of the NHL draft. Beaulieu is a very well rounded defender who will certainly gain the appeal of NHL clubs who aren’t quite ready to commit to some of the riskier offensive defenders that are available. Beaulieu has demonstrated an added level of toughness to his game this season and has really impressed ISS scouts early on.

Sven Bartschi, LW, Portland Winterhawks
Portland has recruited potentially the best two offensive Swiss players ever in consecutive seasons. Bartschi was recruited to play with his good friend Nino Niederreiter, but Niederreiter stayed with the Islanders up until recently. One would expect some growing pains for Bartschi, especially during the time without Niederreiter, but Bartschi has registered at least a point in all but 2 of the Winterhawks games so far this season. A smart and shifty offensive talent who has a very good understanding of the game with and without the puck, Bartschi is sky rocketing up draft lifts and turning heads in every rink he plays in.

Shane Prince, LW, Ottawa 67’s
A late 1992 birth date makes Prince eligible for the NHL draft for the first time this June. The native of Spencerport, NY has taken advantage of that extra year of development before the draft and his efforts to develop have been paying off in a big way. Among the top 10 OHL scorers so far this season, Prince is only 4 points shy of his OHL career best point total in his 3rd OHL season. Prince, long considered to be a hard working defensive minded forward has really rounded out his game and the added offensive output is a testament to his work ethic. Prince’s skating has dramatically improved and has allowed him to use his intelligence and grit to create more offensive chances for his teammates, adding the tab of playmaker to his repertoire.

Sam Windle, D, Chicago Steel
Some how went undrafted last year but looks to be a potential sleeper candidate this year. A big and agile defender, Windle was a strong player in the Minnesota HS system and has transitioned over the USHL game extremely quickly. ISS scouts who cover the USHL love the way he gets the puck to the net and creates offense from the back end and feel he will develop into a very good professional prospect.

Scott Mayfield, D, Youngstown Phantoms
The big blueliner has been turning heads in every rink he has played in so far this year. A hulking strong defender Mayfield moves extremely well and already has the look of a top level pro. Mayfield will represent the USHL at the World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, BC and will gain even more exposure to NHL scouts. His ability to play in all ends of the rink and be an impact player in all situations will certainly move his name way up the draft list. Few players have the maturity and ability to adapt to the different styles and emotions that a game takes on, Mayfield can without missing a beat. With Mayfield already looking so strong the question will be how much better can he get, but as far as this year’s prospects go there are few players that are this ready for the NHL already.

Mark McNeil, C, Prince Albert Raiders
McNeill is a big strong forward who protects the puck well, has a great snap shot and can really score when given room to shoot. The sky is the limit for McNeill who looks to be a solid NHL prospect at this point and could even garner some serious 1st round consideration when all is said and done.

Falling

Victor Rask, C, Leksands IF
One of the most gifted offensive talent available for this year’s draft, Rask has been on every team’s radar for a couple years now and with that the expectations for his play have skyrocketed. A goalless showing at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament left some doubts about his projections but most scouts shrugged it off as other Swedish stars emerged around Rask. The fact remains that Rask is extremely gifted and a very exciting top 10 prospect and this is more a case of other players catching up to and in some cases passing Rask on the list.

David Musil, D, Vancouver Giants
Musil is another casualty of not so much playing his way out of the top 10 as it is a case of other prospects making a push past him. The big, mobile and technically skilled defender has all the tools to be considered a lock for the first round and has put up very respectable numbers for a draft eligible kid in the very competitive WHL. He has shown that he is committed to developing as a player and continues to work on added dimensions for his overall game. The top 15 players for this year’s draft is going to be an extremely competitive list and will likely fluctuate all season long as players vie for the highest potential spot on the list and it will be even more so for the rearguards as draft day approaches as displayed with Myles Bell, Dougie Hamilton and Duncan Siemens all climbing past Musil this month.

Olivier Archambault, LW, Val d’Or Foreurs
As good of a player as Archambault is in the offensive end of the rink, his defensive and physical play are really holding him back at this point. A very exciting and talented puck possession player, he can dazzle with the puck. His shortcomings in his end and in situations where he can’t use his speed to gain space don’t project well for the next level and it’s for this reason that his stock is falling. If he can add some muscle and improve his defensive commitment while maintaining his effectiveness around the puck in the offensive end he could end up being a draft day steal.

Boone Jenner, C, Oshawa Generals
The Oshawa Generals are loaded with prospects likely to hear their names called in the first two rounds of the NHL entry draft this June with Jenner, Lucas Lessio and Niklas Jensen. With this amount of talent, scouts will be flocking to watch the Generals but will also be analyzing every possible flaw with an even bigger microscope. The knock on Jenner is that he doesn’t seem to be improving at the pace that he demonstrated as a rookie in the OHL. A gritty and hard working player who can play both ends of the ice effectively, Jenner hasn’t stepped up like other prospects in his region or in his own locker room have and scouts who once saw him as being the ultimate second line center might now be reconsidering his projections. If Jenner can improve his consistency and demonstrate that his development curve hasn’t quite sloped just yet, he could quickly regain the favour of scouts and find himself climbing the draft list rather than falling.

Garrett Clarke, D, Halifax Mooseheads (released)
The Halifax Mooseheads released the skilled defender this week citing him as a distraction and a hurdle in their way of righting the ship in what has been a soap opera season so far. Clarke was arguably one the Mooseheads most talented defensemen, but his risky play and undisciplined attitude saw him ride the bench on more than one occasion this season. A feisty and difficult player to play against, Clarke is an extremely effective agitator but will need to focus those skills a little bit more on opposing teams than his own. A dark horse prospect for the later rounds of the draft, Clarke may be aiming the gun at his own foot but there is still time for him before the trigger is pulled. Expect him to join another team in the QMJHL shortly and watch closely to see if he has received the wake up call.

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