ISS Top 30, Risers and Fallers, December 2010

By Int'l Scouting Services

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

1 Couturier, Sean, C 12/7/92 L 6.04 195 Drummondville QMJHL
2 Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan, F 4/12/93 L 6.00.5 170 Red Deer WHL
3 Larsson, Adam, RD 11/12/92 R 6.03 209 Skelleftea SweE
4 Landeskog, Gabriel, LW 11/23/92 L 6.00.25 205 Kitchener OHL
5 Saad, Brandon, LW 10/27/92 L 6.01.25 208 Saginaw OHL
6 Murphy, Ryan, RD 3/31/93 R 5.10.25 168 Kitchener OHL
7 Armia, Joel, RW 5/31/93 R 6.03 191 Assat FinE
8 Siemens, Duncan, LD 9/7/93 L 6.03 197 Saskatoon WHL
9 Strome, Ryan, C 7/11/93 R 6.00.25 183 Niagara OHL
10 Rask, Victor, C 3/1/93 L 6.01.5 194 Leksands SweAl
11 Hamilton, Douglas, RD 6/17/93 R 6.04 190 Niagara OHL
12 Puempel, Matthew, LW 1/24/93 L 6.00 198 Peterborough OHL
13 Musil, David, LD 4/9/93 L 6.03.5 200 Vancouver WHL
14 Khokhlachev, Alexandr F 9/9/93 L 5.10 188 Windsor OHL
15 McNeill, Mark, C 2/22/93 R 6.01 204 Prince Albert WHL
16 Jaskin, Dmitri, RW 3/23/93 L 6.01 196 Slavia CzeJr
17 Bell, Myles, RD 8/19/93 R 6.00 209 Regina WHL
18 Russo, Robbie, RD 2/15/93 R 5.11.5 189 USA Under-18 USHL
19 Namestnikov, Vladislav, F 11/22/92 L 5.11.5 170 London OHL
20 Nieto, Matthew (Fr.), LW 11/5/92 L 5.10.5 175 Boston Univ H.E.
21 Mayfield, Scott, RD 10/14/92 R 6.03.5 197 Youngstown USHL
22 Jurco, Tomas, RW 12/28/92 L 6.02 193 Saint John QMJHL
23 Grimaldi, Rocco, C 2/8/93 R 5.06 163 USA Under-18 USHL
24 Shalunov, Maxim, F 1/31/93 L 6.03 185 Chelyabinsk Belye RusJr
25 McColgan, Shane, RW 1/1/93 R 5.08 165 Kelowna WHL
26 Bartschi, Sven, LW 10/5/92 L 5.10.5 175 Portland WHL
27 Jacobs, Colin, F 1/20/93 R 6.01 205 Seattle WHL
28 Biggs, Tyler, RW 4/30/93 R 6.02 210 USA Under-18 USHL
29 Catenacci, Daniel, C 3/9/93 L 5.09.25 180 S.S. Marie OHL
30 Rattie, Ty, LW 2/5/93 R 5.11 170 Portland WHL

Rising

Joe Morrow, D, Portland Winterhawks
Morrow seems to be the latest project for Mike Johnston and the Portland Winterhawks, a team and coach notorious for developing the offensive capabilities of their defenders. Morrow seems to be falling in line and has shown some very good offensive instincts and tendencies. He has been getting more powerplay time and often works with 2012 top prospect and WHL 2009 1st overall pick Derrick Pouliot. For the time being, Morrow’s play can still be somewhat risky, but with the Portland offense it works very well. Morrow’s appeal continues to grow, but he will need to work on keeping his turnover numbers down to continue to rise.

Shane Prince, LW, Ottawa 67′s
Prince currently leads all draft eligible CHL players in scoring with 46 points in 29 games. The intelligent two way player has emerged as one of the better playmakers in the OHL so far this season and his exponential development as an all-around player has everyone extremely excited. Prince could find his way into the upper-echelon of elite prospects for this draft when everything is said and done.

Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Saint John Sea Dogs
Huberdeau is one of those players who excels with time and space. He has very good hands and is shifty and quick. Super intelligent and instinctive, gritty, and has a knack for making plays when his team really needs it. His competitiveness and his strong leadership are other traits that we love. Huberdeau’s appeal grows not only because his point totals currently rank him second to Prince in CHL draft eligible scoring, but because of his defensive play as well. His capable and responsible play in his own end is impressing scouts almost as much as his offensive production. If Huberdeau can continue this pace, he should carve himself a fairly regular spot on the rising list.

Zack Phillips, C, Saint John Sea Dogs
Phillips continues to climb the charts at a steady pace because of his consistent offensive play. The ultra-slick puckhandler may not be the best skater, but he is able to win space and make plays consistently. The fact that there are still some obvious flaws in his technical skills doesn’t hurt his prospect status as much as they enhance it. If Phillips is already this good and this effective, some technical tweaking is only going to make him that much better. Phillips has gotten a lot stronger over the past couple of seasons and as the Sea Dogs continue to climb, Phillips will likely to do the same.

Daniel Catenacci, C, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
It is easy to write Catenacci off from time to time and think that other prospects may be eclipsing him. But all it takes is one shift watching the speedster to remember and realize just how strong of a prospect he is. Often his size and small frame are what make him so easy to drop back a few spots in the rankings, but Catenacci is a dynamic and exciting player who raises the level of the game every time he steps on the ice. The player who should, on paper, be easy to hold in check, has managed to register 18 goals and 24 assists so far this season, in 32 games and is consistently the life-blood of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team.

Markus Granlund, C, HIFK U20
The younger brother of the Minnesota Wild‘s first rounder, Mikael Granlund, Markus has almost always played second fiddle to his older brothers almost rock star status in Finland. But when Mikael went down with concussion issues earlier this season, Markus decided to give the media another reason to write the Granlund name. The captain of the Finnish U18 team, Granlund has been one of the best players in Finland‘s top U20 junior league this season, averaging over a point per game. He has made in SM-Liiga debut with HIFK Helsinki and played with the Finnish U20 team on loan from HIFK in their series against teams from Finland‘s second highest men’s league, the Mestis. In those games, Granlund has been exceptional, putting up 3 goals and 3 assists in 6 games. Granlund has an outside shot of cracking the U20 team that will represent Finland in Buffalo at the World Junior Championships later this month.

Michael St. Croix, C, Edmonton Oil Kings
Finally, the much hyped offensive talents of Oil Kings top prospect, Michael St. Croix are on display. After creating more questions than answers over the first two months of the season, St. Croix has exploded recently and is looking like the offensive dynamo that he was expected to be. The big question now is whether or not St. Croix has turned the corner or whether this will be another of the flash in the pan displays we have come to expect from him.

Garrett Haar, D, Fargo Force
After being a healthy scratch early in the year, Harr has taken advantage of the opportunity to play and seems to be gaining confidence to play at this level. He has all of the physical tools to be an impact player, but has a tendency to do too much. When he plays within himself and allows the play to come to him he seems to get better as the game goes on.

Guillaume Cloutier, D, Saint John Sea Dogs
He has legitimate size with a solid frame and also skates quite well when you consider his physical stature, displaying good mobility and the ability to take away time and space effectively. Draft Sleeper, only plays about 10-12 minutes with no PK and very little PP time. Cloutier has been very impressive throughout the year with his poise. He has excellent puck skills and makes the right play most of the time. Skating has really improved over the past year. Although he was not flashy and may have slid under scouts’ radars, he has a very bright future. Makes very few mistakes, moves the puck up ice well, never seems to get in trouble in DZ.

Scott Oke, LW, Saint John Sea Dogs
Showed us a little more every viewing; played well with Kelly and Tesink. Showed better vision and passing ability then seen in early viewings; made a few smart 5 foot passes and a few good 30 foot passes, finding seams. Doesn’t always see his options, but is showing more patience with puck. Worked hard and made the most of limited ice time…played 4th line with no PP or PK.

Falling

Ty Rattie, RW, Portland Winterhawks
It has been a rollercoaster year for Rattie so far. For a while it looked as though Rattie would challenge for the WHL scoring lead but after going 6 games without a point and only putting up 1 assist in the last 8 games, Rattie’s flaws have once again come to the forefront. As talented of an offensive force as Rattie is, he can be a very one dimensional player and has proven time and time again that he is streaky and inconsistent. Very good on PP but still doesn’t penetrate middle very well. Really seems to only create good offense when on PP or off rush, if the game slows down or coverage tightens on him he isn’t able to create as much offense.

Tyler Wotherspoon, D, Portland Winterhawks
Always seems to get on inside of containment assignments, which can allow players to spin off and get into open space along boards and maintain possession. Can get running around a bit in own end. Good size and strength. Does not take very good lanes to the puck and can be passive on defensive puck pursuits at time.

Jason Houde, LW, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Up and down winger with decent size and skating. Did not see a lot of pucks skills or offensive upside. Did show pretty good outside speed on one rush, put did nothing creative, nor did he show any finish. Does not look like a prospect.

Jesper Kokkonen, F, Ilves U20
The big Finnish center was drawing a lot of early comparisons to Montreal draft pick and fellow countryman, Joonas Nattinen but has failed to meet the hype time and time again. After putting up good numbers last year and being named the U16 Camp’s top player in 2008, Kokkonen has really stalled this year and has not been able to produce or display much improvement in his skill set. A subpar showing at the U18 4 Nations event in Sundsvall, Sweden, was a critical failure for the young Finn, as a lot of scouts had hoped he could show something during the event, but that was not the case.

Joakim Ryan, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints
No player looked more out of place on a very out-of-synch Swedish team during the World Junior A Challenge than Ryan. The American with Swedish routes was the only player to be playing anything close to his time zone but was also the player that looked the most sluggish and tired through each game. Ryan’s play with the puck during the event was disastrous and he proved to be a consistent liability for the Swede’s as they tried to break out. The young defender will need to pick up in the USHL to undo the damage his play at the WJA created.

Julius Nyqvist, D, HIFK U20
An ISS favorite for a few years now, we have had high expectations for Nyqvist, a smart and talented two-way defender, but so far this season, has struggled and has not been able to justify the expectations. So far this season, it has appeared that Nyqvist has been trying to do too much and is way out of his comfort zone. The calm and calculated defender who in the past has illustrated tremendous poise has been jumpy and erratic all year long. If he can shake out of his funk, he could once again garner some serious interest, but until then expect Nyqvist to continue spiral down the falling list.

Brent Benson, C, Saskatoon Blades
One player suffering from an inability to meet expectations is Benson Saskatoon’s 1st round pick, 6th Overall in 2008 Bantam Draft. Benson is showing some improvement so far this season and is playing good minutes with top PP unit. However he still doesn’t quite seem to be able to put it all together at this level just yet. More of a playmaker – pass first kind of player. Can rush puck into contested areas and force passes a little too often.

Alex Filiatrault, D, Val d’Or Foreurs
Has size but lacks some mobility/feet to play at next level. Needs to be more confident in his abilities. Just don’t see him in a role without improved skating/mobility.

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