ISS Top 30, Risers and Fallers, January 2011

By Int'l Scouting Services

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

1. Larsson, Adam, RD 11/12/92 R 6.03 209 Skelleftea SweE
2. Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan, F 4/12/93 L 6.00.5 170 Red Deer WHL
3. Landeskog, Gabriel, LW 11/23/92 L 6.00.25 205 Kitchener OHL
4. Couturier, Sean, C 12/7/92 L 6.04 195 Drummondville QMJHL
5. Strome, Ryan, C 7/11/93 R 6.00.25 183 Niagara OHL
6. Murphy, Ryan, RD 3/31/93 R 5.10.25 168 Kitchener OHL
7. Siemens, Duncan, LD 9/7/93 L 6.03 197 Saskatoon WHL
8. Hamilton, Douglas, RD 6/17/93 R 6.04 190 Niagara OHL
9. Saad, Brandon, LW 10/27/92 L 6.01.25 208 Saginaw OHL
10. Jensen, Nicklas, F 3/6/93 L 6.02.25 188 Oshawa OHL
11. Armia, Joel, RW 5/31/93 R 6.03 191 Assat FinE
12. Biggs, Tyler, RW 4/30/93 R 6.02 210 USA Under-18 USHL
13. Musil, David, LD 4/9/93 L 6.03.5 200 Vancouver WHL
14. Rask, Victor, C 3/1/93 L 6.01.5 194 Leksands SweAl
15. Khokhlachev, Alexandr F 9/9/93 L 5.10 188 Windsor OHL
16. McNeill, Mark, C 2/22/93 R 6.01 204 Prince Albert WHL
17. Jaskin, Dmitri, RW 3/23/93 L 6.01 196 Slavia CzeJr
18. Puempel, Matthew, LW 1/24/93 L 6.00 198 Peterborough OHL
19. Huberdeau, Jonathan C/L 6/4/93 L 6’1.25 168 Saint John QMJHL
20. Rattie, Ty, LW 2/5/93 R 5.11 170 Portland WHL
21. Namestnikov, Vladislav, F 11/22/92 L 5.11.5 170 London OHL
22. Mayfield, Scott, RD 10/14/92 R 6.03.5 197 Youngstown USHL
23. Bell, Myles, RD 8/19/93 R 6.00 209 Regina WHL
24. Bartschi, Sven, LW 10/5/92 L 5.10.5 175 Portland WHL
25. Grimaldi, Rocco, C 2/8/93 R 5.06 163 USA Under-18 USHL
26. Jurco, Tomas, RW 12/28/92 L 6.02 193 Saint John QMJHL
27. Nieto, Matthew (Fr.), LW 11/5/92 L 5.10.5 175 Boston Univ H.E.
28. Jacobs, Colin, F 1/20/93 R 6.01 205 Seattle WHL
29. Catenacci, Daniel, C 3/9/93 L 5.09.25 180 S.S. Marie OHL
30. Rakell, Rickard, RW 5/5/93 R 6.00.25 191 Plymouth OHL

Rising

Mikko Salomaki, LW, Karpat
Salomaki was electrifying at the WJC, moving from role player who saw limited ice time to impact player in a hurry. Salomaki is a complete player and works hard in all three zones. His consistency and reliability make him an increasingly hot commodity as North American scouts get a glimpse at a very well kept Finnish secret. Salomaki is a sure bet to hear his name called in June at the draft, but his performance at the WJC along with his steady play in Finland‘s top league could push him as high as the 2nd round. Salomaki is the player every coach dreams of having on his team and has proven very quick to adapt to the higher levels of play.

Max Friberg, LW, Skovde
When Swedish captain and potential top 5 pick Gabriel Landeskog went down due to injury during the WJC, Friberg stepped his game up ten-fold. A mainstay on the top Swedish offensive unit, Friberg was consistently noticeable and energetic and was a reliable source of inspiration for a team who had just lost their leader. The speedy and tenacious forward has dazzling offensive abilities, blazing speed and is very often a catalyst for big plays for his squad. Friberg has consistently stuck out during ISS viewings over the past couple of years and has displayed constant improvement and development. Friberg will be a welcome addition to the energetic and offensive depth of any organization.

Shane Prince, LW, Ottawa 67′s
With Ryan Strome getting so much attention in the first half of the season for his offensive exploits, Prince has quietly eclipsed him in scoring and has not received nearly as much attention. Prince currently sits second in the OHL in scoring with a whopping 15 more points than Strome. So how is it this kid has not been talked about as much. Well let the conversations begin because Prince continues to impress. A versatile forward who has proven a willingness to play roles in the past, Prince’s offensive capabilities have developed him into one of the OHL’s top playmakers and his focused, responsible and disciplined demeanor will certainly have him contending for the scoring title in the coming months. Throw his name into the hat with the Stromes, Ratties and McNeils of the draft!

Michael St. Croix, C, Edmonton Oil Kings
St. Croix continues his torrid scoring and continues to impress scouts who had heard years of hype regarding the Manitoba phenom. Currently St. Croix has matched the scoring pace of potential number one pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and seems to finally be exuding the confidence that top offensive talents thrive with. The slick and evasive St. Croix is very fun to watch and can have eyes in the back of his head but is also capable of picking corners out of nowhere. If St. Croix can continue this pace and continue to develop into the star scouts hoped he would be there is a very real chance that he can undo the damage he did with his inconsistencies over the past season and a half and vault himself back into top round prospect potential. St. Croix is about as explosive of a wildcard as there could be for a top prospect. Keep tabs on him over the final months of this season.

Gregory Hofmann, C, Ambria HC
Hofmann has been exceptional for Switzerland during recent international events. He has stood out as one of, if not the best and most consistent Swiss player in the last international tournaments he has participated in. He was very good during last year’s U18 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, was fantastic during the World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, BC in November and made a strong case for the best Swiss performer during this year’s WJC, eclipsing the likes of Niederreiter and Bartschi. Hofmann always seems to be in the right place at the right time and is a master at creating chances for himself and others. He has a great stick around the net and can score some highlight reel goals. The most appealing part of Hofmann’s prospect status is that he can still improve his technical abilities around the puck, and looks to be a great investment for any team who is willing to put in the time to develop him properly.

Falling

Tomas Jurco, RW, Saint John Sea Dogs
The super talented Jurco was not able to showcase the abilities that have many scouts lauded as top round abilities during this year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo and Niagra Falls. In fact, Jurco seemed rather invisible and was not able to make anything happen around the puck. Jurco’s struggles could not come at a worse time as other players, players who were way down the draft rankings proved to be effective and impactful weapons for their countries. The result of this is going to be a big question mark hanging over the young Slovak and teams and scouts wondering if he is able to pick it up and play at the higher levels or when the stakes are higher. Jurco should have an opportunity to silence these questions, playing with the Memorial Cup contending St. John Sea Dogs. Jurco needs to amp it up over the final part of the season and be an impact player offensively while working to take his team deep into the playoffs to be able to salvage some of his first round reputation and potential.