ISS Top 30, Risers and Fallers, October 2011

By Int'l Scouting Services

Photo: In nine games with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season, defenseman Morgan Rielly has two goals and seven assists. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

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

1. Yakupov, Nail, LW 10/6/93 L 5.10.5 189 Sarnia OHL
2. Grigorenko, Mikhail, RW 5/16/94 L 6.03.25 200 Québec QMJHL
3. Murray, Ryan, LD 9/27/93 L 6.00.5 201 Everett WHL
4. Forsberg, Filip, RW 8/13/94 R 6.01 176 Leksands SweAl
5. Rielly, Morgan, LD 3/9/94 L 5.11.5 190 Moose Jaw WHL
6. Dumba, Matt, RD 7/25/94 R 5.11.75 183 Red Deer WHL
7. Trouba, Jacob, RD 2/26/94 R 6.02 196 USA Under-18 NTDP
8. Gaunce, Brendan, C 3/25/94 L 6.02 215 Belleville OHL
9. Ebert, Nick, RD 5/11/94 R 5.11.25 205 Windsor OHL
10. Koekkoek, Slater, LD 2/18/94 L 6.02 184 Peterborough OHL
11. Reinhart, Griffin, LD 1/24/94 L 6.03.75 207 Edmonton WHL
12. Marcantuoni, Matia, C 2/22/94 R 5.11.75 194 Kitchener OHL
13. Maidens, Jarrod, C 3/4/94 L 6.00.5 178 Owen Sound OHL
14. Frk, Martin, RW 10/5/93 L 5.11.5 204 Halifax QMJHL
15. Collberg, Sebastian, RW 2/23/94 R 5.11 174 Vastra SweJE
16. Maatta, Olli, LD 8/22/94 L 6.01.5 202 London OHL
17. Galchenyuk, Alexander, RW 2/12/94 L 6.00.5 198 Sarnia OHL
18. Athanasiou, Andreas, C 8/6/94 L 6.00 179 London OHL
19. Aberg, Pontus, LW 9/23/93 R 5.11 187 Djurgarden SweE
20. Ceci, Cody, RD 12/21/93 R 6.02.5 207 Ottawa OHL
21. Schmaltz, Jordan, RD 10/8/93 R 6.02 175 Sioux City USHL
22. Pouliot, Derrick, D 1/16/94 L 5.11.25 186 Portland WHL
23. Girgensons, Zemgus, F 1/5/94 L 6.01.25 201 Dubuque USHL
24. Matheson, Mike, LD 2/27/94 L 6.01.25 180 Dubuque USHL
25. Laughton, Scott, C 5/30/94 L 6.00 177 Oshawa OHL
26. Kerdiles, Nicholas, C/L 1/11/94 L, 6.01.5 200 USA Under-18 NTDP
27. Slepyshev, Anton, LW 5/13/94 R 6.02 187 Novokuznetsk KHL
28. Curcuruto, Gianluca, LD 2/25/94 L 6.00.25 195 S.S. Marie OHL
29. Skjei, Brady, LD 3/26/94 L 6.03 203 USA Under-18 NTDP
30. Samuelsson, Henrik, C 2/7/94 R 6.02 204 Modo SweJE

Rising

Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels
There is very little not to like about this kid. He is the kind of player everybody wants on their team. Dumba is a highly skilled mobile d-man who plays the game bigger then his actual physical stature. He has strong instincts at both ends of the rink, plays physical and wins a lot of battles in his own end. He possesses quick feet, while displaying overall good puck skills. He competes at a very high level and doesn’t allow for any easy ice or give much time and space to opposing puck carriers in his own zone or in 1vs1 situations.

Brendan Gaunce, C, Bellville Bulls

Gaunce is a player that ISS has kept tabs on for some time now and has continually shown improvement. Power-forward type has shown excellent leadership abilities for his age, and as an added bonus currently leads his Belleville Bulls in scoring. Gaunce brings the complete package of qualities both on and off the ice. He is a real strong skater, displaying a long powerful stride.

He would be an exciting addition for any NHL team and is the kind of player development coaches’ dream of getting to work with.

Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67s
Ceci is the type of defenseman who contributes and is effective in both ends of the ice. He has a tall, long and rangy build with the potential to really fill out and get stronger as he gets older and develops. His play shows an understanding of the game and a pretty high level of hockey sense. He just seems to do everything well. Ceci possesses an attractive set of physical tools; he has good size, which he uses on a consistent basis, and better then average hands. He displays good skating and overall mobility and can be pretty crafty with the puck.

Jarrod Maidens, C, Owen Sound Attack
An early favorite for "the kid to keep an eye on" or "draft day sleeper", Maidens will be an extremely potent weapon for the Owen Sound Attack this season. Maidens is a real strong skater, possessing a long powerful stride that generates speed and quickness. He also displays good puck handling ability and soft hands. He is strong and powerful and has no problem battling for space in any area of the ice.

Boo Nieves, LW, Kent HS
Nieves has rocketed up the charts after showing off his stuff with USA at the Ivan Hlinka on top of several favorable viewings last season. Nieves is a skilled, offensively productive center who has the potential to grow into his body. He has great hands and displays a real high level of skill. He also has better then average skating, utilizing a smooth stride that provides him with a top gear when required.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit Helsinki

With his outstanding play at Ivan Hlinka tournament, coupled with his solid Under-17 performance Teravainen has climbed into ISS 2nd round ranking. This speedy left winger is the type of player that has the potential to develop into a very dynamic offensive forward. There are instances during Hlinka tournament where he will just blow by a defender. He is highly skilled and competitive forward who plays the game at a very high speed. He has a rather slight physical frame and he should get stronger as he grows, but that doesn’t stop him from playing the game larger then his actual size. He really competes at a high level especially when he has possession of or is trying to get the puck. Not physical, but willing to take a hit. He displays a real touch when he has the puck.

Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon Blades
Another "favorite" that ISS scouts have viewed for 2/3 years and believe the best is yet to come with this kid. Good skater who is decent with puck. Is already able to outmuscle and win battles along boards as a 17 year old in this league. Word is quickly spreading around the league that Thrower is as "tough as nails" and will drop them with anyone! Has some limited offensive potential but consistently makes good things happen and is very effective in his own end. Breaks up plays with smart positional play in own end however is most valued form his hard hitting gritty energy laced style in his own end. This is a kid who is determined to win and determined to get better. Jump on this kid’s bandwagon, it will get full in a hurry.

Charles Hudon, LW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Hudon just continues to impress in every possible way. Hudon’s leadership abilities were a critical part of Canada’s success at the Hlinka tournament. The diminutive forward seems to have enough against him in questions about his size to push him off the draft radar. But that has not been the case. Hudon was a standout once again during the Hlinka tournament. ISS scouts who have scouted him since he was 14, project him to dominate the Q this season and could top 100 points. He has ultra-quick skills with the puck, has elite vision and intelligence and is extremely dangerous around the net. It’s hard to shake the concepts that his size will hold him back as you watch him play, because he plays like a much bigger player. Skating is strong overall however it’s not a strength, and should improve.

Andreas Athanasiou, LW, London Knights
Slick skating winger has shot up ISS draft rankings in large part due to his play at this year’s Ivan Hlinka. Some of the OHL’s top talents for the NHL Draft this year have struggled out of the gate statistically. Andreas falls in that catagory however this ultra-skilled winger has big time offensive ability, and is blessed with excellent acceleration. He uses his speed, vision, shiftiness, and creativity to his advantage all over the ice. The one thing ISS scouts are still waiting to see with Andreas, will his hands EVER catch up to his feet.

Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgardens IF Stockholm

Aberg is likely one of, if not, the purest goal scorers available for the 2012 draft. His great shot and abilities with the puck are as elite as they come, but his ability to gain space and penetrate the middle have come into question.

Playing for Djurgarden in SEL Aberg’s early season strong play hasn’t gone unnoticed by scouts. The talented Aberg is just producing more and more excitement with every game he plays. He has adapted very well to SEL scoring 5 goals in his first 11 games. He needs to continue to get stronger and hopefully learn to shoot more.

Sebastian Collberg, RW, Vastra Frolunda HC
Collberg is the type of player that you like more and more every time you see him.

He is an exceptional skater with slick mobility and tight control of his edges. He has very good quick hands, reacts quickly in the offensive zone around the puck and is always in motion, seeking better scoring areas away from the puck. It is amazing how well the puck finds this player. A smart and shifty offensive talent who has a very good understanding of the game, Collberg is sky rocketing up ISS draft list and turning heads in every rink he plays in.

Robert Polesello, F, Indiana ICE

Looks to have made a quick adjustment to USHL. Currently leads the Indiana Ice in goals with 4 in 3 games while helping the Ice go undefeated. Polesello is a smaller, skilled offensive minded forward that possesses great tools. He is an exceptional skater, displaying a ton of speed and quickness that allows him to dart in and out of the open ice and create separation. His quickness is likely the best in this draft class and matches much of the best players in the world in that regard.

Brady Vail, LW, Windsor Spitfires
Vail is an effective two-way forward that projects the potential to produce offensively at the next level. He plays a very responsible game when playing on the wall, looking after his responsibilities, making quick and simple plays. Has benefitted from increased ice time- and made a commitment to fitness and stayed in Windsor all summer and trained with Joe Garland. Was a 4 out of 10 last year in as far as in shape, he is now a 7, can play C or LW. Vail recently did a good job against Yakupov, shadowing him in 2 games and keeping him goal less.


Falling

Alexander Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting
Perhaps the biggest shocker on this list is Galchenyuk. One of the premier forwards available in this year draft. He is a dynamic offensive player that has the potential to produce and create offensively. He has been diagnosed with "lower body injury", although this diagnosis does little to undermine the benefit of his skill set for the NHL draft, the timing couldn’t be worse. Considering he was invisible at times during the Hlinka tournament and failed to assert himself as a top prospect while surrounded by his peers. This fact alone drops his NHL value and unless he can pick up his game and set the OHL on fire (without Yakupov) he will remain outside of the top 10 come draft day.

Vadim Khlopotov, LW, Saginaw Spirit
Khlopotov rose up ISS rankings swiftly late last season but hasn’t been able to hang on to that momentum. Big talented left winger however a disappointing Oct. has seen him struggle to put up points and has landed him on the Falling list. His 1 assist and minus 8 after 8 games with Saginaw isn’t exactly going to get anyone excited.

Francis Beauvillier, C, Rimouski Oceanic
Regarded as a power forward in the making, Beauvillier has failed to live up to his hype. Questions about discipline and consistency circle around the young forward now and his inability to produce for long periods of time have many scouts writing him off already. He projects to be bottom 6 forward at NHL level at best. He will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself moving forward.

Ryan Olsen, C, Saskatoon Blades

Future power forward with Saskatoon was ranked 39th in ISS last rankings in June however in early viewing this season Olsen hasn’t been impressive. In fact he remains very much the same player he was last year is not something that entices scouts to push for him to jump up the rankings.

Ville Pokka, D, Karpat
This big offensive d-men has some intriguing offensive upside however there are some worrisome trends in his game that are becoming an issue as he heads down the path to draft day. The biggest of which is his risky defensive play. He is elusive but can be fairly risky at times as well. His creativity is growing and with that so is his boldness to attempt different things, that confidence has led to some minor growing pains.

Henrik Samuelsson, C, Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik
Big rangy center with soft hands and long levers. Playing in SEL this year and will be monitored closely. ISS scouts have some concern over his lack of complete/battle level as he is not a physical presence. Talented enough to still be ranked 30th Henrik must prove himself against the tougher competition. More of a sniper than playmaker has quick hands and great release.

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