ISS Top 30, Risers and Fallers, March 2012

By Int'l Scouting Services
Photo: Forward Filip Forsberg is considered one of the most NHL ready players in the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

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. Trouba, Jacob, RD 2/26/94 R 6.02 196 USA Under-18 NTDP
6. Dumba, Matt, RD 7/25/94 R 5.11.75 183 Red Deer WHL
7. Gaunce, Brendan, C 3/25/94 L 6.02 215 Belleville OHL
8. Rielly, Morgan, LD 3/9/94 L 5.11.5 190 Moose Jaw WHL
9. Ceci, Cody, RD 12/21/93 R 6.02.5 207 Ottawa OHL
10. Reinhart, Griffin, LD 1/24/94 L 6.03.75 207 Edmonton WHL
11. Collberg, Sebastian, RW 2/23/94 R 5.11 Vastra SweJE
12. Maatta, Olli, LD 8/22/94 L 6.01.5 202 London OHL
13. Finn, Matthew, LD 2/24/94 L 6.00.25 195 Guelph OHL
14. Skjei, Brady, LD 3/26/1994 L 6.03 203 USA Under-18 NTDP
15. Aberg, Pontus, LW 9/23/93 R 5.11 187 Djurgarden SweE
16. Galchenyuk, Alexander, RW 2/12/94 L 6.00.5 198 Sarnia OHL
17. Faksa, Radek, LW 1/9/94 L 6.03 202 Kitchener OHL
18. Koekkoek, Slater, LD 2/18/94 L 6.02 184 Peterborough OHL
19. Pouliot, Derrick, D 1/16/94 L 5.11.25 186 Portland WHL
20. Girgensons, Zemgus, F 1/5/94 L 6.01.25 201 Dubuque USHL
21. Thrower, Dalton, RD, 12/20/93 R 5.11.25 189 Saskatoon WHL
22. Bystrom, Ludvig, LD 7/29/94 L 6.00.75 208 Modo SweE
23. Hertl, Tomas, LW 11/12/93 L 6.02 198 Slavia CzeE
24. Matteau, Stefan, LW 2/23/94 L 6.01 210 USA Under-18 NTDP
25. Matheson, Mike, LD 2/27/94 L 6.01.25 180 Dubuque USHL
26. Sissons, Colton, C/R 11/5/93 L 6.01 189 Kelowna WHL
27. Kerdiles, Nicholas, C/L 1/11/94 L, 6.01.5 200 USA Under-18 NTDP
28. Slepyshev, Anton, LW 5/13/94 R 6.02 187 Novokuznetsk KHL
29. Teravainen, Teuvo, LW, 9/11/94 L 5.11 161 Jokerit FinE
30. Maidens, Jarrod, C 3/4/94 L 6.00.5 178 Owen Sound OHL


Rising

Mitchell Moroz, LW, Edmonton Oil Kings

Moroz can be a bit of an afterthought on a very strong Edmonton Oil Kings roster, but the young Calgarian is certainly a vital part of the Edmonton game and can really mix up the tempo for his team. He has good size, works hard on the forecheck and can be a real beast around the net.


Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips

Murray has been a model of consistency for the Everett Silvertips since returning to the lineup. The maturity and composure he displayed earlier this season continued to shine. His defensive hockey sense separates him from most in this draft, and is considered the draft’s most complete defenseman. He’s generally matched up against the most teams’ top line, logging upwards of 25 minutes per game. Has more offensive upside than given credit for and bright future ahead of him.


Marcus McIvor, D, Brampton Battalion

Smart mobile stay at home defensemen has impressed ISS scouts with each viewing. McIvor has the toolbox to develop into a great stay at home defenseman. He’s got the size, intensity and physical ability, and the skating ability to be a dominant defensive first guy. A very effortless skater, with a very natural and efficient stride. This competitive D-man is rising up the charts quickly, with his honest approach to the game. His game has improved since being paired with Blujus, playing in all situations. He has good smooth puck handling skills, but rarely tries to do much, relying more on safe and reliable plays to move the puck to teammates or out of harm’s way.


Dylan Blujus, D, Brampton Battalion

A solid two-way D-man who teases you with some offense and is sound defensively. Has already surpassed his point totals from last year. Over the past couple of months has done a better job of picking his spots when looking to jump into the rush and play an offensive style. He has good vision and is able to make the first pass. He will be a key contributor to the Battalions’ defense corps for the next few seasons and does have the ability and skill set to take it to the next level.

Brendan Leipsic, C, Portland Winterhawks

The diminutive speedster continues to prove to be another gem in Portland’s colors. His point totals have steadily improved all season and Leipsic has been beyond explosive at times. He put up 18 points in February and already has 6 in his first 6 games in March. The torch keeps getting passed around in Portland and it looks like it will go from Rattie to Leipsic.


Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon Blades

It appears Thrower will miss the remainder of the season due to injury, and while many times this would be a reason to be added to the falling list, the reason for Thrower’s injury has to justify at least one final Rising promotion. Saskatoon has seen all their star defenders fall to injury and over the past month Thrower was playing around 30+ minutes per game as the Blade’s were dressing only 4 natural defenders. Thrower was playing 2 minute shifts, coming off for 30 seconds and being thrust right back out there by the Blades coaching staff and looked none the worse for wear. This kid is a true warrior and continues to prove it and impress.


Zach Leslie, D, Guelph Storm

Started season slowly but over the last 2 months has shown improvement in overall game and appears to be playing with much greater level of confidence than earlier this season.
In my opinion Zach was Guelph’s best defenseman on both sides of the puck tonight, getting a lot of minutes on both the PP and PK. Poised on the puck, panic threshold is good and utilizes his wingers on the breakout. Skates well and showing good mobility on the point.


Falling

Warren Steele, D, Kingston Frontenacs

The Kingston breakout goes through Warren, high end composure and puck handles up ice, able to sort out options and lead his man. Offensively solid, moving pucks very well up ice and skating was also good. Quickly up ice with the puck but lacks that lower body strength and can get knocked around a bit. Size and strength is a big concern, don’t believe his offensive game is dominant enough to make him an effective pro.

Dominik Volek, LW, Regina Pats

Volek is supremely talented but has endured some growing pains in the second half of his first North American season. He started off very strong but has not found the consistency in his game that many hold hope he will. There is no denying his talent, but Volek needs to up his game and produce more regularly. He currently hasn’t registered a point in March.


Eric Locke, C, Saginaw Spirit

Locke was kept to the perimeter for the majority of the game, not involved in the offensive play down low and creating little. Skating well but seems to lose the quickness in the offensive end where he was stagnant. Compete level very much up and down, personally don’t see him on an NHL radar.

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