ISS Top 10 2005 prospects for February

By Int'l Scouting Services

International Scouting Services (ISS) presents their top 10 2005 NHL Draft prospects for the month of February, 2005:

  1. Sidney Crosby, Center
  2. Team: Rimouski (QMJHL), Height: 5-11, Weight: 180

  3. Jack Johnson, Defenseman
  4. Team: USA Under-18 (USNTDP), Height: 6-1, Weight: 197

  5. Gilbert Brule, Center
  6. Team: Vancouver (WHL), Height: 5-10, Weight: 175

  7. Bobby Ryan, Right Wing
  8. Team: Owen Sound (OHL), Height: 6-1, Weight: 206

  9. Benoit Pouliot, Left Wing
  10. Team: Sudbury (OHL), Height: 6-3, Weight: 185

  11. Anze Kopitar, Center
  12. Team: Sodertalje (SWE), Height: 6-2, Weight: 202

  13. Marek Zagrapan, Center
  14. Team: Chicoutimi (QMJHL), Height: 6-1, Weight: 183

  15. Ryan O’Marra, Center
  16. Team: Erie (OHL), Height: 6-2, Weight: 182

  17. Guilluame Latendresse, Left Wing
  18. Team: Drummondville (QMJHL), Height: 6-2, Weight: 214

  19. Marc Staal, Defenseman
  20. Team: Sudbury (OHL), Height: 6-3, Weight: 185

    RISING

    Brodie Dupont / Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

    Position: Left Wing, Height: 6-1, Weight: 192

    Brodie Dupont has definitely had a strong first half to the season, demonstrating consistent work habits night in and night out. He is afraid of nobody and frequently delivers bone-crushing body checks. He is easily able to handle the physical demands of the WHL. He continues to get stronger and faster which ultimately makes him a strong candidate for the upcoming draft. An area that Dupont will need to improve is his foot speed. He is a decent skater but will certainly need to improve this skill in order to compete at the next level. He has good puck skills and is capable of making plays when he has time. Again, his ability to read and react with and without the puck will be closely monitored during the second half of the season. Dupont is a “late bloomer” who certainly has the ability to be a successful power forward in the WHL.

    Petr Kalus / Vitkovice Ostrave Jr. (CZE)

    Position: Center, Height: 6-0, Weight: 178

    Kalus is starting to put his game together. He is an agile forward with above-average quickness. Kalus is a smooth puck-handler and can maneuver in traffic using his nifty stick moves. He uses his good vision to make timely decisions with the puck, but also has considerable finishing skills. A valuable asset on the power play units, he is a threat in one-on-one situations. He is a coach-able kid and shows a good attitude. More of an offensive forward, Kalus has to display a bigger commitment to the defensive aspect of the game. When his intensity drops off, he tends to circle in the neutral zone and wander from his defensive responsibilities. He has managed to stick with the Vitkovice junior team all season long as an underage player.

    Todd Perry / Barrie (OHL)

    Position: Defenseman, Height: 6-3, Weight: 215

    Perry has had a tumultuous start to his career by being the ninth overall pick of the Sarnia Sting in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection. When he couldn’t reach an agreement with the Sting, he played Tier 2 Junior hockey in Brockville to pursue an NCAA Scholarship. That decision resulted in Perry accepting a full scholarship from Boston University for this season but he left in late December to join the Barrie Colts of the OHL. His play with the Colts has been very good thus far and he has exhibited good decision-making, solid defensive play and surprising toughness. Although Perry’s offensive abilities are lacking, his attributes, combined with his great size, have prompted a rise up our rankings in February.

    FALLING:

    Devereaux Heshmatpour/ Oshawa (OHL)

    Position: Defenseman, Height: 6-6, Weight: 240

    Devereaux Heshmatpour has undergone numerous rumors about his age, a trade from Kitchener to Oshawa and continual struggles with the pace of the Ontario Hockey League. As a result, ISS is starting to question whether he can become a contributor in the NHL. Although he has impressed with his toughness and his willingness to drop the gloves this year, his continual problems with his skating are a major concern. At the CHL Prospects game in Vancouver, Heshmatpour was actually beaten in the 150’ sprint by a goalie wearing full gear and barely beat the goalies in the one-lap time trials. Although there is more to being a player then a performance in a skills competition, his foot speed is a MAJOR concern.

    Tom Mannino/ Saginaw (OHL)

    Position: Right Wing, Height: 6-0, Weight: 195

    ISS truly believes that Mannino features some of the best hands among the draft-eligible players in the entire CHL. His constant refusal to play away from the puck or win any one-on-one battles leads us to believe that his future as a pro is certainly in doubt. His trade from Windsor to Saginaw at the OHL trade deadline marked the second such move in his young career, which has raised some eyebrows. Although he will add some offense to a weak Spirit squad, his lack of an all-around game is cause for concern.

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