ISS Top 15 prospects for the 2005 NHL Draft

By Int'l Scouting Services

International Scouting Services presents their top 15 prospects for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held July 30th in Ottawa, ON:

 

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

  3. Benoit Pouliot, Left Wing
  4. Team: Sudbury (OHL), Height: 6-3, Weight: 183

  5. Jack Johnson, Defense
  6. Team: NTDP Under-18 (USA), Height: 6-1, Weight: 197

  7. Gilbert Brule, Center
  8. Team: Vancouver (WHL), Height: 5-10, Weight: 187

  9. Bobby Ryan, Right Wing
  10. Team: Owen Sound (OHL), Height: 6-1, Weight: 213

  11. Anze Kopitar, Center
  12. Team: Sodertalje (SWE), Height: 6-2, Weight: 200

  13. Marc Staal, Defense
  14. Team: Sudbury (OHL), Height: 6-3, Weight: 197

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

  17. Marek Zagrapan, Center
  18. Team: Chicoutimi (QMJHL), Height: 6-1, Weight: 195

  19. Carey Price, Goaltender
  20. Team: Tri-City (WHL), Height: 6-2, Weight: 222

  21. Luc Bourdon, Defense
  22. Team: Val d’Or (QMJHL), Height: 6-2, Weight: 205

  23. Martin Hanzal, Center
  24. Team: Ceske Budejovice (CZE), Height: 6-5, Weight: 199

  25. Jack Skille, Right Wing
  26. Team: USNTDP, Height: 6-0, Weight: 198

  27. Alex Bourret, Center
  28. Team: Lewiston (QMJHL), Height: 5-9, Weight: 209

  29. Ryan Parent, Defenseman
  30. Team: Guelph (OHL), Height: 6-2, Weight: 183

From ISS 2005 NHL Draft Guide, two of the most unheralded prospects to watch for:

Juraj Mikus

Position: Right Wing

Born: 2-22-87

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

ISS Ranking: #32

ISS Oct. Ranking: #168

Report Card

Size/Strength B

Skating A-

Shot/Scoring B+

Puckhandling B+

Hockey Sense B+

Leadership B

Poise B

Defense C+

Skill: Plays with intensity at all times. Excellent skater with mobility and lateral movement. Has a good scoring touch

Scouting Report: Every year some unforeseen prospect jumps up out of the woodwork, grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go, like Juraj Mikus. Here at ISS we believe Mikus is one of the more skilled and talented forwards available in the draft, and as a result, he has risen to 32nd in our rankings. His game-breaking speed, balance, net drive, shot selection, and versatility leave all sorts of doors open for him. He could turn into a dynamic first-line scoring forward, or a two-way second-line forward if he works on his defensive-zone coverage. He adapted extremely well to playing in the Slovak Extraleague. He started the season alternating between Skalica’s first and junior team. With the first team he mostly played on third or fourth line. In November, shortly after a coaching change, Mikus took advantage of the increased ice-time to become a regular player.

NHL Potential: Huge potential and upside – lots to work with for a NHL team. Style compares to: Milan Hejduk.

Year

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

04/05

SKALICA

39

23

26

49

58

 

Jeff May

Position: Defense

Born: 04.04.87

Height: 6-1.5

Weight: 186

ISS Ranking: #42

ISS Oct. Ranking: #189

Report Card

Size/Strength B+

Skating B+

Shot/Scoring B-

Puckhandling B+

Hockey Sense A-

Leadership B+

Poise A-

Defense B+

Skill: He has the tools to be a good pro prospect. He skates well, plays the body and is capable of making plays on a consistent basis. Can play in all situations.

Scouting Report: May is a player that is slowly blossoming into a difficult decision come draft day. He has the tools to be a good professional prospect. The Richmond, British Columbia native is a calm and composed rearguard who accomplishes many things in subtle ways. He was strong defensively all season long, said ISS scout Rick Jackson. “He’s a very smooth skater with quick feet, he is smart with the puck, handles it very well, and makes a good first pass. He plays the game with the edge you must have to be successful at a higher level. He has progressed very quickly in his first full year in the WHL”. With veterans Luke Fritshaw and Chris Schlenker finishing off their eligibility this year, next season will be a new chapter for May where he will have as much responsibility as he could possibly want.

NHL Potential: Must get stronger but has good physical upside. Father is 6-6 and uncles are 6-4 or 6-5, respectively. Should play with more confidence. Style compares to: Dave Ellett.

Year

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

04/05

Prince Albert

67

3

19

22

66

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