MacKinnon, Jones hold down top two spots in the ISS December prospect rankings

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Sean Monahan - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67's forward Sean Monahan has been a bright spot in what has otherwise been a tough season for the 67's franchise (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

It isn't a major surprise that 2013 NHL Draft prospects Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones have been named captains of the two squads of draft hopefuls taking part in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The two players hold the #1 and #2 positions in the December rankings released by International Scouting Services, as they have for each of the rankings reports released this season by ISS.

The top five in this month's rankings remain unchanged from last month, with just one new addition in the bottom half of the top 10. Big Russian center Valeri Nichushkin moved back among the top 10 prospects for the first time this season after having been ranked among the top five prospects in ISS's final 2013 prospect rankings from last season.

In addition to providing the ISS top 30 skaters, we'll also be showing the top five goaltenders as ranked by this scouting service this month and going forward.

Here, then, is the ISS top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft for the month of December.

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  Name Position Birthdate Shot H W Team League
1 Nathan MacKinnon C 09/01/95 R 6.00 182 Halifax QMJHL
2 Seth Jones D 10/03/94 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL
3 Aleksander Barkov F 09/02/95 L 6.02 205 Tappara FinE
4 Jonathan Drouin LW 03/27/95 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL
5 Sean Monahan C 10/12/94 L 6.02 186 Ottawa OHL
6 Elias Lindholm C 12/02/94 R 5.11.75 181 Brynas SweE
7 Valeri Nichushkin C 03/04/95 L 6.04 196 Chelyabinsk RusS
8 Hunter Shinkaruk LW 10/13/94 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL
9 Darnell Nurse D 02/04/95 L 6.03.5 189 S.S. Marie OHL
10 Rasmus Ristolainen D 10/27/94 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE
11 Nikita Zadorov D 04/15/95 L 6.05.25 230 London OHL
12 Curtis Lazar C 02/02/95 R 5.11.75 193 Edmonton WHL
13 Ryan Pulock D 10/06/94 R 6.00.5 211 Brandon WHL
14 Andre Burakowsky LW 02/09/95 L 6.01 176 Malmo SweAl
15 Jason Dickinson LW 07/04/95 L 6.01.25 179 Guelph OHL
16 Steve Santini D 03/07/95