2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Jones moves into first overall position in January rankings

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Seth Jones - USA

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has turned a solid performance at the 2013 WJC into a #1 ranking in the latest ISS Hockey list for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Although a NHL Draft prospect's standing isn't ultimately decided by performances in one game or at one event, certain games and events can provide a sudden jolt to a player's rating in either a positive or negative manner.

Such is the case for draft prospects playing at the 2013 U-20 World Junior Championship, a tournament won by the USA in an impressive fashion. And not surprisingly, a pair of 2013 prospects from that team received a boost in their draft rankings following this tournament.

The most high-profile of the two movers is Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, a player that had been regarded as the second-best prospect for this year's draft since the ratings were first released in the fall. After his strong performance at the WJC, however, Jones has now laid claim to the first overall position, with both ISS and CSS moving Jones ahead of Halifax Mooseheads' forward Nathan MacKinnon in the rankings.

The other member of the USA's gold medal squad to receive a boost is forward Ryan Hartman of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. Hartman had been ranked 42nd by ISS in the December rankings, but he now sits in the 25th position in the January rankings.

Other players making a move up the ISS ranks include right wing Valentin Zykov of the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar, who moved from 37th to 16th overall; Swedish forward Alexander Wennberg, who moved from the 70th position to 21st overall; and London Knights' scorer Max Domi, who moved from 36th overall to 28th in this month's report.

Below is the top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft as ranked by ISS Hockey for the month of January, 2013.

Rank Name Position Birthdate Shot H W Team League
1 Seth Jones D 10/03/94 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL
2 Nathan MacKinnon C 09/01/95 R 6.00 182 Hailifax QMJHL
3 Jonathan Drouin LW 03/27/95 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL
4 Aleksander Barkov F 09/02/95 L 6.02 205 Tappara FinE
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 Valery Nichushkin C 03/04/95 L 6.04 196 Chelyabinsk RusS
8 Rasmus Ristolainen D 10/27/94 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE
9 Nikita Zadorov D 04/15/95 L 6.05.25 230 London OHL
10 Darnell Nurse D 02/04/95 L 6.03.5 189 S.S. Marie OHL
11 Curtis Lazar C 02/02/95 R 5.11.75 193 Edmonton WHL
12 Robert Hagg D 02/08/95 L 6.02.25 204 MoDo SweJE
13 Jason Dickinson LW 07/04/95 L 6.01.25 179 Guelph OHL
14 Hunter Shinkaruk C 10/13/94 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL
15 Adam Erne F 04/20/95 L 6.01 195 Quebec QMJHL
16 Valentin Zykov RW 05/15/95 R 6.00 210 Baie-Comeau QMJHL
17 Ryan Pulock D 10/06/94 R 6.00.5 211 Brandon WHL
18 Andre Burakowsky LW 02/09/95 L 6.01.5 176 Malmo SweAl
19 Frederik Gauthier C 04/26/95 L 6.05 210 Rimouski QMJHL
20 Josh Morrissey D 03/29/95 L 5.11.75 182 Prince Albert WHL
21 Alexander Wennberg C 09/22/94 L 6.01.5 174 Djurgarden SweJE
22 Bo Horvat C 04/05/95 L 6.00.25 200 London OHL
23 Steve Santini D 03/07/95 R 6.01.5 207 USA Under-18 NTDP
24 Artturi Lehkonen LW 07/04/95 L 5.11 159 Kuopio FinE
25 Ryan Hartman RW 09/24/94 R 5.11 187 Plymouth OHL
26 JT Compher C 04/08/95 R 5.10.5 184 USA Under-18 NTDP
27 Kerby Rychel LW 10/07/94 L 6.01 200 Windsor OHL
28 Max Domi C 03/02/95 L 5.09.25 193 London OHL
29 Keaton Thompson D 09/14/95 L 6.00.25 187 USA Under-18 NTDP
30 Anthony Duclair LW 08/26/95 L 5.11.25 180 Quebec QMJHL

 

ISS also ranks the top 5 goaltenders for the month of January, which can be seen below:

Rank Name Rnd. Birthdate S/C H W Team League
1 Zachary Fucale 1st 05/28/95 L 6.01.25 181 Halifax QMJHL
2 Spencer Martin 2nd 06/08/95 L 6.02.25 192 Mississauga OHL
3 Phillipe Desrosiers 2nd 08/16/95 R 6.01.5 184 Rimouski QMJHL
4 Eric Comrie 2nd 07/06/95 L 6.00.75 167 Tri-City WHL
5 Tristan Jarry 3rd 04/29/95 L 6.01.5 178 Edmonton WHL