International Scouting Services (ISS) presents the March edition of their rankings of the top 15 prospects for the 2006 NHL Draft:
- Erik Johnson, Defense
- Jonathan Toews, Forward
- Phil Kessel, Center
- Jordan Staal, Center
- Peter Mueller, Center
- Michael Frolik, Right Wing
- Nicklas Backstrom, Center
- James Sheppard, Left Wing
- Bryan Little, Center
- Kyle Okposo, Right Wing
- Alexander Vasyunov, Left Wing
- Bob Sanguinetti, Defense
- Mike Forney, Left Wing
- Jiri Tlusty, Left Wing
- Derick Brassard, Center
Height: 6-4, Weight: 222, Current Team: USNTDP (USA)
Height: 6-1, Weight: 195, Current Team: University of North Dakota
Height: 6-0, Weight: 189, Current Team: University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Height: 6-4, Weight: 209, Current Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Height: 6-2, Weight: 200, Current Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Height: 6-1, Weight: 187, Current Team: Kladno (CZE)
Height: 6-0, Weight: 183, Current Team: Brynas (SWE)
Height: 6-2, Weight: 201, Current Team: Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Height: 5-10, Weight: 194, Current Team: Barrie Colts (OHL)
Height: 6-0, Weight: 195, Current Team: Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Height: 6-0, Weight: 187, Current Team: Yaroslavl (RUS)
Height: 6-2, Weight: 182, Current Team: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Height: 6-2, Weight: 185, Current Team: Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Height: 6-1, Weight: 185, Current Team: Kladno (CZE)
Height: 6-0, Weight: 174, Current Team: Drummondville Voltiguers (QMJHL)
ISS Top Undrafted 86-87 Prospects
1. Ryan Wilson / St. Mikes
Ryan Wilson went completely through last year’s draft without being selected which was a shock to us at ISS. Although we can appreciate his foot speed issues, he competes on every shift and continues to improve in all aspects of his game. As a result, we are confident he will be selected at the draft in Vancouver this June.
2. Jon D’Aversa / Sudbury
Jon D’Aversa has been overshadowed by some of his higher profile teammates such as Marc Staal and Adam McQuaid over the past years. This season he has proven that he is a worthy draft prospect. He has continued to get better and, early in the season when McQuaid really struggled, it was D’Aversa who picked up the slack and kept the Wolves steady. He has good offensive instincts and his defensive game has become very respectable under the tutelage of Bobby Jones. We believe he has the potential to play pro.
3. Scott Tregunna / Owen Sound
Scott Tregunna has been a blessing for the Owen Sound Attack because he has been so versatile this year, especially when one considers all the injuries his teammates experienced. His ability to adapt and play defense exceptionally well was a tremendous boost for the Attack and his offensive contribution has been worthy. He plays well in all 3 zones, has a complete game, good size, all of this warranting him consideration for the upcoming draft.
4. Kelsey Wilson / Guelph
Kelsey Wilson was picked up from the Sarnia Sting to provide some muscle for the Storm last year. But what they discovered is that along with his toughness, Wilson has some other tremendous upside. Wilson is an obvious beneficiary of the new rules. He now plays on the power play, and has scored at a rapid clip throughout this season. He is willing to pay the price in traffic and doesn’t back down from more physically overpowering opponents. We are convinced that his upside is much higher than previously thought.
5. Anthony Guadagnolo / Windsor
Anthony Guadagnolo was stuck in the shadow of Danny Battochio in Ottawa for the past 2 years. But the trade that brought Guadagnolo to Windsor has been like a rebirth for the athletic goaltender. He has been incredible in Windsor with his combination of quiet movement and ability to steal goals. The Spitfires turned their season around when Guadagnolo became their #1 player. He has helped them climb to the top of the Western division.
6. Reto Berra / Zurich Sr.
Berra was ISS’s highest ranked goalie in last year’s NHL entry draft that went undrafted. Berra’s exceptional performance at this year’s WJC in Vancouver should ensure that some NHL club won’t make the same mistake at this year’s draft. Berra continues to get better and better.
7. Mike Angeledis / Owen Sound
We spoke earlier of Kelsey Wilson benefiting as a result of the new rules, but Mike Angeledis is another player that falls into the same category. He has scored at an incredible rate all year for the Attack and has a number of traits that we at ISS love in players. Most notable are his incredible work ethic and his willingness to play in the tough areas. He has demonstrated a quick stick all year and will easily surpass the 50-goal mark. Although Angeledis will become a free agent, a player that works as hard as he does should be welcome in any of the 30 NHL organizations.
8. Danny Battochio / Ottawa
We know that we have been on the Danny Battochio Bandwagon for a few years because his play certainly warrants it. We were shocked that no team selected him in last year’s draft, especially after his strong Playoff and Memorial Cup performance. It seems we were his only fans. Much like Angeledis, Battochio will become a free agent after this season, so we strongly advise that some organization scoop up this classic overachiever because he will be a steal.
9. Andrew Desjardins / Sault Ste. Marie
The Los Angeles Kings brought Desjardins to camp last summer but an injury prevented him from really competing. We continue to be impressed by this athlete. He has a great frame and he has finally discovered that fitness is important. Although Desjardins is not an offensive producer, we believe an up-and-down winger with his skill set is worth a shot.
10. Kyle Gajewski / Sault Ste. Marie
Gajewski is another player that we thought would be selected in 2005 after his strong second half last season, however the reduced draft may have hurt his chances. He has continued to be the workhorse for the Greyhounds this year and was a bright spot on an underachieving team in the first half. The second half has seen rejuvenation in his team that has been partly because of Gajewski’s strong play. Although he still has a tendency to give up a soft goal now and then, his strong technical play and ability to steal games makes him an intriguing prospect for later in the draft.
11. David Schlemko / Medicine Hat
This smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman was ranked as a fourth rounder here at ISS and went completely through last year’s draft without being selected. Last year, Barker and Russell overshadowed him. This season, Schlemko has blossomed into one of the top offensive rearguards in the WHL. He is great at anticipating the play in the offensive zone and has a promising future.
12. Sergei Shirokov / Moscow HC CSKA
At 5-10, Shirokov’s size may be a risk to some NHL scouts. But certainly, many will agree his goal scoring ability will help him progress to the next level. Look for a team searching for goal scoring, and that is willing to overlook some of his defensive liabilities, to select Shirokov.
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• Ranking of the Top 50 NHL 2006 Entry Draft prospects
• Ranking of the Top 50 NHL Prospects (Under age 25)
• ISS profiles of the top 50 prospects for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
• Inside information from the hockey scouting community
• Future Watch – spotlight on top prospects for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
• Spotlight on upcoming 2006 CHL Priority Drafts (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)