2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Status quo as Seth Jones leads unchanged top five

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Photo: After sliding very slightly in the rankings the past couple of months, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has settled into the third slot in the ISS rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

While the previous two months of International Scouting Services' 2013 NHL Draft rankings featured some significant change at the top of the ranks, the March edition instead looks a good bit like the February rankings.

For starters, the same 15 players that populated the top 15 slots in February remain in the top 15 this time around. In terms of the order of those 15 players, very little has changed from last month other than a handful of players flipping places. There is no change in the order of the top five players.

For the third consecutive month, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones holds down the top spot in the ISS rankings. Sitting in second for the second consecutive month is Russian forward Valery Nichushkin. The two Halifax Mooseheads' forwards, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, hold the third and fourth slots while Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' defender Darnell Nurse hangs onto the fifth position.

In the lower reaches of the top 30, Ryan Hartman, Anthony Mantha and Ian McCoshen moved into the first round grouping after being on the outside in February. Sliding into the 31-60 group were Adam Erne, Artturi Lehkonen and Keaton Thompson. Lehkonen suffered his second concussion of the season which, given his small size, may cause some concerns over his durability.

The same five goaltenders held the top spots in the rankings for that position, with the only change being a flip in positions for Tristan Jarry and Eric Comrie.

Although playoff competition could alter the rankings somewhat in April, the greatest change isn't likely to happen until the May rankings, after the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championship wrap up in late April.

Here, then, is the top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft as ranked by ISS.

 

Rank Name Position BD Shot H W Team League Feb. Rank
1 Seth Jones D 10/03/94 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL 1
2 Valeri Nichushkin C 03/04/95 L 6.04 196 Chelyabinsk RusS 2
3 Nathan MacKinnon C 09/01/95 R 6.00 182 Halifax QMJHL 3
4 Jonathan Drouin LW 03/27/95 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL 4
5 Darnell Nurse D 02/04/95 L 6.03.5 189 Sault Ste. Marie OHL 5
6 Aleksandr Barkov F 09/02/95 L 6.02 205 Tappara FinE 7
7 Nikita Zadorov D  04/15/95 L  6.05.25 230 London OHL 6
8 Elias Lindholm C 12/02/94 R 5.11.75 181 Brynas SweE 9
9  Sean Monahan C  10/12/94 L  6.02 186 Ottawa OHL 8
10 Rasmus Ristolainen D 10/27/94 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE 10
11 Curtis Lazar C 02/02/95 R 5.11.75 193 Edmonton WHL 11
12 Ryan Pulock D 10/06/94 R 6.00.5 211 Brandon WHL 12
13 Hunter Shinkaruk C 10/13/94 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL 13
14 Jason Dickinson LW 07/04/95 L 6.01.25 179 Guelph OHL 14
15 Valentin Zykov RW 05/15/95 R 6.00 210 Baie-Comeau QMJHL 15
16 Kerby Rychel LW 10/07/94 L 6.01 200 Windsor OHL 19
17  Andre Burakowsky LW  02/09/95 L  6.01.5 176 Malmo SweAl 16
18 Alexander Wennberg C 09/22/94 L 6.01.5 174 Djurgarden SweJE 18
19 Josh Morrissey D 03/29/95 L 5.11.75 182 Prince Albert WHL 17
20 Frederik Gauthier C 04/26/95 L 6.05 210 Rimouski QMJHL 21
21 JT Compher C 04/08/95 R 5.10.5 184 USA Under-18 NTDP 25
22 Steve Santini D  03/07/95 R  6.01.5 207  USA Under-18 NTDP 20
23 Robert Hagg D  02/08/95 L  6.02.25 204 Modo SweJE 22
24 Bo Horvat C 04/05/95 L 6.00.25 200 London OHL 23
25 Madison Bowey D 04/22/95 R 6.00.75 200 Kelowna WHL 24
26 Ryan Hartman RW 09/20/94 R 5.11 187 Plymouth OHL 32
27 Anthony Mantha LW 09/16/94 L 6.04 190 Val d'Or QMJHL 33
28 Max Domi C 03/02/95 L 5.09.25 193 London OHL 28
29 Nic Petan C 03/22/95 L 5.08.5 163 Portland WHL 29
30 Ian McCoshen D 08/05/95 L 6.03 205 Waterloo USHL 39

 

The top five goaltenders for March according to ISS are the following:

 

Rank Name Rnd. BD S/C H W Team League Feb. Rank
1 Zachary Fucale 1st 05/28/95 L 6.01.25 181 Halifax QMJHL 1
2 Martin Spencer 2nd 06/08/95 L 6.02.25 192 Mississauga OHL 2
3 Tristan Jarry 2nd 04/29/95 L 6.01.5 178 Edmonton WHL 4
4 Eric Comrie 2nd  07/06/95 L  6.00.75 167 Tri-City WHL 3
5 Eamon MacAdam 2nd 09/24/94 L 6.02 185 Waterloo USHL 5

 

 

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