2013 ISS Draft Rankings: U18 tournament brings few changes to the top 30

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Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Moosheads

Photo: Center Nathan MacKinnon and his Halifax Mooseheads teammates are on their way to the 2013 Memorial Cup Tournament after winning the QMJHL title (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The 2013 U18 World Junior Championship has come and gone, but it had little effect on the upper ranks of ISS Hockey's May ranking of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects.

The most obvious change among the top 10 prospects is the drop from #2 to #4 of Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin played in all but one game for Russia at the U18, where he finished tied for 10th among tournament scorers. The big Russian showed flashes of the great talent that many scouts believe he possesses, but it was not on display on a consistent basis at this tournament.

The other change in the ISS top 10 consisted of OHL defender Nikita Zadorov and Swedish forward Elias Lindholm switching places. Lindholm moved up from #8 to #7, while Zadorov dropped from #7 to #8. Neither player took part in the U18 tournament, but Zadorov has been a part of the London Knights' run to the Memorial Cup Tournament while Lindholm had a good season playing for Brynas in the SEL.

Three players that seemed to have their stock affected by their U18 performances were defensemen Dillon Heatherington and Robert Hagg, and forward Mike McCarron. Heatherington and McCarron both received a nice boost in the May rankings, with McCarron moving from #62 to #28 and Heatherington moving from #37 to #27. Hagg, on the other hand, fell out of the first round ranks for the first time this season, moving from #23 in April to #31 in May.

Below is the ISS Hockey May ranking of the top 30 skater prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

RankNamePos.BirthdateShotHWTeamLeagueLast Rank
1Seth JonesD10/3/94R6.03.5208PortlandWHL1
2Nathan MacKinnonC9/1/95R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL3
3Jonathan DrouinLW3/27/95L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL4
4Valeri NichushkinRW3/4/95L6.04202Chelyabinsk TraktorKHL2
5Sasha BarkovC9/2/95L6.03209TapparaFinE5
6Darnell NurseD2/4/95L6.03.5189Sault Ste. MarieOHL6
7Elias LindholmC12/2/94R6.00192BrynasSweE8
8Nikita ZadorovD4/15/95L6.05.25230LondonOHL7
9Sean MonahanC10/12/94L6.02186OttawaOHL9
10Bo HorvatC4/5/95L6.00.25200LondonOHL10
11Rasmus RistolainenD10/27/94R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE11
12Curtis LazarC2/2/95R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL12
13Hunter ShinkarukC10/13/94L5.11175Medicine HatWHL13
14Ryan PulockD10/6/94R6.00.5211BrandonWHL14
15Alexander WennbergC9/22/94L6.01.5190DjurgardenSweJE15
16Andre BurakowskyLW2/9/95L6.01.5178MalmoSweAl18
17Steve SantiniD3/7/95R6.01.5207USA Under-18NTDP22
18Frederik GauthierC4/26/95L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL20
19Valentin ZykovRW5/15/95R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL16
20Kerby RychelLW10/7/94L6.01200WindsorOHL17
21Josh MorrisseyD3/28/95L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL19
22Madison BoweyD4/22/95R6.00.75200KelownaWHL27
23Anthony ManthaLW9/16/94L6.04190Val d'OrQMJHL25
24JT CompherC4/8/95R5.10.5184USA Under-18NTDP21
25Max DomiC3/2/95L5.09.25193LondonOHL26
26Nicolas PetanC3/22/95L5.08.5163PortlandWHL29
27Dillon HeatheringtonD5/9/95L6.03196Swift CurrentWHL37
28Michael McCarronRW3/7/95R6.05228USA Under-18NTDP62
29Chris BigrasD2/22/95L6.00.5189Owen SoundOHL30
30Samuel MorinD7/12/95L6.07200RimouskiQMJHL45

There was no change in the goaltender rankings from April to May. Zachary Fucale remains the top goaltender for this draft according to ISS.

RankNameRoundBirthdateGloveHWTeamLeagueLast Rank
1Zachary Fucale1st5/28/95L6.01.25181HalifaxQMJHL1
2Tristan Jarry2nd4/29/95L6.01.5178EdmontonWHL2
3Eamon McAdam2nd9/24/94L6.02.25188WaterlooUSHL3
4Alexandre Belanger3rd8/19/95L6.00.5170Rouyn-NorandaQMJHL4
5Spencer Martin3rd6/8/95L6.02.25192MississaugaOHL5

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