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.

Rank Name Pos. Birthdate Shot H W Team League Last Rank
1 Seth Jones D 10/3/94 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL 1
2 Nathan MacKinnon C 9/1/95 R 6.00 182 Halifax QMJHL 3
3 Jonathan Drouin LW 3/27/95 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL 4
4 Valeri Nichushkin RW 3/4/95 L 6.04 202 Chelyabinsk Traktor KHL 2
5 Sasha Barkov C 9/2/95 L 6.03 209 Tappara FinE 5
6 Darnell Nurse D 2/4/95 L 6.03.5 189 Sault Ste. Marie OHL 6
7 Elias Lindholm C 12/2/94 R 6.00 192 Brynas SweE 8
8 Nikita Zadorov D 4/15/95 L 6.05.25 230 London OHL 7
9 Sean Monahan C 10/12/94 L 6.02 186 Ottawa OHL 9
10 Bo Horvat C 4/5/95 L 6.00.25 200 London OHL 10
11 Rasmus Ristolainen D 10/27/94 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE 11
12 Curtis Lazar C 2/2/95 R 5.11.75 193 Edmonton WHL 12
13 Hunter Shinkaruk C 10/13/94 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL 13
14 Ryan Pulock D 10/6/94 R 6.00.5 211 Brandon WHL 14
15 Alexander Wennberg C 9/22/94 L 6.01.5 190 Djurgarden SweJE 15
16 Andre Burakowsky LW 2/9/95 L 6.01.5 178 Malmo SweAl 18
17 Steve Santini D 3/7/95 R 6.01.5 207 USA Under-18 NTDP 22
18 Frederik Gauthier C 4/26/95 L 6.05 210 Rimouski QMJHL 20
19 Valentin Zykov RW 5/15/95 R 6.00 210 Baie-Comeau QMJHL 16
20 Kerby Rychel LW 10/7/94 L 6.01 200 Windsor OHL 17
21 Josh Morrissey D 3/28/95 L 5.11.75 182 Prince Albert WHL 19
22 Madison Bowey D 4/22/95 R 6.00.75 200 Kelowna WHL 27
23 Anthony Mantha LW 9/16/94 L 6.04 190 Val d'Or QMJHL 25
24 JT Compher C 4/8/95 R 5.10.5 184 USA Under-18 NTDP 21
25 Max Domi C 3/2/95 L 5.09.25 193 London OHL 26
26 Nicolas Petan C 3/22/95 L 5.08.5 163 Portland WHL 29
27 Dillon Heatherington D 5/9/95 L 6.03 196 Swift Current WHL 37
28 Michael McCarron RW 3/7/95 R 6.05 228 USA Under-18 NTDP 62
29 Chris Bigras D 2/22/95 L 6.00.5 189 Owen Sound OHL 30
30 Samuel Morin D 7/12/95 L 6.07 200 Rimouski QMJHL 45

 

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

Rank Name Round Birthdate Glove H W Team League Last Rank
1 Zachary Fucale 1st 5/28/95 L 6.01.25 181 Halifax QMJHL 1
2 Tristan Jarry 2nd 4/29/95 L 6.01.5 178 Edmonton WHL 2
3 Eamon McAdam 2nd 9/24/94 L 6.02.25 188 Waterloo USHL 3
4 Alexandre Belanger 3rd 8/19/95 L 6.00.5 170 Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL 4
5 Spencer Martin 3rd 6/8/95 L 6.02.25 192 Mississauga OHL 5

 

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