2013 ISS Draft Rankings: MacKinnon reclaims top spot from Jones

Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon capped a memorable postseason with an MVP performance at the 2013 Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones had a nice run atop the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft. But, in that scouting organization's final release before next month's draft, Jones has been supplanted by the Halifax Mooseheads' Nathan MacKinnon as the top prospect according to ISS.

Both Jones and MacKinnon performed admirably for their respective teams as both Portland and Halifax won their league championships, allowing them to advance to the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament. But it may well have been MacKinnon's MVP performance at this tournament that turned the tables in his favor in the eyes of the ISS scouts.

MacKinnon finished the tournament with seven goals and six assists in four games, with six of his seven goals being tallied against Portland, including a hat trick in the championship game. In the first meeting between the Mooseheads and Winterhawks, MacKinnon blew by Jones to score a goal, part of another hat trick that the Mooseheads' center tallied against the Winterhawks.

For his part, Jones turned in a good performance at the Memorial Cup, picking up two goals and two assists in five games while finishing with a +6 rating. But it appears that ISS was very impressed with MacKinnon's commanding performance in Saskatoon, to the point of making him the top prospect for the first time since their December rankings.

It now remains to be seen if the holder of the top selection, the Colorado Avalanche, were as moved by MacKinnon's performance as was ISS. The answer won't likely come until June 30th, when the NHL Draft takes place in Newark, NJ.

Aside from the change at the top of the rankings, ISS made no further changes to the order of their top 30 for this draft. The final top five consists of MacKinnon and Jones, followed by Jonathan Drouin, who also turned in a strong performance at the Memorial Cup; Valeri Nichushkin; and Aleksander Barkov.

Below is the ISS Hockey final ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft:

Rank Name Pos. Birthdate Shot H W Team League Last Rank
1 Nathan MacKinnon C 9/1/95 R 6.00 182 Halifax QMJHL 2
2 Seth Jones D 10/3/94 R 6.03.5 208 Portland WHL 1
3 Jonathan Drouin LW 3/27/95 L 5.10.75 185 Halifax QMJHL 3
4 Valeri Nichushkin RW 3/4/95 L 6.04 202 Chelyabinsk Traktor KHL 4
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 7
8 Nikita Zadorov D 4/15/95 L 6.05.25 230 London OHL 8
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 16
17 Steve Santini D 3/7/95 R 6.01.5 207 USA Under-18 NTDP 17
18 Frederik Gauthier C 4/26/95 L 6.05 210 Rimouski QMJHL 18
19 Valentin Zykov RW 5/15/95 R 6.00 210 Baie-Comeau QMJHL 19
20 Kerby Rychel LW 10/7/94 L 6.01 200 Windsor OHL 20
21 Josh Morrissey D 3/28/95 L 5.11.75 182 Prince Albert WHL 21
22 Madison Bowey D 4/22/95 R 6.00.75 200 Kelowna WHL 22
23 Anthony Mantha LW 9/16/94 L 6.04 190 Val d'Or QMJHL 23
24 JT Compher C 4/8/95 R 5.10.5 184 USA Under-18 NTDP 24
25 Max Domi C 3/2/95 L 5.09.25 193 London OHL 25
26 Nicolas Petan C 3/22/95 L 5.08.5 163 Portland WHL 26
27 Dillon Heatherington D 5/9/95 L 6.03 196 Swift Current WHL 27
28 Michael McCarron RW 3/7/95 R 6.05 228 USA Under-18 NTDP 28
29 Chris Bigras D 2/22/95 L 6.00.5 189 Owen Sound OHL 29
30 Samuel Morin D 7/12/95 L 6.07 200 Rimouski QMJHL 30

The top three goaltenders remained unchanged, as well, with Zachary Fucale, Tristan Jarry, and Eamon McAdam holding the same positions that they held in the ISS rankings that were released on May 15th.

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