Team Canada captains top the ISS September ranking of the top 30 2014 prospects

By ISS
Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 U18 World Juniors, and looks to be a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Europe and the junior leagues are now underway, with the NCAA to follow soon. This means, of course, that the prospects available for the 2014 NHL Draft are now displaying their talents to both fans and hockey scouts in North America and Europe. Included amongst the scouts are those from the ISS Hockey organization, the largest independent hockey scouting organization.

While the sample for this season is small regarding the abilities of each prospect, ISS has nevertheless released their preliminary ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2014 draft.

Leading the way is Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, who captained Canada to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship back in April. Another Team Canada captain (2013 Ivan Hlinka), Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, holds the second spot in the rankings, while Willie Nylander, son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander, is ranked third.

Two left wings, Jake Virtanen and Anton Karlsson, round out the top five in ISS Hockey's September rankings.

Below is the complete listing of the ISS Hockey top 30.

Rank Player Position Birth Shot H W Team League
1 Sam Reinhart C 11/6/95 R 6.01 186 Kootenay WHL
2 Aaron Ekblad D 2/7/96

R

6.03.5 216 Barrie OHL
3 Willie Nylander F 5/1/96 R 5.11 169 Rogle SweAl
4 Jake Virtanen LW 8/17/96 R 6.00.5 213 Calgary WHL
5 Anton Karlsson LW 8/3/96 L 6.01.25 187 Frolunda SweJE
6 Michael Dal Colle F 6/20/96 L 6.01.75 184 Oshawa OHL
7 Oskar Lindblom RW 8/15/96 L 6.01.25 191 Brynas SweJE
8 Blake Clarke F 1/24/96 L 6.01 197 North Bay OHL
9 Kaspar Kapanen RW 7/23/96 R 5.11 172 Kuopio FinE
10 Roland McKeown RD 1/20/96 R 6.00.5 192 Kingston OHL
11 Ivan Barbashev F 12/14/95 L 6.00 181 Moncton QMJHL
12 Sam Bennett LW 6/20/96 L 6.00.25 178 Kingston OHL
13 Nick Ritchie F 12/5/95 L 6.02.25 218 Peterborough OHL
14 Leon Draisaitl C 10/27/95 L 6.00.5 199 Prince Albert WHL
15 Jared McCann C 5/31/96 L 6.00.25 179 S.S. Marie OHL
16 Jakub Vrana RW 2/28/96 L 6.00 183 Linkoping SweJE
17 Jacob Middleton LD 1/2/96 L 6.02.75 208 Ottawa OHL
18 Brycen Martin LD 5/9/96 L 6.01.75 184 Swift Current WHL
19 Arkhip Nekolenko LW 3/11/96 R 6.01 170 Spartak RusJr
20 Adrian Kempe C 9/13/96 L 6.01.5 187 Modo SweJE
21 Haydn Fleury LD 7/8/96 L 6.02.5 207 Red Deer WHL
22 Jack Glover RD 5/17/96 R 6.02.75 173 USA Under-18 NTDP
23 Nick Schmaltz RW 2/23/96 R 5.11.5 170 Green Bay USHL
24 Sonny Milano LW 5/12/96 L 5.10 159 USA Under-18 NTDP
25 Waltteri Hopponen LW 2/4/96 L 6.01.5 190 Everett WHL
26 Josh Ho-Sang RW 1/22/96 R 5.11 160 Windsor OHL
27 Connor Bleackley C/RW 7/2/96 R 6.00 196 Red Deer WHL
28 Nikolai Goldobin RW 10/7/95 L 5.11 165 Sarnia OHL
29 Emil Johansson RD 5/6/96 L 5.11.75 194 HF 71 Swe18
30 Jack Dougherty RD 5/25/96 R 6.01 190 USA Under-18 NTDP