ISS Draft Rankings: Top 2014 duo holds steady, but plenty of movement among other prospects

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Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and top 2014 defensive prospect Aaron Ekblad has been a high profile prospect since entering the OHL, and he has so far lived up to the lofty expectations that come with the exceptional player label (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

While there is no change at the very top of the October edition of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 2014 NHL Draft prospects, there is a fair amount of movement throughout most of the rest of this month's rankings.

Holding the top two slots again this month are Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart and Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad. After those two players, though, there is both upward and downward movement for most of the players in the 28 slots behind Reinhart and Ekblad.

Moving up three places to the third position on this list is Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle. Falling one position from the September rankings is the fourth-ranked prospect for October, Willie Nylander. Holding steady in the fifth slot is Nylander's fellow Swedish countryman, left wing Anton Karlsson.

Making the biggest jump in the rankings this month is Red Deer Rebels forward Connor Bleackley. Bleackley was ranked 27th in the September rankings but moved up to the 15th position in this month's rankings.

"Conner Bleackley is Red Deer's most dangerous offensive player and has clear leadership qualities”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He has a great pure release on his shot and knows how to place shots dangerously, but he can also be a good playmaker and a strong skater with good balance and shifty edge usage”.

The U.S. NTDP organization placed the most players in this month's rankings with three players making the list. The Kingston Frontenacs, Red Deer Rebels and Sarnia Sting placed two players apiece in this month's rankings.

Below is the top 30 draft prospects for October as ranked by ISS Hockey.

Rank Player Position Birth Shot H W Team League

Last Rank

1 Sam Reinhart C 11/6/95 R 6.01 186 Kootenay WHL 1
2 Aaron Ekblad D 2/7/96

R

6.03.5 216 Barrie OHL 2
3 Michael Dal Colle F 6/20/96 L 6.01.75 184 Oshawa OHL 6
4 Willie Nylander F 5/1/96 R 5.11 169 Rogle SweAl 3
5 Anton Karlsson LW 8/3/96 L 6.01.25 187 Frolunda SweJE 5
6 Kaspari Kapanen RW 7/23/96 R 5.11 172 Kuopio FinE 9
7 Oskar Lindblom RW 8/15/96 L 6.01.25 191 Brynas SweJE 7
8 Roland McKeown RD 1/20/96 R 6.00.5 192 Kingston OHL 10
9 Sam Bennett LW 6/20/96 L 6.00.25 178 Kingston OHL 12
10 Leon Draisaitl C 10/27/95 L 6.00.5 199 Prince Albert WHL 14
11 Nick Ritchie F 12/5/95 L 6.02.25 218 Peterborough OHL 13
12 Jake Virtanen LW 8/17/96 R 6.00.75 208 Calgary WHL 4
13 Blake Clarke F 1/24/96 L 6.01.25 218 North Bay OHL 8
14 Jared McCann C 5/31/96 L 6.00.25 179 S.S. Marie OHL 15
15 Connor Bleackley C/RW 7/2/96 R 6.00 196 Red Deer WHL 27
16 Brendan Perlini LW 4/27/96 L 6.02.5 205 Niagara OHL NR
17 Haydn Fleury LD 7/8/96 L 6.02.5 207 Red Deer WHL 21
18 Brycen Martin LD 5/9/96 L 6.01.75 184 Swift Current WHL 18
19 Ivan Barbashev F 12/14/95 L 6.00 181 Moncton QMJHL 11
20 Adrian Kempe C 9/13/96 L 6.01.5 187 Modo SweJE 20
21 Jacob Middleton LD 1/2/96 L 6.02.75 208 Ottawa OHL 17
22 Jack Glover RD 5/17/96 R 6.02.75 173 USA Under-18 NTDP 22
23 Alex Tuch RW 5/10/96 R 6.03.5 213 USA Under-18 NTDP NR
24 Jakub Vrana RW 2/28/96 L 6.00 183 Linkoping SweE 16
25 Nick Schmaltz RW 2/23/96 R 5.11.5 172 Green Bay USHL 23
26 Josh Ho-Sang RW 1/22/96 R 5.11 160 Windsor OHL 26
27 Nikolai Goldobin RW 10/7/95 L 5.11 165 Sarnia OHL 28
28 Anthony Deangelo RD 10/24/95 R 5.10.75 175 Sarnia OHL NR
29 Dylan Larkin LW 7/30/96 L 6.00.75 190 USA Under-18 NTDP NR
30 Austin Poganski RW 2/16/96 R 6.01.25 198 Tri-City USHL NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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