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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.

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

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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.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: MacKinnon reclaims top spot from Jones

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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.

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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.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Little change in Top 30, with Jones, Nichushkin still the top prospects

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Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Seth Jones holds a now familiar place at the top of ISS Hockey's ranking of this year's prospects for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The U-18 World Junior Championship is set to begin in just a few short days, an event that could bring the last major shake-up in the rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. So it is no surprise that the pre-WJC release of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 NHL Draft prospects sports few surprises, and instead reflects pretty much the status quo from the March rankings.

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