Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 prospect Sam Bennett is ranked third overall by ISS and first in North America by CSS, but he’ll miss out on competing with the other top prospects at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to injury (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
For the NHL Draft prospect junkie, January is a particularly interesting month given the information available and events that take place. On the event side, the World Junior Championship wraps up in early January, while the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game normally takes place at mid-month (and in fact is taking place tomorrow night).
Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.
Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2014 prospect Josh Ho-Sang made the biggest upward jump in the November ISS Hockey draft rankings, moving up 12 places to #14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It's a new month for the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings, but the names at the very top of the November rankings remain unchanged from the October version.
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.
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.