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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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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Status quo as Seth Jones leads unchanged top five

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Nathan MacKinnon - Team Cherry

Photo: After sliding very slightly in the rankings the past couple of months, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has settled into the third slot in the ISS rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

While the previous two months of International Scouting Services' 2013 NHL Draft rankings featured some significant change at the top of the ranks, the March edition instead looks a good bit like the February rankings.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Jones moves into first overall position in January rankings

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Seth Jones - USA

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has turned a solid performance at the 2013 WJC into a #1 ranking in the latest ISS Hockey list for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Although a NHL Draft prospect's standing isn't ultimately decided by performances in one game or at one event, certain games and events can provide a sudden jolt to a player's rating in either a positive or negative manner.

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MacKinnon holds top spot in November ISS draft rankings

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Aleksander Barkov - Finland

Photo: Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov of Tappara held down the third slot for the second consecutive month in ISS's ranking fo the top 2013 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

International Scouting Services has released their November rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects.  With the exception of Jonathan Drouin's move into the top 5 and Darnell Nurse's rise to the top 10, there is little change from last month's ranking among the top-ranked players in this draft.

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