ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart, Ekblad continue hold on top spots in November

Josh Ho-Sang - Windsor Spitfires

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.

The prospects ranked 1-4 this month are the same names, and in the same order, as last month. Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart continues his hold on the top ranking, his third month in that position. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts retains his runner-up status for the third month in a row, as well, while Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle holds steady at #3.

The highest-ranked player from Europe is center Willie Nylander, who plays for Rogle BK in Sweden's Allsvenskan league. Nylander also retained his hold on a top five position, remaining at #4 in November.

Kingston Frontenacs left winger Sam Bennett continued his climb up the rankings, moving into the fifth position from last month's #9 ranking. Another OHL forward making a significant jump, one that carried him into the top 10, is Niagara IceDogs left wing Brendan Perlini. The potential power forward moved from the 16th slot in October up to the eighth position in this month's ranking.

The player making the greatest jump in the first round from the October rankings is Windsor Spitfires right wing Josh Ho-Sang. He climbed 12 places in this month's rankings, from 26 to 14. The player falling furthest from October to November is injured potential power forward Blake Clarke of the North Bay Battalion, who fell from the 13th position to Ho-Sang's last ranking, #26.

According to ISS Hockey, the top goaltending prospect so far in the 2013-14 season is Kaapo Kahkonen, who plays for Espoo in the Finnish Junior A league. OHL goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers is ranked behind Kahkonen, while Boston College netminder Thatcher Demko is ranked third.

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


Last Rank

1Sam ReinhartC11/6/95R6.01186KootenayWHL1
2Aaron EkbladD2/7/96


3Michael Dal ColleF6/20/96L6.01.75184OshawaOHL3
4Willie NylanderF5/1/96R5.11169RogleSweAl4
5Sam BennettLW6/20/96L6.00.25178KingstonOHL9
6Anton KarlssonLW8/3/96L6.01.25187FrolundaSweJE5
7Leon DraisaitlC10/27/95L6.00.5199Prince AlbertWHL10
8Brendan PerliniLW4/27/96L6.02.5205NiagaraOHL16
9Haydn FleuryLD7/8/96L6.02.5207Red DeerWHL17
10Roland McKeownRD1/20/96R6.00.5192KingstonOHL8
11Kasperi KapanenRW7/23/96L6.00180KuopioFinE6
12Jake VirtanenLW8/17/96R6.00.75208CalgaryWHL12
13Nick RitchieF12/5/95L6.02.25218PeterboroughOHL11
14Josh Ho-SangRW1/22/96R5.11160WindsorOHL26
15Oskar LindblomRW8/15/96L6.01.25191BrynasSweJE7
16Jared McCannC5/31/96L6.00.25179S.S. MarieOHL14
17Ivan BarbashevF12/14/95L6.00181MonctonQMJHL19
18Nick SchmaltzRW2/23/96R5.11.5172Green BayUSHL23
19Dylan LarkinLW7/30/96L6.00.75190USA Under-18NTDP29
20Adrian KempeC9/13/96L6.01.5187ModoSweJE20
21Connor BleackleyC/RW2/7/96R6.00.5192Red DeerWHL15
22Jack GloverRD5/17/96R6.02.75173USA Under-18NTDP22
23Alex TuchRW5/10/96R6.03.5213USA Under-18NTDP23
24Jakub VranaRW2/28/96L6.00183LinkopingSweE24
25Anthony DeangeloRD10/24/95R5.10.75175SarniaOHL28
26Blake ClarkeC1/24/96L6.01.25199North BayOHL13
27Nikolaj EhlersF2/13/96L5.11.5162HalifaxQMJHLNR
28David PastrnakLW5/25/96R6.00167SodertaljeSweAlNR
29Joshua JacobsRD2/15/96R6.01.75193IndianaUSHLNR
30Jacob MiddletonLD1/2/96L6.02.75208OttawaOHL21