Nathan MacKinnon tops first ISS draft rankings for 2013


Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads' forward Nathan MacKinnon is so far meeting expectations that he is the top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

International Scouting Services has released their first ranking of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.  Hockey's Future is pleased to bring you the Top 30 prospects from the October ranking, plus the risers and fallers from the first month of 2012-13 action.

1Nathan MacKinnonC9/1/95R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL
2Seth JonesD10/3/94R6.03.5208PortlandWHL
3Sasha BarkovC9/2/95L6.02205TapparaFinE
4Sean MonahanC10/12/94L6.02186OttawaOHL
5Curtis LazarC2/2/95R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL
6Andre BurakowskyLW2/9/95L6.01176MalmoSweAl
7Rasmus RistolainenD10/27/94R6.03203TPS TurkuFinE
8Hunter ShinkarukC10/13/94L5.11175Medicine HatWHL
9Elias LindholmC12/2/94R5.11.75181BrynasSweE
10Jonathan DrouinC3/27/95L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL
11Robert HaggD2/8/95L6.02192ModoSweJE
12Artturi LehkonenLW7/4/95L5.10163KuopioFinE
13Ryan PulockD10/6/94R6.00.5211BrandonWHL
14Valery NickushkinF3/4/95L6.04196ChelyabinskRusS
15Steve SantiniD3/7/95R6.1.5207USA U-18NTDP
16Darnell NurseD2/4/95L6.03.5189Sault Ste. MarieOHL
17Adam ErneF4/20/95L6.01195QuebecQMJHL
18Nikita ZadorovD4/15/95L6.05.25230LondonOHL
19JT CompherC4/8/95R5.10.5184USA U-18NTDP
20Jacob De La RoseC5/20/95L6.02187LeksandsSweAl
21Kerby RychelLW10/7/94L6.01200WindsorOHL
22JT MorrisseyD3/28/95L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL
23Frederik GauthierC4/26/95L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL
24Stephen HarperLW3/25/95L6.01.5202ErieOHL
25Hudson FaschingF7/28/95R6.01.75213USA U-18NTDP
26Jason DickinsonLW7/4/95L6.01.25179GuelphOHL
27Pavel BuchnevichF4/17/95L6.01161CherepovetsKHL
28Bo HorvatC4/5/95L6.00.25200LondonOHL
29Mike DowningD5/19/95L6.02.75190DubuqueUSHL
30Ryan KujawinskiC3/30/95L6.01.75203KingstonOHL


Sasha Barkov – The big talented Barkov is just producing more and more excitement with every game he plays. Barkov is tearing up Finnish Elite League.  With 16 points in 12 games including league leading 9 goals. He is a big skilled Center with high Hockey IQ and very good puck presence. He is extremely instinctual and always seems to make plays that leave you wondering how he did it. As if the offensive wow factor wasn't enough, Barkov also showed off some good two-way desire and all-situations ability. When your top offensive playmaker is blocking shots on the penalty kill, you've got something special.

Darnell Nurse – Potential, potential, is what ISS see from Darnell. He is a reliable defenseman in the OHL all at the age 17. His height, mobility, atheletism and physical play lead us to believe he will be a force in the OHL for a couple years to come. His upside is incredible and he comes from a great family and has been surrounded by athletes his entire life (nephew of Donovan McNabb). He plays tough in his end, works the puck carrier over on the wall and clears the front of the net. Plays on the PP unit, moves the puck well, utilizes his heavy shot and shows decent awareness.

Andre Burakowsky – A very dynamic offensive forward, Burakowsky pushes the pace of the game every single shift. At Ivan Hlinka outside of Canada’s Nathan MacKinnon, no player was able to create space for himself with the puck as well as Burakowsky. He is an elite level skill player who also brings a lunch pail attitude to each shift. As he comes down the wing his ability to cut into the middle of the ice and attack from the slot is second to none.

Jean-Sebastien Dea – The undrafted Quebec league scoring leader has gained a ton of attention in the past couple months because of his gaudy point totals. Anticipation and instinct are two words that highlight why JS has had a fast start. Nifty skater who has an ability to turn on a dime. He showed great anticipation on the first goal, waiting in a quiet zone and jumping in front of coverage to redirect puck home. He also made a couple of instinctive no look and backhand passes at full speed.

Jason Dickinson – Jason's scoring upside off the wing has been on display early this season. Can't say enough about Jason's development since Minor Midget, not only adding a slight physical element to his game but confidence and sparks of offensive dominance are very intriguing. Great puck protection down the wing, and has shown excellent finish from inside the faceoff dots. His game is really starting to come together on both sides of the puck. First round is not out of reach for Jason, an excellent prospect who has shown great strides over the past couple years. At this pace he will be a pro with goal scoring upside.

Max Domi – If he causes a turnover you know there is about a 50/50 chance he'll get it back, leaves everything on the ice. May not be the quickest skater (although no slouch) but he's so shifty and does an excellent job in shifting his hips to elude traffic. *Add 3" to his frame and he is in talks with the Top 5 of the draft. Biggest thing against him is his size which we feel he does a good job of making up for with his lower body strength and ability to elude defenders.

Jordan Schneider – Another player who has shown huge strides in development from where he was two years ago. Complete different defender on the St. Michael's Buzzers blueline, utilizing his size in front of his net and in the corners. Has a noticeable edge to his game, adds some extra shots in whenever he gets the chance just like his dad former Red Wing Mathieu Schneider. Needs to put some focus on his stride and mobility in his own end, with a combination of his size and fierce play he definitely displays some raw potential.

Nikita Zadorov – A huge, but raw defender who continues to display very good development, Zadorov stands out not only because of 6’5” frame but also because his willingness to use that size to smash opponents around. His physical play had a lot of scouts buzzing during Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He skates very well for a big man, and has an absolute cannon from the point, runs the blueline on the PP and is at his best when getting those shots through. Second fight in two games, works Horvat throwing repeated bombs.

Zachary Fucale – ISS # 1 ranked goaltender Fucale played in 58 season games and 17 playoff games, team co mvp with Nathan MacKinnon. Fucale also carried the mail in goal for Canada's Ivan Hlinka gold medal winning entry. At 6 ft, 166 lbs, he doesn't have intimidating presence in the net but has electric reflexes and a high battle level. What separates Fucale from the rest of his 95 born peers is his maturity and composure. He's calm and cool in there, there's no panic to his game. When a shot does get through he controls rebounds very well. Our only concern is that he gets burnt out. We expect to see Halifax give him more rest this season. We think he is the real deal.

Sergey Tolchinsky – One of if not the fastest skater OHL, plays the game at such a high level of speed and tempo. His speed is complimented extremely well with his nifty and quick hands, has the ability to score highlight reel goals. Plays the game with a high level of confidence and smarts, can be a magician on the puck.  Small frame may give him trouble in adapting at the next level but his elite level of compete, quickness and hands would need to continue to develop as they are what make him so effective.

Oliver Cooper – Power forward type, he scored a goal in the game while going to the net for 3 in 8 games and 5th point. We see an improvement in his skating over last year. He showed strength, driving the puck to the blue paint. He was involved physically and didn't shy away when things got aggressive. Cooper also logged power play time and looked very able during the 4 on 4 OT period. It was also noted that coach Kelly trusted him to be the only forward in a crucial 5 on 3 pk. Nice progression for this player.

Tommy Vannelli – Vannelli is a very effective, calm and poised defender who is effective in all three zones of the rink. Impressed ISS scouts with his solid performance during Ivan Hlinka tournament. He has good offensive upside with strong poise and confidence around the puck. He generally leads rushes up the boards but is also good at jumping up into middle lanes away from the puck.

Atte Makinen – A good mobile skater with excellent balance, Makinen is massive in stature already standing at 6’3” and over 200lbs. He has good two-way instincts and shows strong leadership potential, making safe, reliable and smart plays consistently with the puck. He can still learn to maximize the use of his superior physical frame and increase his physical tendencies but overall proves to be a very appealing prospect for the future.

Mason Geertsen – Making the opponents think twice when cutting through the middle of the ice over the blueline, a huge physical factor on the Oil Kings blueline. Truly a stay at home defenseman, simple plays on the puck but smarts in his own end are what makes him such a force in his own zone.

Tommy Panico – Draft Sleeper! Smooth mobile defender with good size and soft hands. Is a bit raw right now and still has a long way to go, but is certainly worth watching because of his size, skating ability and the fact that he is rapidly improving. He also isn’t afraid to carry the puck out of the zone when he has an opening. Panico has a good collection of physical tools, including legitimate size and good feet.


Alex Forsberg – Has had trouble staying healthy. The stall of his development at this point is a real reason for concern and unless he can right the ship quickly he is danger of falling far down the draft depth chart.  He is at his best and most effective when he has possession of the puck.

Janne Puhakka – An offensive minded winger, was bright spot for Finland at Ivan Hlinka tournament. He is a strong skater who manages to create good speed when carrying the puck however is often far too passive in his own end and lacks positional instincts.

Ben Harpur – Not the best performance from Ben tonight, showing a good stride but again his feet are lacking. Likes to carry the puck and when he has room for instance on the PP he can gain the offensive zone as he does have good poise on the puck. Right now his mobility is hurting him in his own end, a bit awkward getting around but that comes with the fact he isn't fully grown into his size.

Mike Vlajkov – Makes a lot of mistakes moving the puck, his decision making could be quicker, he is a vanilla defensemen, he does not strike us at this level as a crease clearer, nor does he close his gaps quick enough and doesn’t handle the puck well enough to be an offensive defensemen.

David Soltez – A VG linear skater, Soltez has yet to develop the agility and power to truly maximize the benefit of his forward speed as he loses a lot of his speed when crossing over or leaning on edges.

Will Butcher – Once again really didn't show anything in this game. Draft stock is falling at this point. Smaller Offensive D-man, just hasn’t added any size since last year. Has obvious offensive skill just doesn’t appear to think game well. Forced plays and made some bad decisions.

Riley Corbin – Lacking some noticeable confidence from the opening puck drop, fighting the puck on soft shots which were finding their way back into the slot. Riley is a smaller goalie who focuses on his athleticism to give him the upper hand. Quick feet and is good when tracking pucks but had a bad outing tonight.

Ryan Hartman – Prone to inconsistency. We love his vision. Above average wall play. Good skating…I like his wide base. On the negative side…this player consistently gets himself in positions to get banged around unnecessarily. Too smart and good of a player to not avoid these situations. Needs to work on this!

Chris Bigras – Last couple views of Chris including tonight ISS have left the game with a mix feeling of his play. He seems to be doing too much with the puck as he was caught carrying the puck up ice into danger areas and causing neutral zone turnovers. Has to get back to his simple, defensive first game which made him such a highly touted prospect last season and especially at the U17s where he shined as one of Ontario's top defenseman.

Carter Hansen – Carter is a big strong kid, his biggest asset is his size at 6’2 191 he can hold his own but does not utilize his frame as much as he should. He is not overly physical and does not engage in much of the physical play when he could be a physical force.  Lack of speed sometimes gets him in trouble. To become more effective at a higher level Carter needs to work on his foot speed and the defensive side of his game.

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