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


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.

Such is the case for draft prospects playing at the 2013 U-20 World Junior Championship, a tournament won by the USA in an impressive fashion. And not surprisingly, a pair of 2013 prospects from that team received a boost in their draft rankings following this tournament.

The most high-profile of the two movers is Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, a player that had been regarded as the second-best prospect for this year's draft since the ratings were first released in the fall. After his strong performance at the WJC, however, Jones has now laid claim to the first overall position, with both ISS and CSS moving Jones ahead of Halifax Mooseheads' forward Nathan MacKinnon in the rankings.

The other member of the USA's gold medal squad to receive a boost is forward Ryan Hartman of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. Hartman had been ranked 42nd by ISS in the December rankings, but he now sits in the 25th position in the January rankings.

Other players making a move up the ISS ranks include right wing Valentin Zykov of the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar, who moved from 37th to 16th overall; Swedish forward Alexander Wennberg, who moved from the 70th position to 21st overall; and London Knights' scorer Max Domi, who moved from 36th overall to 28th in this month's report.

Below is the top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft as ranked by ISS Hockey for the month of January, 2013.

1Seth JonesD10/03/94R6.03.5208PortlandWHL
2Nathan MacKinnonC09/01/95R6.00182HailifaxQMJHL
3Jonathan DrouinLW03/27/95L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL
4Aleksander BarkovF09/02/95L6.02205TapparaFinE
5Sean MonahanC10/12/94L6.02186OttawaOHL
6Elias LindholmC12/02/94R5.11.75181BrynasSweE
7Valery NichushkinC03/04/95L6.04196ChelyabinskRusS
8Rasmus RistolainenD10/27/94R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE
9Nikita ZadorovD04/15/95L6.05.25230LondonOHL
10Darnell NurseD02/04/95L6.03.5189S.S. MarieOHL
11Curtis LazarC02/02/95R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL
12Robert HaggD02/08/95L6.02.25204MoDoSweJE
13Jason DickinsonLW07/04/95L6.01.25179GuelphOHL
14Hunter ShinkarukC10/13/94L5.11175Medicine HatWHL
15Adam ErneF04/20/95L6.01195QuebecQMJHL
16Valentin ZykovRW05/15/95R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL
17Ryan PulockD10/06/94R6.00.5211BrandonWHL
18Andre BurakowskyLW02/09/95L6.01.5176MalmoSweAl
19Frederik GauthierC04/26/95L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL
20Josh MorrisseyD03/29/95L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL
21Alexander WennbergC09/22/94L6.01.5174DjurgardenSweJE
22Bo HorvatC04/05/95L6.00.25200LondonOHL
23Steve SantiniD03/07/95R6.01.5207USA Under-18NTDP
24Artturi LehkonenLW07/04/95L5.11159KuopioFinE
25Ryan HartmanRW09/24/94R5.11187PlymouthOHL
26JT CompherC04/08/95R5.10.5184USA Under-18NTDP
27Kerby RychelLW10/07/94L6.01200WindsorOHL
28Max DomiC03/02/95L5.09.25193LondonOHL
29Keaton ThompsonD09/14/95L6.00.25187USA Under-18NTDP
30Anthony DuclairLW08/26/95L5.11.25180QuebecQMJHL


ISS also ranks the top 5 goaltenders for the month of January, which can be seen below:

1Zachary Fucale1st05/28/95L6.01.25181HalifaxQMJHL
2Spencer Martin2nd06/08/95L6.02.25192MississaugaOHL
3Phillipe Desrosiers2nd08/16/95R6.01.5184RimouskiQMJHL
4Eric Comrie2nd07/06/95L6.00.75167Tri-CityWHL
5Tristan Jarry3rd04/29/95L6.01.5178EdmontonWHL