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


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.

For starters, the same 15 players that populated the top 15 slots in February remain in the top 15 this time around. In terms of the order of those 15 players, very little has changed from last month other than a handful of players flipping places. There is no change in the order of the top five players.

For the third consecutive month, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones holds down the top spot in the ISS rankings. Sitting in second for the second consecutive month is Russian forward Valery Nichushkin. The two Halifax Mooseheads' forwards, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, hold the third and fourth slots while Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' defender Darnell Nurse hangs onto the fifth position.

In the lower reaches of the top 30, Ryan Hartman, Anthony Mantha and Ian McCoshen moved into the first round grouping after being on the outside in February. Sliding into the 31-60 group were Adam Erne, Artturi Lehkonen and Keaton Thompson. Lehkonen suffered his second concussion of the season which, given his small size, may cause some concerns over his durability.

The same five goaltenders held the top spots in the rankings for that position, with the only change being a flip in positions for Tristan Jarry and Eric Comrie.

Although playoff competition could alter the rankings somewhat in April, the greatest change isn't likely to happen until the May rankings, after the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championship wrap up in late April.

Here, then, is the top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft as ranked by ISS.


RankNamePositionBDShotHWTeamLeagueFeb. Rank
1Seth JonesD10/03/94R6.03.5208PortlandWHL1
2Valeri NichushkinC03/04/95L6.04196ChelyabinskRusS2
3Nathan MacKinnonC09/01/95R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL3
4Jonathan DrouinLW03/27/95L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL4
5Darnell NurseD02/04/95L6.03.5189Sault Ste. MarieOHL5
6Aleksandr BarkovF09/02/95L6.02205TapparaFinE7
7Nikita ZadorovD 04/15/95L 6.05.25230LondonOHL6
8Elias LindholmC12/02/94R5.11.75181BrynasSweE9
9 Sean MonahanC 10/12/94L 6.02186OttawaOHL8
10Rasmus RistolainenD10/27/94R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE10
11Curtis LazarC02/02/95R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL11
12Ryan PulockD10/06/94R6.00.5211BrandonWHL12
13Hunter ShinkarukC10/13/94L5.11175Medicine HatWHL13
14Jason DickinsonLW07/04/95L6.01.25179GuelphOHL14
15Valentin ZykovRW05/15/95R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL15
16Kerby RychelLW10/07/94L6.01200WindsorOHL19
17 Andre BurakowskyLW 02/09/95L 6.01.5176MalmoSweAl16
18Alexander WennbergC09/22/94L6.01.5174DjurgardenSweJE18
19Josh MorrisseyD03/29/95L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL17
20Frederik GauthierC04/26/95L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL21
21JT CompherC04/08/95R5.10.5184USA Under-18NTDP25
22Steve SantiniD 03/07/95R 6.01.5207 USA Under-18NTDP20
23Robert HaggD 02/08/95L 6.02.25204ModoSweJE22
24Bo HorvatC04/05/95L6.00.25200LondonOHL23
25Madison BoweyD04/22/95R6.00.75200KelownaWHL24
26Ryan HartmanRW09/20/94R5.11187PlymouthOHL32
27Anthony ManthaLW09/16/94L6.04190Val d'OrQMJHL33
28Max DomiC03/02/95L5.09.25193LondonOHL28
29Nic PetanC03/22/95L5.08.5163PortlandWHL29
30Ian McCoshenD08/05/95L6.03205WaterlooUSHL39


The top five goaltenders for March according to ISS are the following:


RankNameRnd.BDS/CHWTeamLeagueFeb. Rank
1Zachary Fucale1st05/28/95L6.01.25181HalifaxQMJHL1
2Martin Spencer2nd06/08/95L6.02.25192MississaugaOHL2
3Tristan Jarry2nd04/29/95L6.01.5178EdmontonWHL4
4Eric Comrie2nd 07/06/95L 6.00.75167Tri-CityWHL3
5Eamon MacAdam2nd09/24/94L6.02185WaterlooUSHL5