2013 ISS Draft Rankings: MacKinnon reclaims top spot from Jones

Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon capped a memorable postseason with an MVP performance at the 2013 Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones had a nice run atop the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft. But, in that scouting organization's final release before next month's draft, Jones has been supplanted by the Halifax Mooseheads' Nathan MacKinnon as the top prospect according to ISS.

Both Jones and MacKinnon performed admirably for their respective teams as both Portland and Halifax won their league championships, allowing them to advance to the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament. But it may well have been MacKinnon's MVP performance at this tournament that turned the tables in his favor in the eyes of the ISS scouts.

MacKinnon finished the tournament with seven goals and six assists in four games, with six of his seven goals being tallied against Portland, including a hat trick in the championship game. In the first meeting between the Mooseheads and Winterhawks, MacKinnon blew by Jones to score a goal, part of another hat trick that the Mooseheads' center tallied against the Winterhawks.

For his part, Jones turned in a good performance at the Memorial Cup, picking up two goals and two assists in five games while finishing with a +6 rating. But it appears that ISS was very impressed with MacKinnon's commanding performance in Saskatoon, to the point of making him the top prospect for the first time since their December rankings.

It now remains to be seen if the holder of the top selection, the Colorado Avalanche, were as moved by MacKinnon's performance as was ISS. The answer won't likely come until June 30th, when the NHL Draft takes place in Newark, NJ.

Aside from the change at the top of the rankings, ISS made no further changes to the order of their top 30 for this draft. The final top five consists of MacKinnon and Jones, followed by Jonathan Drouin, who also turned in a strong performance at the Memorial Cup; Valeri Nichushkin; and Aleksander Barkov.

Below is the ISS Hockey final ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft:

RankNamePos.BirthdateShotHWTeamLeagueLast Rank
1Nathan MacKinnonC9/1/95R6.00182HalifaxQMJHL2
2Seth JonesD10/3/94R6.03.5208PortlandWHL1
3Jonathan DrouinLW3/27/95L5.10.75185HalifaxQMJHL3
4Valeri NichushkinRW3/4/95L6.04202Chelyabinsk TraktorKHL4
5Sasha BarkovC9/2/95L6.03209TapparaFinE5
6Darnell NurseD2/4/95L6.03.5189Sault Ste. MarieOHL6
7Elias LindholmC12/2/94R6.00192BrynasSweE7
8Nikita ZadorovD4/15/95L6.05.25230LondonOHL8
9Sean MonahanC10/12/94L6.02186OttawaOHL9
10Bo HorvatC4/5/95L6.00.25200LondonOHL10
11Rasmus RistolainenD10/27/94R6.04207TPS TurkuFinE11
12Curtis LazarC2/2/95R5.11.75193EdmontonWHL12
13Hunter ShinkarukC10/13/94L5.11175Medicine HatWHL13
14Ryan PulockD10/6/94R6.00.5211BrandonWHL14
15Alexander WennbergC9/22/94L6.01.5190DjurgardenSweJE15
16Andre BurakowskyLW2/9/95L6.01.5178MalmoSweAl16
17Steve SantiniD3/7/95R6.01.5207USA Under-18NTDP17
18Frederik GauthierC4/26/95L6.05210RimouskiQMJHL18
19Valentin ZykovRW5/15/95R6.00210Baie-ComeauQMJHL19
20Kerby RychelLW10/7/94L6.01200WindsorOHL20
21Josh MorrisseyD3/28/95L5.11.75182Prince AlbertWHL21
22Madison BoweyD4/22/95R6.00.75200KelownaWHL22
23Anthony ManthaLW9/16/94L6.04190Val d'OrQMJHL23
24JT CompherC4/8/95R5.10.5184USA Under-18NTDP24
25Max DomiC3/2/95L5.09.25193LondonOHL25
26Nicolas PetanC3/22/95L5.08.5163PortlandWHL26
27Dillon HeatheringtonD5/9/95L6.03196Swift CurrentWHL27
28Michael McCarronRW3/7/95R6.05228USA Under-18NTDP28
29Chris BigrasD2/22/95L6.00.5189Owen SoundOHL29
30Samuel MorinD7/12/95L6.07200RimouskiQMJHL30


The top three goaltenders remained unchanged, as well, with Zachary Fucale, Tristan Jarry, and Eamon McAdam holding the same positions that they held in the ISS rankings that were released on May 15th.

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