Team Canada captains top the ISS September ranking of the top 30 2014 prospects

Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 U18 World Juniors, and looks to be a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Europe and the junior leagues are now underway, with the NCAA to follow soon. This means, of course, that the prospects available for the 2014 NHL Draft are now displaying their talents to both fans and hockey scouts in North America and Europe. Included amongst the scouts are those from the ISS Hockey organization, the largest independent hockey scouting organization.

While the sample for this season is small regarding the abilities of each prospect, ISS has nevertheless released their preliminary ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2014 draft.

Leading the way is Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, who captained Canada to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship back in April. Another Team Canada captain (2013 Ivan Hlinka), Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, holds the second spot in the rankings, while Willie Nylander, son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander, is ranked third.

Two left wings, Jake Virtanen and Anton Karlsson, round out the top five in ISS Hockey's September rankings.

Below is the complete listing of the ISS Hockey top 30.

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


3Willie NylanderF5/1/96R5.11169RogleSweAl
4Jake VirtanenLW8/17/96R6.00.5213CalgaryWHL
5Anton KarlssonLW8/3/96L6.01.25187FrolundaSweJE
6Michael Dal ColleF6/20/96L6.01.75184OshawaOHL
7Oskar LindblomRW8/15/96L6.01.25191BrynasSweJE
8Blake ClarkeF1/24/96L6.01197North BayOHL
9Kaspar KapanenRW7/23/96R5.11172KuopioFinE
10Roland McKeownRD1/20/96R6.00.5192KingstonOHL
11Ivan BarbashevF12/14/95L6.00181MonctonQMJHL
12Sam BennettLW6/20/96L6.00.25178KingstonOHL
13Nick RitchieF12/5/95L6.02.25218PeterboroughOHL
14Leon DraisaitlC10/27/95L6.00.5199Prince AlbertWHL
15Jared McCannC5/31/96L6.00.25179S.S. MarieOHL
16Jakub VranaRW2/28/96L6.00183LinkopingSweJE
17Jacob MiddletonLD1/2/96L6.02.75208OttawaOHL
18Brycen MartinLD5/9/96L6.01.75184Swift CurrentWHL
19Arkhip NekolenkoLW3/11/96R6.01170SpartakRusJr
20Adrian KempeC9/13/96L6.01.5187ModoSweJE
21Haydn FleuryLD7/8/96L6.02.5207Red DeerWHL
22Jack GloverRD5/17/96R6.02.75173USA Under-18NTDP
23Nick SchmaltzRW2/23/96R5.11.5170Green BayUSHL
24Sonny MilanoLW5/12/96L5.10159USA Under-18NTDP
25Waltteri HopponenLW2/4/96L6.01.5190EverettWHL
26Josh Ho-SangRW1/22/96R5.11160WindsorOHL
27Connor BleackleyC/RW7/2/96R6.00196Red DeerWHL
28Nikolai GoldobinRW10/7/95L5.11165SarniaOHL
29Emil JohanssonRD5/6/96L5.11.75194HF 71Swe18
30Jack DoughertyRD5/25/96R6.01190USA Under-18NTDP