ISS Hockey Releases January Rankings of Top Prospects For 2013 NHL Draft

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In the January 15th release of the ISS Hockey Rankings, Seth Jones moves up to the top ranking, swapping spots with Nathan MacKinnon, now at #2, with Jonathan Drouin moving up to #3. Valentin Zykov makes big move to crack the ISS Top 30 at #16.

Seth Jones playing for Team USA

Seth Jones clearly established himself as ISS Hockey’s #1 ranked player with his strong performance helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships

January 15, 2013 [Boca Raton, FL] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. This month's rankings include the top 150 skaters, along with the top 10 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.

Below is the ISS Top 30, highlighting the rankings for the top 30 prospects:

1 - Jones, Seth - D - Portland - WHL
2 - MacKinnon, Nathan - C - Halifax - QMJHL
3 - Drouin, Jonathan - C - Halifax - QMJHL
4 - Barkov, Sasha - F - Tappara - FinE
5 - Monahan, Sean - C - Ottawa - OHL
6 - Lindholm, Elias - C - Brynas - SweE
7 - Nichushkin, Valery - F - Chelyabinsk Chelmet - RusS
8 - Ristolainen, Rasmus - D - TPS Turku - FinE
9 - Zadorov, Nikita - D - London - OHL
10 - Nurse, Darnell - D - S.S. Marie - OHL
11 - Lazar, Curtis - C - Edmonton - WHL
12 - Hagg, Robert - D - Modo - SweJE
13 - Dickinson, Jason - F - Guelph - OHL
14 - Shinkaruk, Hunter - C - Medicine Hat - WHL
15 - Erne, Adam - F - Quebec - QMJHL
16 - Zykov, Valentin - F - Baie-Comeau - QMJHL
17 - Pulock, Ryan - D - Brandon - WHL
18 - Burakowsky, Andre - F - Malmo - SweAl
19 - Gauthier, Frederik - C - Rimouski - QMJHL
20 - Morrissey, Joshua - D - Prince Albert - WHL
21 - Wennberg, Alexander - C - Djurgarden - SweJE
22 - Horvat, Bo - C - London - OHL
23 - Santini, Steve - D - USA Under18 - NTDP
24 - Lehkonen, Artturi- F - Kuopio - FinE
25 - Hartman, Ryan - F - Plymouth - OHL
26 - Compher, JT - C - USA Under18 - NTDP
27 - Rychel, Kerby- F - Windsor - OHL
28 - Domi, Max - C - London - OHL
29 - Thompson, Keaton - D - USA Under18 - NTDP
30 - Duclair, Anthony - F - Quebec - QMJHL

Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin, Barkov and Monahan remain in the top 5 spots from last month's rankings; however, there has been a changing in the order, with Seth Jones moving up to the top spot for the first time and Jonathan Drouin moving up to #3.

“Seth Jones clearly established himself as ISS Hockey’s #1 ranked player with his strong performance helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He played better and better as the tournament went on, and in our opinion should transition seamlessly into the NHL game in the not too distant future.”

Adds MacInnis about Valentin Zykov’s rise into the ISS Top 30 at # 16, “Zykov has been impressing scouts all season long with his smooth transition to the North American style of game.”

The monthly ISS Hockey rankings are included in the company’s Monthly Scouting Report, which is tailored for the general manager, scout, coach, agent or superfan who wants in-depth information on prospects for the upcoming NHL and CHL drafts. Rankings, player profiles, spotlights, tournament reports and news and notes from the world of hockey are published on the 15th of each month from October through June. For more info, visit:

About ISS Hockey
ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services Inc.) is the leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey player prospects aged 14 to 19. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients, which include (among others): NHL Teams, Hockey Canada, Major Junior Leagues & Teams (CHL, QMJHL, OHL, WHL, USHL), NCAA Teams, TSN, THN: The Hockey News and Sports Agencies. The ISS annual NHL Draft Guide has become the de facto draft reference guide for NHL scouts, fans and sports media. All ISS products are widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. This incredible status leads every young hockey player desiring to advance in the sport to aspire to be scouted and ranked by ISS. The key to the success of ISS is the incredible worldwide network of ISS Hockey scouts. ISS scouts are within reach of every young hockey player in the world, and attend every major hockey tournament, in addition to thousands of league games. Game and player reports are input into ISS's state-of-the-art systems and evaluated assure reliability and consistency. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several of ISS scouts.

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