ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For February, Ranking The Top Prospects For 2013 NHL Draft

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In the February 15th release of the ISS Top 30, Seth Jones remains the top ranked prospect, with Russian Valery Nichushkin rising up the rankings to the #2 spot. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin pushed down to numbers 3 and 4, and Darnell Nurse cracks the top 5.

Valery Nichushkin rises to #2 on ISS Top 30

Valery Nichushkin rises to #2 on the ISS Top 30 with a dominant performance at this month’s U18 5 Nations tournament.

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. A full, sortable version can be viewed at:

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

While Seth Jones remains in the top ranked spot, there has been some change in the rest of the top 5. Nichushkin earns himself the #2 ranking with some dominant tournament performances, pushing MacKinnon and Drouin to the numbers 3 and 4 rankings. Nurse cracks the top 5 for the first time, continuing to impress ISS scouts.

“Still riding the momentum from his World Juniors performance, Valery Nichushkin took advantage of some added exposure at this month’s U18 5 Nations event and was simply dominant in an event with several high end prospects in attendance”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “The captain of the Russian squad, Nichushkin was also named Russia’s best player in 3 out of 4 games during the tournament.”

Adds MacInnis about Nic Petan, the newest addition to the ISS Top 30 at #29, “Petan continues to answer the question about his lack of size with dominating offensive numbers, currently leading the CHL in points … and he’s still just 17, making him a prime target for a late first round steal.”

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 that 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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