ISS Top 30 Released for September, Revealing ISS Hockey’s Preliminary Rankings of the Top Prospects for 2014 NHL Draft

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With NHL training camps in gear and the NHL season around the corner, ISS Hockey releases its preliminary rankings of the top 30 prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. Kootenay Center Sam Reinhart and Barrie Defenseman Aaron Ekblad enter ranked #1 and #2, with several others seeking the top pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.

Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad

As the season progresses, it will be exciting to watch the battle for our #1 ranking as Ekblad, Nylander and others continue to take the next steps in their developments.

ISS Hockey has released its preliminary rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, 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. An interactive page where the ISS Top 30 can be viewed, sorted, commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts can be viewed at:


1 - Reinhart, Sam - C - Kootenay - WHL
2 - Ekblad, Aaron - D - Barrie - OHL
3 - Nylander, Willie - F - Rogle - SweAl
4 - Virtanen, Jake - LW - Calgary - WHL
5 - Karlsson, Anton - LW - Frolunda - SweJE
6 - Dal Colle, Michael - F - Oshawa - OHL
7 - Lindblom, Oskar - RW - Brynas - SweJE
8 - Clarke, Blake - F - North Bay - OHL
9 - Kapanen, Kaspar - RW - Kuopio - FinE
10 - McKeown, Roland - RD - Kingston - OHL
11 - Barbashev, Ivan - F - Moncton - QMJHL
12 - Bennett, Sam - LW - Kingston - OHL
13 - Ritchie, Nicholas - F - Peterborough - OHL
14 - Draisaitl, Leon - C - Prince Albert - WHL
15 - McCann, Jared - C - S.S. Marie - OHL
16 - Vrana, Jakub - RW - Linkoping - SweJE
17 - Middleton, Jacob - LD - Ottawa - OHL
18 - Martin, Brycen - LD - Swift Current - WHL
19 - Nekolenko, Arkhip - LW - Spartak - RusJr
20 - Kempe, Adrian - C - Modo - SweJE
21 - Fleury, Haydn - LD - Red Deer - WHL
22 - Glover, Jack - RD - USA Under18 - NTDP
23 - Schmaltz, Nick - RW - Green Bay - USHL
24 - Milano, Sonny - LW - USA Under18 - NTDP
25 - Hopponen, Waltteri - LW - Everett - WHL
26 - Ho-Sang, Joshua - RW - Windsor - OHL
27 - Bleackley, Conner - C/RW - Red Deer - WHL
28 - Goldobin, Nikolai - RW - Sarnia - OHL
29 - Johansson, Emil - RD - HV 71 - Swe18
30 - Dougherty, Jack - RD - USA Under18 - NTDP

The consensus among ISS staff when discussion on ISS #1 ranked Sam Reinhart is that he’s better than his former NHL All Star dad Paul Reinhart. Reinhart has tremendous leadership skills and thinks the game at an elite level at the center position. ISS #2 ranked Aaron Ekblad can log a prodigious amount of minutes on defense thanks to excellent stamina and is a workhorse that can be relied upon in all situations. Rounding out the ISS top 3 is Swedish puck wizard Willie Nylander, son of former NHLer Robert Nylander, who is a dynamic offensive minded forward with the ability to lift fans out of their seats.

"Sam Reinhart is the best playmaker in the draft and can really amplify the skill sets of those around him, while also having the ability to make things happen completely on his own,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “As the season progresses, it will be exciting to watch the battle for our #1 ranking as Ekblad, Nylander and others continue to take the next steps in their developments."

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) is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. All ISS products are widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. 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 sister company RinkNet’s state-of-the-art systems and evaluated to 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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