ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For December, Rankings Of Top Prospects For 2015 NHL Draft

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Five prospects crack the ISS Top 30 for December, showing there is much more hockey to prove oneself before the draft. McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin keep the top 3 spots, remaining in elite status.

Ranked #22 Nick Merkley (Kelowna, WHL)

Merkley has top notch hockey IQ

ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. This month's rankings include the top 200 skaters, along with the top 15 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, which are released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. 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: http://ISStop30.com

Rank-Name-Position-Team-League

1 - McDavid, Connor - C - Erie - OHL
2 - Eichel, Jack - C - Boston University - H.E.
3 - Hanifin, Noah - LD - Boston College - H.E.
4 - Strome, Dylan - C - Erie - OHL
5 - Werenski, Zack - RD - Michigan - BigTen
6 - Barzal, Mathew - C - Seattle - WHL
7 - Kylington, Oliver - RD - Farjestad - SweJr
8 - Zacha, Pavel - C - Sarnia - OHL
9 - Crouse, Lawson - LW - Kingston - OHL
10 - Marner, Mitchell - C - London - OHL
11 - Connor, Kyle - C - Youngstown - USHL
12 - Konecny, Travis - C - Ottawa - OHL
13 - Rantanen, Mikko - RW - TPS Turku - FinE
14 - Greenway, Jordan - LW - USA Under18 NTDP - USHL
15 - White, Colin - RW - USA Under18 NTDP - USHL
16 - Provorov, Ivan - LD - Brandon - WHL
17 - Bracco, Jeremy - RW - USA Under18 NTDP - USHL
18 - Bittner, Paul - LW - Portland - WHL
19 - Sprong, Daniel - RW - Charlottetown - QMJHL
20 - Svechnikov, Evgeny - RW - Cape Breton - QMJHL
21 - Korostelev, Nikita - RW - Sarnia - OHL
22 - Merkley, Nick - C - Kelowna - WHL
23 - Spencer, Matthew - RD - Peterborough - OHL
24 - Carlsson, Gabriel - LD - Linkoping - SweJE
25 - Novak, Tom - C - Waterloo - USHL
26 - Harkins, Jansen - C/LW - Prince George - WHL
27 - Zboril, Jakub - LD - Saint John - QMJHL
28 - Meloche, Nicolas - RD - Baie-Comeau - QMJHL
29 - Fischer, Christian - C - USA Under18 NTDP - USHL
30 - Chabot, Thomas - LD - Saint John - QMJHL

Holding on tight to their rankings are McDavid (#1), Eichel (#2) and Hanifin (#3), the Top 3 prospects remain untouchable for this month’s rankings of the ISS Top Prospects. Nick Merkley is the highest of five new additions to the Top 30. Jumping 12 spots from #34 to #22. Merkley enjoyed a strong month of November with 21 points in just 14 games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Also moving into the top 30 are Tom Novak (#25), Jakub Zboril (#27), Nicolas Meloche (#28) and Thomas Chabot (#30).

"Merkley has top notch hockey IQ”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He is a dangerous offensive performer who has the potential to be a point producer at the NHL level.”

The complete ISS Hockey rankings, evaluations, game reports, player reports, player profiles and more are exclusively available to hockey professionals through RinkNet, ISS parent company HockeyTech’s Scouting and Player Information System. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit http://HockeyTech.com/RinkNet

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 is a division of HockeyTech, a worldwide leader in hockey technology, analytics and information services. ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. ISS data is 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. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several ISS scouts.

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