ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 for March, Ranking the Top Prospects for 2013 NHL Draft

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In the March 15th release of the ISS Top 30, the top 5 players have retained their positions from February. Defenseman Seth Jones remains the top ranked prospect, with winger Valery Nichushkin the top ranked forward at the #2 spot, with Zachary Fucale retaining his #1 goaltender ranking for the entire season.

Zachary Fucale - ISS #1 Ranked Goalie

We project #1 ranked goaltender Zachary Fucale as the only first round goalie selection in the upcoming NHL Draft.

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 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. 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 - 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 - Barkov, Sasha - C - Tappara - FinE
7 - Zadorov, Nikita - LD - London - OHL
8 - Lindholm, Elias - C - Brynas - SweE
9 - Monahan, Sean - C - Ottawa - OHL
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 - Rychel, Kerby - LW - Windsor - OHL
17 - Burakowsky, Andre - LW - Malmo - SweAl
18 - Wennberg, Alexander - C - Djurgarden - SweJE
19 - Morrissey, Joshua - LD - Prince Albert - WHL
20 - Gauthier, Frederik - C - Rimouski - QMJHL
21 - Compher, JT - C - USA Under18 - NTDP
22 - Santini, Steve - RD - USA Under18 - NTDP
23 - Hagg, Robert - RD - Modo - SweJE
24 - Horvat, Bo - C - London - OHL
25 - Bowey, Madison - RD - Kelowna - WHL
26 - Hartman, Ryan - RW - Plymouth - OHL
27 - Mantha, Anthony - LW - Val-d'Or - QMJHL
28 - Domi, Max - C - London - OHL
29 - Petan, Nic - C - Portland - WHL
30 - McCoshen, Ian - LD - Waterloo - USHL

In addition to the top 5 ranked prospects remaining the same, there has been some consistency in the top 2 ranked goaltenders. Zachary Fucale has retained the #1 ranking for the entire season, with Spencer Martin consistently retaining the #2 spot.

“We project #1 ranked goaltender Zachary Fucale as the only first round goalie selection in the upcoming NHL Draft,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “As for skaters, a strong consensus has emerged among ISS Hockey’s scouting staff ranking the top 4 forwards (Nichushkin, MacKinnon, Drouin, and Barkov) and top 2 defensemen (Jones and Nurse).”

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 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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