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Nathan MacKinnon Remains Top Prospect

Nathan MacKinnon - ISS Top Prospect for 2013 NHL Draft

Nathan MacKinnon – ISS Top Prospect for 2013 NHL Draft

On December 15th, ISS Hockey released their latest monthly rankings of the top 150 skaters, as well as the top 10 goalies, worldwide. International Scouting Services, as they’re also known, uses their team of worldwide scouts to put together the rankings each month.

At the end of 2012, Nathan MacKinnon has held on to the number one position as top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, according to ISS Hockey. MacKinnon, who currently plays for the Halifax Mooseheads, has been a force in the QMJHL this season. In 30 games played, he has tallied 22 goals and 30 assists giving him 52 points. Those numbers are good enough to lead the Mooseheads, and put him at 3rd overall in QMJHL scoring behind Josh Currie and Ben Duffy.

The rest of the top five skaters remains unchanged from last month. Second overall is Seth Jones, who currently plays for Portland in the WHL. From the Finnish Elite League, Sasha Barkov currently ranks third. MacKinnon’s Halifax teammate, Jonathan Drouin, ranks as the fourth overall prospect and Sean Monahan of Ottawa in the OHL rounds out the top five.

“MacKinnon and Jones continue to stand above the rest of this class”, said Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting for ISS Hockey. “A big riser this month is Nikita Zadorov, moving up 8 spots to #11. A remarkable physical specimen standing at 6’5″ and over 230 pounds, Zadorov exhibits the type of poise and composure with the puck that one would expect from a ten year veteran.”

The top 30 prospects, which can be seen below, are sure to make their way to the stage during the 2013 NHL Draft. While there is certainly no telling where each player will be taken, you can bet on many of these guys making a major impact with an NHL franchise in the coming years.

Check out the top 30 below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Do you think there is anyone on the list that shouldn’t be? Or perhaps someone that was left off the list that deserves a nod? And if you’re an NHL GM with the number one pick in 2013, who is your draft choice?

Rank Name Position Birthdate Shot Height Weight Team League
1 MacKinnon, Nathan C 9/1/1995 R 6.00* 182 Halifax QMJHL
2 Jones, Seth RD 10/3/1994 R 6.03.5* 208 Portland WHL
3 Barkov, Sasha F 9/2/1995 L 6.03 209 Tappara FinE
4 Drouin, Jonathan C 3/27/1995 L 5.10.75* 185 Halifax QMJHL
5 Monahan, Sean C 10/12/1994 L 6.02* 186 Ottawa OHL
6 Lindholm, Elias C 12/2/1994 R 5.11.75 181 Brynas SweE
7 Nichushkin, Valery F 3/4/1995 L 6.04 196 Chelyabinsk Chelmet RusS
8 Shinkaruk, Hunter C 10/13/1994 L 5.11 175 Medicine Hat WHL
9 Nurse, Darnell LD 2/4/1995 L 6.03.5* 189 S.S. Marie OHL
10 Ristolainen, Rasmus RD 10/27/1994 R 6.04 207 TPS Turku FinE
11 Zadorov, Nikita LD 4/15/1995 L 6.05.25* 230 London OHL
12 Lazar, Curtis C 2/2/1995 R 5.11.75* 193 Edmonton WHL
13 Pulock, Ryan RD 10/6/1994 R 6.00.5* 211 Brandon WHL
14 Burakowsky, Andre LW 2/9/1995 L 6.01 176 Malmo SweAl
15 Dickinson, Jason LW 7/4/1995 L 6.01.25* 179 Guelph OHL
16 Santini, Steve RD 3/7/1995 R 6.01.5* 207 USA Under-18 NTDP
17 Hagg, Robert RD 2/8/1995 L 6.02.25* 204 Modo SweJE
18 Morrissey, Joshua LD 3/28/1995 L 5.11.75* 182 Prince Albert WHL
19 Erne, Adam F 4/20/1995 L 6.01* 195 Qu‚bec QMJHL
20 De La Rose, Jacob C 5/20/1995 L 6.02 187 Leksands SweAl
21 Lehkonen, Artturi LW 7/4/1995 L 5.11 159 Kuopio FinE
22 Gauthier, Frederik C 4/26/1995 L 6.05* 210 Rimouski QMJHL
23 Rychel, Kerby LW 10/7/1994 L 6.01* 200 Windsor OHL
24 Thompson, Keaton LD 9/14/1995 L 6.00.25* 187 USA Under-18 NTDP
25 Kujawinski, Ryan C 3/30/1995 L 6.01.75* 203 Kingston OHL
26 Bowey, Madison RD 4/22/1995 R 6.00.75* 200 Kelowna WHL
27 Fasching, Hudson F 7/28/1995 R 6.01.75* 213 USA Under-18 NTDP
28 Bailey, Justin C 7/1/1995 R 6.03.25* 194 Kitchener OHL
29 Theodore, Shea RD 8/3/1995 L 6.01.75* 182 Seattle WHL
30 Morin, Samuel LD 7/12/1995 L 6.07* 200 Rimouski QMJHL

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