Following the March 2nd trade deadline, teams that aren’t seeking to make noise in the playoffs have now acquired multiple draft picks to use this summer. Some teams like the Maple Leafs, Coyotes and Sabres will have multiple picks in the first round. As the season continues to play out, it will be interesting to see which teams complete the tank in the battle for the top two spots in the draft, which will most likely be where Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are drafted.

As it’s been stated multiple times, this upcoming draft is a generational one. There are players currently ranked as low first round picks that, in other years, would most likely be top 10 picks. A close example to this upcoming draft would be the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Names taken in the first round that year include Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Shea Weber was taken 49th overall in the second round that year.

One notable move in the rankings is Mitchell Marner of the London Knights. During the fall, Marner was hovering around the lower teens in regards to rankings. He has now jumped into the top five. In 56 games this season, Marner has put up 119 points (43G-76A). That’s good enough for 16 points ahead of the next leading scorer on the Knights.

As we inch closer to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, we’ll have more features on player in the top 30. For now, be sure to read the report on Connor McDavid and check out the International Scouting Services rankings below.


March release of ISS Top 30 shows Mitchell Marner rising into Top 5 to join Hanifin, Crouse, Eichel and McDavid.

March 04, 2015 [Guelph, ON] 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:

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Mitchell Marner jumps up three positions to #5 to join McDavid (#1), Eichel (#2), Crouse (#3), and Hanifin (#4) in the Top 5 of ISS Hockey’s release of its March ISS Top 30. Farjestad BK players, Joel Ek Eriksson and Oliver Kylington fluctuate on ISS Top 30. Ek Eriksson rises 9 positions to #21 and Kylington falls 12 positions to #24.

“Marner is an elite skater that can change speeds and shift laterally to create space”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Marner has a chance to develop into a top six NHL player, and any NHL team will be very happy with his development.”

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


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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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