As the 2015-16 regular season ends, the 2016 NHL Entry draws near. Junior leagues are in playoff mode in Canada, limiting the opportunities for scouts to see the players prior to the draft. Rankings and scouting reports become more important for teams to consider in interviewing and picking who they think is the right fit for their organization.

ISS Hockey has released their latest top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft. While the top three remain the same, there has been some shifting in the rankings below. You can also read our other prospect reports here on PBR on Jakob Chychrun, Michael McLeod, Alex Nylander and Tyler Benson from writer Steven Ellis.

ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For April, Rankings Of Top Prospects For 2016 NHL Draft

As the season winds down, Matthews (#1), Puljujarvi (#2) and Laine (#3) remain as Top 3 in the ISS Top 30 April Release

April 06, 2016 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. This month’s rankings include the top 185 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 interact with our scouts can be viewed at:

ISS Top 30 April 2016

Although Matthews (#1), Puljujarvi (#2) and Laine (#3), all remain as Top 3 in the ISS Top 30 April Release, the remaining 27 ranks have shuffled. With the season winding down, Jake Bean, a left defender from Calgary Hitmen in the WHL, has become the biggest jumper, rising six ranks to #15.

“Jake Bean has a positive impact in today’s game,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He’s a smart offensive defender that has not only improved his defensive play substantially but has the courage to play bigger then he’s listed and be fearless when getting through traffic.”

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

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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Photo credit: Candice Ward – Calgary Hitmen