Our friends over at ISS Hockey have released their Top 30 prospects for January. Some changes can be seen from previous months, including Aaron Ekblad moving up to the #1 ranking. See below for more.

ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For January, Ranking The Top Prospects For 2014 NHL Draft

Aaron Ekblad - Courtesy Barrie Colts

Aaron Ekblad – Courtesy Barrie Colts

Aaron Ekblad moves up to #1 ranking in January release of ISS Top 30, with entire Top 5 shuffling. Thatcher Demko snatches #1 goalie ranking.

January 15, 2014 [Guelph, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 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:
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Iss top 30 January
Goalies:
Iss January goalies
The January release of the ISS Top 30 presents a fresh look of the Top 5 rankings; Aaron Ekblad (#1, previously ranked #2), Sam Reinhart (#2, previously ranked #1), Sam Bennett (#3, previously ranked #5), Michael Dal Colle (#4, previously ranked #3) and Willie Nylander (#5, previously ranked #4).
A superb showing on junior hockey’s biggest stage elevates Ekblad to ISS #1 prospect for January. “Ekblad was arguably the best defender for Canada, and we see him as a future and cornerstone defenseman down the road,” comments ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “No doubt, Ekblad’s transition into the NHL will be as smooth as any defenseman in the past decade, as his strength and maturity make him NHL ready right now.”
The full monthly ISS Hockey rankings are available within RinkNet, software technology tailored for the general manager, scout, coach, player agent or super fan that wants in-depth information on prospects for the upcoming NHL and CHL drafts. They are published on the 15th of each month during the hockey season, along with detailed player scouting profiles and game reports. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit www.RinkNet.com.

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 scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. All ISS products are 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. Game and player reports are input into ISS’s sister company RinkNet’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 ISS scouts.
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