Following the conclusion of the World Junior Championship in Finland, the latest International Scouting Services top 30 prospects has seen quite the shake up.

Check out 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 January, Rankings Of Top Prospects For 2016 NHL Draft

While Auston Matthews continues to hold the #1 ranking, the remainder of the Top 10 rankings have shuffled significantly

January 06, 2016 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2016 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 interact with our scouts can be viewed at:

ISS Top 30 January 2016

Tappara’s Patrik Laine rises five positions to #4 in January’s Release of the ISS Top 30. This is Laine’s first appearance in ISS Hockey’s top 5 rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft. The biggest mover for the month is German Rubtsov, who climbed over 15 positions to #11 this month. Rubtsov’s impressive showing at the World Junior Championship, caught the attention of all ISS scouts.

“Laine and Rubtsov, both brought an outstanding showcase in international competition,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Laine’s confidence, and ability to consistently win battles and space enhanced his pro potential. While Rubtsov used his smarts, skills and power to improve his latest ranking with ISS.”

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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