The 2014 NHL Entry is quickly approaching and while all but a select few of these top prospects will not see action in the best hockey league in the world, they will be key in adding depth for the future to every organization.
With the 11th pick in the draft, the Nashville Predators will be picking a player at least one or two years away from seeing action in the NHL. In his press conference announcing Peter Laviolette as the second head coach in the history of the Nashville Predators, General Manager David Poile stated that he knew what position they would be selecting in the draft. While jokes may fly about Nashville selecting a defenseman or a goalie, one can assume that Poile meant the Predators will select a forward.
There are a slew of forwards ranked within range, with most currently playing in the Canadian Hockey League or with the United States Under-18 team. This decreases the likelihood of a player electing to play in Europe or the Kontinental Hockey League in the future. The pressure is certainly on the scouting staff for the Predators to find the right pieces to rebuild the forward depth in the organization and, if they’re lucky, find a scoring gem.
Below is the ISS Hockey Top 30 for May. It is unlikely that Nashville trades up in the draft, so their targets would most likely fall in the 7-14 range. Penalty Box Radio has also partnered with ISS Hockey to bring scouting reports on the top five prospects. View the latest report on William Nylander.
ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 30 For May, Ranking The Top Prospects For 2014 NHL Draft
With its May release of the ISS Top 30, ISS Hockey reveals a preview of the final NHL Draft rankings to be published May 30th in the industry leading ISS NHL Draft Guide
May 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.
The industry leading ISS NHL Draft Guide will be published on May 30, 2014, providing detailed scouting profiles of the top 220 prospects and more for the 2014 NHL Draft, to be held on June 27-28, 2014 in Philadelphia. This is the only annual opportunity for fans to “Get What the Pros Use” in advance of the NHL Draft. To order or get more info, go to: http://ISShockey.com/nhldraftguide
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: http://ISShockey.com/iss-top-30
This month’s release outlines an unchanged pattern in the top rankings of the ISS Top 30. With one more final release to go, Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad, Michael Dal Colle, Sam Bennett and William Nylander are locked into their respective top 5 rankings for May. Robby Fabbri is the biggest mover, jumping 8 spots from #16 to #8 by impressively leading the Guelph Storm to the OHL championship.
“Fabbri is an impact center, and anytime he has the puck inside the blue line, it’s a scoring chance”, comments ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “He showcased his growth as a player by scoring a bushel of important goals in the OHL playoffs, and he continues to draw lots of attention with his MVP award from the OHL playoffs.”
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.
View the April Top 30.
About ISS Hockey
ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services), a service of HockeyTech, 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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