October 07, 2015
ISS Hockey has released its monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Waterloo, Ontario based company produces monthly rankings for the top 200 skaters, along with the top 15 goaltenders, as evaluated and ranked by ISS Hockey’s worldwide network of scouts.
Four BC based players are in the Top 30 (full list below), including two BCHL team-mates and two WHL competitors. American born players are in the top 3 spots.
The BCHL’s Penticton Vees D-man Dante Fabbro (b. New Westminster, BWC Bantam AAA, NW Giants Major Midget) at #8 leads the pack of BC based prospects who have cracked the Top.
Team-mate Tyson Jost (b. St. Albert, CAC Bantam AA, PoE U16) comes in at #18.
Another Alberta ex-pat, Tyler Benson (b. Edmonton, SSAC Lions Bantam AAA, Pursuit of Excellence U18, Vancouver Giants) is at #17.
Beck Malenstyn (born White Rock, South Delta MHA, OHA Bantam Prep and Midget, Calgary Hitmen) is #30.
Other familiar names dating back to western bantam competition include #16 Kale Clague (b. Regina, Lloydminster Bantam AAA Heat and Bobcats Midget AA, Brandon Wheat Kings), and #20 Sam Steel (b. Edmonton, Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA and Midget AAA, Regina Pats).
ISS Hockey’s Top 30 Ranked Prospects for 2016 NHL Draft:
“Complete, an all-around package…” is how ISS Scouting staff summarize the #1 ranked Auston Matthews.
Matthews in an American (b. 9.17.87, Scottsdale, Arizona Bobcats Bantam and U16, USNTDP), now playing for the ZSC Lions in the Swiss League.
ISS says, “Matthews has very good puck skills, frame, offensive tools with good edge to edge control and mobility.”
“Matthews never slows down”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “This kid is magic. His hockey sense and the way he can react on developing game situations is advanced. He has exceptional overall skills.”
ISS has ranked Jakob Chychrun, another American at #2. Chychrun was born in Boca Raton, played for the Florida Jr. Panthers, Little Caesars Bantam AAA and U16s, Toronto Jr Canadiens Minor Midget, and now for the Sarnia Sting.
ISS ranks him as “a confident power house defensemen with impressive size and strength for his age.”
Rounding out the ISS Top 3 is London Knights left winger Max Jones, another American, born in Rochester, Minnesota (Belle Tire and Honeybaked Bantam AAA, Compuware U16, Honeybaked U18, USNTDP Juniors).
ISS says Jones is “is a highly skilled power forward with pro frame and shot.”
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