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No change in ISS top five draft rankings, MacKinnon and Jones remain 1-2

Dec 18, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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Nathan McKinnon, Seth Jones, Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Drouin and Sean Monahan retained their No. 1-5 spots, respectively, atop the ISS draft-eligible prospects ranking for December.

Following are the top 30:

1 – MacKinnon, Nathan – C – Halifax – QMJHL
2 – Jones, Seth – D – Portland – WHL
3 – Barkov, Sasha – F – Tappara – FinE
4 – Drouin, Jonathan – C – Halifax – QMJHL
5 – Monahan, Sean – C – Ottawa – OHL
6 – Lindholm, Elias – C – Brynas – SweE
7 – Nichushkin, Valery – F – Chelyabinsk Chelmet – RusS
8 – Shinkaruk, Hunter – C – Medicine Hat – WHL
9 – Nurse, Darnell – D – S.S. Marie – OHL
10 – Ristolainen, Rasmus – D – TPS Turku – FinE
11 – Zadorov, Nikita – D – London – OHL
12 – Lazar, Curtis – C – Edmonton – WHL
13 – Pulock, Ryan – D – Brandon – WHL
14 – Burakowsky, Andre – F – Malmo – SweAl
15 – Dickinson, Jason – F – Guelph – OHL
16 – Santini, Steve – D – USA Under18 – NTDP
17 – Hagg, Robert – D – Modo – SweJE
18 – Morrissey, Joshua – D – Prince Albert – WHL
19 – Erne, Adam – F – Quebec – QMJHL
20 – De La Rose, Jacob – C – Leksands – SweAl
21 – Lehkonen, Artturi- F – Kuopio – FinE
22 – Gauthier, Frederik – C – Rimouski – QMJHL
23 – Rychel, Kerby- F – Windsor – OHL
24 – Thompson, Keaton – D – USA Under18 – NTDP
25 – Kujawinski, Ryan – C – Kingston – OHL
26 – Bowey, Madison – D – Kelowna – WHL
27 – Fasching, Hudson – F – USA Under18 – NTDP
28 – Bailey, Justin – C – Kitchener – OHL
29 – Theodore, Shea – D – Seattle – WHL
30 – Morin, Samuel – D – Rimouski – QMJHL

According to ISS director of scouting Dennis MacInnis, “MacKinnon and Jones continue to stand above the rest of this class,” suggesting we may be in for another Taylor HallTyler Seguin two-horse race for top pick.

Both MacKinnon (Canada) and Jones (USA) will be in Russia for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

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