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MacKinnon moves back to No. 1 in ISS rankings

May 28, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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Nathan MacKinnon’s dominant performance at the 2013 Memorial Cup has boosted the Halifax Mooseheads forward back to the top of the International Scouting Services draft rankings.

Previously, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones had been the top-ranked prospect.

MacKinnon was last ranked first overall by ISS in December.

“Nathan MacKinnon moves back to ISS #1 after answering any questions we had about him with his dominating MVP Memorial Cup performance,” said ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “I have personally been watching MacKinnon since he was a pee-wee, and while his skills have become top 1% in the world, what has impressed me most has been his growing maturity – the bigger the moment, the more hungry he becomes.”

The Colorado Avalanche own the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, followed by the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Speculation has the Avs taking Jones over MacKinnon, in part because Colorado’s defense is considered a more glaring area of weakness than up front.

But publicly at least, the Avs are keeping their options open.


  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM


  2. gospitfires - May 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    guy was invisible at the world juniors, and colorado is pretty solid at young center talent, rankings or not, seth jones is the pick.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Guy was invisible at World Juniors because he was buried behind centermen like Ryan Nugget Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mark Schiefle. Getting no ice time to 2 guys who are 2 years older than him, and actual NHLers. And Schiefle is 2 years older than him as well. Seriously people who talk WJC and MacKinnon need to make an attempt at understanding why you didn’t see him out there.

      • gospitfires - May 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        wow are you drunk or did you not watch a second of world junior hockey. the Nuge, Huberdeau and Schieffle all played on the same line for christs sakes. look at all the upvotes you got, does nobody even watch the tournament?

        jesus christ, what happened to the standards on this site. feel free to check out some canada box scores. isnt it amazing how many time those 3 players were all involved on the same goals?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        And you think that somehow changes the point? You think that somehow changes the fact that MacKinnon was only getting 4th line ice time because the team was so stacked? Ryan Strome was playing Center at the tourney too. You know the 19 year old 5th overall pick of the Islanders? So now what do we have Nuge centering line 1, and Strome centering line 2. And Mark McNeil was centering the 3rd line, yet another 1st round pick, who was 19 years old as well, and incredible on faceoffs. Leaving MacKinnon to again, PLAY 4th LINE and get NO time because he was BURIED by OLDER 1st rounders.

        All you did was help me make my point, so thanks?
        Do you like apples?

      • gospitfires - May 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        first its those guys why he didnt perform, than its these other guys. what about Jonathan Drouin, was he not 17, the exact same age. yet he managed a 2 goal 2 assits +4 effort, and distinguished himself over Mackinnon. are you MacKinnons dad? im not saying he wont be a good player, he didnt showup at the world juniors and stand by that statement.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Called it! :-)

    valoisjoeybfeld69 – May 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM
    We’ve had discussions here about how great players are able to step up their game when the chips are down. McKinnon just proved that, again. When drafting to build a team this is an undeniable fact, and an attribute you need to consider when selecting the best overall player. First overall with two players dead even, then you draft on immediate need. A d man takes a little longer to develop, and for that reason the Avs should take McKinnon. Offense depth is never a bad thing as demonstrated by the Pens, and it’s easier for a coach to teach a player how to play D unless that player is just plain not willing to learn.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Thumbs down! Dang! Tough crowd! He should be number 1 after that game vs Portland.

  4. lallin66fan - May 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Still think the Avalanche is going for Seth Jones. They need a good young D-man.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      You may be correct. However, how long can they wait for him to develop? He’s still a growing boy, as I’ve said before, developing a d man takes longer than a forward.

  5. matt14gg - May 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    He may be “ranked” number one, but he’s not going number one, so it really doesn’t matter.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      I could be completely wrong, but, when you have the chance to pick first you should draft the player who you think will become your franchise player. If none is available, then you go on need. McKinnon plays like a franchise player. Drouin has an excellent hockey IQ, and has tremendous play making abilities, and he’s a little small. Jones definitely has the tools to become a star d man. I see McKinnon, Jones, and Drouin go in that order. Many will agree and many won’t. I’m sure the top three teams have had heated discussions about their on ranking results. Many within the organization will agree and many won’t.

  6. matt14gg - May 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    As the Oilers have found out the hard way, you can draft all the offensive talent you want. Until you fix the D-Corps you aren’t going to win. Seth Jones will be a nice building block for Patrick Roy.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      You could give the Oilers Seth Jones right now and you wouldn’t see an improvement. There is no such thing as a 6’5 rookie Dman who walks into the NHL and looks good. Jones is going to look like crap for a few Years before he develops into a legit player. Every tall physical specimen on D comes into the NHL and is a wreak before he figures out how to adjust to the speed of the league. The Oilers haven’t found out anything yet, they are still a young team with plenty of flaws, but the drafting of Eberle, Hall, RNH and Yakupov were not mistakes.

      Pronger and Chara couldn’t do it, neither Johnson could do it, Gudbranson and Hedman couldn’t, only your average and smaller Dmen have walked in and had success relatively soon.

      If your team drafts Jones you had better be ready to be in it for the long haul because history tells us it’s going to be a really rocky road for a long time before you’re feeling comfortable with the pick.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Very good comment. Someone gets it.

    • gospitfires - May 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      so your solution is to not draft a D man because he takes time to develop? how does that make any sense, how will this team, (or the oil) ever improve if they dont have any good D. ideally you perhaps draft the D first and the forwards later, but there hasnt been a D ranked this high when colorado (or the oil) have had picks.

      its not like colorado makes the playoffs next season with Mckinnon on the roster anyway, the team has some of the worst D in the league. look at the crop of UFAs on D this year, its garbage.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        It’s not like the Avs are one D man away. McKinnon is one of those talents that you can’t pass, unless the Avs decide to make a block buster trade like the Lindros deal for example when he was traded from Quebec.

  7. dallasstars9 - May 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Congrats to the Portland Winterhawks and their outstanding season. And the commish of the WHL, you can go F-yourself!

  8. tcclark - May 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    You take BPA. MacKinnon is a safer pick. You can take MacKinnon and swing a deal for an available defenseman with your glut of offensive talent. That way you have a safe pick and a proven defenseman instead of the same offense as last year and a project defenseman.

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