Ekblad leads ISS February rankings; top five unchanged

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2/18/2014 6:04:43 PM
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Aaron Ekblad continues to lead the way in the latest draft rankings from the International Scouting Services as the top five positions remained unchanged from January's rankings.

The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings.

He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season.

Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart ranked second and Kingston Frontenacs forward Sam Bennett continued to hold down the third spot.

Reinhart, who also played for Canada at the World Juniors, leads the Ice in scoring with 84 points in 47 games while Bennett leads the Frontencas in scoring with 82 points in 49 games.

Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals and Willie Nylander of the Swedish Elite League round out the top five prospects.

Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin was the biggest mover of the month, going from the 25th ranking to near the 13th position.

"Russian forward Goldobin is an elusive player who plays a cerebral game and is dangerous with the puck," said ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. "What he lacks for in size, he makes up for with skill and smarts."

Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang managed to crack the top 10, moving up from 19th position to ninth.

Aaron Ekblad (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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