No changes in top five as ISS releases their updated rankings Staff

3/15/2011 8:21:40 PM

The International Scouting Services released their updated Top 50 prospects list for the 2011 NHL Draft on Tuesday and there were no changes in the top five from their previous rankings.

Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins held on to the number one spot in the rankings, ahead of the top two Swedes in the rankings, defenceman Adam Larsson and winger Gabriel Landeskog, and Drummondville centre Sean Couturier. Kitchener Rangers defencemen Ryan Murphy once again rounded out the top five.

Nugent-Hopkins has 28 goals and 74 assists in 67 games with the Rebels this season, good for third in the Western Hockey League.

The highest-rated player to make a jump from the mid-February rankings was Niagara Ice Dogs centre Ryan Strome who moved up one spot to number six. Strome's teammate Douglas Hamilton also made a jump, moving from ninth in mid-February to seventh.

Saint John Sea Dogs centre Jonathan Huberdeau was the only new player to crack the top 10. Huberdeau jumped four spots to climb to ninth in the rankings.

The biggest jump in the March rankings was by Swedish centre Mika Zibanejad, who climbed 13 spots to number 14.

Zibanejad moved up to the Swedish Elite League with his club team this season. He has five goals and four assists in 26 games with Djurgarden in Sweden's top league.