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Teravainen rockets into Top 10 in April ISS rankings

Associated Press

4/17/2012 4:00:39 PM

Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen has rocketed into the Top 10 in the latest International Scouting Service prospect rankings.

The Jokerit winger jumped all the way up to eighth overall in the April ranking after being ranked 29th overall just last month.

According to scouts, Teravainen is a gifted playmaker with scoring ability - posted 11 goals and seven assists in Finland's top men's league at just 18 years of age.

The only other major move within the ISS' Top 10 saw Swedish forward Filip Forsberg leap into second overall behind consensus No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov.

Kitchener defender Ryan Murray and Quebec forward Mikhail Grigorenko dropped to third and fourth in the rankings as a result of Forsberg's move. U.S. Under-18 defenceman Jacob Trouba held his spot at fifth overall, rounding out ISS' projected top-five.

Surprisingly, Teravainen's 20-spot leap was only the second-biggest gain in the monthly rankings. Oshawa Generals centre Scott Laughton – ranked 50th in ISS' March rankings – jumped 30 spots to land at 20th overall in April.

Laughton is seen by scouts as a capable two-way forward and finished the season with 21 goals and 32 assists in 64 games.

Regina Pats centre Chandler Stephenson was the highest-ranked new addition to the Top 50 at 40th overall, while Owen Sound centre Jarrod Maidens tumbled from 30th overall in March all the way out of the Top 50 in April.

The 2012 NHL Draft is scheduled for June 22 in Pittsburgh.