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

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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 Hall-Tyler 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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