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International Scouting Services: Best 2012 draft picks by round

International Scouting Services: Best 2012 draft picks by round

by Ross MacLean - June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT

ISS head scout Ross MacLean writes about who he thought had the best pick in each of the seven rounds.
With another draft in the books here is a look at my personal favorite picks from each round: Round 1 – Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild I moved to Calgary in 2008.


Creating a draft-eligible Frankenstein

Creating a draft-eligible Frankenstein

by Ross MacLean - June 22, 2012 10:10 AM EDT

The ISS head scout takes the best attributes from some of the top draft prospects to create the ultimate player.
Every prospect brings something special to the table, a set of skills that differentiate themselves from the others in their class. With so many intriguing talents and such a varied and diverse group of youngsters, I thought it might be fun to play mad scientist and put together the perfect prospect, Frankenstein-style, using the qualities of the 2012 draft class.


International Scouting Services: The effect of injuries on draft-eligible prospects

International Scouting Services: The effect of injuries on draft-eligible prospects

by Ross MacLean - November 20, 2011 11:26 AM EST

For a player scheduled to be selected at the NHL's entry draft, an injury can be hurtful, but not necessarily the end of the world.
With news of another potentially season-ending injury to one of this draft's top prospects (Morgan Rielly) I find myself discussing the impact of these injuries more and more.


International Scouting Services: Junior games to watch in 2011

International Scouting Services: Junior games to watch in 2011

by Ross MacLean - September 20, 2011 11:34 AM EDT

The head scout of ISS lists some intriguing matchups to watch in each month leading up to the new year.
Major junior seasons are either underway or soon will be as another year of hockey quickly approaches. There is a lot of excitement around the next couple of NHL drafts and I figured this would be a good time to write about some of the games and events I’m most looking forward to for the rest of 2011.


International Scouting Services: Top prospect showings at the Ivan Hlinka tournament

International Scouting Services: Top prospect showings at the Ivan Hlinka tournament

by Ross MacLean - August 20, 2011 8:35 AM EDT

The head scout of ISS breaks down the best players from the annual prospects tournament.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament finished off this week and once again it was Canada coming home with the title - its fourth consecutive. The tournament is generally regarded as the best indication of international talent for a given age group as it is scheduled at a time when almost all of the best players for each country are available to participate.


International Scouting Services: Players to watch at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial

International Scouting Services: Players to watch at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial

by Ross MacLean - August 8, 2011 2:05 PM EDT

As the annual summer international event begins, we set the stage by giving you a few young skaters to keep an eye on.
The 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament has just kicked off. It’s a short event, but it’s a great opportunity for 2012 and some 2013 draft eligible players to make a name for themselves early.


International Scouting Services: Prospects to watch at Canada's U-18 camp

International Scouting Services: Prospects to watch at Canada's U-18 camp

by Ross MacLean - July 31, 2011 10:15 AM EDT

The best young prospects from across Canada have converged in Calgary to show off their wares for the upcoming Ivan Hlinka tournament.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to a game or taken a note on a player and I’m starting to get cabin fever. Thankfully, one of my favorite events of the year started Saturday at the Father David Bauer Arena at Hockey Canada’s headquarters in Calgary.


International Scouting Services: Best draft picks by round

International Scouting Services: Best draft picks by round

by Ross MacLean - June 29, 2011 3:42 PM EDT

The head scout of ISS writes about his favorite picks from each of the NHL draft's seven rounds.
The draft is always the most interesting and most important time of year for scouts. My experience is slightly different than that of a team scout, but the draft still ranks as the biggest eight or so hours of the year.


International Scouting Services: 2012 prospects have scouts excited to look ahead

International Scouting Services: 2012 prospects have scouts excited to look ahead

by Ross MacLean - April 26, 2011 4:05 PM EDT

A number of 2012 draft prospects had notable performances at the under-18 championship and the scouting world took notice.
With the World Under-18 Championship wrapped up, the long waiting game begins for the NHL draft. Over the next two months, there will be countless debates within scouting staffs, between fans and through the media, all focused on who the best prospects will be for each team.


International Scouting Services: Mika Zibanejad prospect report

International Scouting Services: Mika Zibanejad prospect report

by Ross MacLean - April 18, 2011 4:15 PM EDT

At the Under-18 World Championship, Sweden's secret forward is a secret no longer as all eyes in the scouting world are upon him.
There are a lot of players with a lot to prove as the Under-18 World Championship kicked off in Dresden and Crimmitschau, Germany. One player who really seems to be poised to make the most of his increased exposure at the event is Sweden's Mika Zibanejad.


International Scouting Services Blog: How 2011 draft eligible prospects can still improve their stock

International Scouting Services Blog: How 2011 draft eligible prospects can still improve their stock

by Ross MacLean - April 5, 2011 3:15 PM EDT

The head scout of the ISS explains how players can still move up, or down, in the draft even if their team is out of the playoffs.
As the season winds down, or has already finished in some cases, I thought I would explore the different situations where some of the biggest names in the draft presently find themselves and what could still happen that would result in them increasing their draft stock.


International Scouting Services Blog: Analyzing the 2011 NHL draft eligible goaltenders

International Scouting Services Blog: Analyzing the 2011 NHL draft eligible goaltenders

by Ross MacLean - March 12, 2011 10:21 AM EST

The head scout for ISS explains why not only this year may is looking weak for goalies, but also next.
With the 2011 NHL draft a little more than three months away, draft lists are all looking rather full and teams will be using the playoff and championship season that is March to May to do their due diligence on their targeted players and those they just don’t quite know enough about.


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