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International Scouting Services Blog: USA-Finland prospect rivalry heats up at Five Nations

International Scouting Services Blog: USA-Finland prospect rivalry heats up at Five Nations

by Ross MacLean - February 21, 2011 10:18 AM EST

Markus Granlund and Rocco Grimaldi played standout hockey at the Five Nations and we expect more at the World Championship.
The Five Nations under-18 tournament may not be one of the mainstream international events that receives the attention or coverage other international tournaments do, but it is a yearly tradition for most scouts to travel to Europe to evaluate players at the event.


International Scouting Services Blog: How stats can cloud prospect projection

International Scouting Services Blog: How stats can cloud prospect projection

by Ross MacLean - January 26, 2011 1:20 PM EST

The head scout for ISS explains how numbers can sometimes get in the way of properly projecting the NHL's future stars.
The re-emergence of statistical superstars at the NHL level and the increasing popularity of fantasy sports has developed a tendency for people to put too much emphasis on the statistics that young players put up as they head towards being drafted.


International Scouting Services Blog: WJC all-tournament undrafted prospect team

International Scouting Services Blog: WJC all-tournament undrafted prospect team

by Ross MacLean - January 6, 2011 12:10 PM EST

With the world juniors behind us, ISS scout Ross MacLean points out the undrafted players who stood out the most.
After another dramatic chapter in the rivalry between Canada and Russia closed out the 2011 world juniors, I thought it would be appropriate to go back over the tournament and discuss some of the notable players, as well as how the performance of a few prospects will affect the draft order.


International Scouting Services Blog: Red Wings prospect Pulkkinen shines despite early Finnish exit

International Scouting Services Blog: Red Wings prospect Pulkkinen shines despite early Finnish exit

by Ross MacLean - January 5, 2011 2:15 PM EST

Even though Finland was without Mikael Granlund, the team still looked good, led by another mid-round Detroit draft gem.
This year’s World Junior Championship has really illustrated just how quickly things can turn around during short-term competitions. Nowhere was that more evident than with the Russian team’s dramatic upset win over Finland in the quarterfinal.


International Scouting Services Blog: Early thoughts from the World Junior Championship

International Scouting Services Blog: Early thoughts from the World Junior Championship

by Ross MacLean - December 29, 2010 11:30 AM EST

Ross MacLean of ISS gives you a rundown of players to keep your eye on as the tournament progresses, complete with specific skills to watch.
With the WJC now in full swing and having had the opportunity to see each team play, there are a few things that have jumped out and some things to pay attention to from each team.


International Scouting Services Blog: The evolution of the fourth forward

International Scouting Services Blog: The evolution of the fourth forward

by Ross MacLean - December 7, 2010 12:00 PM EST

Offense-minded defensemen are changing the way coaches attack a game, but is this a blip, or the future of the game?
There seem to be conflicting preferences at almost every level of hockey right now when it comes to the role of the defenseman. Offensive defenders have long basked in a glory that rarely touches even the best of the defensive defenders save for, say, the occasional big hitter or intimidating and mean tough-guy types.


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