Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ISS Ranks Top 30 NCAA Freshmen

The list of this year's top NCAA Division I men's hockey freshmen has been released by ISS Hockey, according to College Hockey Inc. ISS is considered to be the top independent scouting source and information provider of amateur hockey prospects.

The full list can be found here.

A total of 16 schools are represented on the 2015-16 list, with North Dakota leading the way with five selections and Michigan with four, followed by Boston College, Boston University, Connecticut and Minnesota with three choices each. Also having at least one player on the list were Denver, Harvard, Massachusetts, Miami, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Omaha, Providence and Wisconsin.

All but three of the 30 players named have already been drafted by NHL teams. Topping the list is Boston College forward Colin White, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators and is one of eight players who skated with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USHL) last season. Four of the top six selections have USNTDP ties, including Kyle Connor (2nd overall/Michigan), Jeremy Bracco (4th/Boston College), Jack Roslovic (5th/Miami) and Jordan Greenway (6th/Boston University), while 25 of the 30 players last played in the USHL.

No less than 22 players on the list were forwards, including the top eight selections and nine of the top 10. They were followed by seven defensemen in all, plus one goaltender in North Dakota’s Matej Tomek, who was tabbed ninth overall. Ottawa and the Winnipeg Jets featured three selections apiece overall to lead all NHL clubs, while six NHL teams had two choices each.

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