International Scouting Services has released their October top-30 rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. A quick look at the names that appear here reveal many that are familiar to listeners to TPS because you've already heard them on the show this season.
It's also a good time to make an announcement pertaining to the independent talent agency and The Pipeline Show.
First off, Dean and I are excited to announce that starting November 5th, Ross MacLean from ISS will join us every second Saturday for a segment we're calling the ISS Draft Countdown. During that 12-15 minutes we'll discuss key players that Ross has recently viewed in action as he travels across North America and Europe.
Ross has been on the show before, you'll recall that he drive up from his home base in Calgary to join us in studio for our 2-hour 2011 Draft Preview show last June. We're pleased to say that we'll be repeating that special show again this coming June as well.
One more key to this partnership with Ross and ISS is that this will be an Edmonton exclusive for The Pipeline Show. You may have heard Ross on other shows or stations in our local radio market before but now, with coming on every second week, ISS has agreed to make The Pipeline Show the one and only radio program in Edmonton that Ross will appear on.
Again, the ISS Draft Countdown feature on The Pipeline Show begins November 5th.
Here is the ISS top 30 for October with links to the appearances of the players who have already appeared on TPS this year:
ISS Top 30 for 2012 NHL Draft
Rank. Player Pos - Team League
1. NAIL YAKUPOV LW - Sarnia OHL
2. MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO RW - Quebec QMJHL
3. RYAN MURRAY D - Everett WHL
4. FILIP FORSBERG RW - Leksands SweAI
5. MORGAN RIELLY D - Moose Jaw WHL
6. MATT DUMBA D - Red Deer WHL
7. JACOB TROUBA D - USA U-18 USNTDP
8. BRENDAN GAUNCE C - Belleville OHL
9. NICK EBERT D - Windsor OHL
10. SLATER KOEKKOEK D - Peterborough OHL
11. GRIFFIN REINHART D - Edmonton WHL
12. MATIA MARCANTUONI C - Kitchener OHL
13. JARROD MAIDENS C - Owen Sound OHL
14. MARTIN FRK RW - Halifax QMJHL
15. SEBASTIAN COLLBERG RW - Vastra SweJE
16. OLLI MAATTA D - London OHL
17. ALEXANDER GALCHENYUK RW - Sarnia OHL
18. ANDREAS ATHANASIOU C - London OHL
19. PONTUS ABERG LW - Djurgarden SweE
20. CODY CECI D - Ottawa OHL
21. JORDAN SCHMALTZ D - Sioux City USHL
22. DERRICK POULIOT D - Portland WHL
23. ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS C - Dubuque USHL
24. MICHAEL MATHESON D - Dubuque USHL
25. SCOTT LAUGHTON C - Oshawa OHL
26. NICHOLAS KERDILES C - USA U-18 USNTDP
27. ANTON SLEPYSHEV LW - Novokuznetsk KHL
28. GIANLUCA CURCURUTO D - Sault Ste. Marie OHL
29. BRADY SKJEI D - USA U-18 USNTDP
30. HENRIK SAMUELSSON C - Modo SweJE
We speak with a player eligible for the next NHL Entry Draft on almost every edition of The Pipeline Show throughout the course of the year. Not appearing on the list above but still key for 2012 are previous TPS guests Charles Hudon of Chicoutimi, Kingston defenceman Alex Gudbranson and Dillon Fournier in Rouyn-Noranda.
Tonight, forward Stefan Matteau from the US-NTDP will join us.