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A look at prospects that are moving up in the rankings and others that are moving down.

Rising Players

Kyle Turris / Burnaby (BCJHL)

Turris was a stand out at the World Junior A Challenge, clearly establishing himself as a top-10 prospect for the 2007 NHL Draft. Turris is arguably one of the most skilled players available. Did a nice job of going to the net with and without the puck - willing to battle in front of the net for rebounds. In tight he has ability to get shot off & is equally good at finding open man in a better position and getting the puck to him.

Radim Ostrcil / HC Vsetin, Czech Republic

While some of the high-end prospects for this draft were showcasing themselves at the 4 Nations U-18, Ostrcil, was impressing ISS scouts with his strong performance at the 4 Nations U-20 tournament in Breclav, Hodonin; Czech Republic. Plays with a lot of confidence. Sees the game extremely well. His hockey sense and anticipation make him useful both in power plays and shorthanded. Has to improve his slapshot from the blueline.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel / Merritt (BCJHL)

Certainly helped his draft status with his play at recent World Junior A Challenge. Very effective throughout tournament riding shotgun for Kyle Turris. Played with an edge - gritty in all battle areas. Went to the net hard - tough to move once there. Very good hands around the net - willing to battle for position in front of net.

Maxim Mayorov / Russia 89

Lots of time for this player. His rare combination of size, skating and soft hands make him an intriguing commodity. Has very good speed - can fly down the wing with or without the puck. Tough to contain 1 on 1 - can move left or right quickly. Showed ability to make or take pass at full speed. Made a couple of nice end-to-end rushes. Battles hard & showed strength.

Maksim Isaev / Russia 89

One to watch. Good feet and is generally in a good position. Good puckhandling skills, and made a number of nice passes - finds open man and moves puck to him. Willing to get body in front of shots and block pucks. Maintains a good gap vs. the rush - did a nice job riding out the man. A player to watch at future international events.

Dustin Jeffrey / Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Dustin Jeffrey went through last year's draft without being selected and it was a shock to us at ISS. Added size and strength, noticeably bigger and stronger. Playing with great confidence. Played in all situations. Handled the puck well at high speed. Is having a great year offensively. As a result we are confident he will be selected at this year's draft.

Luca Cunti / Swiss 89

Excellent tournament - U18 tournament in Pitea, Sweden. He definitely caught the eye of a lot of scouts. Looks bigger than the last time we saw this player in August. Fun to watch, always a threat when he was on the ice especially in the offensive zone. Can do the little extra to win games. Great hands and good speed.

Dana Tyrell / Prince George (WHL)

Another strong performance. Listed at center but played LW on a line with Hunter & Nick Drazenovic. Tyrell, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, is an explosive skater with a great work ethic. Was very consistent again tonight and played in all situations. Not afraid to go into high traffic area or battle in corners. We like this player. You win with guys like this.

Jared Gomes / Sarnia (OHL)

Gomes plays a consistent hard working up and down his wing type game. A strong skater with an excellent first few steps, this allows him to bust into open seams, and attack well on the fore check. This player is a valuable asset to his team. Has pro potential, a player to keep an eye on.

Falling Players

Cory Syvret / London (OHL)

Former 1st round pick of London that was chosen way too high. Should be a player but probably won't be. He is slow in making decisions and has no confidence. Took a holding penalty down low in his own end, got caught chasing his man, lazy at times.

Alexander Vasiliev / Russia 89

A player that we expected more from after hearing some hype about him. Looked slow today. Did very little to impress during this viewing. Did jump out a couple of times in offensive zone getting nice shots off on net. Quick release.

Mikael Backlund / Vasteras (Allsvenskan)

Much to our chagrin, we see no choice but to drop Backlund down in our rankings after being so high on him coming into the season. At recent international U18 tournament in Pitea, Sweden Backlund was outplayed by more or less everyone. Simply put, Backlund hasn't developed as expected.

Lukas Flueler / Ottawa (OHL)

A big goalie, takes up a lot of the net. Gave up five first-period goals. Sprawls around his net a lot. Overcommits at times, finds himself out of position. Loses sight of the back-door man, got beat twice by players sneaking in behind him.
 
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