2018 NHL Entry Draft Top-31: Preliminary List

Sure, the 2017 NHL Entry draft just took place and we’re still a few months away from the start of the next NHL season, but this past week a number of the top prospects from the 2018 draft were in Toronto and on the ice for a showcase set up by their agent.

YouTube darling Rasmus Dahlin made the media rounds off the ice, while putting on a show for scouts on it. Dahlin’s is the name that comes up when casual fans talk about next summer’s NHL entry draft thanks to a litany of highlight gifs that have gone viral. Despite the fanfare, the fact remains that he likely isn’t even the top prospect in his class  – at this point, that honour goes to Andrei Svechnikov who is going to be playing with the Barrie Colts this season.

Whether it’s Dahlin or Svechnikov – or someone else like that jumps up to the top spot – next year’s draft definitely has more high-end impact talent than what we saw at the 2017 draft, especially when it comes to defensemen in the first round.

With that said, here is an early look at the top-31 prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

1 Andrei Svechnikov RW Barrie Colts (OHL) 6’2″/187
2 Rasmus Dahlin LD Frolunda HC (SHL) 6’1″/165
3 Joel Farabee LW USNTDP 5’11″/148
4 Brady Tkachuk C/LW Boston University (NCAA) 6’2″/194
5 Isac Lundestrom C/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 6’0″/181
6 Ryan Merkley RD Guelph Storm (OHL) 5’11″/165
7 Joseph Veleno C Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 6’0″/181
8 Jared McIsaac LD Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 6’2″/209
9 Filip Zadina LW HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech) 6’0”/198
10 Akil Thomas C Niagara Icedogs (OHL) 5’11″/165
11 Jett Woo RD Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 6’0″/201
12 Bode Wilde RD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 6’2″/194
13 Allan McShane C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’11″/190
14 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) 6’2″/190
15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Ässät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 6’2″/190
16 Anderson MacDonald LW Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) 6’2″/203
17 Quinton Hughes LD Michigan (NCAA) 5’9″/168
18 Ty Smith LD Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 5’11″/176
19 Oliver Wahlstrom C/RW USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 6’1″/198
20 Vitali Kravtsov C/LW Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL) 6’2″/170
21 Evan Bouchard RD London Knights (OHL) 6’2″/181
22 Jake Wise C USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 5’10″/185
23 Adam Boqvist RD Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit) 5’11″/170
24 Jakub Lauko C Pirati Chomutov (Czech) 6’1/172
25 Grigori Denisenko LW Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) 5’10″/163
26 Alexander Khovanov C Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 5’11″/179
27 Calen Addison RD Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 5’9″/179
28 Serron Noel RW Oshawa Generals (OHL) 6’3″/192
29 David Levin LW/RW Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 5’10″/172
30 Noah Dobson RD Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 6’3″/163
31 Mattias Samuelsson LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 6’3″/205



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