2018 NHL Entry Draft Top-50: September List

A couple months ago, I put together a list of my top-31 prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. With summer tournaments like the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and World Junior Summer Showcase behind us, some of the top draft eligible players have given us a little more to work with.

One player in particular that opened my eyes was Quinn Hughes. The undersized defenseman has a lot of talent, but I wasn’t sure he could translate that to tougher competition. Playing with Team USA this summer, he definitely proved me wrong, jumping up ten spots on my list – if he keeps it up at the University of Michigan this season, there’s a chance he finds his way into the top-5.

Another big climber is Barrett Hayton of the Soo Greyhounds. Coming off of a rookie season that saw him play a complementary role for one of the most talented forwards groups in the CHL, Hayton was great for Canada’s U18 tournament this summer. With some of his teammates moving on, the big center will look to play a bigger role in the Soo – something that will likely lead to a huge jump in production.

Like a few other draft observers, I still have Andrei Svechnikov at the top of my list and I think once the OHL season starts, many more will as well.

Now a top-50, this time around I didn’t limit my list to the first round – in all honesty, I just wanted to get some goalies in there.

Rank Name Position Team
Previous Rank
1 Andrei Svechnikov RW Barrie Colts (OHL) 1
2 Rasmus Dahlin LD Frolunda HC (SHL) 2
3 Brady Tkachuk C/LW USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 4
4 Adam Boqvist RD Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit) 23
5 Joel Farabee LW USNTDP 3
6 Ryan Merkley RD Guelph Storm (OHL) 6
7 Quinton Hughes LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 17
8 Joseph Veleno C Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 7
9 Isac Lundestrom C/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 5
10 Jared McIsaac LD Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 8
11 Filip Zadina LW HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech) 9
12 Rasmus Kupari C Karpat U20 (Jr Liiga) N/R
13 Akil Thomas C Niagara Icedogs (OHL) 10
14 Jett Woo RD Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 11
15 Bode Wilde RD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 12
16 Oliver Wahlstrom C/RW USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 19
17 Jack McBain C Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) N/R
18 Barrett Hayton C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 29
19 Ty Smith LD Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 18
20 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C/LW Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL) 20
21 Evan Bouchard RD London Knights (OHL) 21
22 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) 14
23 Anderson MacDonald LW Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) 16
24 Allan McShane C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 13
25 Dmitri Zavgorodny C Rimouski (QMJHL) N/R
26 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Ässät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 15
27 Jakub Lauko C Pirati Chomutov (Czech) 24
28 Serron Noel RW Oshawa Generals (OHL) 28
29 Alexander Khovanov C Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 26
30 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Ässät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 27
31 Cale Addison RD Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 30
32 Jacob Olofsson C Timra IK (Allsvenskan) N/R
33 Mattias Samuelsson LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 31
34 Jan Jenik F HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) N/R
35 Jakub Skarek G HC Dukla Jihlava N/R
36 Jake Wise C USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 22
37 Nando Eggenberger W Davos (NLA) N/R
38 Jessi Ylonen RW Espoo United (Mestis) N/R
39 Grigori Denisenko LW Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) 25
40 Benoit-Olivier Groulx C Halifax Moosheads (QMJHL) N/R
41 Ty Dellandrea C Flint Firebirds (OHL) N/R
42 Milos Roman C Vancouver Giants (WHL) N/R
43 Adam Ginning LD Linköping HC (SHL) N/R
44 Xavier Bouchard RD Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) N/R
45 Albin Eriksson LW Skellefteå AIK J20 (SuperElite) N/R
46 David Levin LW/RW Sudbury Wolves (OHL) N/R
47 K’Andre Miller LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) N/R
48 Jacob Ingham G Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) N/R
49 Rasmus Sandin LD Rogle BK (SHL) N/R
50 Lukas Dostal G HC Kometa Brno (Czech U20) N/R
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