2018 NHL Draft

Preliminary Rankings and Watch List

Russian sniper Andrei Svechnikov leads a deep pool of future NHL draftees
Steve Kournianos  |  06/27/2017 |  New York  |  

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Andrei Svechnikov of the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks has distinguished himself as the top forward for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (Photo: USHL)

Below is a brief list of notable first-year eligible draft prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, followed by additional players on a watch list that will continue to get updated as more are identified. These lists will serve as a precursor to my initial Top-500 draft rankings that will be released immediately following the under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in mid-August. Players born between September 16, 1999 and September 15, 2000 are in the zone for consideration.

Ranked Players

Rank Name POS TM LG S DOB HT WT NAT NCAA
1 Andrei Svechnikov RW Muskegon USHL L 3/26/00 6’2 187 RUS  
2 Rasmus Dahlin LHD Frolunda SHL L 4/13/00 6’2 181 SWE  
3 Filip Zadina LW Pardubice Extraliga L 11/27/99 6’0 190 CZE  
4 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Assat Liiga L 7/6/00 6’2 190 FIN  
5 Ryan Merkley RHD Guelph OHL R 8/14/00 5’11 165 CAN  
6 Joe Veleno C Saint John QMJHL L 1/13/00 6’0 181 CAN  
7 Jared MacIssac LHD Halifax QMJHL L 3/27/00 6’2 209 CAN  
8 Bode Wilde RHD U.S. U18 NTDP R 1/24/00 6’2 194 US/CAN Harvard
9 Brady Tkachuk C/LW Boston Univ HE L 9/16/99 6’2 194 USA Boston Univ.
10 Ty Smith LHD Spokane WHL L 3/24/00 5’11 176 CAN  
11 Milos Roman C Trinec Extraliga L 11/6/00 5’11 194 SVK  
12 Ty Dellandrea C Flint OHL R 7/21/00 6’1 181 CAN  
13 Quinn Hughes LHD U.S. U18 NTDP L 10/14/99 5’9 168 USA Michigan
14 Jakub Skarek G Dukla Jihlava Extraliga L 11/10/99 6’3 196 CZE  
15 Oliver Wahlstrom C/W U.S. U18 NTDP R 6/13/00 6’1 198 USA Harvard
16 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga OHL L 9/21/99 6’2 190 CAN  
17 Anderson MacDonald LW Sherbrooke QMJHL L 5/16/00 6’2 203 CAN  
18 Calen Addison RHD Lethbridge WHL R 4/11/00 5’9 179 CAN  
19 Allan McShane C Oshawa OHL L 2/14/00 5’11 190 CAN  
20 Adam Boqvist RHD Brynas J20 Superelit R 8/15/00 5’11 170 SWE  
21 Joel Farabee LW U.S. U18 NTDP L 2/25/00 5’11 148 USA Boston Univ.
22 Nando Eggenberger LW Davos NLA L 10/7/99 6’2 185 SUI  
23 Philip Kurashev LW Quebec QMJHL L 10/12/99 6’0 183 SUI  
24 Alexander Khovanov C Irbis Kazan MHL L 4/12/00 5’11 179 RUS  
25 Benoit-Olivier Groulx C Halifax QMJHL L 2/6/00 6’1 176 CAN  
26 Evan Bouchard RHD London OHL R 10/20/99 6’2 181 CAN  
27 Jesse Ylonen RW Espoo United Mestis R 10/3/99 6’0 159 FIN/USA  
28 Giovanni Vallati LHD Kitchener OHL L 2/21/00 6’1 185 CAN  
29 Akil Thomas C Niagara OHL R 1/2/00 5’11 165 CAN  
30 Jake Wise C U.S. U18 NTDP L 2/28/00 5’10 185 USA Boston Univ.
31 Jáchym Kondelík C/W Muskegon USHL L 12/21/99 6’7 218 CZE  
32 Jett Woo RHD Moose Jaw WHL R 7/27/00 6’0 201 CAN  
33 K’andre Miller LHD U.S. U18 NTDP L 1/21/00 6’3 192 USA Wisconsin
34 Xavier Bouchard RHD Baie Comeau QMJHL R 2/28/00 6’2 176 CAN  
35 Isac Lundestrom LW/C Lulea J20 Superelit L 11/6/99 5’11 176 SWE  
36 David Levin LW Sudbury OHL L 9/16/99 5’10 172 CAN  
37 Ondrej Buchtela RHD Chomutov Extraliga R 11/8/99 6’0 187 CZE  
38 Vitali Kravtsov C/W Belye Medvedi MHL L 12/23/99 6’2 170 RUS  
39 Grigori Denisenko LW Loko Yaroslavl MHL R 6/24/00 5’10 163 RUS  
40 Alexander Alexeeyev LHD Red Deer WHL L 11/15/99 6’3 190 RUS  
41 Dominik Bokk RW Kolner DNL R 2/3/00 5’11 154 GER  
42 Mathias-Emilio Pettersen C Muskegon USHL L 4/3/00 5’10 170 NOR  
43 Kirill Nizhnikov RW Barrie OHL L 3/29/00 6’1 190 RUS  
44 Gavin Hain C Sioux Falls USHL L 4/3/00 5’11 187 USA North Dakota
45 Rasmus Sandin LHD Rogle J20 Superelit L 3/7/00 5’11 183 SWE  
46 Blake McLaughlin C Chicago USHL L 2/14/00 5’11 161 USA Minnesota
47 Ivan Muranov LW HK MVD MHL L 10/6/99 6’3 183 RUS  
48 Filip Hallander C/W Timra IK Allsvenskan L 6/29/00 6’0 179 SWE  
49 Adam Liska LW Slovakia U20 Slovak Extraliga L 10/14/99 6’0 181 SVK  
50 Mikhail Bitsadzhe C HK MVD MHL L 11/18/99 5’10 165 RUS  
51 Jonathan Tychonick LHD Penticton BCHL L 3/3/00 5’11 165 CAN North Dakota
52 Michal Ivan LHD Zvolen Slovak Extraliga L 11/18/99 6’1 179 SVK  
53 Jacob Ingham G Mississauga OHL L 6/10/00 6’3 181 CAN  
54 Alexis Gravel G Halifax QMJHL R 3/21/00 6’3 209 CAN/GER  
55 Martin Fehérváry LHD Oskarshamm Allsvenskan L 10/6/99 6’1 190 SVK  
56 Linus Nässén LW Frolunda J20 Superelit L 5/17/00 5’11 179 SWE  
57 Mattias Samuelsson LHD U.S. U18 NTDP L 3/14/00 6’3 205 USA/SWE Michigan
58 Denis Miller RW Atlanty MHL R 9/21/99 5’11 176 GER/RUS  
59 Jakub Lauko C Chomutov Extraliga L 3/28/00 6’1 172 CZE  
60 Rasmus Kupari C Karpat Jr-A SM-Liiga R 3/15/00 6’0 168 FIN  
61 Keegan Karki G U.S. U18 NTDP L 2/25/00 6’4 218 USA North Dakota
62 Olof Lindbom G Djugardens J20 Superelit L 7/23/00 6’2 185 SWE  

Remaining Watch List

POS NM TM LG S DOB HT WT NAT NCAA
LHD Adam Ginning Linkoping J20 Superelit L 1/13/00 6’3 192 SWE  
C Adam McMaster North Bay OHL L 2/24/00 5’10 165 CAN  
LHD Adam Samuelsson U.S. U18 NTDP L 6/21/00 6’5 234 USA/SWE Boston College
C Aidan Dudas Owen Sound OHL R 6/15/00 5’8 161 CAN  
RW Albin Eriksson Skelleftea J20 Superelit R 7/20/00 6’4 196 SWE  
C/LW Alex Gritz Sault Ste Marie OHL L 9/15/00 6’0 170 USA  
C Alexander Zhabreyev Dynamo SPB MHL L 3/24/00 5’7 152 RUS  
G Amir Miftakhov Irbis Kazan MHL L 4/26/00 5’11 154 RUS  
RW Arttu Nevasari Karpat U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga R 1/23/00 5’11 179 FIN  
RHD Axel Andersson Djugardens J20 Superelit R 2/10/00 5’11 161 SWE  
C Barrett Hayton Sault Ste Marie OHL L 6/9/00 6’1 179 CAN  
RHD Benjamin Schultheis Green Bay USHL R 2/17/00 6’2 194 USA  
C Blade Jenkins Saginaw OHL L 8/11/00 6’2 194 USA NTDP
C/LW Braden Costello Des Moines USHL L 4/21/00 6’2 201 USA North Dakota
LHD Brandon Tabakin U.S. U17 NTDP L 5/21/00 5’8 161 USA Yale
C/W Brendan Budy Langley BCHL L 6/6/00 5’8 154 CAN Denver
C Brett Kemp Edmonton WHL R 3/23/00 5’11 174 CAN  
RW Bryce Brodzinski Blaine HS-MN R 8/9/00 6’0 181 USA St. Cloud St.
C Caiden Daley Brandon WHL R 2/5/00 6’0 161 CAN  
RW Cale Fonstad Prince Albert WHL R 4/24/00 5’10 161 CAN  
C/W Calen Kiefiuk Bloomington USHL L 2/28/00 5’8 176 USA Michigan
C Cam Hillis Penticton BCHL R 6/24/00 5’8 150 CAN Providence
RW Cam Knuble U.S. U18 NTDP R 7/23/00 6’0 181 USA Michigan St.
LW Carl Jakobsson Farjestad J20 Superelit L 7/13/00 6’1 163 SWE  
G Carl Stankowski Seattle WHL L 3/9/00 5’9 159 CAN  
C Carl Wassenius AIK Superelit L 10/6/99 6’2 201 SWE  
C Carson Focht Tri-City WHL L 2/4/00 6’0 154 CAN  
RW Carson Miller Prince Albert WHL R 2/10/00 5’10 161 CAN  
LHD Chase Hartje Bismarck NAHL L 12/17/99 5’11 174 USA  
LW Chase Wouters Saskatoon WHL R 2/8/00 5’11 172 CAN  
LHD Christian Krygier Lincoln USHL L 5/5/00 6’2 187 USA  
LHD Christopher Dedeyan Stanstead College CAHS L 1/26/00 5’11 183 CAN  
C/W Cole Fonstad Prince Albert WHL R 4/24/00 5’10 161 CAN  
C/R Colin Schmidt Waterloo USHL R 1/6/00 6’5 216 USA Minnesota
LHD Colin Ugbekile Des Moines USHL L 9/24/00 6’1 161 GER  
LHD Conner Hutchison Selects Academy USPHL L 6/2/00 5’11 174 USA Vermont
G Connor Hopkins Tri-City USHL L 3/9/00 6’0 201 USA Yale
C Connor Roberts Hamilton OHL R 2/22/00 6’3 214 CAN  
LW Connor Sweeney Muskegon USHL L 5/5/00 6’1 176 USA UNH
C Curtis Douglas Barrie OHL L 3/6/00 6’8 201 CAN  
C Curtis Hall Youngstown USHL R 4/26/00 6’0 170 USA Yale
LHD D.J. King U.S. U18 NTDP L 8/7/00 6’3 220 USA/CAN  
C Damien Giroux Saginaw OHL L 3/3/00 5’9 170 CAN  
G Daniil Isayev Loko Yaroslavl MHL L 1/7/00 6’0 152 RUS  
LHD Danila Galenyuk Mamonty Yugry MHL L 2/11/00 6’1 186 RUS  
RHD Dario Wuthrich Zug U20 Swiss Jr. A R 9/26/99 6’2 192 SUI  
C David Gustafsson HV71 J20 Superelit L 4/4/00 6’1 187 SWE  
C/LW David Lilja Karlskoga Allsvenskan L 1/23/00 5’10 159 SWE  
RHD David Meier Sodertalje J18 J18 Elit R 1/12/00 6’0 157 AUT  
RW Dawson Baker Trenton OJHL R 4/10/00 6’0 174 CAN  
LHD Dawson Barteaux Red Deer WHL L 1/12/00 6’1 170 CAN  
RHD Dennis Busby Flint OHL R 1/6/99 5’11 187 CAN  
C/RW Dennis Finn Olsson Leksands J20 Superelit R 7/14/00 5’11 185 SWE  
C Devlin McCabe Madison USHL R 6/13/00 5’11 181 USA Minnesota-Duluth
RW Dmitry Zavgorodniy Omskie Yastreby MHL R 8/11/99 5’9 161 RUS  
C Dominik Arnost Sparta Praha U18 U18 ELJ L 4/11/00 5’8 148 CZE  
G Drew DeRidder U.S. U18 NTDP L 5/1/00 5’10 159 USA Michigan State
C Elijah Brown Seattle WHL L 1/5/00 5’9 150 CAN  
C Eric Florchuk Victoria WHL L 1/10/00 6’1 163 CAN  
LW Erik Middendorf U.S. U18 NTDP L 7/11/00 6’0 172 USA Denver
LHD Ethan Cap Edmonton WHL L 4/17/00 6’2 201 CAN  
LHD Evgeny Kalabushkin SKA-1946 MHL L 11/25/99 6’0 185 RUS  
RHD Filip Johansson Leksands J20 Superelit R 3/23/00 6’1 187 SWE  
LHD Fredrik Granberg Skelleftea J20 Superelit L 5/1/00 6’1 192 SWE  
LW Gabriel Fortier Baie Comeau QMJHL L 2/6/00 5’9 163 CAN  
RW Gillian Kohler Biel-Bienne U20 Swiss Jr. A L 5/27/00 5’7 145 SUI  
C Griffin Ness Wayzata HS-MN R 12/10/99 5’9 154 USA  
LW Gustav Lindberg Vasteras J20 Superelit L 12/14/99 5’10 172 SWE  
C Harrison Roy Cedar Rapids USHL R 1/17/00 5’11 154 USA Maine
C/W Hunter McCoy Exeter HS-MA L 8/1/00 5’11 176 USA Unc.
RHD Jace Foskey Tri-City USHL R 6/1/00 6’1 174 USA  
C Jack Bayless Minnetonka HS-MN L 7/27/00 5’9 165 USA  
C Jack DeBoer U.S. U18 NTDP R 8/17/00 6’2 179 USA Boston Univ.
C Jack Drury Waterloo USHL L 2/3/00 5’11 179 USA Harvard
LW Jack Jensen Eden Prairie HS-MN L 2000 5’11 170 USA Minnesota
C Jack McBain Jr. Canadiens OJHL L 1/6/00 6’3 183 CAN Boston College
RW Jack Perbix Elk River HS-MN R 9/13/00 6’1 181 USA Notre Dame
LW Jack Randl Chicago USHL L 5/7/00 5’11 176 USA Michigan
LW Jackson Leppard Prince George WHL L 1/18/00 6’2 194 CAN  
LHD Jacob Herauf Red Deer WHL L 5/16/00 5’11 190 CAN  
C Jacob Olofsson Timra IK Allsvenskan L 2/8/00 6’2 193 SWE  
C Jacob Semik Dubuque USHL L 3/10/00 6’0 154 USA Michigan
C Jake Goldowski U.S. U18 NTDP R 5/7/00 6’2 174 USA Penn State
C Jake Pivonka U.S. U18 NTDP L 2/28/00 5’11 190 USA/CZE Notre Dame
G Jakob Hellsten Timra IK Allsvenskan L 2/2/00 5’11 181 SWE  
RHD James Davenport St. Sebastian’s HS-MA R 5/8/00 5’11 161 USA Brown
C Jaxson Nelson Sioux Falls USHL R 3/30/00 6’4 207 USA Minnesota
RHD Jeppe Meyer Don Mills Flyers GTHL R 5/2/00 5’7 154 NOR Norway
RW Jeremy Davidson Bloomington USHL R 2/28/00 5’10 165 USA UMass-Amherst
RHD Jeremy Gabrielle Bismarck NAHL R 10/12/99 5’10 179 USA  
RHD Jimmy Dowd Omaha USHL R 7/19/00 5’8 152 USA Penn State
C/W Jonatan Berggren Skelleftea J20 Superelit L 7/16/00 5’8 170 SWE  
LW Jonathan Gruden U.S. U18 NTDP L 5/4/00 5’11 159 USA Miami-Ohio
LHD Jordan Harris Kimball Union HS-MA L 7/7/00 5’11 174 USA Northeastern
G Jordan Kooy London OHL L 4/30/00 6’1 163 CAN  
G Kalle Nurmi Lukko U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga L 2/4/00 6’1 181 FIN  
G Kevin Mandolese Cape Breton QMJHL L 8/22/00 6’3 168 CAN  
RW Lenni Killinen Blues U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga L 6/15/00 6’0 165 FIN  
C Liam Foudy London OHL L 2/4/00 6’0 161 CAN  
C Liam Gorman St. Sebastian’s HS-MA L 5/8/00 6’1 174 USA Unc.
RHD Libor Zábranský Kometa Brno Extraliga R 5/26/00 6’1 181 CZE  
RHD Lucas Matewa Lugano U20 Swiss Jr. A R 11/7/00 5’10 176 SUI  
C Luka Burzan Moose Jaw WHL L 1/7/00 6’0 181 CAN  
C/W Lukas Wernblom MoDo Allsvenskan L 7/22/00 5’9 154 SWE  
RW Luke Loheit Madison USHL R 7/26/00 6’0 172 USA Minnesota-Duluth
LHD Marc Del Gaizo Muskegon USHL L 10/11/99 5’9 170 USA Umass
LW/C Marcus Westfalt Brynas J20 Superelit L 3/12/00 6’3 190 SWE  
RW Martin Kaut Pardubice Extraliga R 10/2/99 6’1 174 CZE  
C Matthew Gould Sioux Falls USHL L 6/26/00 6’0 165 USA Providence
G Matthew Pasquale Central Catholic HS-MA L 0/0/00 6’0 154 USA  
RW Matthias Laferriere Cape Breton QMJHL R 6/27/00 6’0 161 CAN  
RW Max Ellis Youngstown USHL R 1/18/00 5’9 141 USA Notre Dame
C Michael Farren Saskatoon WHL R 4/19/00 5’10 161 CAN  
RHD Michael Ferrandino Chicago USHL R 3/17/00 5’10 157 USA  
RHD Miska Kukkonen Ilves U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga R 6/19/00 6’0 183 FIN  
C Nathan Dunkley Kingston OHL L 5/3/00 5’11 185 CAN  
LHD Nico Gross EVZ Academy NLB L 1/26/00 6’0 183 SUI  
LHD Nicolas Beaudin Drummondville QMJHL L 10/7/99 5’10 161 CAN  
RW Niklas Nordgren HIFK Jr A SM-Liiga R 5/5/00 5’9 165 FIN  
RW Nikolai Kovalenko Loko Yaroslavl MHL L 10/17/99 5’8 152 RUS/USA  
RHD Noah Dobson Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL R 1/7/00 6’2 163 CAN  
LW Olivier Mathieu Quebec QMJHL L 2/25/00 5’8 154 CAN  
G Olivier Rodrigue Drummondville QMJHL L 7/6/00 6’1 150 CAN  
LW Ondrej Pavel Iowa Wild T1EHL L 8/29/00 6’2 183 CZE  
C Oscar Birgersson Brynas J18 J18 Elit L 4/8/00 5’11 165 SWE  
C/W Oskar Back Farjestad J20 Superelit L 3/12/00 6’2 194 SWE  
RHD Owen Lalonde Sudbury OHL R 2/1/00 6’1 176 CAN  
C Patrick Giles U.S. U18 NTDP R 1/3/00 6’4 185 USA Boston College
RW Pavel Gogolev Peterborough OHL L 2/19/00 6’0 165 RUS  
RHD Peter Stratis Ottawa OHL R 1/18/00 6’0 183 CAN  
RW Riley Hughes St. Sebastian’s HS-MA R 6/27/00 6’1 150 USA  
C Riley Stotts Swift Current WHL L 1/5/00 6’0 174 CAN  
RW Riley Sutter Everett WHL R 10/25/99 6’2 201 CAN  
LW Ryan Chyzowski Medicine Hate WHL L 5/14/00 6’0 190 CAN  
RW Ryan Lesko Eden Prairie HS-MN R 8/19/00 6’0 174 USA  
C Ryan O’Reilly Madison USHL R 3/21/00 6’0 183 USA Denver
RW Ryan Savage Fargo USHL R 3/31/00 5’11 176 USA/CAN Miami-Ohio
LW Ryan Stevens Nobles HS-MA L 03/04/00 6’0 181 USA Yale
G Ryan Ullan U.S. U18 NTDP L 7/29/00 6’1 187 USA  
LW Samuel Fagemo Frolunda J20 Superelit L 3/14/00 5’11 194 SWE  
C Samuel Houde Chicoutimi QMJHL L 3/6/00 5’11 148 CAN  
LW Samuel Salonen Jokerit U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga L 3/22/00 6’3 198 FIN  
C Samuel Stevens Chicago USHL L 4/27/00 6’1 172 CAN/USA Wisconsin
G Santtu Toivomaki TPS U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga R 3/12/00 6’2 181 FIN  
LHD Sergei Sapedo Belarus U20 Belarus L 10/8/99 6’2 168 BLR  
RW Serron Noel Oshawa OHL R 8/8/00 6’3 192 CAN  
C Shawn Element Baie Comeau QMJHL L 4/23/00 5’10 179 CAN  
LW Simon Appelquist Brynas J18 J18 Elit R 4/27/00 6’0 172 SWE  
LHD Spencer Stastney U.S. U18 NTDP L 1/4/00 5’9 165 USA Notre Dame
LHD Stanislav Demin Wenatchee BCHL L 4/4/00 6’0 165 USA Denver
LW Teemu Loizeau Lukko Rauma U20 Jr-A SM-Liiga L 10/19/99 6’3 192 FRA  
LHD Tim Berni GCK Lions U20 Swiss Jr. A L 2/11/00 5’11 168 SUI  
LW TJ Walsh Cedar Rapids USHL L 4/29/00 5’9 159 USA Boston College
G Todd Scott Sioux City USHL L 5/23/00 5’11 190 USA  
LW Tomas Koblizek Chomutov ELJ L 1/26/00 6’2 181 CZE  
LHD Toni Utunen Tappara Liiga L 4/27/00 5’11 172 FIN  
C Tristen Nielsen Calgary WHL L 2/23/00 5’10 181 CAN  
RHD Ty Emberson U.S. U17 NTDP R 5/24/00 6’0 194 USA Wisconsin
C Tyler Popowich Vancouver WHL L 4/29/00 6’4 201 CAN  
LHD Tyler Tucker Barrie OHL L 3/1/00 6’1 205 CAN  
C/W Tyler Weiss U.S. U17 NTDP L 1/3/00 5’10 141 USA Boston Univ.
LW/RW Viktors Jasunovs AIK J18 J18 Elit L 1/31/00 5’7 161 LAT  
LHD Vladimir Yershov Tolpar MHL L 10/5/99 5’9 170 RUS  
LHD William Fransson HV 71 J20 Superelit L 7/11/00 5’9 161 SWE  
LHD William Lindgren Orebro SHL L 10/3/99 6’4 209 SWE  
LHD William MacKinnon U.S. U18 NTDP L 4/13/00 5’10 194 USA Denver
LW Wyllum Deveaux Tri-City USHL L 8/30/00 6’1 174 CAN Harvard
LW Xander Lamppa Austin NAHL L 4/30/00 6’0 174 USA  
LHD Xavier Bernard Drummondville QMJHL L 1/6/00 6’2 176 CAN  
LW Yegor Sokolov Belye Medvedi MHL R 6/7/00 6’3 194 USA