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This is the official LGW.com 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft to be held June 22–23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Ok, since we are all (most) hoping we get a legit shot at the #1 pick, I figured a thread to discuss the prospects and where they rank would be a nice thing to have! :) 

We can also update draft rankings as they change throughout the season. Here is a September ranking I found of the top 93 prospects, but I'll only post the top 31. I'll add the link at the end for those of you who want to see all of them.  This site also has some videos of some of the players to watch! Check it out and come back and comment!

While I am officially throwing my hat in the Dahlin ring, I'd like to note that #20 has an absolute Awesome name! Also of local note, I haven't research all of the players, but #7 Hughes and #12 Wilde are both Wolverines. At #61 Johnny Gruden is from Rochester, MI. #39 Ty Dellandrea plays in Flint. Another sidenote for one of our 2nd's, Mattias Samuelsson is a huge D-man at 6'4 216lbs. at the moment.

1) Rasmus Dahlin (LHD, Sweden, Frolunda SHL)

2) Andrei Svechnikov (RW, Russia, Barrie OHL)

3) Adam Boqvist (RHD, Sweden, Brynas J20)

4) Brady Tkachuk (C/LW, USA, Boston University NCAA)

5) Filip Zadina (LW/RW, Czech Republic, Halifax QMJHL)

6) Joe Veleno (C, Canada, Saint John QMJHL)

7) Quinn Hughes (LHD, USA, NTDP U18)

8) Ryan Merkley (RHD, Canada, Guelph OHL)

9) Ty Smith (LHD, Canada, Spokane WHL)

10) Rasmus Kupari (C, Finland, Karpat Jr.)

11) Jesperi Kotkaniemi (C, Finland, Assat Liiga)

12) Bode Wilde (RHD, USA, NTDP U18)

13) Ryan McLeod (C, Canada, Mississauga OHL

14) Barrett Hayton (C, Canada, Sault Ste. Marie OHL)

15) Jared McIsaac (LHD, Canada, Halifax QMJHL)

16) Oliver Wahlstrom (C/W, USA, NTDP U18)

17) Joel Farabee (LW, USA, NTDP U18)

18) Alexander Khovanov (C, Russia, Moncton QMJHL)

19) Vitali Kravtsov (C/W Russia, Belye Medvedi MHL)

20) Jett Woo (RHD, Canada, Moose Jaw WHL)

21) Calen Addison (RHD, Canada, Lethbridge WHL)

22) Evan Bouchard (RHD, Canada, London OHL)

23) Jakub Lauko (C, Czech Republic, Chomutov Extraliga)

24) Isac Lundestrom (C/LW, Sweden, Lulea SHL)

25) Jack McBain (C, Canada, Toronto OJHL)

26) Luka Burzan (C, Canada, Moose Jaw WHL)

27) Akil Thomas (C, Canada, Niagara OHL)

28) Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C/LW, Canada, Halifax QMJHL)

29) Dmitry Zavgorodniy (RW, Russia, Rimouski QMJHL)

30) Samuel Fagemo (LW, Sweden, Frolunda J20)

31) Mathias-Emilio Pettersen (C, Norway, Muskegon USHL)

https://thehockeywriters.com/2018-nhl-draft-fishers-top-93-preseason-rankings/

 

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Of course I misspell a word in the title! :lol: If you get a chance MOD's, please correct my spelling of "Amateur" and "Official." Thanks!

Anyhow, also of note one in the honorable mentions is Jacob Semik, from Canton, MI and he also plays for Michigan.

If we fail to get a the top pick, and have to settle for a 5-10, a couple of guys I'd like to see grab one of:

The aforementioned Quinn Hughes, Ryan Merkely, Ty Smith on the D side

at FWD: 

Filip Zadina,  Ryan McLeod.

If, IF we are lucky enough to get the #1 and get Dahlin, the #26 will be hanging in the rafters in about 22 years! The stuff I read and see of this kid is amazing! If, we tank and still don't get the #1, I firmly believe that we should trade up to get it and him!

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Here is Hockeyprospect.com top 31:

1 1.png Rasmus Dahlin (D) Frölunda HC SHL 11 3 3 6
2 9.png Andrei Svechnikov (RW) Barrie Colts OHL 10 10 4 14 10 
3 1.png Adam Boqvist (D) Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 7 2 4 6 14 
4 6.png Brady Tkachuk (C/LW) Boston Univ. NCAA 6 0 4 4
5 2.png Rasmus Kupari (C) Kärpät Liiga 14 3 0 3
6 8.png Filip Zadina (LW) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 11 10 21
7 6.png Joel Farabee (LW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 8 5 13
8 6.png Oliver Wahlstrom (C/RW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 9 8 17
9 3.png Ty Smith (D) Spokane Chiefs WHL 13 2 12 14
10 6.png Quinton Hughes (D) Univ. of Michigan NCAA 4 1 2 3
 
11 3.png Jack McBain (C) Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL 17 6 13 19 10 
12 3.png Joe Veleno (C) Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 14 1 10 11
13 3.png Jared McIsaac (D) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 13 0 6 6 26 
14 2.png Jesperi Kotkaniemi (C) Ässät Liiga 16 4 4 8
15 3.png Ryan Merkley (D) Guelph Storm OHL 12 3 8 11 12 
16 6.png K'Andre Miller (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 0 1 1
17 6.png Mattias Samuelsson (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 9 1 3 4 23 
18 6.png Bode Wilde (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 3 8 11
19 9.png Grigori Denisenko (LW) Loko Yaroslavl MHL 13 2 6 8
20 1.png Jacob Olofsson (C) Timrå IK Allsvenskan 11 4 1 5
 
21 1.png Isac Lundeström (C/LW) Luleå HF SHL 12 3 3 6
22 8.png Jakub Lauko (C/LW) Pirati Chomutov Czech 14 1 2 3
23 3.png Xavier Bouchard (D) Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 13 0 4 4 14 
24 3.png Barrett Hayton (C) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 13 4 8 12 10 
25 3.png Ryan McLeod (C) Mississauga Steelheads OHL 11 6 7 13
26 9.png Kirill Nizhnikov (RW) Barrie Colts OHL 12 2 4 6
27 3.png Jett Woo (D) Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 11 4 5 9 12 
28 3.png Calen Addison (D) Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 10 2 10 12
29 4.png Milos Roman (C) Vancouver Giants WHL 12 4 6 10
30 3.png Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 5 5 10 18 
 
31 3.png Serron Noel (RW) Oshawa Generals OHL 9 7 4 11 9
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FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS TOP 31 - PRELIMINARY RANKING

1 1.png Rasmus Dahlin (D) Frölunda HC SHL 11 3 3 6
2 9.png Andrei Svechnikov (RW) Barrie Colts OHL 10 10 4 14 10 
3 8.png Filip Zadina (LW) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 11 10 21
4 3.png Joe Veleno (C) Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 14 1 10 11
5 3.png Jared McIsaac (D) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 13 0 6 6 26 
6 6.png Brady Tkachuk (C/LW) Boston Univ. NCAA 6 0 4 4
7 6.png Bode Wilde (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 3 8 11
8 3.png Ryan Merkley (D) Guelph Storm OHL 12 3 8 11 12 
9 6.png Quinton Hughes (D) Univ. of Michigan NCAA 4 1 2 3
10 3.png Anderson MacDonald (LW) Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 11 5 5 10
 
11 6.png Oliver Wahlstrom (C/RW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 9 8 17
12 3.png Ty Smith (D) Spokane Chiefs WHL 13 2 12 14
13 3.png Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 5 5 10 18 
14 1.png Adam Boqvist (D) Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 7 2 4 6 14 
15 3.png Jack McBain (C) Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL 17 6 13 19 10 
16 9.png Alexander Khovanov (C) Moncton Wildcats QMJHL - - - -
17 3.png Jett Woo (D) Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 11 4 5 9 12 
18 3.png Evan Bouchard (D) London Knights OHL 12 3 8 11
19 3.png Ryan McLeod (C) Mississauga Steelheads OHL 11 6 7 13
20 9.png Vladislav Kotkov (LW) Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 12 2 8 10
 
21 3.png Akil Thomas (C) Niagara IceDogs OHL 11 5 10 15
22 6.png Jake Wise (C) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 2 0 0 0
23 3.png Xavier Bouchard (D) Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 13 0 4 4 14 
24 3.png Ty Dellandrea (C) Flint Firebirds OHL 11 6 5 11
25 1.png Isac Lundeström (C/LW) Luleå HF SHL 12 3 3 6
26 9.png Grigori Denisenko (LW) Loko Yaroslavl MHL 13 2 6 8
27 10.png Philipp Kurashev (LW/C) Québec Remparts QMJHL 13 4 8 12
28 3.png Giovanni Vallati (D) Kitchener Rangers OHL 13 1 4 5 11 
29 6.png K'Andre Miller (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 0 1 1
30 6.png Mattias Samuelsson (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 9 1 3 4 23 
 
31 8.png Jakub Skarek (G) HC Dukla Jihlava Czech 10 2.77 .891  

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ISS HOCKEY TOP 31 - OCTOBER RANKING                  
                   
                   
1 1.png Rasmus Dahlin (D) Frölunda HC SHL 11 3 3 6
2 9.png Andrei Svechnikov (RW) Barrie Colts OHL 10 10 4 14 10 
3 3.png Joe Veleno (C) Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 14 1 10 11
4 6.png Brady Tkachuk (C/LW) Boston Univ. NCAA 6 0 4 4
5 8.png Filip Zadina (LW) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 11 10 21
6 3.png Ryan McLeod (C) Mississauga Steelheads OHL 11 6 7 13
7 6.png Quinton Hughes (D) Univ. of Michigan NCAA 4 1 2 3
8 1.png Adam Boqvist (D) Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 7 2 4 6 14 
9 2.png Rasmus Kupari (C) Kärpät Liiga 14 3 0 3
10 3.png Ty Smith (D) Spokane Chiefs WHL 13 2 12 14
 
11 6.png Oliver Wahlstrom (C/RW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 9 8 17
12 6.png Bode Wilde (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 3 8 11
13 3.png Akil Thomas (C) Niagara IceDogs OHL 11 5 10 15
14 3.png Jared McIsaac (D) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 13 0 6 6 26 
15 3.png Evan Bouchard (D) London Knights OHL 12 3 8 11
16 3.png Riley Sutter (RW) Everett Silvertips WHL 14 7 4 11 10 
17 9.png Grigori Denisenko (LW) Loko Yaroslavl MHL 13 2 6 8
18 6.png Joel Farabee (LW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 8 5 13
19 3.png Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 14 5 5 10 18 
20 1.png Isac Lundeström (C/LW) Luleå HF SHL 12 3 3 6
 
21 9.png Alexander Alexeyev (D) Red Deer Rebels WHL 3 0 4 4
22 9.png Kirill Nizhnikov (RW) Barrie Colts OHL 12 2 4 6
23 3.png Jett Woo (D) Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 11 4 5 9 12 
24 3.png Barrett Hayton (C) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 13 4 8 12 10 
25 1.png Adam Ginning (D) Linköping HC SHL 4 0 0 0
26 3.png Jack McBain (C) Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL 17 6 13 19 10 
27 1.png Jacob Olofsson (C) Timrå IK Allsvenskan 11 4 1 5
28 3.png Owen Lalonde (D) Guelph Storm OHL 12 0 3 3
29 3.png Ryan Merkley (D) Guelph Storm OHL 12 3 8 11 12 
30 3.png Anderson MacDonald (LW) Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 11 5 5 10
 
31 3.png Jonathan Tychonick (D) Penticton Vees BCHL 12 3 5 8 12 
 
                 
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
 
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
 
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
 
                 
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3 hours ago, LeftWinger said:

Always someone in the crowd. 

Who farted?

Come on Lefty, you've got to admit you always pick a couple favourites and go a little over the top every year. 

Makes for good conversation nonetheless. Lots of intriguing prospects this next draft. With the amount of picks we're bound to have, it will be hugely important for the organization.

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1) Rasmus Dahlin (LHD, Sweden, Frolunda SHL)

2) Andrei Svechnikov (RW, Russia, Barrie OHL)

4) Brady Tkachuk (C/LW, USA, Boston University NCAA)

15) Jared McIsaac (LHD, Canada, Halifax QMJHL)

I'd like to obviously grab one of the first 3, but McIsaac is my pick for anything later so far

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Saw this article a couple days ago and liked this part:

"Some scouts consider 2018 to be the best collection of talent since the turn of the century. Many still feel that title belongs to 2003, but 2015 is sure to challenge over time."

https://thehockeywriters.com/2018-nhl-draft-fishers-top-93-preseason-rankings/

Could be a big opportunity To pick up some important players not only with the 1st round pick, but also with our 2 2nd rounders if they're putting this draft in the same league as 2003, which had Bergeron, Shea Weber, Eriksson, Crawford, Backes, Howard all in the 2nd round.

I don't really know the players enough yet to know who I'd draft.

I will say that Joe Veleno gets a lot of hype around here since he's from Montreal and he's the first Quebec player to get exceptional status by the CHL to play at the age of 15. The only other forwards that have made the CHL at 15 are McDavid and Tavares.

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1 hour ago, PavelValerievichDatsyuk said:

Could be a big opportunity To pick up some important players not only with the 1st round pick, but also with our 2 2nd rounders if they're putting this draft in the same league as 2003, which had Bergeron, Shea Weber, Eriksson, Crawford, Backes, Howard all in the 2nd round.

I don't really know the players enough yet to know who I'd draft.

I will say that Joe Veleno gets a lot of hype around here since he's from Montreal and he's the first Quebec player to get exceptional status by the CHL to play at the age of 15. The only other forwards that have made the CHL at 15 are McDavid and Tavares.

I was going to mention Veleno as well. I also really like Merkley.

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2 hours ago, PavelValerievichDatsyuk said:

Saw this article a couple days ago and liked this part:

"Some scouts consider 2018 to be the best collection of talent since the turn of the century. Many still feel that title belongs to 2003, but 2015 is sure to challenge over time."

https://thehockeywriters.com/2018-nhl-draft-fishers-top-93-preseason-rankings/

Could be a big opportunity To pick up some important players not only with the 1st round pick, but also with our 2 2nd rounders if they're putting this draft in the same league as 2003, which had Bergeron, Shea Weber, Eriksson, Crawford, Backes, Howard all in the 2nd round.

I don't really know the players enough yet to know who I'd draft.

I will say that Joe Veleno gets a lot of hype around here since he's from Montreal and he's the first Quebec player to get exceptional status by the CHL to play at the age of 15. The only other forwards that have made the CHL at 15 are McDavid and Tavares.

 

1 hour ago, krsmith17 said:

I was going to mention Veleno as well. I also really like Merkley.

I would be A-Ok with Veleno. Almost mentioned him myself

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https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-draft-top-prospect-andrei-svechnikov-injured/c-292181136

"I think if there's one player right now that could step into an NHL lineup it would be him," Central Scouting's Karl Stewart said of Svechnikov. "His stride is so powerful. When he wants to, he drops the shoulder and turns it on and he's around you. You can't stop him. His shot buys him so much time and space and he's got the skills to dance around you. He's a magician on the half wall on the power play. … He's an NHL player right now playing in the OHL."

:bounce:

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3 hours ago, Dabura said:

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-draft-top-prospect-andrei-svechnikov-injured/c-292181136

"I think if there's one player right now that could step into an NHL lineup it would be him," Central Scouting's Karl Stewart said of Svechnikov. "His stride is so powerful. When he wants to, he drops the shoulder and turns it on and he's around you. You can't stop him. His shot buys him so much time and space and he's got the skills to dance around you. He's a magician on the half wall on the power play. … He's an NHL player right now playing in the OHL."

:bounce:

I love the sound of Svech 2, and I naturally want evgenys bro so we can get a russian bro party goin up in here

But i look at how frked our defense is. And, while promising, none of Cholo, Saarijarvi, Hronek, or Hicketts look like sure things. Whereas Larkin, Mantha, AA, do look like sure things with Svech, Ras, and Tuzzi behind them who look promising. I think we need a sure thing at D. We need a Dahlin to take us back to the land of milk and honey. 

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3 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

I love the sound of Svech 2, and I naturally want evgenys bro so we can get a russian bro party goin up in here

But i look at how frked our defense is. And, while promising, none of Cholo, Saarijarvi, Hronek, or Hicketts look like sure things. Whereas Larkin, Mantha, AA, do look like sure things with Svech, Ras, and Tuzzi behind them who look promising. I think we need a sure thing at D. We need a Dahlin to take us back to the land of milk and honey. 

Yeah, Dahlin should be the obvious choice, if we do have the choice. I'd be shocked and kind of pissed if we had the number one overall selection and took Svechnikov, for the simple fact, like you said, our defense is the obvious priority to upgrade right now. If we do end up with the number one selection, and we truly do want Svechnikov, we damn well better be trading down a spot, and picking up something significant in return. We also better be willing to make a big trade to bring in a number one defenseman...

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10 hours ago, Euro_Twins said:

AMATRUR

 

50 minutes ago, kickazz said:

You spelled “Official” wrong too wtf

Yes, I know, I also noted that in a post right after I posted the thread. I've asked the mods to change it if they can.

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6 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

I love the sound of Svech 2, and I naturally want evgenys bro so we can get a russian bro party goin up in here

But i look at how frked our defense is. And, while promising, none of Cholo, Saarijarvi, Hronek, or Hicketts look like sure things. Whereas Larkin, Mantha, AA, do look like sure things with Svech, Ras, and Tuzzi behind them who look promising. I think we need a sure thing at D. We need a Dahlin to take us back to the land of milk and honey. 

No, I agree. I just don't see us getting the first overall pick, which is the only way we're getting Dahlin. Don't wanna get my hopes up. Svechbro is more realistic, especially if he slides a bit because of his injury and/or because he's a winger.

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23 hours ago, Euro_Twins said:

AMATRUR

I should be irritated by this, but I can't stop laughing.

 

I noticed there's a guy at 6 who's last name seems similar to a guy the Wings didn't pick last year, and who some of you have already mentioned. If he's there when the Wings pick this year and they don't take him, will there be pitchforks outside the LCA?

 

Thanks for all the hard work Leftwinger. Don't know enough about the players yet. Be back after I've done some research.

12 hours ago, Dabura said:

No, I agree. I just don't see us getting the first overall pick, which is the only way we're getting Dahlin. Don't wanna get my hopes up. Svechbro is more realistic, especially if he slides a bit because of his injury and/or because he's a winger.

Yep, Dahlin is going first no matter who wins that pick. Cornerstone dman are just too good to pass up.

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On ‎10‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 2:40 PM, marcaractac said:

I just came to see who next year's Tippett and Hague are. Hughes and Wilde. Got it. 

But Hughs and Wilde are both D. I will need to find a RW and a D.  Dahlin is the D (if we get #1) but if we fall to 7-10, sure I'd take one of Hughes or Wilde in that D spot. I guess we can put Zadina in at FWD.

 

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