Every year towards the end of September we release our Prospects Report PDF (free for Platinum members) which is filled with content for the NHL, OHL and QMJHL Drafts. The report also includes our first NHL Draft prospects ranking list of the new season, it’s a top 50 list (we also publish the top 31 prospects for free on our website). This year’s report is still a work in progress and will be released soon, but for today here’s a look at the top 3 prospects that will be included on our upcoming full top 50 ranking.
Holding onto his #1 spot from our ranking released in our 2017 NHL Draft Black Book is Rasmus Dahlin from Sweden. Dahlin had an incredible 2016/17 season, there’s no two ways about it. It wasn’t a slow and gradual rise either, as he was amazing right from the get-go. Here’s a snippet from the notes of one our Sweden based scouts, William Högberg, from a viewing he had in early October last season:
“It’s impossible not to be impressed when you watch Dahlin play. His maturity and confidence for a 16 year old defenseman is remarkable. Especially offensively, where he loves to jump into the play. He sees the play develop well before it happens and as such, he is able to find himself in an open space time and time again. His offensive instincts as a whole are more akin to that of a skilled forward than a defenseman. Dahlin embodies the modern type defenseman who is quick to transition the puck out of his own zone and tries to spend as little time there as possible.”
Behind Dahlin and sitting at the #2 spot overall in our top 50 is Andrei Svechnikov who will play this season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts. Svechnikov held the same spot on our ranking back in June. We saw the big Russian several times last season and he was very impressive. Here’s some of what we wrote about him in our 2017 NHL Draft Black Book:
Andrei is a multifaceted player with no glaring weaknesses in his game. His skating, speed and agility border on elite levels, he can change direction on a dime, has an excellent, smooth pivot and can get to top speed in a hurry. In the offensive zone, he can beat opponents several different ways.
HP’s Mark Edwards was impressed by Svechnikov last season. “I was already a fan, but when I saw him (Svechnikov) in Bonnyville (World Jr A Challenge) last December I came away even more impressed with his game. He had some dominant shifts in that event. Boqvist is another high-end talent but Svechnikov holds onto our #2 spot to start the season.”
He had some dominant shifts in that event. Boqvist is another high-end talent but Svechnikov holds onto our #2 spot to start the season.
Sitting just behind Svechnikov at #3 overall on our ranking is Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist, the younger brother of New Jersey Devils prospect Jesper Boqvist. Adam Boqvist sat 9th on our early list in our Black Book back in June. A very impressive showing this summer has shot him up to 3rd on our soon to be released top 50 NHL Draft Ranking. Boqvist has incredible offensive instincts and a high-end overall hockey IQ. He has all the makings of becoming an elite offensive defenseman.
Check back at the end of September for the release of the Fall edition of our Prospects Report PDF which will include a full pre-season top 50 ranking of 2018 NHL Draft prospects. As always, our top 31 prospects will be available free on our website.
HockeyProspect.com 2018 NHL Draft Pre-Season Top 3 Prospects
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