Andrei Svechnikovof the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Our first 2018 NHL Draft rankings for this season lists our top 62 prospects (Top 31 is viewable  for free) for the NHL Draft in Dallas June 22nd & 23rd. As in our release back on September 12th, Rasmus Dahlin sits at the top of our list to kick things off this season.

Dahlin leads the way ahead of Andrei Svechnikov, Adam Boqvist and Brady Tkachuk to round out our top four. The next grouping begins with skilled forward, Rasmus Kupari, from Finland. Filip Zadina, who is playing for Halifax this season sits 6th on our initial list, just ahead of Joel Farabee from the USNTDP.

HP’s Mark Edwards commented on HP’s initial ranking. “It’s obviously very early, but so far I like this year’s group more than last years (top 60) at the same point in time. We are just beginning the long process towards creating our final list next June and there were numerous areas in our initial top 60 with tight groupings. I think there are some very talented players in the top 10 and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them as the season progresses. ”

Here’s some quick tidbits on a few other players included on the list. Jack McBain had a strong Hlinka tournament and is off to a good start in his regular season in the OJHL. Brady Tkachuk had a good summer and filled out a top four that separated themselves from the group. We really liked K’andre Miller since our first viewing two years ago and he keeps getting better. Jakub Lauko is a very talented prospect, but our scouts were pretty much unanimous talking about consistency issues in his game. Kirill Nizhnikov was our top ranked prospect for the OHL Draft two years ago. He’s a skilled player and he’s got more talent around him this season in Barrie. When we had some minor discussions about Serron Noel last season we thought he could probably be a mid 2nd rounder in the 2018 NHL Draft, he is currently sitting in our top 31. Noel had a great Hlinka tournament and just finds a way to be productive. Adam Ginning is a player who was close to making our top 31, he wasn’t alone. Several players sit just outside the top 31 who were in the mix. 2018 NHL Draft Top 62, September 27th, 2017.

1Rasmus DahlinLHDFrolundaSHL6’2"1814/13/00
2Andrei SvechnikovRWBarrieOHL6’1.5"1873/26/00
3Adam BoqvistRHDBrynas J20Superelit5’10.751688/15/00
4Brady TkachukC/LWBoston Univ.HE6’2"1949/16/99
5Rasmus KupariRCKarpatJr-A SM-Liiga6’1.25"1833/15/00
6Filip ZadinaLW/RWHalifaxQMJHL6’0"19811/27/99
7Joel FarabeeLWU.S. U18NTDP5’11"1642/25/00
8Oliver WahlstromRW/CU.S. U18NTDP6’0"2056/13/00
9Ty SmithLHDSpokaneWHL5’10.25"1763/24/00
10Quinn HughesLHDMichiganNCAA5’9"16810/14/99
11Jack McBainLCJr. CanadiensOJHL6’3.25"1961/6/00
12Joe VelenoLCSaint JohnQMJHL6’1"1951/13/00
13Jared McIssacLHDHalifaxQMJHL6’1"1953/27/00
14Jesperi KotkaniemiLCAssatLiiga6’2"1907/6/00
15Ryan MerkleyRHDGuelphOHL5’11"1708/14/00
16K’andre MillerLHDU.S. U18NTDP6’3"2061/21/00
17Mattias SamuelssonLHDU.S. U18NTDP6’3"2173/14/00
18Bode WildeRHDU.S. U18NTDP6’2"1951/24/00
19Grigori DenisenkoLWLoko YaroslavlMHL5’10"1636/24/00
20Jacob OlofssonLCTimra IKAllsvenskan6’2"1932/8/00
21Isac LundestromLW/CLulea HFSHL5’11.25"17811/6/99
22Jakub LaukoLCChomutovExtraliga6’1"1723/28/00
23Xavier BouchardRHDBaie-ComeauQMJHL6’3"1902/28/00
24Barrett HaytonLCSault Ste MarieOHL6’1"1866/9/00
25Ryan McLeodLCMississaugaOHL6’2"1909/21/99
26Kirill NizhnikovRWBarrieOHL6’1"1903/29/00
27Jett WooRHDMoose JawWHL5'11.75"2057/27/00
28Calen AddisonRHDLethbridgeWHL5’9"1784/11/00
29Milos RomanLCVancouverWHL5’11"19411/6/99
30Benoit-Olivier GroulxC/LWHalifaxQMJHL6’0.75"1922/6/00
31Serron NoelRWOshawaOHL6’3"1928/8/00

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