PKSpecialist's Top 100 for the 2018 Draft

  1. PKSpecialist
    These are my top 100 rankings. They are my own. I watch a lot of hockey. I read a lot(and I have certain people's opinions that I take into account), but these rankings are from my own observations. This is the order I would draft these guys in(as of the end of February) I just finished putting this together, so I will update at the conclusion of the Memorial Cup. Please feel free to comment....especially if you see a glaring omission(I may not have seen every player - and I also don't get to watch every player multiple times, so if they have a poor game when I see them, it's unlikely they'll have a high ranking).

    1. D – Rasmus Dahlin – Frolunda – SHL
    Two-way defender does it all and has the physical attributes – great size and skating ability - to go with the creativity and puckhandling skill.
    2. RW – Andrei Svechnikov – Barrie Colts – OHL
    Has the shot, release and playmaking ability to become a dynamic offensive threat.
    3. RW – Filip Zadina – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL
    A sniper through and through. Has a great shot and knows his way to the net.
    4. RW – Oliver Walhlstrom – US NTDP – USHL
    Sniping winger with incredible puck skills and playmaking ability.
    5. D – Noah Dobson – Acadie-Bathurst Titan – QMJHL
    Rock solid defender has shown that he can play at both ends of the ice.
    6. D – Ty Smith – Spokane Chiefs – WHL
    Poised puck mover and elite skater is solid at both ends but lacks prototypical size.
    7. D – Adam Boqvist – Brynas IF –SHL
    Dynamic offensive defenseman knows with a strong wrist shot and great skating ability.
    8. D – Evan Bouchard – London Knights – OHL
    Keen offensive defenseman is a fantastic passer and minute muncher.
    9. LW – Brady Tkachuk – Boston University – NCAA
    Strong and physical winger gets to the dirty areas of the ice and shows true power forward potential.
    10. LW – Joel Farabee – US NTDP – USHL
    Hard working winger with skill and great speed.
    11. C – Joseph Veleno – Drummondville Voltigeurs – QMJHL
    Playmaking pivot does everything well and has a knack for always being around the puck.
    12. C – Barrett Hayton – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – OHL
    All situations forward is feisty, competitive and smart.
    13. C – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Assat – Liiga
    Two-way centerman has some two-way abilities and great puck protection skills.
    14. RW – Vitali Kravtsov – Traktor Chelyabinsk – KHL
    Strong skating winger with good puck possession skill and a great shot.
    15. D – Quinn Hughes – University of Michigan – NCAA
    Undersized dynamic offensive defenseman has fantastic skating ability.
    16. D – Bode Wilde – US NTDP – USHL
    Solid two-way defender shows all the skill, but needs to limit mistakes.
    17. C – Jacob Olofsson – Timra IK – Allsvenskan
    Smart two-way pivot hasn’t shown the ability to put up big offensive numbers, but has potential.
    18. C – Akil Thomas – Niagara Ice Dogs – OHL
    Game breaking offensive forward with great acceleration and fantastic puck skills.
    19. D – Ryan Merkley – Guelph Storm – OHL
    Young defenseman has otherworldly offensive skill, but needs to show the attitude and work ethic to achieve great potential.
    20. C – Isac Lundestrom – Lulea HF – SHL
    Two-way forward with speed and smarts is good at protecting the puck.
    21. C – Rasmus Kupari – Karpat - Liiga
    Elite skating forward with strong puckhandling capabilities.
    22. RW – Dominik Bokk – Vaxjo Lakers – SHL
    Elusive and agile skater with a quick release.
    23. C – Ryan McLeod – Mississauga Steelheads – OHL
    Playmaking pivot with great speed and passing ability.
    24. D – Mattias Samuelsson – US NTDP – USHL
    Big, strong defensive defenseman with great reach and shutdown ability.
    25. D – Rasmus Sandin – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – OHL
    Puck rushing defender plays a smart, steady game at both ends of the rink.
    26. D – Jared McIsaac – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL
    Physical two-way defender didn’t progress quite as well as anticipated.
    27. LW – Grigori Denisenko – Loko Yaroslavl – MHL
    Creative offensive player with great edgework and a quick release.
    28. RW – Martin Kaut – HC Dynamo Pardubice – Czech
    Two-way winger plays a smart and mature game.
    29. D – Jordan Harris – Kimball Union Academy –USHS
    Puckrushing defenseman is a fantastic skater and seems to always have the puck on his stick.
    30. RW – Jonatan Berggren – Skelleftea AIK – SHL
    Waterbug type forward with a great motor and offensive creativity.
    31. D – K’Andre Miller – US NTDP – USHL
    Nasty and intimidating physical defender with a bomb from the point.
    32. D – Alexander Alexeyev – Red Deer Rebels – WHL
    Smooth-skating, offensive defenseman needs to get and stay healthy.
    33. D – Jett Woo – Moose Jaw Warriors – WHL
    Smart defender has a knack for timing stick and body checks perfectly to break up the rush.
    34. C – Ty Dellandrea – Flint Firebirds – OHL
    Two-way forward does all the little things and is proving to have offensive potential.
    35. RW – Jesse Ylonen – Espoo United – Mestis
    Smooth and dynamic winger is money in the offensive zone.
    36. LW – Cole Fonstad – Prince Albert Raiders – WHL
    Fantastic playmaking winger has incredible vision and fantastic passing ability.
    37. C – Filip Hallander – Timra IK – Allsvenskan
    Versatile forward is a hard worker with blossoming offensive ability.
    38. C – Jake Wise – US NTDP – USHL
    Stocky and skilled forward plays a smart offensive game, but needs to stay healthy.
    39. C – Jack McBain – Toronto Jr. Canadians – OJHL
    Big center was fantastic in international competition, but underwhelmed in junior league.
    40. D – Jonathan Tychonick – Penticton Vees – BCHL
    Offensive defenseman rushes the puck zealously.
    41. D – Calen Addison – Lethbridge Hurricanes – WHL
    Aggressive offensive defenseman is a smooth and mobile playmaker.
    42. C – Jack Drury – Waterloo Blackhawks – USHL
    Smart forward is a leader at both ends of the ice.
    43. C – Ivan D. Morozov – Mamonty Yugry – MHL
    Solid two-way center has catapulted his ranking with strong showing in international competition.
    44. RW – Bulat Shafigullin – Reaktor Nizhnekamsk – MHL
    Strong skater can push the pace, even while handling the puck.
    45. RW – Ryan O’Reilly – Madison Capitols – USHL
    A pure goal scorer with one of the heaviest shots and quickest releases in the draft.
    46. C – Alexander Khovanov – Moncton Wildcats – QMJHL
    Smart playmaker lost a step in a bout with Hepatitis A, but he’s finding his groove again.
    47. LW – Sampo Ranta – Sioux City Musketeers – USHL
    Has good size and a great shot and uses his reach well in puck possession.
    48. C – Jay O’Brien – Youngstown Phantoms – USHL
    A competitor with a good shot and two-way abilities.
    49. C – Cameron Hillis – Guelph Storm – OHL
    Great motor and strong skating skills, just needs some strength.
    50. C – Philipp Kurashev – Quebec Remparts – QMJHL
    Explosive skater always seems to be involved in the play.
    51. LW – Jan Jenik – HC Benatky nad Jizerou – Czech2
    Smart forward playing against men, could really blossom as he fills out.
    52. C – Liam Foudy – London Knights – OHL
    Competitive speedster propelled his ranking with a great second half.
    53. C – Jakub Lauko – Pirati Chomutov – Czech
    Two way forward is strong in puck possession.
    54. RW – Tyler Madden – Tri-City Storm – USHL
    Plays with speed, smarts and a competitive spirit.
    55. RW – Nando Eggenberger – HC Davos – NLA
    Big and strong power forward type, but doesn’t create a lot on his own.
    56. C – Nathan Dunkley – London Knights – OHL
    Fast and competitive forward is really good in possession in the offensive zone.
    57. D – Jacob Ragnarsson – Almtuna IS – Allsvenskan
    Solid offensive defenseman shows great smarts in the offensive end.
    58. D – Jacob Bernard-Docker – Okotoks Oilers – AJHL
    Offensive defenseman will hone skills at the University of North Dakota.
    59. LW – Kirill Marchenko – Mamonty Yugry – MHL
    Big winger plays his off side and has a wicked one-timer.
    60. C – Allan McShane – Oshawa Generals – OHL
    Smart and skilled playmaker finds a way to get on the scoresheet.
    61. C – Benoit-Olivier Groulx – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL
    Two-way forward does all the little things well, but offense has been slow to come.
    62. D – Ty Emberson – US NTDP – USHL
    Solid all-around defenseman does everything well.
    63. C – Blake McLaughlin – Chicago Steel – USHL
    Consistent offensive producer is solid puck distributor..
    64. G – Jakub Skarek – HC Dukla Jihlava – Czech
    Big and athletic goaltender struggled at the WJC and that hurt his draft stock.
    65. D – Adam Ginning – Linkoping – SHL
    Big, physical, defensive defenseman with some untapped two-way ability.
    66. D – Stanislav Demin – Wenatchee Wild – BCHL
    Excels as a puck mover or in his own end as an aggressive defender.
    67. RW – Serron Noel – Oshawa Generals – OHL
    Massive power forward with untapped potential, but the hands are suspect.
    68. LW – Albin Eriksson – Skelleftea AIK – SHL
    A shooter with size and a nose for the net.
    69. LW – Gabriel Fortier – Baie-Comeau Drakkar – QMJHL
    Two-way skilled forward with speed and a great motor.
    70. C – Aidan Dudas – Owen Sound Attack – OHL
    Small skilled forward is competitive and engaged at both ends of the ice.
    71. C – Milos Roman – Vancouver Giants – WHL
    Playmaking pivot has good vision and always seems to defer to teammates.
    72. G – Jacob Ingham – Mississauga Steelheads – OHL
    Pro-sized goalie frame and great athleticism, but has underwhelmed statistically.
    73. D – Nils Lundkvist – Lulea HF – SHL
    Solid puck mover is good all around defender.
    74. D – Filip Kral – Spokane Chiefs – WHL
    Smart defender has the knack for jumping into the play at the right time.
    75. RW – Samuel Fagemo – Frolunda HC J20– SuperElit
    Speedy winger loves to get his shot off, and it’s a good one.
    76. C – Curtis Hall – Youngstown Phantoms – USHL
    Competitive forward has established himself as a powerful net front presence.
    77. D – Filip Johansson – Leksands IF – Allsvenskan
    Solid all-around defender has some untapped offensive potential.
    78. LW –Marcus Westfalt – Brynas IF – SHL
    Versatile forward has good size, but needs to work on his skating.
    79. RW – Riley Sutter – Everett Silvertips – WHL
    Big and strong power forward gets to the dirty areas and is hard to defend against.
    80. RW – Niklas Nordgren – HIFK – Liiga
    Small, skilled winger with a fantastic slap shot.
    81. D – Axel Andersson – Djurgardens IF J20 – SuperElit
    Solid two-way defender doesn’t excel in any one area, but is showing an offensive slant.
    82. G – Jett Alexander – North York Rangers – OJHL
    Active puck moving goaltender with good size and quick legs.
    83. LW – Tyler Weiss – US NTDP – USHL
    Playmaking forward is really good with the puck on his stick.
    84. C – David Gustafsson – HV71 – SHL
    Excellent defensive center is very good on the dot.
    85. G – Alexis Gravel – Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL
    Big netminder is active in the crease to find the puck through traffic.
    86. RW – Michal Kvasnica – HC Frydek-Mistrek – Czech2
    Winger with a solid shot and average frame, but knows how to use his body to shield the puck.
    87. D –Martin Fehervary – IK Oskarshamn – Allsvenskan
    A solid defensive defenseman who works hard and has untapped offensive potential.
    88. G – Olivier Rodrigue – Drummondville Voltigeurs
    Aggressive and quick defender has a penchant for making highlight reel saves.
    89. LW – Anderson MacDonald – Moncton Wildcats – QMJHL
    Knows what to do in front of the net, but his skating is a work in progress at best.
    90. RW – Kody Clark – Ottawa 67’s – OHL
    A competitor who wins battles and gets to the scoring areas.
    91. RW – Ruslan Iskhakov – Krasnaya Armiya Moskva – MHL
    Fantastic stickhandler and excellent playmaker, but will those skills translate at his size.
    92. LW – Ryan Chyzowski – Medicine Hat Tigers – WHL
    Hard worker with a great shot is becoming a real leader.
    93. D – Danila Galenyuk – SKA-1946 St.Petersburg – MHL
    A solid, physical defender with good puckmoving ability.
    94. D – Kevin Bahl – Ottawa 67’s – OHL
    Massive defender is showing some solid puck skills, but will make his money as a shutdown defender.
    95. C – Blade Jenkins – Saginaw Spirit – OHL
    Two-way center has intriguing potential, but needs to improve his speed and agility.
    96. G – Justus Annunen – Karpat – Liiga
    Big netminder is technically sound and positions himself well to cut down the angles.
    97. D – Alec Regula – London Knights – OHL
    Solid defensively and starting to show his two-way ability.
    98. D – Giovanni Vallati – Kitchener Rangers – OHL
    Poised, puck-rushing defenseman is smooth and creative with the puck.
    99. D – Xavier Bouchard – Baie-Comeau Drakkar – QMJHL
    Rangy defenseman with good mobility and solid defensive skills.
    100. LW – Jackson Leppard – Prince George Cougars – WHL
    The ultimate competitor struggled statistically, but his rugged, gritty nature will translate well.

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