Tryamkin’s Top 250 2018 March Draft Rankings

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  1. Tryamkin

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    Hey all, it's that time again. I've now grown to the point where I can confidently rank what I believe are the best 250 eligible prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft. I did take February off as I was very busy, so this will be my 7th ranking of these guys. As always, please let me know what you think. If you don't see someone on this list that you think should be on, please let me know as I probably haven't seen them play. I've seen almost every player on this list play at least once, mostly by watching games, but sometimes through highlights for harder to reach teams.

    1. D Rasmus Dahlin
    2. LW/RW Andrei Svechnikov
    3. LW/RW Filip Zadina
    4. D Adam Boqvist
    5. D Noah Dobson
    6. D Evan Bouchard
    7. RW Oliver Wahlstrom
    8. LW Brady Tkachuk
    9. D Quinn Hughes
    10. D Ty Smith
    11. LW Joel Farabee
    12. C Jesperi Kotkaniemi
    13. LW/RW Dominik Bokk
    14. D Calen Addison
    15. C Rasmus Kupari
    16. D Ryan Merkley
    17. C Joe Veleno
    18. LW Grigori Denisenko
    19. C Barrett Hayton
    20. D Bode Wilde
    21. RW Akil Thomas
    22. D K'Andre Miller
    23. C Isac Lundestrom
    24. D Alexander Alexeyev
    25. D Jett Woo
    26. D Mattias Samuelsson
    27. C Jack McBain
    28. C/RW Vitali Kravtsov
    29. D Jared McIssac
    30. C Jacob Olofsson
    31. C Alexander Khovanov
    32. RW Serron Noel
    33. C Filip Hallander
    34. RW Martin Kaut
    35. D Rasmus Sandin
    36. C Blake McLaughlin
    37. C Cole Fonstad
    38. C/LW Benoit-Olivier Groulx
    39. C Jakub Lauko
    40. D Danila Galenyuk
    41. C Ryan McLeod
    42. C Ty Dellandrea
    43. C/LW Phillip Kurashev
    44. C Milos Roman
    45. G Jakub Skarek
    46. LW Bulat Shafigullin
    47. C Liam Foudy
    48. C Jay O'Brien
    49. C Cameron Hillis
    50. D Nils Lundqvist
    51. LW Anderson MacDonald
    52. RW Dmitri Zavgorodny
    53. D Jacob Bernard-Docker
    54. D Adam Ginning
    55. LW Jonatan Berggren
    56. LW Nando Eggenberger
    57. RW Jesse Ylonen
    58. LW Albin Eriksson
    59. LW Ruslan Ishakov
    60. C Jake Wise
    61. D Xavier Bouchard
    62. G Jacob Ingham
    63. C Allan McShane
    64. C Oscar Back
    65. D Martin Fehevary
    66. C Curtis Hall
    67. D Adam Samuelsson
    68. RW Kody Clark
    69. D Sean Durzi
    70. LW/C Adam Liska
    71. D Jonathan Tychonick
    72. C Jacob Pivonka
    73. C Kyle Topping
    74. C Jack Drury
    75. LW Vladislav Kotlov
    76. RW Sampo Ranto
    77. RW Riley Sutter
    78. C Gavin Hain
    79. G Alexis Gravel
    80. D Filip Kral
    81. D Nico Gross
    82. C David Gustafsson
    83. C Jachym Kondelik
    84. D Alex Regula
    85. D Jacob Ragnarsson
    86. RW Kirill Nizhnikov
    87. RW Niklas Nordgren
    88. RW Kirill Marchenko
    89. D Xavier Bernard
    90. D Axel Andersson
    91. C Alexander Zhabreyev
    92. G Amir Miftakhov
    93. G Lukas Dotsal
    94. LW/C Yegor Sokolov
    95. C Eric Florchuk
    96. RW Lenni Killinen
    97. D Danila Zhuravlyov
    98. C Luka Barzan
    99. D Nicholas Beaudin
    100. D Denis Busby
    101. C Nathan Dunkley
    102. C Curtis Douglas
    103. D Stanislav Demin
    104. LW Gabriel Fortier
    105. C Blade Jenkins
    106. RW/C Ryan O'Reilly
    107. D Giovanni Vallati
    108. C Damien Giroux
    109. LW Jackson Leppard
    110. D Miska Kukkonen
    111. D Owen Lalonde
    112. G Kevin Mandolese
    113. LW Krystof Hrabik
    114. D Ty Emberson
    115. D Carter Robertson
    116. C Marcus Westfalt
    117. D Declan Chisholm
    118. RW Tyler Madden
    119. LW Jan Jenik
    120. D Zach Malik
    121. G Jordan Kooy
    122. D Filip Johansson
    123. C Jonathan Gruden
    124. C Brady Hinz
    125. C Carl Wassenius
    126. RW Nikita Rtishchev
    127. LW Lukas Wernblom
    128. RW Matthey Grouchy
    129. RW Samuel Fagemo
    130. LW David Levin
    131. C Jack DeBoer
    132. C Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
    133. G Oliver Rodrigue
    134. C Brendan Budy
    135. D Saku Vesterinen
    136. C Tyler Popowich
    137. D Michal Ivan
    138. D Santeri Salmela
    139. D Christian Lindberg
    140. LW Liam Kirk
    141. D Caleb Everett
    142. C Matthias Emilio Pettersen
    143. LW Chase Wouters
    144. C Andrej Kukuca
    145. C Riley Stotts
    146. C Paul Cotter
    147. G Justus Annunen
    148. D Kevin Bahl
    149. D Austin Chorney
    150. D Bogdan Zhilyakov
    151. LW Jack Jensen
    152. C/RW Matej Pekar
    153. RW Jeremi Gerber
    154. D Scott Perunovich
    155. LW Ivan Muranov
    156. C Connor Roberts
    157. D Chase Hartje
    158. C/LW Angus Crookshank
    159. D Adam Thilander
    160. LW Linus Nyman
    161. C/RW Oliver True
    162. C Samuel Bitten
    163. D Juuso Ketola
    164. D Libor Zabransky
    165. RW Pavel Rotenberg
    166. RW Gillian Kohler
    167. G Keegan Karki
    168. LW Karel Plasek
    169. LW/C Nikita A. Rozhkov
    170. C/RW Austin Wong
    171. D Adam McCormick
    172. RW Pavel Gogolev
    173. C Yegor Sharangovich
    174. RW/C Kristian Reichel
    175. LW Jake Gricius
    176. G Jake Kucharski
    177. D Sean Comrie
    178. RW Brodi Stuart
    178. LW Samuel Salonen
    180. D Merrick Rippon
    181. C/LW Alexander Steeves
    182. D Toni Utunen
    183. C Emil Oskanen
    184. LW Simon Appleqvist
    185. C Matthew Struthers
    187. C Riley Damani
    188. C Carson Focht
    189. RW/D Nicolas Guay
    190. LW Samuel Bucek
    191. C Brett Kemp
    192. D Max Crozier
    193. LW Johnny Gruden
    194. C Mikhail Bitsadze
    195. RW Nikolai Kovalenko
    196. C/LW Tyler Weiss
    197. RW Ryan Chyzowski
    198. D Gleb Babinstev
    199. C Matthias Laferriere
    200. RW Liam Kindree
    201. C Eli Zummack
    202. C Aidan Dudas
    203. LW Jacob Tortora
    204. D Antoine Crete-Belzile
    205. C/LW Justin Almeida
    206. RW Pavel Shen
    207. LW Adam Gajarsky
    208. G Justin Blanchette
    209. C Ryan Peckford
    210. C Hunter Holmes
    211. D Tomas Dajcar
    212. D Tyler Tucker
    213. G Dean McNabb
    214. C Adam McMaster
    215. D Connor Corcoran
    216. C Luke Burghardt
    217. D Marc Del Gaizo
    218. C Cedric Desruisseaux
    219. D Brady Lyle
    220. LW James Malm
    221. D Tommy Miller
    222. D Dylan Plouffe
    223. RW Martin Pospisil
    224. D Michael Callahan
    225. D Luke Zazula
    226. RW/C Patrick Giles
    227. RW Spencer Moe
    228. C Albert Michnac
    229. LW Kaid Oliver
    230. RW Jeremy McKenna
    231. C Tristen Nielsen
    232. LW Jack Randl
    233. D Seth Barton
    234. C Elijah Brown
    235. C Zach Solow
    236. LW Oliver Okuliar
    237. C Tyce Thompson
    238. D Yegor Samula
    239. LW Orca Weisblatt
    240. D Martin Bucko
    241. G Olof Lindblom
    242. RW Ryan Savage
    243. G Zach Bouthillier
    244. RW German Grachyov
    245. D Justin MacPherson
    246. D William Ennis
    247. LW/C Alex Gritz
    248. D Peter Stratis
    249. LW Matthew MacDougall
    250. D Wyatte Wylie

    (Thanks to @SniperHF )
     
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    I find it a bit interesting how you have Addison at 14. I don’t hate it, but I think he’s most likely to fall a bit later in the first round. I also haven’t seen Khovanov in the first round recently, I haven’t been following him that much, what factor made you put him up there?
     
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    Khovanov was considered a top prospect before the season but fell down lists when he got mono. He's just climbing his way back up now
     
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    Depends on who you ask. I know of people who had him outside the first before the mono. He isn't a very good skater for a guy his size, which will make for a tough transition to the NHL. He was only an HM on HockeyProspect.com list in June and He wasn't in Bob's top 20 to start the year.
     
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    The eye test sets off alarms on Calen, considering he’s an undersized defenseman. In the Hlinka tournament, Calen really stood out to me. He played reliable defense and was the highest scoring defenseman on the team over highly touted Canadians like Smith, Bouchard, and others. In the modern era, the game is more accepting of the smaller, undersized players. I feel like the undersizing issue isn’t going to be as much of an issue as people think it will. I think he will end up like a slightly lower quality Cale Makar.

    Khovanov has been out with Mono from the beginning of the season, and has came back only playing 25 or so games, going over a point a game. Khovanov has Top 10 talent for sure, and I believe he’ll rise before the end of the year.
     
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    Bouchard was not on the team.
     
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    I like the rankings of Smith and Addison, big fan of those 2.

    I’d consider giving Florchuk, Tychonick, and Demin a bump next time you do this.
     
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    I just listed some off, didn’t remember exactly,
     
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    Bouchard near the top 5 - woohoo! He's my overall fave of the draft - just a solid player who's led the Knights from the basement to 4th in their division, and a leader on the ice.
    Six D in the top ten - tells a lot about what many people think of the 2018-draft crop of forwards
    Jesperi Kotkaniemi at #12 - top-ranked center. Personally, I think Veleno will become #1 center in the draft 'cause he's doing so well most recently
    Bokk at #13 - what a rise for that kid from Germany! Is he that good?
    Rasmus Kupari at #15 - a second Rasmus, who could also be the top center picked
    Merkely at #16 - well, that's a ballsy call, with so many questioning his mindset. Some would not touch him until atleast the middle of the second. Why is he ranked so highly in your rankings in spite of all the noise about his issues?
    McBain at #27 - he's dropped into a firm hold on mid-or even late-second round in many ranks (I have him early 2nd), so you seem to see upside - on the stats, I see McBain potted six points in one playoff game against Oakville last week, so maybe you were at that game:)? If not, why you still have him in first round?
    35. D Rasmus Sandin - yet another Rasmus, but in this case an unfortunately too-similar name to the #1 overall prospect, in the D position no less ... "Oh, I thought you were the other Rasmus..."
     
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    Oh, God, even the last names are incredibly similar. What happens if the GM picking #1 accidentally calls out “Rasmus Sandin”?
     
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    Would be quite the brain fart
     
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    Really good ranking, doing a full 250 and watching them all is very impressive. Like to see someone making there own calls on prospects(Bokk, Addison) and not just going with consensus too.

    With Addison are you comfortable with his traits being dynamic enough to transfer over to the NHL as a big offensive guy? Love his smarts but I think his skating and shot aren't elite.

    Also wondering why you have Kravtsov where you do. I know it is close to the consensus on where he is, but watching him he has a lot of standout skills, and production wise he's proven a ton. Don't think he's just an early developer either as he's still got a pretty lanky frame and is a very young 99.
     
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    The greatest draft moment in history? And a fan base on suicide watch. Let's be realistic, of the GM's most likely to do this, its Benning.

    Although, I think the draft choice is actually officially done through paper work prior to the announcement, not the actual announcement. So, it'd just be a truly awkward situation.
     
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    Merkley has top 10 talent. Most of his Character issues are rumour, and many great players have been sat out for lots of reasons. Whoever looks betond the crap will get a top end talent.

    McBain, who I’ve always liked, played on an average team that looked to play four lines every game I watched. In a league that would be easy to shadow him with no support whatsoever. Had a strong WJAC, led the tourny in scoring and was on a tear in playoffs before getting suspended for a head shot. 9 points in 3 games, not just one 6 point game. Should be on u18 team for important peer viewings.

    Kupari too high.....
    Not sure where all the high rankings come from. But I’ve already said my piece in him.
     
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    Funny, the first thing I thought to myself when I read that was Benning as well.

    I'd honestly take Bouchard at 4 if the Canucks are picking there, unreal offensive talent.
     
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    This is a must watch
     
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    Yeah, I love Bouchard, he’s really been a bright spot on my watch list over the last few months. Watching the rising Liam Foudy has gotten me fixiated on Bouchard and his solid play.

    For me, I wouldn’t say the forwards are bad per se, I just believe the defense are exceptional. The forwards crop is probably average, decent in Top 62 depth, but lacking a McDavid caliber. I think that’s a common misconception about the forwards.

    I’ve always really liked Jesperi, he’s probably my favourite center in the first round. I used to really like Kupari, but his season has really disappointed me, although I still believe the future is there. Veleno, I’ve never been a fan of. He reminds me of a mini Ryan Kesler with less offense. Not a goal scorer and doesn’t really scream star to me. I’m glad he’s turned it on, and I can see why teams would want him as the safe pick, but on my personal rankings, he isn’t the highest ranked center for those reasons.

    Dominik Bokk is one of my favourite players in the draft. To already start to play in the SHL as high potential winger in your draft year is very impressive to me. Remember, even Elias Pettersson hadn’t played in the SHL in his draft year. I’m hoping to see a Pettersson like year from Bokk next year. I’m not saying he’ll produce near the same level, I just like the pattern he’s currently on. Most of the draft year prospects in the SHL don’t have a very high potential compared to Bokk.

    Ryan Merkley is an incredibly talented offensive player. A boom or bust pick by the definition. His offensive skill and puck movements are insane. With hopefully a firm but accepting coaching staff and some guidance, Merkley has one of the highest ceiling in the draft. Skill wise, he’s probably a top 5 player for me. Obviously the defense is an issue, but from what I’ve seen, he hasn’t put much effort into it. Some players with giant flaws in their game can be fixed with the help of professionals. Take Brock Boeser; man the guy had a rocket shot and everyone knew it, but people saw his skating and many teams were turned off, thinking there’s no way this guy could become anything with the way he skates. A little bit of power skating, a lot of effort, and now he’s 2nd in the Calder race, and already the best player on the Canucks. I just think he can turn it around.

    Jack McBain isn’t someone I’ve held super high of you look at some of my other rankings, when talking about him I’ve sort of pushed him aside; after all he’s been playing in a weak league and hasn’t really put up the greatest numbers. I did see some highlights of the Oakville game (hard to find or watch full OJHL games) and his performance was very good. However, he does have some decent potential to be a top 6 two way center, which I think will be quite popular with the lack of centers in the draft.

    As a Canucks fan, I half expect him Benning to call his Sandin’s name thinking he just made the selection of the century...
     
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    Thanks!

    I’m fairly comfortable with Addison. His offensive skill is very high. His skating needs a bit of work but I feel he has an underrated wrist shot. Very accurate, maybe needs some more power. I also love how he thinks the game as you mentioned, you can almost see the gears turning as he plays.

    Haven’t watched tons of Kravtsov, and if you look at my previous rankings, he’s growing every edition. I do like what I see in him. Very skillful winger as you mentioned with an good shot. Bound to move up my list for sure.
     
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    I would personally prefer Boqvist, but Bouchard wouldn’t make me upset either.
     
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    Those, who keep thinking Denisenko is better, than Kravtsov... they are wrong.
     
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    Any reason you believe it that way, or do you just like Kravtsov’s name better ;)

    Kravtsov obviously has had better stats, but potential wise, what exactly do you see that makes putting Denisenko ahead so taboo?
     
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    high on Addison I see.

    :clap:
     
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    It's just the difference between playing and scoring in the KHL and MHL. Shafigullin has 2.5 times better PPG, than Denisenko in the MHL. In the KHL though, Shafigullin hasn't done a lot. And Kraftsov is on a PPG pace in the KHL playoffs right now. He's a big reason Traktor is in the 2nd round.
     
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    I trust your opinion, because you follow Russians a lot more than I do, but from my perspective, Denisenko has a much higher potential. With his skill set, I could see a first line winger. I don’t just base off of who scores the most points in draft year.
     
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    Really for me what it it comes down too for Merkley, is he going to grow up per se? The character issues aren’t good, where there is smoke there’s fire... I’m not on the inside with knowledge of what goes on but you better believe NHL teams will get all the information they need. What if he never grows up and has all the talent in the world but doesn’t do the right things to become a professional. We see it all the time, at some point you just have to buckle down and do what needs to be done. I believe in Merkley’s potential, I like him as a prospect but I can only really evaluate what I see on the ice, so much of a player’s stock is also how they interview and what is said about them behind the scenes. (This goes for every prospect, not just Merkley).

    It’s always an interesting thing on draft day when you see guys sliding, is it because they just have 1 more prospect ahead of them on their board or are there things that we aren’t privy too that makes them slide. Sometimes I forget that talent isn’t the only reason to draft a guy, there’s so much more that goes into it off the ice.
     
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