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2018 NHL Entry Draft February Rankings

With the World Juniors and the CHL Top Prospects Game behind us, let’s take a look at where this year’s draft eligible prospects sit.

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

As we approach the trade deadline, we are going to see a number of teams selling off players with an eye towards the offseason. For fans in those cities, it is going to be along few months on the ice, so focus will likely shift to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Now that the World Juniors are past us, and we’ve seen all the top players in the CHL in the same place at the Top Prospects game, there is going to be a lot of movement on draft lists. When that happens, it’s worth remembering that judging prospects based on an eight game tournament likely isn’t the best idea.

Thanks to a tremendous performance at the World Juniors, we are seeing Brady Tkachuk move all the way up to second on some draft lists. Brady Tkachuk is a very good player - possibly the most talented in his family - but he likely isn’t even the second best winger in the draft, let alone the second best prospect.

This is definitely the year of the defenseman. Rasmus Dahlin is going to be selected first overall, and after him, there are another 12 or 13 defenders that could be selected in the first round. If you’re a team drafting in the middle of the round - Like the Avalanche will be - you will have your choice of some pretty high-end puck moving defenseman to select from.

Here is a look at our top-50 prospects for February:

February Ranking: Top-50

Rank Name Position Team Previous Rank
Rank Name Position Team Previous Rank
1 Rasmus Dahlin LD Frolunda HC (SHL) 1
2 Andrei Svechnikov RW Barrie Colts (OHL) 2
3 Filip Zadina LW Halifax Mooheads (QMJHL) 9
4 Brady Tkachuk C/LW Boston University (NCAA) 4
5 Adam Boqvist RD Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit) 3
6 Oliver Wahlstrom C/RW USNTDP U18 5
7 Quinton Hughes LD University of Michigan (NCAA) 6
8 Joel Farabee LW USNTDP U18 8
9 Bode Wilde RD USNTDP U18 10
10 Joseph Veleno C Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 12
11 Noah Dobson RD Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 24
12 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Ässät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 17
13 Ty Smith LD Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 14
14 Isac Lundestrom C/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 7
15 Evan Bouchard RD London Knights (OHL) 19
16 Barrett Hayton C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 18
17 Rasmus Kupari C Karpat U20 (Jr Liiga) 13
18 Jett Woo RD Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 15
19 Calen Addison RD Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 21
20 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) 23
21 Ryan Merkley RD Guelph Storm (OHL) 16
22 Jared McIsaac LD Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 11
23 Jack McBain C Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) 20
24 Serron Noel RW Oshawa Generals (OHL) 25
25 Rasmus Sandin LD Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 22
26 Akil Thomas C Niagara Icedogs (OHL) 26
27 K'Andre Miller LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 32
28 Benoit-Olivier Groulx C Halifax Moosheads (QMJHL) 35
29 Dominik Bokk W Vaxjo Lakers (SHL) N/A
30 Filip Hallander F Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 39
31 Dmitri Zavgorodny C Rimouski (QMJHL) 30
32 Mattias Samuelsson LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 28
33 Allan McShane C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 27
34 Alexander Alexeyev LD Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 37
35 Jacob Olofsson C Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 34
36 Jakub Lauko C Pirati Chomutov (Czech) 29
37 Jan Jenik F HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) 36
38 Ty Dellandrea C Flint Firebirds (OHL) 45
39 Cameron Hillis C Guelph Storm (OHL) N/A
40 Jakub Skarek G HC Dukla Jihlava 40
41 Jesse Ylonen RW Espoo United (Mestis) 48
42 Lukas Dostal G HC Kometa Brno (Czech U20) 42
43 Grigori Denisenko LW Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) 43
44 Curtis Hall C Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) 44
45 Anderson MacDonald LW Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 33
46 Adam Ginning LD Linköping HC (SHL) 46
47 Nico Gross RD Oshawa Generals (OHL) N/A
48 Blake McLaughlin C Chicago Steel (USHL) 50
49 Filip Johansson RD Leksands IF (Allsvenskan) N/A
50 Blade Jenkins C Saginaw Spirit (OHL) N/A