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2018 NHL Entry Draft: April Top-50

As the junior seasons come to an end, the 2018 NHL draft class is starting to take shape

Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

With only a handful of teams still alive in the playoffs, the focus of many hockey fans has started to shift to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The season is coming to an end for most draft-eligible players, but there is still a little bit of work to be done before their final value is known.

There are still a few teams alive in the CHL playoffs, but right now the scouting world likely has their eyes locked on the U18 World Championship. While Jack Hughes and Alexis Lafreniere put on a show, they aren’t eligible until the 2019 and 2020 drafts respectively. Guys in the younger half of this year’s draft class can use this tournament to show how they stack up against players their own age.

Through the first few games, Serron Noel and Jonatan Berggren have done a great job of proving themselves worthy of being a first-round selection. Others like Rasmus Sandin and Calen Addison have spent their time in the CHL playoffs showing scouts just how impactful they can be in the big games.

When all the games are said and done, there will be some shifting of the rankings, but we are getting a lot closer to a final list.

For now, here is a look at our top-50 prospects for this June’s draft:

Top-50 Prospects

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