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2018 NHL Entry Draft: May Top-50

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With the U18 behind us, we’re getting closer and closer to NHL draft season

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With the hockey season nearing an end, we are seeing a shift in focus to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. For 27 teams, the season is over, leading fans to start gaining interest in which prospects might be added to their organization at the end of June. It’s the time of year when junior hockey becomes a lot more interesting to NHL fans.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a number of players use the U18 World Championship to establish their value going into the draft. Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a tremendous tournament and is now widely viewed as a top-10 pick.

Joel Farabee and Serron Noel stood out as offensive threats, and proved that they can be a great pick for teams selecting in the middle of the first round. And then there’s Jonatan Berggren. The Swedish forward made a case that he might be the most underrated talent in the first round.

Now, with most of the draft eligible prospect finished the season, we look forward to the combine in Buffalo in a few weeks. While there is likely little we can learn there about physical skills, the interview process will be huge.

The draft combine could be make or break for Ryan Merkely. The former 1st overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection draft, Merkley is a tremendously talented offensive defenseman. Despite the skill, he’s falling down draft lists because of perceived attitude issues. His interviews at the combine could go a long way in convincing scouts and general managers that all the off-ice ‘issues’ are overblown.

For now, here is my top-50:

2018 NHL Entry 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 4
5 Quinton Hughes LD University of Michigan (NCAA) 5
6 Adam Boqvist RD Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit) 7
7 Brady Tkachuk C/LW Boston University (NCAA) 6
8 Evan Bouchard RD London Knights (OHL) 8
9 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C Ässät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 9
10 Joseph Veleno C Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 13
11 Joel Farabee LW USNTDP U18 14
12 Noah Dobson RD Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 11
13 Bode Wilde RD USNTDP U18 10
14 Barrett Hayton C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 15
15 Ty Smith LD Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 12
16 Rasmus Kupari C Karpat U20 (Jr Liiga) 16
17 Isac Lundestrom C/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 17
18 Calen Addison RD Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 19
19 Rasmus Sandin LD Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 20
20 Ryan Merkley RD Guelph Storm (OHL) 21
21 Jonatan Berggren C/RW Skellefteå AIK (SHL) 31
22 Dominik Bokk W Vaxjo Lakers (SHL) 24
23 Ty Dellandrea C Flint Firebirds (OHL) 25
24 Vitali Kravtsov RW Chelyabinsk (KHL) 38
25 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) 22
26 Serron Noel RW Oshawa Generals (OHL) 26
27 Allan McShane C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 23
28 Jett Woo RD Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 18
29 Akil Thomas C Niagara Icedogs (OHL) 27
30 K'Andre Miller LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 28
31 Jared McIsaac LD Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 29
32 Jack McBain C Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) 30
33 Filip Hallander F Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 32
34 Nils Lundqvist RD Luleå HF NR
35 Mattias Samuelsson LD USNTDP Juniors (USHL) 34
36 Grigori Denisenko LW Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) 46
37 Oliver Okuliar LW HK Dukla Trencin U20 48
38 Cameron Hillis C Guelph Storm (OHL) 39
39 Alexander Alexeyev LD Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 36
40 Dmitri Zavgorodny C Rimouski (QMJHL) 33
41 Jan Jenik F HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) 49
42 Jakub Lauko C Pirati Chomutov (Czech) 40
43 Cole Fonstad F Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 41
44 Jakub Skarek G HC Dukla Jihlava 42
45 Liam Foudy C London Knights (OHL) 43
46 Jacob Olofsson C Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 37
47 Jonathan Tychonick LD Penticton Vees (BCHL) NR
48 Lukas Dostal G HC Kometa Brno (Czech U20) 45
49 Martin Kaut RW HC Dynamo Pardubice 50
50 Adam Ginning LD Linköping HC (SHL) 47