2018 NHL Draft Rankings: HockeyProspect.com’s Early Top 31

Every year in our NHL Draft Black Book we release our early list for the following seasons draft. This year was no different and below is the top 31 ranked prospects that we included in the 2017 NHL Draft Black Book which we released back on June 8th.

It’s a tight gap between two fantastic prospects at the top of the list. Both Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov were outstanding in our viewings of them last season, but we had to choose one and Dahlin just edged out Svechnikov. It will be interesting to watch both players in 2017/18 as they head towards their draft day in June 2018.

Scouting for the 2018 NHL Draft began right after the conclusion of the 2017 draft with the Select 17 Camp in Buffalo. Scouting continues for the 2018 draft with a few other summer events before things get rolling in September.

We will update this ranking that was created back in June with a new pre-season 2018 NHL Draft Top 31 ranking that we will release in September.

HockeyProspect.com 2018 NHL Draft Rankings – June 8th, 2017

1Rasmus Dahlin DFrölunda HC J20SuperElit6'1"165
2Andrei Svechnikov RWMuskegon LumberjacksUSHL6'2"187
3Joel Farabee LWU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP5'11"148
4Brady Tkachuk C/LWU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP6'2"194
5Ty Smith DSpokane ChiefsWHL5'11"176
6Jett Woo DMoose Jaw WarriorsWHL6'0"201
7Filip Zadina LWHC Dynamo PardubiceCzech6'0"198
8Mattias Samuelsson DU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP6'3"205
9Adam Boqvist DBrynäs IF J18J18 Elit5'11"170
10Bode Wilde DU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP6'2"194
11Jared McIsaac DHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL6'2"209
12Jack McBain CToronto Jr. CanadiensOJHL6'3"183
13Oliver Wahlstrom C/RWU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP6'1"198
14Jakub Lauko FPiráti Chomutov U18Czech U186'1"172
15Rasmus Kupari CKärpät U18Jr. B SM-sarja6'0"168
16Akil Thomas CNiagara IceDogsOHL5'11"165
17Joseph Veleno CSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL6'0"181
18Xavier Bouchard DBaie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL6'2"176
19Jacob OlofssonCTimrå IK J20SuperElit6'2"192
20Quinton Hughes DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP5'9"168
21Allan McShane COshawa GeneralsOHL5'11"190
22Ryan Merkley DGuelph StormOHL5'11"165
23Ty Dellandrea CFlint FirebirdsOHL6'1"181
24Jesperi Kotkaniemi CÄssät U20Jr. A SM-liiga6'2"190
25Filip Hållander C/LWTimrå IK J20SuperElit6'0"179
26Liam Foudy CLondon KnightsOHL6'0"161
27Isac Lundeström C/LWLuleå HFSHL6'0"181
28Benoit-Olivier Groulx CHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL6'1"176
29Jesse Ylönen RWBlues U20Jr. A SM-liiga6'0"159
30Kevin BahlDOttawa 67'sOHL6'5"223
31Giovanni Vallati DKitchener RangersOHL6'1"185
HMRyan McLeod CMississauga SteelheadsOHL6'2"190
HMTy Emberson DU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP6'0"192
HMAlexander Khovanov CIrbis KazanMHL5'11"179
HMJake Wise CU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP5'10"185
HMMerrick RipponDOttawa Jr. SenatorsCCHL6'0"183
HMAlexis Gravel GHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL6'3"209