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Wings Nation 2018 NHL Entry Draft Final Rankings: Top-75

Stanley Cup contenders are built through the draft, not free agency nor through trades.

So every year when the twenties come around in June, franchises are changed forever. Be it by taking Conner McDavid first overall or Pavel Datsyuk 171st overall, the best way to acquire game-changers is at the podium.

This draft class comes across as very high-end in the first twenty-five or so picks. Followed by a bit of a drop-off for the next twenty-ish picks. Than followed by a major drop-off. This draft seems to become more of a crap-shoot earlier than most drafts in recent memory.

Without naming names, the tiers I’ve divided this class into follow (the numbers represent where I have these players ranked):

Tier One

  • 1st (as if you don’t already know who it is!)

Tier Two

  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 5th

Tier Three

  • 6th
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 9th

Tier Four

  • 10th
  • 11th
  • 12th
  • 13th
  • 14th
  • 15th
  • 16th
  • 17th

Tier Five

  • 18th
  • 19th
  • 20th
  • 21st
  • 22nd
  • 23rd
  • 24th
  • 25th

Around this point of the draft is when I’d say the drop-off begins. However, that isn’t to discredit the other prospects.

With that said, here are my personal rankings of the top-75 prospects in the 2018 NHL Draft. Let me know why I am right or wrong in the comment section below!

Player Name Team Position
1. Rasmus Dahlin Frölunda HC (SHL) D
2. Andrei Svechnikov Barrie (OHL) RW
3. Quintin Hughes Michigan (NCAA) D
4. Oliver Wahlstrom U.S. U18 (USNTDP) C/RW
5. Filip Zadina Halifax (QMJHL) LW
6. Adam Boqvist Brynäs IF J20 (SWE J20) D
7. Jesperi Kotkaniemi Ässät (Finnish Liiga) C
8. Brady Tkachuk Boston U (NCAA) LW
9. Evan Bouchard London (OHL) D
10. Dominik Bokk Växjö HC (SHL) RW
11. Ty Smith Spokane (WHL) D
12. Vitali Kravtsov Traktor (KHL) RW
13. Jonatan Berggren Skellefteå AIK J20 (SWE J20) C/RW
14. Rasmus Kupari Kärpät (Finnish Liiga) C
15. Akil Thomas Niagara (OHL) C
16. Grigori Denisenko Yaroslavl (MHL) LW
17. Noah Dobson Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) D
18. Joel Farabee U.S. U18 (USNTDP) LW
19. Filip Hållander Timrå IK (SWE Allsvenskan) C/LW
20. Isac Lundeström Luleå HF (SHL) C/LW
21. Joseph Veleno Drummondville (QMJHL) C
22. Bode Wilde U.S. U18 (USNTDP) D
23. Ty Dellandrea Flint (OHL) C
24. Allan McShane Oshawa (OHL) C
25. Jonathan Tychonick Penticton (BCHL) D
26. Barrett Hayton S.S Marie (OHL) C
27. Serron Noel Oshawa (OHL) RW
28. K’Andre Miller U.S. U18 (USNTDP) D
29. Nils Lundkvist Luleå HF (SHL) D
30. Calen Addison Lethbridge (WHL) D
31. Jake Wise U.S. U18 (USNTDP) C
32. Liam Foudy London (OHL) C
33. Rasmus Sandin S.S Marie (OHL) D
34. Jesse Ylönen Espoo (Mestis) RW
35. Martin Kaut Pardubice (Czech) RW
36. Kirill Marchenko St. Petersburg (MHL) LW
37. Cole Fonstad Prince Albert (WHL) C/LW
38. Ruslan Iskhakov Krasnaya Armiya Moskva (MHL) RW
39. Aidan Dudas Owen Sound (OHL) C
40. Ryan Merkley Guelph (OHL) D
41. Jacob Olofsson Timrå IK (SWE Allsvenskan) C
42. Jared McIsaac Halifax (QMJHL) D
43. Ryan McLeod Mississauga (OHL) C
44. Niklas Nordgren HIFK (Finnish Liiga) RW
45. David Gustafsson HV71 (SHL) C
46. Jack Drury Waterloo (USHL) C
47. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev Peterborough (OHL) C
48. Blake McLaughlin Chicago (USHL) LW
49. Marcus Westfält Brynäs IF (SHL) C/LW
50. Nicolas Beaudin Drummondville (QMJHL) D
51. Jonathan Gruden U.S. U18 (USNTDP) LW
52. Jack McBain Toronto (OJHL) C
53. Jan Jeník Liberec (Czech2) C
54. Philipp Kurashev Québec (QMJHL) C/LW
55. Sampo Ranta Sioux City (USHL) LW
56. Alexander Khovanov Moncton (QMJHL) C
57. Alexander Alexeyev Red Deer (WHL) D
58. Jakub Lauko Piráti Chomutov (Czech) LW
59. Toni Utunen Tappara (Finnish Liiga) D
60. Ivan Morozov Mamonty (MHL) C
61. Adam Mascherin Kitchener (OHL) LW
62. Mathias Emilio Pettersen Muskegon (USHL) C
63. Mattias Samuelsson U.S. U18 (USNTDP) D
64. Albin Eriksson Skellefteå AIK J20 (SWE J20) LW
65. Jett Woo Moose Jaw (WHL) D
66. Jay O’Brien Thayer Academy (USHS) C
67. Gabriel Fortier Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) LW
68. Adam Ginning Linköping HC (SHL) D
69. Sean Durzi Owen Sound (OHL) D
70. Tyler Weiss U.S. U18 (USNTDP) LW
71. Jakub Skarek Jihlava (Czech) G
72. Cameron Hillis Guelph (OHL) C
73. Benoit-Olivier Groulx Halifax (QMJHL) C
74. Oscar Bäck Färjestad BK J20 (SWE J20) C
75. Kirill Nizhnikov Sudbury (OHL) RW