If you’ve followed us in the past, you’ll notice a couple of different things we’ve done for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft. In the past, we’ve only ranked Ontario Hockey League players.
But, for the first time ever, we are including players that played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and three players make our list. They are Jack McBain, Mason Snell, Dustyn McFaul and goaltender Jett Alexander.
In previous years that we’ve done these lists, we’ve only included players eligible for the National Hockey League Draft for the first time. Usually, the number of players re-entering the draft (and getting drafted) are few, but in 2018, there are as many as half dozen with a legitimate chance of being selected on day two in Dallas.
Beginning with goaltenders, there are two netminders re-entering the draft that make NHL Central Scouting’s list: Christian Propp and Anthony Popovich but do not make our list.
Five skaters re-entering the draft made our OHL players list. We had two, Linus Nyman (26th) and Sean Durzi (32nd) ranked a season ago.
Two other re-entry players were ranked on our 2016 list. Brandon Saigeon and Justin Brazeau were on our list at 48th and 50th respectively two summers ago. Four others made Central’s list of top 50 OHL players but not ours: Albert Michnac, Mac Hollowell, Joey Keane and Hugo Leufvenius. Adam Mascherin re-entered the draft after Central Scouting released it’s final list.
Six first time eligible players are on Central’s top 50 OHL players, Riley McCourt, Oliver True, Andrew Bruder, Hunter Holmes, William Ennis and Adam Liska. However, they too are on the outside looking in. Tyler Tucker does not make Central’s top 50 but makes the cut on this list.
As much as Andrei Svechnikov is the consensus top player from Ontario, and may I add from start to finish, Evan Bouchard is the consensus number two pick and Barrett Hayton is the consensus third pick. But from there on, lists are going to vary.
You can click on most of the player’s names to read their profile, written at different points throughout the season. This season, we’ve done the top 46 skaters and top 4 goaltenders. These are the players we feel should be drafted.
Players with an asterisk (*) are re-entering the draft for the second time. Players with two asterisks (**) are re-entering for the first time. The NHLCS column is the player’s rank (North American) on Central Scouting’s final ranking.
|1||Andrei Svechnikov||RW||Barrie Colts||1|
|2||Evan Bouchard||D||London Knights||4|
|3||Barrett Hayton||LW||Soo Greyhounds||9|
|4||Serron Noel||RW||Oshawa Generals||10|
|5||Ty Dellandrea||C||Flint Firebirds||25|
|6||Rasmus Sandin||D||Soo Greyhounds||11|
|7||Akil Thomas||RW||Niagara Ice Dogs||15|
|8||Ryan McLeod||C||Mississauga Steelheads||16|
|9||Liam Foudy||C||London Knights||19|
|10||Jack McBain||C||Toronto Jr Canadiens- OJHL||35|
|11||Kevin Bahl||D||Ottawa 67’s||29|
|12||Ryan Merkley||D||Guelph Storm||45|
|13||Sean Durzi**||D||Owen Sound Attack||37|
|14||Allan McShane||C||Oshawa Generals||50|
|15||Kody Clark||RW||Ottawa 67’s||34|
|16||Alec Regula||D||London Knights||72|
|17||Cam Hillis||C||Guelph Storm||67|
|18||Adam Mascherin*||Kitchener Rangers||*|
|19||Nico Gross||D||Oshawa Generals||56|
|20||Blade Jenkins||C||Saginaw Spirit||26|
|21||Giovanni Vallati||D||Kitchener Rangers||57|
|22||Aidan Dudas||C||Owen Sound Attack||68|
|23||Mitchell Hoelscher||C||Ottawa 67’s||62|
|24||Curtis Douglas||C||Windsor Spifires||63|
|25||Declan Chisholm||D||Peterborough Petes||52|
|26||Pavel Gogolev||RW||Peterborough Petes||79|
|27||Semyon Der-Arguchintsev||C||Peterborough Petes||82|
|28||Carter Robertson||D||Ottawa 67’s||78|
|29||Caleb Everett||D||Saginaw Spirit||84|
|30||Merrick Rippon||D||Ottawa 67’s||85|
|31||Linus Nyman **||Kingston Frontenacs||89|
|32||Maxim Golod||LW||Erie Otters||97|
|33||Billy Moskal||C||London Knights||99|
|34||Riley Damiani||C||Kitchener Rangers||100|
|35||Sam Bitten||C||Ottawa 67’s||106|
|36||Nathan Dunkley||LW||London Knights||109|
|37||Mason Snell||D||Wellington Dukes – OJHL||173|
|38||Dustyn McFaul||D||Pickering – OJHL||164|
|39||Tyler Tucker||D||Barrie Colts||171|
|40||Matthew Struthers||C||North Bay Battalion||124|
|41||Connor Corcoran||D||Windsor Spifires||123|
|42||Peter Stratis||D||Sudbury Wolves||139|
|43||Brandon Saigeon*||Hamilton Bulldogs||147|
|44||Justin Brazeau*||North Bay Battalion||142|
|45||Connor Roberts||C||Flint Firebirds||146|
|46||Dennis Busby||D||Flint Firebirds||NR|
|1||Jacob Ingham||G||Mississauga Steelheads||13|
|2||Jordan Kooy||G||London Knights||15|
|3||Nick Donofrio||G||Hamilton Bulldogs||31|
|4||Jett Alexander||G||North York Rangers||30|