2018 NHL Draft Final Ranking

  1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, SHL
  2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, OHL
  3. Quintin Hughes, D, NCAA
  4. Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, USHL
  5. Filip Zadina, RW, QMJHL
  6. Brady Tkachuk, LW, NCAA
  7. Noah Dobson, D, QMJHL
  8. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, LIIGA
  9. Adam Boqvist, D, SUPERELIT
  10. Joel Farabee, LW, USHL
  11. Barrett Hayton, C, OHL
  12. Vitali Kravtsov, RW, KHL
  13. K’Andre Miller, D, USHL
  14. Kirill Marchenko, RW, MHL
  15. Evan Bouchard, D, OHL
  16. Grigori Denisenko, LW, MHL
  17. Bode Wilde, D, USHL
  18. Liam Foudy, C, OHL
  19. Martin Kaut, C, CZECH
  20. Rasmus Kupari, C, LIIGA
  21. Nils Lundqvist, D, SHL
  22. Ty Smith, D, WHL
  23. Isac Lundestrom, C, SHL
  24. Joe Veleno, C, QMJHL
  25. Dominik Bokk, RW, SHL
  26. Alexander Alexeyev, D, WHL
  27. Ty Dellandrea, C, OHL
  28. Rasmus Sandin, D, OHL
  29. Sampo Ranta, LW, USHL
  30. Serron Noel, RW, OHL
  31. Jonatan Berggren, RW, SUPERELIT
  32. Jacob Bernard-Docker, D, BCHL
  33. Jesse Ylonen, RW, MESTIS
  34. Akil Thomas, C, OHL
  35. Sean Durzi, D, OHL
  36. Niklas Nordgren, RW, Jr. A SM-liiga
  37. Ryan Merkley, D, OHL
  38. Jacob Olofsson, C, ALLSVENSKAN
  39. Jay O’Brien, C, USHS
  40. Jack McBain, C, OJHL
  41. Jared McIsaac, D, QMJHL
  42. Filip Hallander, C, ALLSVENSKAN
  43. Cameron Hillis, C, OHL
  44. Calen Addison, D, WHL
  45. Ryan McLeod, C, OHL
  46. Yegor Sharangovich, C, KHL
  47. Jan Jenik, C, CZE2
  48. Ruslan Ishakov, C, MHL
  49. Nicolas Beaudin, D, QMJHL
  50. Martin Fehervary, D, ALLSVENSKAN
  51. Jett Woo, D, WHL
  52. Jake Wise, C, USHL
  53. Mattias Samuelsson, D, USHL
  54. Adam Ginning, D, SHL
  55. Logan Hutsko, C, NCAA
  56. Blake McLaughlin, LW, USHL
  57. Kevin Bahl, D, OHL
  58. Olof Lindbom, G, SUPERELIT
  59. Jonathon Tychonick, D, BCHL
  60. Jakub Lauko, LW, CZE
  61. Aidan Dudas, C, OHL
  62. Albin Eriksson, LW, SUPERELIT
  63. Olivier Rodrigue, G, QMJHL
  64. Ivan Morozov, C, MHL
  65. Scott Perunovich, D, NCAA
  66. Patrick Giles, RW, USHL
  67. David Gustafsson, C, SHL
  68. B-O Groulx, C, QMJHL
  69. Allan McShane, C, OHL
  70. Nikita Rtischev, LW, MHL
  71. Curtis Hall, C, USHL
  72. Ty Emberson, D, USHL
  73. Luke Henman, C, QMJHL
  74. Jordan Harris, D, USHS
  75. Liam Kirk, LW, England

2018 NHL Draft Combine: Dynamic Power Leaderboard

Slowly disappearing are the days of ‘meathead’ tests devaluing the NHL Draft Combine. Whether by design or not, seemingly every year the brass is designing new ways of sharpening the testing methods. Maybe they have been working off of a clever long term plan to phase in and out tests in order to keep the ‘older guard’ comfortable in the evolving fitness landscape.

This year, they expanded the lower body dynamic power testing bracket. In addition to the Vertical Jump and Standing Long Jump, the category now also includes two other cuts of jumping: one with a squat and no arm swing pre-ceding the jump and another with hands on hips and lack of arm swing. Furthermore, they also moved the resistance style bench press to become more dynamic by measuring the velocity of the bar from chest pause to full arm extension. Because of this change, I will now include chest press in the dynamic power breakdown and give readers an idea of players with systemic explosiveness.

The Dynamic Power Leaderboard, or obviously their version of it, may well be the ‘river card’ that teams wait to see before going all in on a given prospect (anaerobic power testing can also be combined as they usually go hand in hand). It has been a fantastic pre-draft indicator to tipping off who may crack the first round (sometimes surprisingly). Look at last year alone for those who registered top ten placements in both jumps: #1 Josh Norris, #3 Morgan Frost, #6 Henri Jokiharju, and #7 Cale Makar.

With that in mind, here’s the 2018 Dynamic Power Leaderboard:

Rk Player St Long Jump Vert Jump Sq Jump No Arm Jump Bench Press COUNT SCORE
1 Liam Foudy 10 10 9 10 7 5 46
2 Martin Fehervary 7 8 10 9 6 5 40
3 Jack Gorniak 5 5 6 6 8 5 30
4 Nils Lundkvist 8 9 4 7 4 28
5 Gabriel Fortier 6 7 8 3 21
6 Jakub Lauko 2 4 5 5 4 16
7 K’Andre Miller 6 7 2 13
8 Eric Florchuk 8 4 2 12
9 Ty Emberson 2 1 9 3 12
10 Jacob Ingham 9 1 2 10
T10 Rasmus Kupari 10 1 10
12 Andrei Svechnikov 1 3 4 3 8
13 Kevin Bahl 5 1 5
T14 Oliver Rodrigue 4 1 4
T14 Oliver Wahlstrom 4 1 4
T16 Carter Robertson 3 1 3
T16 Barrett Hayton 3 1 3
T16 Riley Stotts 3 1 3
T16 Noah Dobson 1 2 2 3
T20 Jay O’Brien 2 1 2
T20 Jordan Harris 2 1 2
T22 Isac Lundestrom 1 1 1
T22 Mitchell Hoelscher 1 1 1


*Liam Foudy (London, OHL) is about on par with a Josh Norris or Trent Frederic – anything is possible but I am not expecting him to make it out of the first round despite not being a consensus top 31 prospect.

*Nils Lundqvist (Luleå HF) = a faster rising, yet more seasoned Henri Jokiharju.

*After drooling over K’Andre Miller‘s (USA, USHL) pure athletic ability all year on ice, it’s interesting to see him place in only two of the four LB power cats. What I see there is a physical freak who has an insane kinetic chain and can channel his explosiveness throughout his entire body IE with using UB and swinging arms. My prediction: valued more than P-O Joseph was last year meaning probable top 20.

*Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie, OHL) showed up in the bottom portion of 3 of the 5 tests and I love it. Tells me he showed just enough physical prowess to let teams know he’s ready without intimating that he was overpowering OHL’ers en route to having his fantastic season.

*Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) has some hops…even if it was only popping up on radar for one test, it may give some team the cojones to select him high. This might suggest he has some growth potential on a somewhat down skating forecast.

*Lastly, Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) has no business being on any top ten combine list after playing an 87 game schedule with his last championship winning game happening on May 27th. Well done champ, you’re not getting out of the top ten on June 22nd.

2018 NHL Draft Combine: Overall Leaderboard

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), DraftBuzz followers have seen the arc of my curious interpretation of NHL Draft Combine testing results over the last few years. Anecdotes during this time point to VERY strong, however selective, correlations between both draft risers and post draft climbers.

The combine is always an interestingly highly contentious part of the process – from fans to NHL personnel, you have those who are combine geeks, those who just care about interviews, and those who don’t care about it at all preferring to let the on-ice play speak for itself. However, you can’t argue the fact that the league has invested in it and employed smart professionals to push the envelope. Now more than ever, the NHL has taken the right steps to make the data/info gleaned more valuable, and it’s learnings should be gaining more value in the community.

With this in mind, here is an Overall Leaderboard to kick off providing some insight on the combine, the results, and what it all means (to come). The Overall Leaderboard is broken down by top ten placements. #1 in each category was assigned 10PTS, #2 assigned 9PTS, ETC. All players in ties were awarded the top amount in points. The value ensuing the tie took the amount of the overall position. ‘Count’ is how many categories each player registered a top ten finish.

1 Gabriel Fortier 10 68
2 Liam Foudy 7 60
3 Martin Fehervary 8 57
4 Jack Gorniak 8 48
5 Carter Robertson 6 40
6 K’Andre Miller 5 38
7 Xavier Bouchard 4 37
8 Curtis Douglas 4 36
9 Tyler Madden 4 31
10 Kevin Bahl 4 29
11 Nils Lundkvist 4 28
12 Kristian Reichel 3 27
13 Andrei Svechnikov 6 25
14 Cameron Hillis 3 23
15 Jay O’Brien 5 22
T16 Eric Florchuk 4 21
T16 Jakub Lauko 5 21
T16 Ty Emberson 4 21
19 Mattias Samuelsson 4 20
20 Jordan Harris 3 19
21 Adam Boqvist 2 18
22 Benoit-Olivier Groulx 2 16
T23 Jacob Ingham 4 15
T23 Alexander Khovanov 2 15
T23 Oskar Back 2 15
T26 Jack McBain 3 14
T26 Ryan McLeod 2 14
T28 Barrett Hayton 3 13
T28 Curtis Hall 2 13
T28 Jacob Bernard-Docker 2 13
31 Luke Henman 2 12
T32 Adam Ginning 3 11
T32 Matej Pekar 2 11
T32 Jacob Pivonka 2 11
T32 Evan Bouchard 2 11
T36 Ty Dellandrea 2 10
T36 Rasmus Kupari 1 10
T36 Joseph Veleno 1 10
T39 Stanislav Demin 1 9
T39 Oliver Rodrigue 3 9
T39 Aidan Dudas 1 9
T39 Joel Farabee 1 9
T39 Xavier Bernard 3 9
T44 Isac Lundestrom 3 8
T44 Jack Drury 2 8
T44 Oliver Wahlstrom 2 8
T44 Mitchell Hoelscher 2 8
T48 Brady Tkachuk 2 7
T48 Jonathan Gruden 2 7
T48 Ty Smith 1 7
T48 Nico Gross 1 7
T48 Seth Barton 1 7
T48 Blake McLaughlin 1 7
T54 Grigori Denisenko 1 6
T54 Riley Stotts 2 6
T54 Dominik Bokk 1 6
T54 Kevin Mandolese 1 6
T54 Patrick Giles 2 6
T54 Riley Sutter 1 6
T60 Noah Dobson 3 5
T60 Rasmus Dahlin 1 5
T62 Philipp Kurashev 1 4
T62 Michael Callahan 1 4
T62 Jakub Skarek 1 4
T65 Jonathan Tychonick 1 3
T65 Sampo Ranta 2 3
T65 Jett Woo 1 3
T68 Jared McIsaac 1 2
T68 Kody Clark 1 2
T68 Keegan Karki 1 2
T71 Milos Roman 1 1
T71 Tyler Weiss 1 1





2018 NHL Draft Ranking – February

  1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frölunda HC (SHL)
  2. Filip Zadina, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  3. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)
  4. Quinton Hughes, D, Michigan (NCAA)
  5. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (NCAA)
  6. Adam Boqvist, D, Brynäs IF (SUPERELIT)
  7. Oliver Wahlstrom, C, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  8. Rasmus Kupari, C, Oulun Kärpät (LIIGA)
  9. Grigori Denisenko, C, Loko (MHL)
  10. Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  11. Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
  12. Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL)
  13. Joel Farabee, LW, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  14. Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL)
  15. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Ässät (LIIGA)
  16. Bode Wilde, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  17. Isac Lundeström, C, Luleå HF (SHL)
  18. Joe Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
  19. Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
  20. Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL)
  21. Jacob Olofsson, C, Timrå IK (ALLSVENSKAN)
  22. K’Andre Miller, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  23. Dominik Bokk, RW, Växjö (SHL)
  24. Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
  25. Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
  26. Aidan Dudas, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
  27. Vitali Kravtsov, LW, Traktor (KHL)
  28. Akil Thomas, RW, Niagara (OHL)
  29. Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge (WHL)
  30. Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint (OHL)
  31. Alexander Alexeyev, D, Red Deer (WHL)

#14 Grigory Denisenko, C, Russia (12/10/2017)

vs. Canada East (WJAC)


2018 NHL Draft prospect Grigory Denisenko had 1G-2A-3PTS vs. Canada East (WJAC) and earned it through impressive displays shift after shift. On this play, he shows great speed through the neutral zone to spring a teammate in the O zone. Then, he shows tenacity to strip steal and re-enter the zone again. He doesn’t pick the best option, but he sure put in the work to not criticize him too much on this shift.


Here you can see him deke the pants off an opponent, register a scoring chance off the post, follow the play intently for a takeaway keeping play alive for extended possession, then caps off the shift by sneaking in behind the defense and showing how dangerous he is given a step. He scores driving to the net.


Denisenko provides support along the right wall defensively, breaks out, stays available, and then proceeds to enact a sweet backhand drop pass give and go for the assist through a crowd on the goal.

#24 Ty Smith, D, Spokane Chiefs (10/18/17)

vs. Moose Jaw


Stud 2018 NHL Draft eligible defenseman Ty Smith plays the two on one perfectly and has a very clean break up on the puck that sends it right to trailing teammate JAD.


This is a clip you will want to bookmark – it’s Smith from start to finish. Off the face-off he picks up his streaking check with focus, sticks to him and denies him the puck and clears it. Then, he follows up the play through the neutral and intercepts the puck sidestepping a teammate while delivering a tape pass for the ensuing scoring chance.


Smith takes a pass in stride despite being a little off target, enters the offensive zone, and dishes a backhand pass. Backing up into the defensive zone, you can see his skating command as his mobility in reverse is super fluid and smooth. He picks up the puck and uses his great lateral explosiveness with the puck to evade the tight check and hit his winger with a zone exiting pass.


Smith spin cuts and the forechecker blows a tire, and you see him wheel through the neutral zone. He dumps the puck in as he gets converged on, which is fine considering circumstance though not ideal with his skillset. You also see him rush the follow-up right board sequence, where he could pull out with the puck and avoid the stoppage in play.


This is a complex storyboard for the fact that you see highlights, errors, and negative yet insignificant result. On one hand you don’t like to see that solo offensive zone giveaway turned into a rush against, but it did go offside. On the other, you see lights out puck rushing ability where he splits not ONE pair, but TWO pairs of attackers (then loses the puck to the D). This is one of those high hockey sense kids that you let go, and let him try these unbelievable plays because it doesn’t really impact his overall decision making if the result isn’t perfect now.


Intentionally or not, it’s impressive how close to the blueline he nonchalantly walks it giving him extra space to operate. His pass is butter, but his shot mechanic’s a little slow/delayed and light. Once the play is sent the other way, he shows some more reliability as a supreme breakout defender.

#18 Filip Kral, D, Spokane (10/18/2017)

vs. Moose Jaw (WHL)


2018 NHL Draft prospect Filip Kral slips two checks as the defender who initiated a clean, well executed breakout. On the missed pass reception, you see his feet limit him ever so slightly despite the safe dump in.


Smooth handle, smooth delivery cross ice. Might not be the best pure skater out there, but he looks very confident on the move with the puck (and time).


Kral eventually finds himself in a tenuous spot in the L corner boards after fellow 2018 draft eligible Luka Burzan tracks him down. The play is progressed out of the zone only because of his D partner, who he’s lucky circles behind their net and provides support in the right spot. This clip shows slight shortcoming in terms of anticipation as well as, again, skating ability.


Right off of the faceoff, Kral takes off with the puck and shows a tight grip on it as he goes exit to entry. Here he is able to create a scoring chance on his own and show desire offensively.


Kral shows the same exiting burst only this time on the PK where he kills off time. He has a knack for pouncing on loose puck opportunities and translating them into plus plays because of his hands.

2018 NHL Draft Ranking – October Final

  1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frölunda HC (SHL)
  2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)
  3. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (NCAA)
  4. Filip Zadina, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  5. Adam Boqvist, D, Brynäs IF (SUPERELIT)
  6. Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL)
  7. Rasmus Kupari, C, Oulun Kärpät (LIIGA)
  8. Joel Farabee, LW, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  9. Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL)
  10. Quinton Hughes, D, Michigan (NCAA)
  11. Oliver Wahlstrom, C, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  12. Joe Veleno, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
  13. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Ässät (LIIGA)
  14. Bode Wilde, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  15. Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
  16. Isac Lundeström, C, Luleå HF (SHL)
  17. Jack McBain, C, Toronto (OJHL)
  18. Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
  19. Jacob Olofsson, C, Timrå IK (ALLSVENSKAN)
  20. Akil Thomas, RW, Niagara (OHL)
  21. Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  22. Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge (WHL)
  23. Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
  24. Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
  25. Allan McShane, C, Oshawa (OHL)
  26. Jesse Ylönen, RW, Espoo (MESTIS)
  27. Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
  28. Vitali Kravtsov, LW, Traktor (KHL)
  29. Benoit Olivier-Groulx, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  30. K’Andre Miller, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  31. Nando Eggenberger, RW, HC Davos (NLA)

#14 Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax (9/30/17)

vs. Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)


Rangy 2018 NHL Draft defensive prospect Jared McIsaac shows he has no shortage of confidence in his ability to make opponents miss. Scooping up the puck behind his net, he uses a very slick delay on the attacking forward making him think he was caught. Bursting right past him took guts, and skill, but it was very risky. Volatile seems to be the name of the game with McIsaac.


Here McIsaac shows classic defensive zone puck movement that is crisp until he puts it diagonally on the tape of teammate Barrett Dachyshyn. Dachyshyn bungles forward progress by bringing the puck back into his own zone and flinging an errant pass. Thankfully, McIsaac comes to his aid along the R boards, collects the puck, and jams it out. This is a plus sequence for McIsaac who shows fluid in stride mobility/hands with the puck as well as composure to clean up his teammates mistake.


Keep your eye on the eventual one-on-one matchup where McIsaac gets taken wide and beaten by a step to the middle of the ice. Atoning for his open ice misplay, he doesn’t give up using his stickwork to prevent the shot from getting off. With the play driving to the corner boards, he makes no mistake on finishing his check off aggressively.


Entrusted as the lone D on the PP formation, McIsaac shows some unsteadiness in pass delivery sending one puck into Max Fortier’s skates, and the other lands as a slap pass that doesn’t have enough steam for the amount of finesse it lacked.


All is well until the shot is taken, where McIsaac proceeds to get pushed lightly and loses his man in front of the net who ends up scoring.