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
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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

Learnings: 

*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 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)

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 Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (10/5/17)

vs. North Bay Battalion (OHL)

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2018 NHL Draft top prospect Andrei Svechnikov takes a pass in stride on his backhand while flying up the right wing wall. He challenges the defender wide and when he gets a step on him at the edge, makes a hard cut to the net and scores through ensuing chaos.

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In a play where Svechnikov is backed up to the opponent’s goal line to attempt a scoring chance, you wouldn’t expect him to be involved in a highlight defensive play. But he did just that. Svechnikov’s high IQ has him drift to the center point once he realizes the play’s risk. When the Battalion’s Brett McKenzie takes off, Svechnikov closes the gap with tremendous skating power and at the last second gets just enough of a stick check to jar the puck and thwart McKenzie’s chance.

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Take a look at this clip broadly as there is no goal or highlight reel move. Appreciate how much the Colts’ offense funnels through Svechnikov with how they repeatedly get the puck to him in the right circle. Svechnikov has the makings of a prolific OHL scorer whose team’s game plan will undoubtedly feed him an incredible amount of rubber.