ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 for March, Rankings of the Top Prospects for 2018 NHL Draft

While the top prospects remain the same, there is still plenty left to be decided in the middle of the rankings, as prospects battle for recognition with the draft looming ever closer

March 7, 2018 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its new monthly rankings of the top prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. The rankings have been created and compiled by our worldwide network of scouts.

Rasmus Dahlin (Frolunda HC, SweE)
ISS #1 Ranked NHL Entry Draft Prospect

Below is the ISS Top 31, highlighting the rankings for the top 31 skater and top 2 goalie prospects, which is released on the first Wednesday of every month during the hockey season. An interactive page where the ISS Top 31 can be viewed, sorted, and commented on, and where users can interact with our scouts, can be viewed at:

ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects for 2018 NHL Draft

RankPlayer NamePositionDOBShotHeightWeightTeamLeaguePrevious Rank
1Dahlin, RasmusLD4/13/2000L6.02181Vastra FrolundaSweE1
2Svechnikov, AndreiRW/C3/26/2000L6.02*186BarrieOHL3
3Zadina, FilipRW11/27/1999L6.00*196HalifaxQMJHL4
4Tkachuk, BradyC9/16/1999L6.03.25*196Boston UniversityH. E3
5Wahlstrom, OliverC6/13/2000R6.00.75*205USA U18NTDP7
6Bouchard, EvanRD10/20/1999R6.01.75*193LondonOHL6
7Hughes, QuinnLD10/14/1999L5.09.5*170U. of MichiganBig Ten8
8Boqvist, AdamLD8/15/2000R5.11170Brynas IF Jr.SweJE5
9Veleno, JosephC1/13/2000L6.01*195DrummondvilleQMJHL9
10Dobson, NoahRD1/7/2000R6.02.75*180Acadie-BathurstQMJHL10
11Smith, TyLD3/24/2000L5.10.25*176SpokaneWHL14
12Denisenko, GrigoriLW6/24/2000R5.11165Yaroslavl LokoRusJr18
13Hayton, BarrettC6/9/2000L6.00.75*191Sault Ste. MarieOHL13
14Kupari, RasmusC3/15/2000R6.01.25183Karpat OuluFinE11
15Lundestrom, IsacC11/6/1999L6.00.5185Lulea HFSweE12
16Farabee, JoelLW2/25/2000L5.11.5*164USA U18NTDP15
17Kotkaniemi, JesperiC7/6/2000L6.01.5*188AssatFinE27
18McIsaac, JaredLD3/27/2000L6.01*195HalifaxQMJHL17
19Wilde, BodeRD1/24/2000R6.02.25*195USA U18NTDP16
20McLeod, RyanC9/21/1999L6.02*200MississaugaOHL19
21Noel, SerronRW8/8/2000R6.04.75*200OshawaOHL24
22Alexeyev, AlexanderRD11/15/1999R6.03*200Red DeerWHL23
23Kaut, MartinRW10/2/1999R6.01.5176PardubiceCzeE22
24Bernard-Docker, JacobRD6/30/2000R6.00*181OkotoksAJHL28
25Ginning, AdamRD1/13/2000L6.03196Linkoping HCSweE29
26Thomas, AkilC1/2/2000R5.11*169NiagaraOHL21
27Groulx, Benoit-OlivierC2/6/2000L6.00.75*192HalifaxQMJHL25
28Bokk, DominikLW2/3/2000R6.01178VaxjoSweJE30
29Tychonick, JonathanLD3/3/2000L5.11.25166PentictonBCHL26
30Olofsson, JacobC2/8/2000L6.01.75*192TimraSweAl31
31Marchenko, KirillRW7/21/2000R6.02176Khanty MansiyskRusJrNR
1Rodrigue, OlivierG7/6/2000L6.00.25*159DrummondvilleQMJHL2
2Mandolese, KevinG8/22/2000L6.03.75*180Cape BretonQMJHLNR
Published March 7, 2018

Rasmus Dahlin remains at #1 on the ISS Top 31 rankings, which comes as a surprise to nobody who has ever seen him play. Dahlin is in line to become just the 3rd defenceman picked #1 overall in the past 22 seasons of the NHL Entry Draft, joining Erik Johnson in 2006 and Aaron Ekblad in 2014.

“Dahlin is a superstar in the making” says ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Dahlin is an amazing skater with fantastic puck handling and an elite hockey sense. He can change direction in a hurry and make opponents look foolish. He plays very mature for his age and plays with confidence. It’s hard to find any weakness in his game but added strength will make him even more dynamic. He has the ability to be a difference maker in each and every game he plays. When he has the puck on his stick, he is one of the most electric players in this age group, and projects as a franchise defender at the NHL level.”

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ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) is the world’s leading independent hockey scouting organization. Founded in 2002, ISS is a division of HockeyTech, a worldwide leader in hockey technology, analytics and information services. ISS scouts, evaluates, analyzes and ranks players internationally on behalf of its many clients. ISS data is widely utilized in the hockey world, building an industry leading reputation for the best and most comprehensive scouting information. The key to the success of ISS is the incredible worldwide network of ISS Hockey scouts. ISS scouts are within reach of every young hockey player in the world, and attend every major hockey tournament, in addition to thousands of league games. All players that we rank will have been seen and evaluated many times by several ISS scouts.

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