The hockey season is now in full swing, and this year’s draft class is off to a strong start. Early season successes and struggles have seen many prospects move from their initial rankings, and have seen changes to the ISS Top 5 prospects. ISS Hockey is proud to present its November rankings of the 2018 NHL Draft Class.
November 1, 2017 [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.
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: isshockey.com/iss-top-31
ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospects For 2018 NHL Draft
|Rank||Player Name||Position||DOB||Shot||Height||Weight||Team||League||Previous Rank|
|1||Dahlin, Rasmus||LD||4/13/2000||L||6.02||181||Vastra Frolunda||SweE||1|
|3||Tkachuk, Brady||C||9/16/1999||L||6.03.25*||196||Boston University||H. E||4|
|5||Wahlstrom, Oliver||C||6/13/2000||R||6.00.75*||205||USA U18||NTDP||11|
|6||Hughes, Quinn||LD||10/14/1999||L||5.09.5*||170||University of Michigan||Big Ten||7|
|7||Veleno, Joseph||C||1/13/2000||L||6.01*||195||Saint John||QMJHL||3|
|8||Boqvist, Adam||LD||8/15/2000||R||5.11||170||Brynas IF Jr.||SweJE||8|
|10||Kupari, Rasmus||C||3/15/2000||R||6.01.25||183||Karpat Oulu||FinE||9|
|12||Wilde, Bode||RD||1/24/2000||R||6.02.25*||195||USA U18||NTDP||12|
|13||Farabee, Joel||LW||2/25/2000||L||5.11.5*||164||USA U18||NTDP||18|
|18||Denisenko, Grigori||LW||6/24/2000||R||5.11||165||Yaroslavl Loko||RusJr||17|
|20||Woo, Jett||RD||7/27/2000||R||5.11.75*||205||Moose Jaw||WHL||23|
|21||Lundestrom, Isac||C||11/6/1999||L||6.00.5||185||Lulea HF||SweE||20|
|22||Alexeyev, Alexander||RD||11/15/1999||R||6.03*||200||Red Deer||WHL||21|
|24||Samuelsson, Adam||LD||6/21/2000||L||6.05.75*||240||USA U18||NTDP||NR|
|25||Hayton, Barrett||C||6/9/2000||L||6.00.75*||191||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL||24|
|26||Olofsson, Jacob||C||2/8/2000||L||6.02||192||Timra IK||SweAl||27|
|29||Ginning, Adam||RD||1/13/2000||L||6.03||196||Linkoping HC||SweE||25|
Oliver Wahlstrom (USA U18 Program) has seen one of the biggest jumps from the initial prospect rankings, rising from #11 to #5, largely due to the fantastic start to the season he’s had with the National Team Development Program. Wahlstrom has 20 PTS in 12 GP already, and is only just getting started.
Regarding Wahlstrom, ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis says that “Oliver is a goal scorer with a solid frame and high end offensive talent. He currently leads the US U18 team in points with 20 in just 12 games including 11 goals. Oliver is a good skater armed with very good puck skills and an NHL shot. He is improving, especially in his own zone, and looks so much stronger this year. He will shoot the puck often and from almost anywhere. From the red line in to the offensive zone he is very creative, strong on the puck and dangerous offensively. He is not a liability defensively and understands the game well”.
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