ISS Hockey Releases ISS Top 31 For October 2017

With another hockey season underway, ISS Hockey is excited to present its Top 31 prospects for the 2018 draft. Rasmus Dahlin tops the list as the #1 prospect, leading a strong class of draft eligible players.

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

October 4, 2017 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey has released its 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:

ISS Hockey Top 31 Ranked Prospect for 2018 NHL Draft

RankPlayer NamePosDOBShotHeightWeightTeamLeague
1Dahlin, RasmusLD4/13/2000L6.02181Vastra Frolunda HCSweE
2Svechnikov, AndreiRW3/26/2000L6.02*186BarrieOHL
3Veleno, JosephC1/13/2000L6.01*195Saint JohnQMJHL
4Tkachuk, BradyC9/16/1999L6.03.25*196Boston UniversityH.E
5Zadina, FilipRW11/27/1999L6.00*196HalifaxQMJHL
6McLeod, RyanC9/21/1999L6.02*200MississaugaOHL
7Hughes, QuinnLD10/14/1999L5.09.5*170University of MichiganBig Ten
8Boqvist, AdamLD8/15/2000R5.11170Brynas IF JrSweJE
9Kupari, RasmusC3/15/2000R6.01.25183Karpat OuluFinE
10Smith, TyLD3/24/2000L5.10.25*176SpokaneWHL
11Wahlstrom, OliverC6/13/2000R6.00.75*205USA U18NTDP
12Wilde, BodeRD1/24/2000R6.02.25*195USA U18NTDP
13Thomas, AkilC1/2/2000R5.11*169NiagaraOHL
14McIsaac, JaredLD3/27/2000L6.01*195HalifaxQMJHL
15Bouchard, EvanRD10/20/1999R6.01.75*193LondonOHL
16Sutter, RileyRW10/25/1999R6.03*205EverettWHL
17Denisenko, GrigoriLW6/24/2000R5.11163Yaroslavl LokoRusJr
18Farabee, JoelLW2/25/2000L5.11.5*164USA U18NTDP
19Groulx, Benoit-OlivierLW2/6/2000L6.00.75*192HalifaxQMJHL
20Lundestrom, IsacC11/6/1999L6.00.5185Lulea HFSweE
21Alexeyev, AlexanderRD11/15/1999R6.03*200Red DeerWHL
22Nizhnikov, KirillRW3/29/2000L6.02*190BarrieOHL
23Woo, JettRD7/27/2000R5.11.75*205Moose JawWHL
24Hayton, BarrettC6/9/2000L6.00.75*191Sault Ste. MarieOHL
25Ginning, AdamRD1/13/2000L6.03196Linkoping HCSweE
26McBain, JackLW1/6/2000L6.03194TorontoOJHL
27Olofsson, JacobC2/8/2000L6.02192Timra IKSweAl
28Lalonde, OwenRD2/1/2000R6.00.5*178GuelphOHL
29Merkley, RyanRD8/14/2000R5.11.25*170GuelphOHL
30MacDonald, AndersonLW5/16/2000L6.01.75*205MonctonQMJHL
31Tychonick, JonathanLD3/3/2000L5.11.25166PentictonBCHL
1Rodrigue, OlivierG7/6/2000L6.00.25*159DrummondvilleQMJHL
2Gravel, AlexisG3/21/2000R6.02.5*226HalifaxQMJHL
Published October 4, 2017


Rasmus Dahlin (Vastra Frolunda, SweE) begins the 2017-2018 season comfortably atop the ISS Top 31 rankings. ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis has been very impressed with Dahlin’s abilities, stating:

“Absolute top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft, has the potential to become a franchise player. Dahlin plays an amazingly mature game already. Dynamic player with the puck, with elite puck patience. High-end speed, quickness, lateral mobility, and agility. Skating ability is at the NHL level right now and his puck handling and skills are excellent. He just needs to be little more assertive in the defensive zone and that will come with maturity. He has the ability to jump into an NHL lineup as early as next fall. “

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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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