The NHL Draft is a marquee event that takes place every calendar year. All 31 teams have the hopes to make their futures bright by selecting some of the top up-and-coming stars. The two-day event begins on Friday evening.
There are plenty of young talented players in the 2018 NHL Draft. Who should fans keep an eye out on? Which players could be the next young stars around the NHL?
Let’s dive in to some of the players who should make an impact in the NHL very soon:
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV (BARRIE, OHL)
Barrie had plenty of firepower in the OHL this season. Svechnikov tore up the competition scoring 40 goals and 72 points in 44 games.
The left-handed shot winger is silky smooth and strong on the puck and has a very quick release. With Carolina sitting with the #2 pick and needing scoring help, it is highly probable Svechnikov finds a new home in Raleigh.
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI (ASSAT, FIN)
The young Finnish player can play centre or wing. He is projected as one of the top centres in this NHL Draft. He has excellent playmaking ability, but also has a strong release and a strong net presence.
BRADY TKACHUK (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, H-EAST)
Tkachuk is probably the top-rated power forward in this NHL Draft. Following in the footsteps of his Dad and brother, Tkachuk plays with a lot of tenacity. He is gritty and he is not afraid to stick his nose in the dirty areas of the ice. Tkachuk has plenty of size, but some scouts think his skating could improve a little. There is plenty of promise for Tkachuk, who has plenty of family lineage in the NHL.
RASMUS DAHLIN (FROLUNDA, SWE)
Dahlin is the unanimous #1 pick in this draft. The left-handed defenseman has a tremendous amount of skill and he can hold his own in his defensive zone. He is known to throw his weight around a little bit too. The smooth skating defenseman has a great first-pass and has outstanding Hockey IQ.
Dahlin is likely going to be selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the #1 overall pick.
EVAN BOUCHARD (LONDON, OHL)
Bouchard has been very productive in his time with the London Knights. In 2017-18, Bouchard recorded 25 goals and 87 points in 67 games. Bouchard is known for his hard work and great intelligence on the ice. The right-handed shot defenseman is very polished in both zones, and is an all-around good defender.
NOAH DOBSON (ACADE-BATHHURST, QMJHL)
Dobson is an offensive-minded blueliner. The right-handed shot recorded 17 goals and 69 points in 2017-18. Like Bouchard, he already has the size to compete at the next level. He is very good carrying the puck around and generating offense for his team.
JUSTUS ANNUNEN (KARPAT JR., FIN-JR)
The big Finnish netminder had a good season with Karpat. He finished the season with a 2.31 goals against average and .907 save percentage in 26 regular season games. He will likely play for Karpat’s senior club next season.
LUKAS DOSTAL (TREBIC, CZREP-2)
Dostal is rated as the top international goaltender in this NHL Draft. The 6’1” netminder is a little small, but is just 17 years old and has plenty of time to fill out.
Dostal is known for his great athleticism and calmness in the net. He had an outstanding playoff for the Czech Republic u-20 junior team. In the playoff, he recorded a 1.40 goals against average and .959 save percentage.
OLIVIER RODRIGUE (DRUMMONDVILLE, QMJHL)
The 17-year old Quebec native is another small goalie. He is the #1 ranked goalie among North American goaltenders.
In 2017-18, he recorded a 2.54 goals against average and .903 save percentage in 53 games. He is known for his tremendous athleticism in net.
By: George Foussekis