Top 5 prospects in this year's NHL Draft
Rasmus Dahlin (Defenseman)
Rasmus Dahlin is the best defensive prospect in years. He is pretty much the consensus #1 pick for the draft, and if true he will be just the third defenseman in the last 20 years to be drafted with the 1st pick.
He has 5 goals and 7 assists in 30 games this year in the Swedish Hockey League with Frölunda HC. Those numbers are very impressive given how most prospects play in the junior league, but Dahlin is up with the men’s league. He also had 6 assists in 7 games in the World Juniors last month. Dahlin has been dominating juniors his whole life and played with men since he was 16. Aside from just his numbers, the young defenseman has some unreal highlights showcasing his speed, smarts and of course the sheer skill with the puck.
Andrei Svechnikov (Forward)
Andrei Svechnikov is widely seen as the top forward prospect in the upcoming draft. The young Russian has done quite well with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League with 19 goals and 13 assists in just 24 games. He also had 5 assists in 5 games with the Russian team at the World Juniors.
The team’s early exit and Svechnikov not being able to score hurt his draft stock for some but he still possesses high level talent. He can score and his size (6’3”) makes him a tough opponent and his underrated playmaking ability guided him to the USHL Rookie of the Year award for the 2016-17 season.
Filip Zadina (Forward)
Filip Zadina is arguably having the best season of any of this year’s top draft prospects. The Czech forward has amassed 27 goals and 26 assists in 38 games for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is currently 9th in the league in points and tied for 3rd in goals while playing fewer games than all in the top 10. He also had a terrific World Juniors tournament with 7 goals and 1 assist in 7 games.
Zadina brings more to the table than just offensive prowess as he is credited with demonstrating excellent hockey sense and a strong defensive work ethic. A true three zone player like him will surely be seen as a top player.
Adam Boqvist (Defenseman)
Adam Boqvist is an elite offensive defenseman. His abilities in the attacking zone are the best of any defenseman in this draft. With the Brynäs junior league team he had 12 goals in just 20 games while also adding 7 assists. He was called up to the top club Brynäs for an 8 game stint before being loaned to Almtuna IS of the Allensvenskan league (2nd tier professional league in Sweden). While there are some doubts about his defensive capabilities in his own end, his pure gifts with the puck cannot be understated.
Brady Tkachuk (Forward)
Brady Tkachuk brings the classic talent you would expect from a Tkachuk. His father Keith was a successful player and his older brother Matthew is also off to a great start in his career. The young Brady Tkachuk plays for Boston University in the NCAA and has 5 goals and 13 assists in 24 games for his team. His stock rose after a strong World Juniors performance with 3 goals and 6 assists in 7 games for the United States team. He lives up to the Tkachuk name with his grit and nasty play but he is also the bigger and faster Tkachuk and offers more in his offensive repertoire to make a more complete package.