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

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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

Ranked #1, Rasmus Dahlin (Frolunda HC, SweE)

Dahlin is a superstar in the making

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

Rank-Name-Position-Team-League

1 – Dahlin, Rasmus – LD – Vastra Frolunda – SweE
2 – Svechnikov, Andrei – RW – Barrie – OHL
3 – Zadina, Filip – RW – Halifax – QMJHL
4 – Tkachuk, Brady – C – Boston University – H. E
5 – Wahlstrom, Oliver – C – USA U18 – NTDP
6 – Bouchard, Evan – RD – London – OHL
7 – Hughes, Quinn – LD – U. of Michigan – Big Ten
8 – Boqvist, Adam – LD – Brynas IF Jr – SweJE
9 – Veleno, Joseph – C – Drummondville – QMJHL
10 – Dobson, Noah – RD – Acadie-Bathurst – QMJHL
11 – Smith, Ty – LD – Spokane – WHL
12 – Denisenko, Grigori – LW – Yaroslavl Loko – RusJr
13 – Hayton, Barrett – C – Sault Ste. Marie – OHL
14 – Kupari, Rasmus – C – Karpat Oulu – FinE
15 – Lundestrom, Isac – C – Lulea HF – SweE
16 – Farabee, Joel – LW – USA U18 – NTDP
17 – Kotkaniemi, Jesperi – C – Assat – FinE
18 – McIsaac, Jared – LD – Halifax – QMJHL
19 – Wilde, Bode – RD – USA U18 – NTDP
20 – McLeod, Ryan – C – Mississauga – OHL
21 – Noel, Serron – RW – Oshawa – OHL
22 – Alexeyev, Alexander – RD – Red Deer – WHL
23 – Kaut, Martin – RW – Pardubice – CzeE
24 – Bernard-Docker – RD – Okotoks – AJHL
25 – Ginning, Adam – RD – Linkoping HC – SweE
26 – Thomas, Akil – C – Niagara – OHL
27 – Groulx, Benoit-Olivier – LW – Halifax – QMJHL
28 – Bokk, Dominik – LW – Vaxjo – SweJE
29 – Tychonick, Jonathan – LD – Penticton – BCHL
30 – Olofsson, Jacob – C – Timra – SweAl
31 – Marchenko, Kirill – RW – Khanty Mansiysk – RusJr

Goalies

1 – Rodrigue, Oliver – G – Drummondville – QMJHL
2 – Mandolese, Kevin – G – Cape Breton – QMJHL

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.”

The complete ISS Hockey rankings, evaluations, game reports, player reports, player profiles and more are exclusively available to hockey professionals through RinkNet, ISS parent company HockeyTech’s Scouting and Player Information System. To find out more about RinkNet, please visit: https://www.hockeytech.com/league-team-operations/

About ISS Hockey
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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