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

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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.

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

Dahlin has the ability to jump into an NHL lineup as early as next fall

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: isshockey.com/iss-top-31

Rank-Name-Position-Team-League

1 – Dahlin, Rasmus – LD – Vastra Frolunda – SweE
2 – Svechnikov, Andrei – RW – Barrie – OHL
3 – Veleno, Joseph – C – Saint John – QMJHL
4 – Tkachuk, Brady – C – Boston University – H. E
5 – Zadina, Filip – RW – Halifax – QMJHL
6 – McLeod, Ryan – C – Mississauga – OHL
7 – Hughes, Quinn – LD – University of Michigan – Big Ten
8 – Boqvist, Adam – LD – Brynas IF Jr – SweJE
9 – Kupari, Rasmus – C – Karpat Oulu – FinE
10 – Smith, Ty – LD – Spokane – WHL
11 – Wahlstrom, Oliver – C – USA U18 – NTDP
12 – Wilde, Bode – RD – USA U18 – NTDP
13 – Thomas, Akil – C – Niagara – OHL
14 – McIsaac, Jared – LD – Halifax – QMJHL
15 – Bouchard, Evan – RD – London – OHL
16 – Sutter, Riley – RW – Everett – WHL
17 – Denisenko, Grigori – LW – Yaroslavl Loko – RusJr
18 – Farabee, Joel – LW – USA U18 – NTDP
19 – Groulx, Benoit-Olivier – LW – Halifax – QMJHL
20 – Lundestrom, Isac – C – Lulea HF – SweE
21 – Alexeyev, Alexander – RD – Red Deer – WHL
22 – Nizhnikov, Kirill – RW – Barrie – OHL
23 – Woo, Jett – RD – Moose Jaw – WHL
24 – Hayton, Barrett – C – Sault Ste. Marie – OHL
25 – Ginning, Adam – RD – Linkoping HC – SweE
26 – McBain, Jack – LW – Toronto – OJHL
27 – Olofsson, Jacob – C – Timra IK – SweAl
28 – Lalonde, Owen – RD – Guelph – OHL
29 – Merkley, Ryan – RD – Guelph – OHL
30 – MacDonald, Anderson – LW – Moncton – QMJHL
31- Tychonick, Jonathan – LD – Penticton – BCHL

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.“

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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