Dahlin is still No. 1 with NHL Central Scouting

The Sabres must, likely, win the Draft Lottery to get him

Paul Hamilton
April 16, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Photo: Nathan Denette - The Canadian Press via AP

(WGR 550) - Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the June Entry Draft and to nobody’s surprise, Rasmus Dahlin is No.1 on the International side. Dan Marr is the director of NHL Central Scouting. He told the NHL’s Mike Morreale, “Dahlin is an exceptionally talented prospect who will be able to contribute, influence and impact a team's fortunes much in the way that defensemen Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman have in the NHL.

"If you wanted to pick one player from the 2018 draft who could potentially be viewed as a generational talent, Rasmus would be the only candidate. There is that much respect for him and his abilities."

Dahlin played for Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo and was voted the best defenseman of the tournament.

Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist is second on the International list followed by RW Vitali Kravtsov of Russia.

On the North American side, it’s Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts. He had 40 goals and 72 points in 44 games, but he did not score for Russia at the World Juniors. He did have five assists in five games. Many feel he’ll go number two behind Dahlin.

Casey Mittelstadt’s running mate on Team USA at the World Junior Tournament was Brady Tkachuk from BU. The tough as nails winger only netted eight goals in his freshman season, but he had nine points in seven games for Team USA. He’s the second ranked North American skater.

Rounding out the top-five are right wing Filip Zadina from Halifax in the Quebec League, defenseman Evan Bouchard from London of the OHL and Noah Dobson, a defenseman from Arcadie-Bathurst in the Quebec League.

Most of these players will be in Buffalo for the NHL Combine, May 1 through May 5.   

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