The prospect site Future Considerations has released their final draft rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and they have Michigan left shot defenseman Quinn Hughes in the number 6 slot, which is currently where the Red Wings are drafting.
You can see their top 100 rankings for free from their website, but if you pay $19.99 Canadian (about $16 USD), you can get their full draft guide. I’ve gotten it for the last three years, and I believe it’s worth the money. Future Considerations doesn’t pay me to say that, although if you work for FC and read this, DM me on Twitter and I’m sure we can work something out ;)
One thing to remember is that this is not a mock draft. They are not saying this is where they predict these players will be selected in the draft, but rather where they think they are ranked overall as players.
Without further ado, here are their rankings for the top 10 players:
In their final rankings, center Oliver Wahlstrom emerges on the other side of the group of defensemen we have been debating for a while now.
From reading through their full draft report (the one you have to pay for), their team seems to be pretty strongly feeling that Svechnikov and Zadina are the clear #2 and #3 following near-lock #1 overall Rasmus Dahlin.
It’s entirely possible that one or both of the two teams ahead of Detroit take one of the defensemen rather than FC #4 and #5 Brady Tkatchuk and Wahlstrom, meaning they could fall to us at number 6.
Seeing how important skating has become to defensive play, I am hoping that Quinn Hughes is still available at #6. I know that other people in our community are leaning towards Evan Bouchard, but that elite skating is too much for me to pass up.
At the same time, I do think that unless Detroit goes off-board, which we know they are wont to do, I will be happy with any defenseman in this group.
Also FC has a (way early) ranking of prospects for next year’s draft. Out of the top 14, 2 are defenseman (Bowen Byram at #4 and Matthew Robinson at #5.) Assuming Detroit is in the lottery again next year, which I think is a safe assumption, there are going to be a lot of forward options.
Because the full guide costs money, I will not put too much from it in this article. I will, however, put one important sentence from each profile of the defensemen in their top 10.
Hughes: “There is definitely some elite potential here in this defenseman.”
Boqvist: “He has the potential to be an explosive difference-maker in the NHL.”
Bouchard: “One of the OHL’s top defenders and one of the best blue-liners available in this draft, he is an explosive skater.”
Smith: “Highly regarded – and in the mould of Duncan Keith – Smith shows the promise to be a top-four presence in the NHL.”
Dobson: “Positionally sound. He impresses scouts with his smart offensive creativity and nice upside.”
Assuming they are available, whom do you want to see Detroit pick (assuming they stay at #6)?
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