If your fantasy season is in the tank and you are going to be a trade deadline seller this year, you are going to be building for the future, and that means prospects and draft picks. We give you plenty of coverage on already NHL drafted prospects every day here at DobberProspects, and we also give a fair amount of attention to NHL Draft eligible prospects as well. Sure you can find lots of excellent NHL Draft Rankings and we recommend visiting MY NHL Draft for a one-stop-shop for the best in the business. (you can find ours on our NHL Draft page here)
The only problem with these lists is they are not focused on Fantasy Hockey, so here at DobberProspects we have exactly what all the fantasy GM’s are looking for, the Fantasy Ranking the NHL Draft.
I reached out to some friends in the business, and with their help, along with some of the senior writers from DobberProspects I have complied this year’s first edition of the fantasy rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The following criteria were considered to compile the rankings:
- Based on points only keeper leagues
- Projected upside
- How quickly they may develop into an NHL player and contribute to your roster
- Probability of success, both in reaching the NHL and achieving full potential
We invited the following nine writers to contribute to this ranking
Adam Kimelman ( @NHLAdamKimelman) – NHL.com and Co-host of DraftCast
Russ Cohen (@sportsology) – Sportsology and Co-host of Hockey Prospect Radio
Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) – Draft Analyst
Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) – The Athletic
Brock Otten (@BrockOtten) – OHL Prospects
Cam Robinson (@CrazyJoeDavola3) – DobberProspects Associate Editor – Vancouver Canucks
Pat Quinn (@FHPQuinn) – Dobber Prospects Associate Editor – Washington Capitals
Zachary DeVine (@zakkthebear) – DobberProspects Senior Writer – San Jose Sharks, The AthleticSF
Kevin Wickersham (@KWcrosscheck) – Dobber Prospects and DobberHockey Senior Writer – Columbus Blue Jackets, Managing Editor Goalie Post
Will Scouch (@Scouching) – DobberProspects Writer – Minnesota Wild
Peter Harling (@pharling) – DobberProspects Managing Editor, Co-Host DobberProspects Radio (@DPR_Show)
Each writer was asked to provide their own ranking of the top 31 prospects for Fantasy Hockey and the consensus overall rankings are what this article provides.
1. Rasmus Dahlin, D – Frolunda (SHL)
The best draft talent has been described as a talent who can provide franchise-defining play a