Cam Robinson’s 2018 NHL Draft Rankings: Top 115 – April 2018

Cam Robinson


2018 NHL Draft Rankings

April 2018 Edition



The final stretch drive for draft-eligible prospects, and the opportunity to wow the scouting community is drawing to a close. Many players have had the opportunity to showcase themselves in marquee tournaments. The Ivan Hlinka Memorial, Five Nations, World Junior Championships and the U18’s have provided big stages for these youngsters.


Other players have had to go the hard way. Fighting their way up draft boards from more untapped regions such as New England prep schools, second tier professional circuits, and European U20 leagues. Regardless of where they play, if they shine, the hawks in the stands should have had an opportunity to get a glance.


When putting together my personal rankings, I rely a great deal on the minds and opinions of some more experienced scouts. This has been aided by countless hours of video and live viewings that I log myself.


I place a great deal of emphasis on skating ability, processing skills and an ability to thrive on a consistent basis. These rankings are not intended to mimic how the draft will end up this June. It is a glimpse of how I feel the players will progress as they mature and (hopefully) experience success as NHL players.


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Regarding tiers, this crop has a clear number one in Rasmus Dahlin. Behind him, Andrei Svechnikov has separated himself enough to form his own single tier. Players in the 3-11 slots would make up the third tier and likely the end of the obvious high-end talent.


The fourth tier is comprised of players in the 12-19 positions, with 20-26 falling into tier five. Tier six is your players from 27-45. Look for players 46-60 to be a grouping in tier seven.


Consider players in the 61-115 range to be in the arena that will have a lot of variance. One list may have a guy 30-plus spots higher than the scout next to him depending on the days they’ve seen them play and the assets they truly value. Each have a skill or two that iare admirable but also feature a troubling deficiency or three.


I’m limited to a degree by not getting to see all these players play consistently all season. That said, I’ve had eyes on each player listed at some point this year. A player like Jay O’Brien intrigues many, myself included, but I was only able to have a handful of viewings and in unique situations.


Remember, these are approximations and not steadfast tiers written in stone