6. Detroit Red Wings select Quinn Hughes
Michigan(NCAA) GP:37 G:5 A:24 P:29
The Detroit Red Wings had all year to look towards who they’re drafting and there’s no better fit than someone who played in their own state in Hughes. Quinn plays a highly active game for a blueliner and will look to pinch in and help make a play develop more times than not. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill also got the chance to see Hughes play first hand at the world championships.
7. Vancouver Canucks select Evan Bouchard
London(OHL) GP:67 G:25 A:62 P:87
With the numbers Bouchard put up this year you would think he would be a top 5 guy which very well could be the case but I think he may fall to the Canucks. There might not be a better first passer in the draft than Bouchard. He can break it out himself or stretch pass to a forward. The Canucks have a lot of young upcoming forwards in the system and I think they’ll look to take a blueliner this draft.
8. Chicago Blackhawks select Oliver Wahlstrom
USA U-18(USHL) GP:62 G:48 A:46 P:94
Wahlstrom has all the tools to become a first line winger in the NHL. With his shot and ability to create something out of nothing he has been in the top 10 all year. His display at the world u-18’s scoring 7 goals in 7 games has nothing but secured him in the top 10 of this years draft. Oliver is a scoring threat anytime he’s on the ice.
9. New York Rangers select Noah Dobson
Acadie-Bathurst(QMJHL) GP:67 G:17 A:52 P:69
Noah Dobson is as complete of a blueliner as they come, you can play him in any situation and get production. I personally probably have him ranked a little low and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go anywhere between 6-8. If he does fall to the Rangers I wouldn’t doubt that they jump all over the opportunity to draft Noah. He brings a smart and creative approach that makes his teammates better.
10. Edmonton Oilers select Adam Boqvist
Byrnas(SWE-SuperElit) GP:25 G:14 A:10 P:24
Boqvist is one of the more interesting prospects in this years draft. He is without a doubt a great offensive defenceman, the only concern to his game however is how he’ll be able to defend versus the best of the best in the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers if they draft Boqvist will be getting a guy who has all the potential to be a legit top pairing offensive blueliner.