2018 Draft Recap

The 2018 Draft was finished off in August with some very interesting results. The entire draft is posted in the draft section of the website, but here is quick run down of the first ten picks of the first round.


With the first pick of the draft, the Nelson Maple Leafs had a no brainer pick and toop Rasmus Dahlin. Dahlin should immediately fortify the Leafs blueline and provide solid offense and defense for many years to come.  Dahlin is one of the most celebrated prospects to come along in some time. He dominated at such an early age , 17, at the World Junior championships.  Dahlin has drawn comparisons at the same age to Erik Karlsson.




With the second pick in the draft, the Apple Valley Argonauts selected Russian scoring winger Andrei Svechnikov. Svechnikov’s skating and puck skills are excellent and should provide Apple Valley with quality offense for many years to come. Svechnikov has 40 goals in 44 games for Barrie of the OHL. His NHL comparison is Ilya Kovalchuk. Apple Valley has a dynamic forwards with lots of offensive ability.



With the third selection in the CHA Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Like the NHL Montreal Canadiens , the CHA team also wanted a big center and most likely a player who is on the actual NHL club.  Many scouting sources had Kotkamiemi rated lower but he was a big riser in many NHL draft lists as the season drew to an end. ISS actually had him rated 16th.  Their comparison on the NHL level is Boone Jenner. Kotkaniemi is 6’2 and had 29 points in 57 games playing in the Finnish Elite league with Assat.



 The Lake Huron Whitecaps made their first selection in the CHA draft and were probably delighted to see Filip Zadina there for the taking. Zadina had 44 goals in 57 games in the Quebec League with Halifax. The 6’0 right winger has scored wherever he has gone and should provide the Whitecaps with great goal scoring off the wing.  His NHL comparison is to Alex Radulov.  Zadina’s hockey sense is what really shines in his play.



With the next pick in the draft , the Cremora Titans went off the grid a bit and surprised a few people. The Titans ofted for instant offense  and they got it in Florida Panthers star winger Evgeni Dadonov. No wondering whether this pick will pan out down the road, the Titans know they will have an instant goal scorer and point producer in their lineup for next year. Dadonov has been a key member of the Florida Panthers top line and a quality offensive player at the age of the 30.



The Penticton Ogopogos were pleasantly surprised to see Brady Tkachuk available to them at number 6. He went third overall in the NHL draft and slide three spots in the CHA draft.  The son of a former NHL’er will give Penticton a big 6’4 frame and provide a balance set of offense and aggressiveness.  His compete and hockey sense is excellent and provides a nice balance of finesse and physical play. Tkachuk had 26 points in 34 games at Boston University this past year. He plays very similar to his brother in Calgary Matthew Tkachuk



 With the 7th selection in the CHA Draft, the Parry Sound Blue Jays went for scoring American Oliver Wahlstrom. The kid is a pure goal scorer and should give some quality offense to the Blue Jays in the next few years. He reminds some people of the Vancouver Canucks Brock Boeser. Boeser is not the world’s greatest skater but gets open, moves his feet and has a great release to go with his hard, accurate shot. Wahlstrom should provide the same.



With the eighth selection in the CHA draft the Everett Silvertips took Quinn Hughes.  The dynamic Hughes impressed many people with this fine play against men at the World Championships for the United States. Not big in stature, Hughes has terrific skating and puck handling skill. The Vancouver Canucks thought enough of him to take him sixth in the NHL draft. Everett picks up a quality puck moving dmen that many people see as an offensive dynamo down the road.



With the ninth selection in the CHA Draft, the Warriors selected Alex Kerfoot. Kerfoot, like Dadonov earlier in the draft, provides the Warriors with a great young prospect that will help them offensively right now. No guessing about what he might or might not turn into, Kerfoot is a good offensive player for the Colorado Avalanche and gives the Warriors a player they can use right now.



With the tenth selection in the draft, the Port Norris Demons picked up Russian forward Vitali Kravtsov. Kravtsov was another player who rose up through the ranks as the draft drew closer to D-Day. He is a big kid at 6’2 who is a strong skater and has very good puck skill and hockey sense. Many people feel he will be a good second line NHL center and that type of quality will help the Demons down the road.  The young 17 year old, had 7 points in 35 games for Chelyabinsk of the KHL.




You can find the rest of the first round at the 2018 draft page .



Cremora takes Hischer #1 in CHA 2017 Draft

Results of the complete 2017 draft are also posted in the draft section of the web site.

Cremora selects Nico Hischier as the first pick in the 2017 draft.

1 1 CRE CRE 1 Nico Hischier NJD C
1 2 LON LON 2 Nolan Patrick PHI C
1 3 PSB PSB 6 Cody Glass VEG C
1 4 WSW WSW 9 Michael Rasmussen DET C
1 5 EVS AVA 3 Miro Heiskanen DAL D

2016 draft

1 1 CRE CRE 1 Auston Matthews C TOR  United States ZSC Lions  (NLA)
1 2 SCO SCO 4 Jesse Puljujarvi RW EDM  Finland Karpat  (Liiga)
1 3 YKH AVA 2 Patrik Laine LW WPG  Finland Tappara  (Liiga)
1 4 EVS YKH 6 Matthew Tkachuk RW CGY  United States London Knights  (OHL)
1 5 HWH HWH 3 Pierre-Luc Dubois D CBJ  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  (QMJHL)
1 6 LON LON 5 Olli Juolevi LW VAN  Finland London Knights  (OHL)
1 7 AVA EVS 11 Logan Brown C OTT  United States Windsor Spitfires  (OHL)
1 8 VIC VIC 8 Alexander Nylander LW BUF  Sweden Mississauga Steelheads  (OHL)
1 9 PET PET 10 Tyson Jost D COL  Canada Penticton Vees  (BCHL)
1 10 QUE QUE 7 Clayton Keller C ARZ  United States U.S. NTDP  (USHL)
1 11 HAM HAM 16 Jakob Chychrun C ARZ  Canada Sarnia Sting  (OHL)
1 12 PND PND 9 Mikhail Sergachev C MTL  Russia Windsor Spitfires  (OHL)
1 13 WSW WSW 582 Jaccob Slavin D CAR
1 14 JER SAS 19 Kieffer Bellows D NYI  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
1 15 SAS JER 12 Michael McLeod C NJD  Canada Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
1 16 NEL NEL 13 Jake Bean D CAR  Canada Calgary Hitmen  (WHL)
1 17 STR VIC 14 Charles McAvoy D BOS  United States Boston University Terriers  (Hockey East)
1 18 VAL VIC 17 Dante Fabbro D NAS  Canada Penticton Vees (BCHL)
1 19 VFC EVS 15 Luke Kunin LW MIN  United States Wisconsin Badgers  (Big Ten)
1 20 MTL MTL 25 Riley Tufte D DET  United States Fargo Force  (USHL)
2 21 CRE CRE 18 Logan Stanley RW WPG  Canada Windsor Spitfires  (OHL)
2 22 SCO SCO 20 Dennis Cholowski C DET  Canada Chilliwack Chiefs  (BCHL)
2 23 YKH YKH 21 Julien Gauthier C CAR  Canada Val-d’Or Foreurs  (QMJHL)
2 24 EVS EVS 32 Tyler Benson LW EDM  Canada Vancouver Giants  (WHL)
2 25 HWH HWH 22 German Rubtsov LW PHI  Russia Russia U18 (MHL)
2 26 LON LON 23 Henrik Borgstrom C FLO  Finland HIFK JR.
2 27 AVA VIC 24 Max Jones C ANA  United States London Knights  (OHL)
2 28 VIC VIC 30 Sam Steel D ANA  Canada Regina Pats  (WHL)
2 29 PET PET 27 Brett Howden C TBL  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors  (WHL)
2 30 QUE QUE 26 Tage Thompson C SLB  United States Connecticut Huskies  (Hockey East)
2 31 HAM HAM 38 Adam Mascherin RW FLO  Canada Kitchener Rangers  (OHL)
2 32 PND VFC 39 Alex DeBrincat LW CHI  United States Erie Otters  (OHL)
2 33 WSW WSW 28 Lucas Johansen C WAS  Canada Kelowna Rockets  (WHL)
2 34 JER JER FA Alexander Radulov D MTL
2 35 SAS SAS 36 Pascal Laberge C PHI  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2 36 NEL CRE 29 Trent Frederic C BOS  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
2 37 STR STR 607 Kevan Miller D BOS
2 38 VAL SAS 40 Cameron Morrison LW COL  Canada Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
2 39 VFC VFC 48 Carter Hart RW PHI  Canada Everett Silvertips  (WHL)
2 40 MTL MTL 31 Yegor Korshkov LW TOR  Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl  (KHL)
3 41 CRE CRE 33 Rasmus Asplund RW BUF  Sweden Farjestad BK  (SHL)
3 42 SCO SCO 34 Andrew Peeke C CBJ  United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 43 YKH YKH 41 Nathan Bastian C/LW NJD  Canada Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
3 44 EVS VFC 65 Vitalii Abramov LW CBJ  Russia Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
3 45 HWH HWH FA Nikita Zaitsev D TOR
3 46 LON LON 35 Jordan Kyrou RW SLB  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
3 47 AVA EVS 617 Mark Letestu D EDM
3 48 VIC VIC 517 Ben Hutton G VAN
3 49 PET PET 42 Jonathan Dahlen D OTT  Sweden Timra IK  (Swe-2)
3 50 QUE QUE 37 Libor Hajek W TBL  Czech Republic Saskatoon Blades  (WHL)
3 51 HAM HAM FA Drake Caggiula D EDM
3 52 PND PND 50 Artur Kayumov RW CHI  Russia Russia U18 (MHL)
3 53 WSW VAL 57 Carl Grundstrom D TOR  Sweden Modo Hockey  (SHL)
3 54 JER JER 55 Filip Gustavsson G PIT  Sweden Lulea HF  (SHL)
3 55 SAS SAS 526 Brandon Davidson G EDM
3 56 NEL NEL 66 Adam Fox C CGY  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
3 57 STR PET 59 Evan Fitzpatrick RW SLB  Canada Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
3 58 VAL EVS 54 Tyler Parsons RW CGY  United States London Knights  (OHL)
3 59 VFC VFC 53 Filip Hronek G DET  Czech Republic Mountfield HK  (CZE)
3 60 MTL MTL 44 Boris Katchouk C TBL  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds  (OHL)
4 61 CRE CRE 43 Janne Kuokkanen RW CAR  Finland Karpat (Liiga)
4 62 SCO SCO 45 Chad Krys G CHI  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 63 YKH JER 51 Kale Clague D DET  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 64 EVS EVS 62 Joseph Woll RW TOR  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 65 HWH HWH 46 Givani Smith RW DET  Canada Guelph Storm  (OHL)
4 66 LON LON 47 Samuel Girard D NAS  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
4 67 AVA NEL 95 Anatoly Golyshev LW NYI  Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL)
4 68 VIC VIC 56 Dillon Dube D CGY  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
4 69 PET PET 700 Mike Condon RW MTL
4 70 QUE SAS 695 Zach Hyman C TOR
4 71 HAM HAM 68 Cam Dineen D ARZ  United States North Bay Battalion  (OHL)
4 72 PND PND 60 Dylan Gambrell D SJS  United States Denver Pioneers  (NCAA)
4 73 WSW WSW 70 William Bitten RW MTL  Canada Flint Firebirds  (OHL)
4 74 JER JER 69 Cliff Pu C BUF  Canada London Knights  (OHL)
4 75 SAS SAS FA Michael Kempny G CHI
4 76 NEL PET 76 Rem Pitlick C NAS  Canada Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
4 77 STR STR 77 Connor Hall D PIT  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
4 78 VAL SCO 49 Ryan Lindgren D BOS  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 79 VFC NEL 605 Josh Manson D ANA
4 80 MTL MTL 705 Charlie Lindgren C MTL
5 81 CRE CRE 52 Wade Allison D PHI  Canada Tri-City Americans  (WHL)
5 82 SCO SCO 58 Taylor Raddysh LW TBL  Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
5 83 YKH SAS 61 Kasper Bjorkqvist G PIT  Finland Espoo Blues  (Liiga)
5 84 EVS VIC 577 Frank Vatrano D BOS
5 85 HWH HWH 638 Mike Reilly D MIN
5 86 LON LON 63 Markus Niemelainen D EDM  Finland Saginaw Spirit  (OHL)
5 87 AVA EVS 702 Linus Ullmark C BUF
5 88 VIC VIC 71 Josh Anderson G COL  Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
5 89 PET PET 83 Wouter Peeters D CHI  Belgium EC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)
5 90 QUE QUE 64 William Lockwood C VAN  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5 91 HAM HAM 703 Garret Sparks D TOR
5 92 PND PND 74 Hudson Elynuik C CAR  Canada Spokane Chiefs  (WHL)
5 93 WSW WSW 510 Andrew Desjardins LW CHI
5 94 JER JER 79 Luke Green C WPG  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
5 95 SAS JER 96 Linus Lindstrom LW CGY  Sweden Skelleftea AIK (SHL)
5 96 NEL NEL 80 Brandon Gignac C NJD  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
5 97 STR STR 82 Carsen Twarynski D PHI  Canada Calgary Hitmen  (WHL)
5 98 VAL VAL 156 Eetu Tuulola D CGY  Finland HPK  (Liiga)
5 99 VFC NEL FA Joe Hicketts LW FA
5 100 MTL VFC 560 Conor Sheary D PIT
6 101 CRE CRE 67 Matt Filipe D CAR  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
6 102 SCO SCO 72 James Greenway LW TOR  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
6 103 YKH SAS FA Philippe Meyers LW PHI
6 104 EVS NEL FA Jared Coreau G DET
6 105 HWH NEL 604 Joseph Blandisi G NJD
6 106 LON LON 73 Joseph Anderson RW NJD  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
6 107 AVA NEL 81 Sean Day D NYR  Canada Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
6 108 VIC VIC 92 Adam Brooks D TOR  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
6 109 PET PET 94 Jonathan Ang C FLO  Canada Peterborough Petes  (OHL)
6 110 QUE QUE 75 Jack Lafontaine D CAR  Canada Janesville Jets  (NAHL)
6 111 HAM HAM 100 Victor Mete C MTL  Canada London Knights  (OHL)
6 112 PND PND 93 Jack Kopacka D ANA  United States Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
6 113 WSW WSW 639 Mike Santorelli C ANA
6 114 JER JER 97 Jacob Cederholm D WPG  Sweden HV71  (SHL)
6 115 SAS SAS 99 Brett Murray C BUF  Canada Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
6 116 NEL NEL FA Kasimir Kaskisuo C TOR
6 117 STR STR 87 Garrett Pilon LW WAS  Canada Kamloops Blazers  (WHL)
6 118 VAL VAL 126 Mitchell Mattson C CGY  United States Grand Rapids Thunderhawks  (US-MN HS)
6 119 VFC PET 111 Noah Gregor C SJS  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
6 120 MTL MTL 103 Todd Burgess LW OTT  United States Fairbanks Ice Dogs  (NAHL)
7 121 CRE VAL 122 Vladimir Bobylev D TOR  Russia Victoria Royals  (WHL)
7 122 SCO SCO 78 Frederic Allard RW NAS  Canada Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
7 123 YKH VAL 201 Ty Ronning G NYR  Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
7 124 EVS EVS 601 Jordan Schroeder D MIN
7 125 HWH HWH 516 Ben Chiarot C WPG
7 126 LON QUE 84 Matthew Cairns C EDM  Canada Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
7 127 AVA SAS 86 Casey Fitzgerald C BUF  United States Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)
7 128 VIC SAS FA Markus Nutivaara G CBJ
7 129 PET PET 114 Riley Stillman D FLO  Canada Oshawa Generals  (OHL)
7 130 QUE QUE 85 Joshua Mahura D ANA  Canada Red Deer Rebels  (WHL)
7 131 HAM HAM 109 Connor Bunnaman G PHI  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 132 PND PND 550 Chris Wideman D OTT
7 133 WSW WSW 566 David Schlemko D NJD
7 134 JER JER 112 Jacob Moverare G LAK  Sweden HV71 (SHL)
7 135 SAS SAS 139 Linus Hogberg LW PHI  Sweden Vaxjo-jr. (SWE-jr.)
7 136 NEL CRE 88 Connor Ingram D TBL  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
7 137 STR STR 105 Evan Cormier D NJD  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
7 138 VAL MTL 113 Nathan Noel C CHI  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
7 139 VFC HAM FA Linus Hultstrom D FLO
7 140 MTL MTL 117 Damien Riat D WAS  Switzerland Geneve-Servette HC  (NLA)
8 141 CRE CRE 89 Linus Nassen LW FLO  Sweden Lulea HF (SHL)
8 142 SCO SCO 90 Fredrik Karlstrom C DAL  Sweden AIK  (Swe-Jr)
8 143 YKH WSW 620 Matt Bartkowski W VAN
8 144 EVS VFC FA Justav Forsling C CHI
8 145 HWH HWH FA Yohann Auvitu LW NJD
8 146 LON LON 91 Filip Berglund RW EDM  Sweden Skelleftea AIK  (SHL)
8 147 AVA NEL 145 Beck Malenstyn LW WAS  Canada Calgary Hitmen  (WHL)
8 148 VIC NEL 154 Jakob Stukel C VAN  Canada Calgary Hitmen  (WHL)
8 149 PET PET 123 Dylan Wells LW EDM  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
8 150 QUE QUE 98 Tarmo Reunanen C NYR  Finland TPS Jr.
8 151 HAM HAM 200 David Quenneville D NYI  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers  (WHL)
8 152 PND PND 134 Jeremy Helvig LW CAR  Canada Kingston Frontenacs  (OHL)
8 153 WSW WSW 102 Mikhail Maltsev C NJD  Russia Russia U-18 (MHL)
8 154 JER JER 118 Ross Colton LW TBL  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
8 155 SAS SAS 196 Dmitry Sokolov G MIN  Russia Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
8 156 NEL NEL FA Radel Fazleev RW PHI
8 157 STR STR 101 Keaton Middleton G TOR  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
8 158 VAL LON 104 Max Zimmer D CAR  United States Chicago Steel  (USHL)
8 159 VFC EVS 548 Chris VandeVelde LW PHI
8 160 MTL MTL 127 Jordan Stallard C WPG  Canada Calgary Hitmen  (WHL)
9 161 CRE CRE 128 Colton Point D DAL  Canada Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
9 162 SCO SCO 106 Brandon Duhaime W MIN  United States Tri-City Storm  (USHL)
9 163 YKH SAS FA Aaron Dell W SJS
9 164 EVS EVS 107 Alfons Malmstrom D DET  Sweden Orebro Jr. (Sweden)
9 165 HWH HWH 660 Scott Wilson C PIT
9 166 LON LON 108 Hardy Haman-Aktell C NAS  Sweden Skelleftea Jr. (Sweden)
9 167 AVA NEL 186 Stepan Falkovsky G CGY  Belarus Ottawa 67’s  (OHL)
9 168 VIC YKH 116 Rhett Gardner G DAL  Canada North Dakota Fighting Hawks  (NCHC)
9 169 PET PET 602 Jordie Benn C DAL
9 170 QUE HWH FA Robbie Russo LW NYI
9 171 HAM HAM 166 Matthew Phillips C CGY  Canada Victoria Royals  (WHL)
9 172 PND PND 165 Oskar Steen C BOS  Sweden Farjestad-jr. (SWE-jr.)
9 173 WSW WSW 598 Jonathan Marchessault D TBL
9 174 JER JER FA Kirill Kaprizov G FA
9 175 SAS SAS 191 Travis Barron C/RW COL  Canada Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
9 176 NEL NEL FA Vladimir Kuznetsov D FA
9 177 STR STR 110 Lucas Carlsson D CHI  Sweden Brynas IF  (SHL)
9 178 VAL YKH 115 Alex Dostie D ANA  Canada Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
9 179 VFC VFC 120 Otto Koivula D NYI  Finland Ilves  (Liiga)
9 180 MTL MTL 138 Patrick Harper D NAS  United States Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers  (US-CT HS)
10 181 CRE NEL 197 Mattias Elfstrom D DET  Sweden Malmo-jr. (SWE-jr.)
10 182 SCO SCO 119 Tanner Kaspick LW SLB  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10 183 YKH YKH 146 Nicholas Caamano D DAL  Canada Flint Firebirds (OHL)
10 184 EVS YKH 125 Nolan Stevens C SLB  United States Northeastern Huskies (NCAA)
10 185 HWH YKH 135 Joona Koppanen C BOS  Finland Ilves-jr. (FIN-jr.)
10 186 LON LON 121 Ryan Jones D PIT  United States Lincoln Stars  (USHL)
10 187 AVA SAS FA Kalle Kossila D ANA
10 188 VIC LON 124 Casey Staum D MTL  United States Hill-Murray Pioneers  (US-MN HS)
10 189 PET PET 555 Cody Hodgson D NAS
10 190 QUE LON 129 Philip Nyberg C BUF  Sweden Linkoping-jr. (SWE-jr.)
10 191 HAM HAM FA Alex Lyon LW PHI
10 192 PND NEL FA Troy Stecher D VAN
10 193 WSW WSW 143 Mathias From LW CHI  Denmark Rogle-jr. (SWE-jr.)
10 194 JER JER FA Nick Lappin C NJD
10 195 SAS SAS FA Malte Stromwall D NYR
10 196 NEL NEL FA Dryden Hunt RW FLO
10 197 STR STR 130 Vojtech Budik LW BUF  Czech Republic Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
10 198 VAL YKH 179 Nicolas Mattinen D TOR  Canada London Knights  (OHL)
10 199 VFC VFC 167 Filip Larsson D DET  Sweden Djurgarden-jr. (SWE-jr.)
10 200 MTL MTL 133 Maxime Lajoie D OTT  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)