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Draft Preview 2018

Draft Preview 2018

It’s THN's XL-sized Draft Preview 2018 edition! We run down our top 100 prospects with scouting reports on each, plus NHL Team Reports with the short- and long-term prospect needs for all 31 clubs. Plus, features on Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov and many more. Also, a special section dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos and how the community is recovering.

NHL

OIL CRISIS DRAGS ON

HARD TO BELIEVE so many gambling and media outlets – yes, including us – marked Edmonton down as the class of the West prior to the season. Even ahead of 2017 Cup finalist Nashville. The Oilers looked like they were only going to gain speed, with their two best players just 20 and 21. But flaws in their team game became apparent. Now, with a top-10 pick, Edmonton needs more speed and skill. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera aren’t going to be the offensive difference-makers from the blueline that the team badly needs. Edmonton’s defense corps ranks among the worst in the NHL in terms of production, and that’s with Darnell Nurse having a breakout year. A big bomber from the point would remedy the league’s worst power play…

Humboldt

HUMBOLDT STRONG

Everything you know and everything you understand is gone. But there is an opportunity that exists for us to heal and that can only happen with the Humboldt Broncos being on the ice– Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger THEY’D MADE UP their minds. No more billeting hockey players, and that was final. Which was why this was just supposed to be a temporary arrangement. But then Conner Lukan stepped through the doors of Kevin and Kathy Garinger’s home and stole their hearts, what with all the passion and the pleases and the thank yous and the wearing of his heart on his sleeve. It only took a couple days before Kevin turned to his wife and said, “Can we keep him?” Kevin, who is also the president of the Humboldt Broncos junior…

NHL

BUILDING BLOCKS

WINNING THE draft lottery helped New Jersey’s remarkable summer turnaround, but Nico Hischier wasn’t the only good pick. Unheralded 2016 sixth-rounder Jesper Bratt also made a quick impact, giving credence to the Devils’ strategy of casting a wide net in the draft. GM Ray Shero gave his scouts 20 picks in the past two drafts. Shero traded away some picks this year, but still has six selections heading into Dallas. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The addition of Sami Vatanen helped buttress a defense corps that, on paper, was less than impressive. Rookie Will Butcher proved himself ready for the NHL, but another defenseman would go a long way for this rapidly improving franchise. With a generous amount of cap space, New Jersey has the opportunity to court a true No. 1 blueliner in…

BUZZ

SO LONG SEDINS

Their DNA. Their team. Their thoughts. You name it and Daniel and Henrik shared it. The most perfectly bonded linemates in NHL history have retired, and we’ll never see a duo like them again