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2018 Draft diary: Kevin Bahl

OHL defenseman, projected second-round pick in 2018, discusses playing in outdoor game, growing pains with young Ottawa team

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League received a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list and is a projected second-round candidate for the 2018 NHL Draft. Bahl has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) and 46 penalty minutes in 32 games for the 67's. He won a gold medal representing Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, scoring two points (one goal, one assist) in five games. The left-handed shot has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his third entry, Bahl discusses the upcoming outdoor game against Gatineau at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Sunday (3 p.m. ET), and his season so far.

 

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2018 Draft diary: Brady Tkachuk

Boston University forward discusses rivalry games, being invited to USA Select Camp for World Junior Championship

by Brady Tkachuk / Special to NHL.com

Boston University freshman forward Brady Tkachuk (6-foot-3, 196 pounds), an A rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), 63 shots on goal and a plus-9 rating in 17 games this season. He's the son of United States Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk and the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. Brady has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his fourth entry, Tkachuk discusses games against rival Boston College and being invited to USA Hockey select camp for the IIHF 2018 World Junior Championship.

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Wahlstrom already flashing NHL-quality moves

2018 Draft prospect's offensive skills opening eyes with USNTDP

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2018 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Right wing Oliver Wahlstrom of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program never appeared overwhelmed as the youngest participant at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, in August.

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Top NHL Draft prospect Svechnikov could return from hand injury next week

Forward with Barrie of Ontario Hockey League expected to be top-five pick in 2018

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, could return to the lineup as early as next week after missing the past 15 games because of a hand injury.

Svechnikov, who earned an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, was tied for second in the Ontario Hockey League with 10 goals in 10 games. He last played Oct. 14.

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2018 Draft diary: Joseph Veleno

Saint John forward gaining confidence, sees team chemistry growing

by Joseph Veleno / Special to NHL.com

Joseph Veleno (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) of Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the first player granted exceptional status to play as a 15-year-old in the league. He has 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) in 27 games and is Saint John's captain. The 17-year-old native of Kirkland, Quebec, has 108 points (30 goals, 78 assists) in 134 QMJHL games. Veleno, who received an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Creative Lundestrom building first-round resume for 2018 NHL Draft

Center producing in Swedish Hockey League, received A rating from NHL Central Scouting

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2018 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Center Isac Lundestrom of Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League has made it a habit of being difficult to contain.

Lundestrom (6-foot, 185 pounds) is hoping that style of play and the way he sees the ice to create space for himself and teammates will make an indelible impression leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Tkachuk creating own niche on potential road to NHL

Top prospect for 2018 draft stands out with speed, all-around game

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Boston University freshman forward Brady Tkachuk doesn't mind being compared to his father, Keith Tkachuk, who scored 538 goals in 18 NHL seasons, or his older brother, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.

In fact, he says he's an amalgam of the best parts of their games, which is one of the reasons he's rated among the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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2018 Draft diary: Kevin Bahl

OHL defenseman, projected second-round pick, discusses Canada Russia Series, goals for next part of season

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League received a B rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list and is a projected second-round candidate for the 2018 NHL Draft. Bahl has nine assists, 15 shots on goal, and 44 penalty minutes in 21 games. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in five games to help Canada win the gold medal with Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The left-handed shot has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. In his second entry, Bahl talks about playing for the OHL against Russia in the 2017 Canada Russia Series on Nov. 13 and some upcoming games for Ottawa.

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Seven 2018 NHL Draft prospects upgraded to A ratings

Noel, Wilde, Alexeyev among those rated higher in November players to watch list

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Right wing Serron Noel of Oshawa in the Ontario Hockey League is one of seven players who have been upgraded to A-rated players on NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch list for November.

The revised list serves as an update to the preliminary players to watch that was released Oct. 3 and which was based on last season's reports. Players with an A rating are considered potential first-round candidates for the 2018 NHL Draft, which will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Bahl helps OHL defeat Russia in junior series

Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect scores in win

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Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Kevin Bahl scored and the Ontario Hockey League won 4-2 against Russia in the fourth game of the 2017 Canada Russia Series at Sudbury Community Arena on Monday.

Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights) had two goals and an assist, and Conor Timmins (Colorado Avalanche) had a goal and two assists. Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks) had 23 saves.

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