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2018 Draft diary: Kevin Bahl

OHL defenseman, projected second-round pick discusses expectations for season

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League is a projected second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He received a "B"-rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list. Bahl has five assists and 16 penalty minutes after 11 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 will maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his first entry, he discusses his best attributes and expectations in his second OHL season.

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QMJHL roster set for 2017 Canada Russia Series

Three from NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for 2018 draft among those competing next month

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

Three skaters given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft are among the 24 playing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the 2017 Canada Russia Series.

The games will be played at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on Nov. 14, and at Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, on Nov. 16. 

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Hughes earning attention with poise, hockey IQ

University of Michigan defenseman's intelligence has made him top 2018 NHL Draft prospect

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

University of Michigan freshman defenseman Quintin Hughes has decided to major in sports management, with one possible career path leading him to becoming an NHL general manager.

The interest there comes from watching his father, Jim Hughes, who was director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2009-15 and is the director of player development for CAA Sports' hockey division.

"It's something I've been interested in for a while," Hughes said. "My dad worked for the Leafs for a couple years and he's been working in hockey. See what he's done and that's where I got it from."

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2018 Draft diary: Brady Tkachuk

Boston University forward enjoying start to season, excited to have parents in town to see him play

by Brady Tkachuk / Special to NHL.com

Forward Brady Tkachuk (6-foot-3, 196 pounds), a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft, had 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team last season, and also helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. 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 second entry, he talks about the start to his freshman season at Boston University. In two games he has one assist and a team-high 12 shots on goal.

 

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Merkley has potential to become 'special' player

Size no deterrent for defenseman prospect with eyes on being chosen No. 1 in 2018 NHL Draft

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

Size on defense hasn't been an issue of late for NHL teams, a fact not lost on defenseman prospect Ryan Merkley.

In the 2017 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected defenseman Miro Heiskanen (6-foot, 170 pounds) with the No. 3 pick, and the Colorado Avalanche chose defenseman Cale Makar (5-11, 180) at No. 4.

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2018 Draft diary: Joe Veleno

Saint John center understands role, importance of being captain

by Joe Veleno / Special to NHL.com

Center Joe Veleno (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) of Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was the first player granted "exceptional status" to play as a 15-year-old in the league. He's in his third season with the Sea Dogs and has four points (one goal, three assists) in six games as captain this season. The 17-year-old native of Kirkland, Quebec, had 83 points (26 goals, 57 assists) in 107 games his first two seasons in the league. Veleno, who received an "A"-rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the draft in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Dahlin gaining attention as potential No. 1 pick

Defenseman prospect could be first Sweden-born player to go first in NHL Draft since 1989

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

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin wasn't aware what it meant to be a generational talent when asked about it, but he could find himself in that category prior to the 2018 NHL Draft if he continues to build upon his already impressive hockey resume.

When Dahlin questioned the meaning of a generational player, he was reminded of recent No. 1 picks Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers in 2015) and Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs, 2016), and how they've dominated so early in their NHL careers.

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2018 Draft: Dahlin among players to watch

Defenseman, touted as Sweden's best prospect, earns 'A' rating on NHL Central Scouting's list

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

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who could be the first Sweden-born player in 29 years to be chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft, earned an "A" rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2018 draft, which was released Tuesday.

The last Swede to be selected No. 1 was center Mats Sundin to the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. Dahlin (6-foot-2, 181 pounds) has two points (one goal, one assist) and six shots on goal in four games as the youngest player (17) for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League this season.

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2018 Draft diary: Brady Tkachuk

Boston University forward eager to start college career after playing in All-American Prospects Game

by Brady Tkachuk / Special to NHL.com

Forward Brady Tkachuk (6-foot-3, 196 pounds), a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft, had 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program last season, and also helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. 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 monthly blog for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23. In his first entry, he talks about the start to his freshman year at Boston University and his experience at the 2017 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

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Trio eligible for 2018 NHL Draft had mentor in Hischier

Halifax teammates, Canada U-18 hopefuls watched 2017 top pick develop, handle expectations in juniors

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Three skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft had a front-row seat of what they might expect this season.

Forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx, defenseman Jared McIsaac and goaltender Alexis Gravel, who each play for Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, watched their teammate, center Nico Hischier, handle his stressful, season-long draft year. 

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