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2018 Draft Diary: Kevin Bahl

Ottawa defenseman discusses CHL Top Prospects Game, learning from suspension

by Kevin Bahl / Special to NHL.com

Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 231 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League is No. 30 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. Bahl has 18 points (one goal, 17 assists), 72 penalty minutes and 50 shots on goal in 50 games for the 67's. 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.

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Samuelsson using size, pedigree to develop into top prospect

NTDP defenseman improving offensive game, learning from father Kjell

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

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

Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 team got help developing into a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft from a very close source.

His father, Kjell Samuelsson, was a defenseman for 14 seasons in the NHL and is in his fifth season as development coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Draft Diary: Brady Tkachuk

Boston University forward focused on Beanpot final against Northeastern

by Brady Tkachuk / Special to NHL.com

Boston University freshman left wing Brady Tkachuk (6-foot-3, 196 pounds), No. 3 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists), 89 shots on goal and a plus-11 rating in 28 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.

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Thomas aims to excel on, off ice in NHL

Niagara forward, projected first-round pick in 2018 draft, plans to be active in Hockey Is For Everyone initiative

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.

Niagara forward Akil Thomas never required day care as a youngster. The ice rink was his haven when he tagged along with his dad, Kahlil Thomas.

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Draft Diary: Joseph Veleno

Center off to fast start with Drummondville after trade from Saint John

by Joseph Veleno / Special to NHL.com

Joseph Veleno (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) of Drummondville 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's in his third season in the QMJHL. Veleno had 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 31 games as captain with Saint John before being traded to Drummondville on Dec. 19. He has 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 14 games with Drummondville.

Veleno, No. 13 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23.

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McShane getting help on road to NHL Draft

Oshawa center heeding advice from assistant coach, teammate

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

Oshawa Generals center Allan McShane has an ace up his sleeve when it comes to dealing with the highs and lows of navigating toward the 2018 NHL Draft. 

He found it in Generals assistant coach Greg Nemisz, who went through the same ups and downs as a member of the 2008 draft class.

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Dahlin unanimous No. 1 in first 2018 mock draft

Sweden defenseman consensus top pick by NHL.com experts

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NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage agree that Sweden defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, but little else in their look at how the first round might go.

The 2018 draft will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

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Svechnikov, Zadina, looking to impress for CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Highest two-ranked North American forwards among 40 scheduled to participate

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

GUELPH, Ontario -- Forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina, the two top players in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, are among 40 blue chip prospects scheduled to participate in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Sleeman Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports).

The game will feature seven of the top 10 players in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, and 15 of the top 31 for the 2018 draft, which will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Dahlin tops midterm ranking of international skaters for 2018 NHL Draft

Sweden-born defenseman regarded as 'clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect'

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

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, a candidate to become the first Sweden-born player in 29 years to be chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft, is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of international skaters.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Svechnikov tops midterm ranking of North American skaters for NHL Draft

Central Scouting places Barrie forward ahead of Zadina, Tkachuk

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

Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League was named the No. 1 North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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