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Baker's Top 31: #1 Rasmus Dahlin

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#1 - Rasmus Dahlin
Position: Defense
Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)
Height: 6'2" // Weight: 185 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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Baker's Top 31: #2 Andrei Svechnikov

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#2 - Andrei Svechnikov
Position: Right Wing
Team: Barrie Colts (OHL)
Height: 6'2" // Weight: 192 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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Baker's Top 31: #3 Filip Zadina

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#3 - Filip Zadina
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Height: 6'0" // Weight: 196 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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Draft notebook: Kirk can make history for U.K. hockey

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Liam Kirk sat and answered questions in front of the bright blue backdrop at Harborcenter, as surprised as anyone to be there. The 18-year-old had just finished his fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine, concluding a week that once seemed like a pipe dream for a native of Rotherham, England. 

Sure, Kirk always thought he could play in the NHL. But opportunity is rare for those who come up through the ranks in England, too rare to consider a real possibility. Only once has a player been trained in the U.K. and drafted into the NHL, when Tony Hand was selected by Edmonton with the last pick in 1986. 

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Baker's Top 31: #4 Brady Tkachuk

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#4 - Brady Tkachuk
Position: Center/Left Wing
Team: Boston University (NCAA)
Height: 6'3" // Weight: 191 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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Draft notebook: Drury hopes to carve his own path to NHL

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jack Drury is used to being recognized for his name. Such is life when your father and uncle have a combined 1,306 NHL games under their belt, not to mention a Stanley Cup and a pair of Olympic medals for the latter. 

It's no surprise, then, that Drury was recognized during his time at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, the city where his uncle, Chris, produced some of his finest pro seasons as one of the core players on teams that reached back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Baker's Top 31: #5 Oliver Wahlstrom

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#5 - Oliver Wahlstrom
Position: Center/Right Wing
Team: United States National U-18 Team (USHL)
Height: 6'1" // Weight: 208 lbs.
Shoots: Right

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Baker's Top 31: #6 Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#6 - Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Position: Center
Team: Assat Pori (Liiga)
Height: 6'2" // Weight: 181 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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Draft notebook: Second-half surge boosted Foudy's draft stock

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When NHL Central Scouting Services released their midterm prospect rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft back in January, Liam Foudy was listed 91st among North American skaters. Fast forward to the release of their final rankings in May, and the digits next to his name had flipped. 

Foudy shot up to No. 19 on the list, the product of a second-half surge sparked by a busy trade deadline for the London Knights. London's decision to trade a group of veterans - one that included Sabres prospect Cliff Pu - opened the door for Foudy to see more ice time and play in more situations. 

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Baker's Top 31: #7 Quintin Hughes

Kris Baker counts down the top 2018 NHL Draft prospects

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on June 22 in Dallas.

#7 - Quintin Hughes
Position: Defense
Team: University of Michigan (NCAA)
Height: 5'9" // Weight: 173 lbs.
Shoots: Left

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