NHL draft prospects final rankings: Who might intrigue Red Wings? – Detroit Free Press


Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg answers questions about the team’s poor season at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, April 10.

Andrei Svechnikov (7), considered the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, carries the puck for Russia against the U.S. during Friday’s Five Nations tourney game.(Photo: RENA LAVERTY | USA HOCKEY)

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and forward Andrei Svechnikov retain their rankings as the top skaters available in June’s NHL draft. 

Dahlin tops the list of International skaters, while Svechnikov, brother of Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, tops North American skaters. Forward Brady Tkachuk moved up one spot from midseason rankings to second among North American skaters while defenseman Adam Boqvist ranks second on the International skaters list.

The rankings were released by NHL Central Scouting on Monday.

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The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas. The next big date is April 28, when the NHL holds the draft lottery. The Red Wings have 8.5 percent odds of winning the right to draft first overall. The odds for the remaining non-playoff clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the second lottery draw (based on which club wins the first lottery draw) and again for the third. 

The worst the Wings can pick is eighth, if three non-playoff teams above Detroit in the standings win the rights to the first three selections. 

Rounding out the top five rankings among International skaters are forward Vitali Kravtsov, forward Martin Kaut, and defenseman Adam Ginning.

Rounding out the top five among North American skaters are forward Filip Zadina and

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