Toronto Maple Leafs: 2018 NHL Draft Player Rankings

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 4: Rasmus Dahlin
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 4: Rasmus Dahlin /
5 of 16

Embed from Getty Images

One of the best finishers in the draft

Average Ranking: 7.25

"“As a go-to for the US under-18 program, Wahlstrom has positioned himself as a shoot-first option. He has size and strength and when he’s on, his game has a pro-feel to it.” (Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet)"

Another American in a class that will go down as one of the best in the country’s history. Wahlstrom has distinguished himself as one of the best finishers in the draft.

Playing with the U.S. Under-18 National Team, Wahlstrom has 43 points in 33 games, with 25 of those points being goals.

The former Shattuck St. Mary’s product will be attending Harvard next season.

Average Ranking: 9.25

"“The dynamic two-way defender continues to display his full arsenal of weapons with Spokane this season. Smith is an excellent skater who demonstrates poise and patience with the puck. His outlets are crisp and his head is always up. He’s a player you fall in love with because he always makes the right play.” (Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects)"

This is the year of the smaller defenders, as Smith headlines a flurry of them that are projected to go in the first round.

While many defencemen of smaller stature focusing more on the offensive end of the game, Smith is very responsible in his own end.

That’s not to say he doesn’t pack an offensive punch. His 44 points in 46 games for the Spokane Chiefs suggests anything but.