With Rasmus Dahlin going first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, we break down where the other chips may fall in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, including who the Toronto Maple Leafs will select.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for scouts and hockey executives. On Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the rest of the NHL will converge on Dallas for the 2018 NHL Draft.
Unlike last year, this particular draft class has had a clear top-dog for the last few months. Barring an absolutely horrendous decision on the Buffalo Sabres‘ part, Rasmus Dahlin will be the first name off the board.
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Last year, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Timothy Liljegren, who many did not expect to be available heading into the draft.
As for the rest of the picks, it depends on what you read. There has been a lot of moving and shaking this year, from the fifth position all the way to the end of the round.
To help sort through who will end up where, I enlisted some assistance. Helping with the picks will be Tip of the Tower expert David Morassutti, guest contributor Jake Middleton, and Omar White, expert for A Winning Habit.
We randomized the picking order 10 times to ensure a fair shake for everyone. With that said, Mr. Middleton, you are on the clock!