Not since 2000 have two players listed at right wing by NHL Central Scouting been chosen among the top three selections in the NHL Draft.
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That could change at the 2018 NHL Draft because of the high number of prospects at the position. In 2000, Dany Heatley of the University of Wisconsin went No. 2 to the Atlanta Thrashers, and Marian Gaborik of Dukla Trencin in Slovakia went No. 3 to the Minnesota Wild.
Heatley and Gaborik were two of six players listed at right wing among the 30 picks in the first round.
Here are NHL.com’s top 10 right wings available for the 2018 draft:
1. Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 1 (North American skaters)
The left-handed shot may be the only other NHL-ready player in the draft along with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 188 pounds) had 72 points (40 goals, 32 assists) and a plus-26 rating in 44 regular-season games as a rookie in Barrie. He had 59 points (30 goals, 28 assists) in 34 games after returning to the lineup from a hand injury sustained on Oct. 14. He was voted No. 1 in the ‘Best Skater’ category, and second for ‘Best Shot’ in the OHL Eastern Conference coaches poll for the regular season.
2. Filip Zadina, Halifax (QMJHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 3 (North American skaters)
Zadina (6-0, 195) won the Michael Bossy Trophy as the top professional prospect in the QMJHL after finishing first in rookie scoring in the league with 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games in his first season in North America. He finished second in scoring for the Czech Republic at the WJC with eight points (seven goals, one assist) in seven games.
3. Oliver Wahlstrom, USA U-18 (USHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 7 (North American skaters)
The product of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, who will attend Boston College in the fall, led USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program under-18 team with 94 points (48 goals, 46 assists), 13 power-play goals, six game-winning goals and 288 shots on goal in 62 games. Wahlstrom (6-1, 205) has good hockey sense, and is tough to handle 1-on-1 and can hit a one-timer as well as some NHL players.
4. Vitali Kravtsov, Chelyabinsk (RUS)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 3 (International skaters)
As one of the youngest players in the Kontinental Hockey League, Kravtsov (6-2, 180), a left-hand shot, had four goals and three assists in 35 games for Traktor Chelyabinsk. He made his mark in the KHL playoffs, scoring 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 16 games. Named the KHL rookie of the year, Kravtsov plays a mature, strong game as a power forward. When he fills out, he’ll be extremely difficult to contain.
5. Dominik Bokk, Vaxjo Jr. (SWE-JR)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 12 (International skaters)
Born in Schweinfurt, Germany, the 6-1, 180-pound right-handed shooter had 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 35 games as a rookie for Vaxjo in Sweden’s SuperElit. He scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight playoff games to help Vaxjo reach the SuperElit championship game. Bokk is a finesse-type forward, strong on his skates and looks to shoot. He’ll play in the SHL next season.
6. Martin Kaut, Pardubice (CZREP)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 4 (International skaters)
Kaut (6-1, 176) has performed well at every level as an exceptional skater with great acceleration and speed to create odd-man rushes. He has good hockey sense and is a two-way competitor with soft hands and a quick release. He had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 38 regular-season games, and three goals and two assists in seven playoff games in the Czech League. He had two goals and five assists in seven games for fourth-place Czech Republic in the 2018 WJC.
7. Serron Noel, Oshawa (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 10 (North American skaters)
Noel (6-5, 205) was voted the third-best ‘Most Improved Player’ in the OHL Eastern Conference coaches poll after scoring 53 points (28 goals, 25 assists) and five power-play goals in 62 games for the Generals. He scored 20 more goals and 32 more points this season. Noel has the size and strength that scouts crave in a blue-chip prospect, but his skating is close to being NHL ready. He won a gold medal representing Canada at the 2017 Gretzky Hlinka Memorial.
8. Niklas Nordgren, HIFK Jr. (FIN-JR)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 21 (International skaters)
Nordgren had eight goals and 10 points for gold medal-winning Finland at the 2018 World U-18 Championship, including a shorthanded goal 10:41 into the third period to give his country a 3-2 win in the gold medal game against the United States. Nordgren (5-9, 169) is an explosive skater, accurate shooter, and has a propensity for scoring the big goal. He had 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 28 games for HIFK in Finland’s junior division, and six goals and four assists in 10 playoff games to help IFK to a bronze medal.
9. Jan Jenik, Benatky (CZREP-2)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 16 (International skaters)
Jenik (6-1, 161) is a two-way player with a good shot and playmaking ability. He plays a gritty game in all areas of the ice, and had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 30 games in the Czech Republic’s second division.
10. Kirill Marchenko, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 17 (International skaters)
Marchenko (6-3, 187), 17, is a playmaker with patience and quickness for a big man. He works well on the forecheck, can create turnovers and will attack the net to score goals. Marchenko had 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 31 games for Mamonty of the MHL, and three goals and three assists for Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.