The NHL has released their final rankings for the 2018 draft for North American and International skaters.
Rasmus Dahlin is ranked 1st on the International list and Andrei Svechnikov is ranked 1st on the North American list.
On the International list, Dahlin is followed by Adam Boqvist (D - Sweden), Vitali Kravtsov (RW - Russia), Martin Kaut ( RW - Czech), Adam Ginning (D - Sweden).
From the NHL release, Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said, "Dahlin is the real deal and the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft. He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and pace of a game with or without the puck. The icing on the cake with Dahlin is that he's an ultra-competitive player and a high-character person who leads by example."
On the North American list, RW Svechkikov (Barrie - OHL) is followed by LW Brady Tkachuk (BU), RW Filip Zadina (Halifax - QMJHL), D Evan Bouchard (London - OHL) and D Noah Dobson.
Marr said that Svechnikov "has a consistent and competitive power game that gets the puck through checks and to the net with speed and skill," said Marr. "As a first-year player, he quickly established himself in the OHL as an offensive impact player capable of influencing the game every time he's on the ice."
The Rangers have the 9th best odds to get the first overall pick at 6% and around a 19% chance of landing in the top-three.
In January, Bob McKenzie had the top-five prospects listed as Dahlin, Svechnikov, Zadina, Tkachuk and Bosqvist. (TSN)
Craig Button's list of tops prospects, in March, had Dahlin, Tkachuk, Svechnikov, Zadina and Bouchard in the top-five.
Adam Rotter: It seems like this is a draft that will be heavy on defensemen and that works for the Rangers. I think they will go best player available with their picks and if a potential scoring linemate for Filip Chytil is available, the Rangers may go down that road early and defensemen with their other two picks. It all remains to be seen and obviously the draft lottery and seeing where Tampa and Boston end up, as well as New Jersey with the second round pick, will play a big part in the Rangers draft strategy.