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2018 NHL Draft: Who are the best players available on day two?

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There is still some value to be had on the draft’s second day

NHL: NHL Draft Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, 31 players were selected but there are still a lot of interesting prospects available when day two will get underway shortly after 11:00 a.m. Eastern when the Buffalo Sabres make the 32nd selection.

Seven players remaining had a first-round grade in our consensus rankings, up from four a year ago. The top player on the board is defenceman Bode Wilde (20th). Wilde represents the United States and plays in the USHL, but was born and grew up in Montreal. Serron Noel (21), Akil Thomas (22), Jonatan Berggren (24), Ryan McLeod (27), Jacob Olofsson (30) and Jared McIsaac (31) were in the top 31 but still available right now.

The number of players available means that the team is guaranteed to have a look at one of those who fell.

Local talent is always a hot topic when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens and while they may be disappointed that Nicolas Beaudin, and Joe Veleno aren’t available, there are still some local talents available, including Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Gabriel Fortier.

Other interesting players who have a second-round grade include Jake Wise, Jesse Ylonen, and Cameron Hillis.

Ylonen, notably, played with Habs first-round pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi internationally, including at the 2017 World Under-18 championships where 2017 Canadiens second-round pick Joni Ikonen also played.

The Canadiens have nine selections on day two as we stand: 35, 38, 56 and 62 in the second round, 66 in the third round, 97, 102, and 122 in the fourth round, and 128 in the fifth round.

They should be able to get intriguing prospects on day two, assuming they keep the majority of their picks. The nine selections in a deep draft could completely restock their prospect pool.

Be sure to check out all of our prospect profiles here.

Best Available Players - EOTP Consensus Rankings

RK NAME HT WT POS TEAM LEAGUE AVG DROP OFF VARIANCE
RK NAME HT WT POS TEAM LEAGUE AVG DROP OFF VARIANCE
20 WILDE, BODE 6' 2" 195 DEFENSEMAN USA U-18 NTDP 23.36 NA 26
21 NOEL, SERRON 6' 5" 205 RIGHT WING OSHAWA OHL 23.64 0.29 26
22 THOMAS, AKIL 6' 0" 171 CENTER NIAGARA OHL 23.86 0.21 20
24 BERGGREN, JONATAN 5' 10" 181 RIGHT WING SKELLEFTEA JR. SWEDEN-JR. 25.86 2.00 31
27 MCLEOD, RYAN 6' 2" 203 CENTER MISSISSAUGA OHL 30.00 4.14 27
30 OLOFSSON, JACOB 6' 2" 192 CENTER TIMRA SWEDEN-2 34.71 4.71 24
31 MCISAAC, JARED 6' 1" 196 DEFENSEMAN HALIFAX QMJHL 35.14 0.43 41
32 HALLANDER, FILIP 5' 11" 176 CENTER TIMRA SWEDEN-2 37.21 2.07 41
33 TYCHONICK, JONATHAN 6' 0" 173 DEFENSEMAN PENTICTON BCHL 38.43 1.21 37
34 ADDISON, CALEN 5' 10" 180 DEFENSEMAN LETHBRIDGE WHL 38.64 0.21 31
37 SAMUELSSON, MATTIAS 6' 4" 217 DEFENSEMAN USA U-18 NTDP 42.86 4.21 67
38 WISE, JAKE 5' 10" 189 CENTER USA U-18 NTDP 43.86 1.00 70
40 YLONEN, JESSE 6' 0" 167 RIGHT WING ESPOO FINLAND-2 44.86 1.00 70
42 MCBAIN, JACK 6' 3" 197 CENTER TORONTO JC OJHL 46.71 1.86 38
43 MARCHENKO, KIRILL 6' 3" 187 RIGHT WING KHANTY-MANSIYSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 47.36 0.64 92
44 WOO, JETT 6' 0" 205 DEFENSEMAN MOOSE JAW WHL 50.57 3.21 63
T GROULX, BENOIT-OLIVIER 6' 1" 195 CENTER HALIFAX QMJHL 50.57 0.00 62
46 GUSTAFSSON, DAVID 6' 2" 196 CENTER HV 71 SWEDEN 51.71 1.14 87
47 NORDGREN, NIKLAS 5' 9" 169 RIGHT WING HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. 52.21 0.50 63
T GINNING, ADAM 6' 3" 196 DEFENSEMAN LINKOPING SWEDEN 52.57 0.36 67
50 MCSHANE, ALLAN 5' 11" 185 CENTER OSHAWA OHL 53.50 0.93 70
52 LAUKO, JAKUB 6' 0" 169 CENTER CHOMUTOV CZREP 54.29 0.79 56
53 DRURY, JACK 5' 11" 175 CENTER WATERLOO USHL 57.43 3.14 49
54 MCLAUGHLIN, BLAKE 6' 0" 162 LEFT WING CHICAGO USHL 58.43 1.00 59
55 HILLIS, CAMERON 5' 10" 168 CENTER GUELPH OHL 62.50 4.07 118
56 MOROZOV, IVAN 6' 1" 178 CENTER KHANTY-MANSIYSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 64.43 1.93 74
57 ERIKSSON, ALBIN 6' 4" 207 RIGHT WING SKELLEFTEA JR. SWEDEN-JR. 65.29 0.86 93
58 RANTA, SAMPO 6' 2" 190 LEFT WING SIOUX CITY USHL 67.36 2.07 80
59 BAHL, KEVIN 6' 6" 230 DEFENSEMAN OTTAWA OHL 67.57 0.21 76
61 KURASHEV, PHILIPP 6' 0" 190 CENTER QUEBEC QMJHL 70.86 3.29 73
62 KHOVANOV, ALEXANDER 5' 11" 196 CENTER MONCTON QMJHL 71.00 0.14 66
63 DEMIN, STANISLAV 6' 2" 190 DEFENSEMAN WENATCHEE BCHL 72.29 1.29 64
64 BACK, OSKAR 6' 2" 192 CENTER FARJESTAD JR. SWEDEN-JR. 72.93 0.64 81
65 DURZI, SEAN 6' 0" 195 DEFENSEMAN OWEN SOUND OHL 73.79 0.86 185
66 FORTIER, GABRIEL 5' 10" 170 LEFT WING BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 74.07 0.29 45
67 GRUDEN, JONATHAN 6' 0" 172 CENTER USA U-18 NTDP 74.14 0.07 92
68 JENIK, JAN 6' 1" 161 RIGHT WING BENATKY N. J. CZREP-2 75.07 0.93 176
69 SKAREK, JAKUB 6' 3" 196 GOALIE JIHLAVA CZREP 75.55 0.47 62
70 RODRIGUE, OLIVIER 6' 1" 159 GOALIE DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 75.91 0.36 67
71 DUDAS, AIDAN 5' 8" 162 CENTER OWEN SOUND OHL 76.14 0.23 121
72 FONSTAD, COLE 5' 10" 160 CENTER PRINCE ALBERT WHL 76.93 0.79 79
73 FEHERVARY, MARTIN 6' 1" 190 DEFENSEMAN OSKARSHAMN SWEDEN-2 78.43 1.50 53
T ROMAN, MILOS 6' 0" 188 CENTER VANCOUVER WHL 78.43 0.00 50
75 REGULA, ALEC 6' 3" 201 DEFENSEMAN LONDON OHL 81.14 2.71 55
76 SUTTER, RILEY 6' 3" 200 RIGHT WING EVERETT WHL 81.86 0.71 59
77 ISKHAKOV, RUSLAN 5' 8" 152 CENTER CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 83.00 1.14 112
78 ANDERSSON, AXEL 6' 0" 178 DEFENSEMAN DJURGARDEN JR. SWEDEN-JR. 84.50 1.50 58
79 JENKINS, BLADE 6' 1" 195 LEFT WING SAGINAW OHL 85.07 0.57 113
80 PEKAR, MATEJ 6' 0" 170 CENTER MUSKEGON USHL 85.64 0.57 97
81 MADDEN, TYLER 5' 10" 152 CENTER TRI-CITY USHL 86.71 1.07 56
82 EMBERSON, TY 6' 0" 195 DEFENSEMAN USA U-18 NTDP 89.00 2.29 98
83 ZAVGORODNIY, DMITRY 5' 8" 173 LEFT WING RIMOUSKI QMJHL 89.21 0.21 95
84 DOSTAL, LUKAS 6' 1" 158 GOALIE TREBIC CZREP-2 90.64 1.42 68
85 CLARK, KODY 6' 1" 180 RIGHT WING OTTAWA OHL 91.14 0.51 100
86 KONDELIK, JACHYM 6' 6" 226 CENTER MUSKEGON USHL 92.00 0.86 62
87 BURZAN, LUKA 6' 0" 180 CENTER BRANDON WHL 93.57 1.57 69
88 VALLATI, GIOVANNI 6' 1" 182 DEFENSEMAN KITCHENER OHL 95.86 2.29 73
89 DOUGLAS, CURTIS 6' 8" 234 CENTER WINDSOR OHL 97.07 1.21 138
90 GRAVEL, ALEXIS 6' 3" 219 GOALIE HALIFAX QMJHL 97.18 0.11 114
91 HALL, CURTIS 6' 2" 197 CENTER YOUNGSTOWN USHL 97.57 0.39 84
92 ANNUNEN, JUSTUS 6' 4" 217 GOALIE KARPAT JR. FINLAND-JR. 98.09 0.52 82
93 KOTKOV, VLADISLAV 6' 4" 206 LEFT WING CHICOUTIMI QMJHL 98.79 0.69 109
94 TOPPING, KYLE 5' 11" 185 CENTER KELOWNA WHL 99.36 0.57 90
95 BERNARD, XAVIER 6' 2" 205 DEFENSEMAN DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 101.50 2.14 91
96 DUNKLEY, NATHAN 5' 11" 192 CENTER LONDON OHL 101.57 0.07 141
97 GROSS, NICO 6' 1" 183 DEFENSEMAN OSHAWA OHL 101.64 0.07 124
98 HARRIS, JORDAN 5' 11" 179 DEFENSEMAN KIMBALL UNION HIGH-NH 102.57 0.93 96
99 DER-ARGUCHINTSEV, SEMYON 5' 10" 159 CENTER PETERBOROUGH OHL 102.93 0.36 130
100 WESTFALT, MARCUS 6' 3" 203 CENTER BRYNAS SWEDEN 103.29 0.36 116
101 BOUCHARD, XAVIER 6' 4" 190 DEFENSEMAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 103.64 0.36 61
102 ZHURAVLYOV, DANILA 6' 0" 163 DEFENSEMAN IRBIS KAZAN RUSSIA-JR. 103.79 0.14 76
103 PERUNOVICH, SCOTT 5' 9" 172 DEFENSEMAN MINNESOTA-DULUTH NCHC 104.07 0.29 235
104 EGGENBERGER, NANDO 6' 2" 198 LEFT WING DAVOS SWISS 104.71 0.64 124
105 MACDONALD, ANDERSON 6' 2" 207 LEFT WING MONCTON QMJHL 104.93 0.21 149
106 WOUTERS, CHASE 6' 0" 177 CENTER SASKATOON WHL 105.07 0.14 97
107 GALENIUK, DANILA 6' 1" 200 DEFENSEMAN SKA ST. PETERSBURG 2 RUSSIA-JR. 105.86 0.79 117
108 KRAL, FILIP 6' 1" 171 DEFENSEMAN SPOKANE WHL 108.64 2.79 158
109 FLORCHUK, ERIC 6' 1" 174 CENTER SASKATOON WHL 108.71 0.07 94
110 SHAFIGULLIN, BULAT 6' 1" 165 CENTER NIZHNEKAMSK RUSSIA-JR. 108.86 0.14 198
111 GOGOLEV, PAVEL 6' 0" 175 RIGHT WING PETERBOROUGH OHL 109.43 0.57 84
112 INGHAM, JACOB 6' 4" 186 GOALIE MISSISSAUGA OHL 109.64 0.21 58
113 STOTTS, RILEY 6' 0" 168 CENTER CALGARY WHL 110.21 0.58 100
114 WEISS, TYLER 5' 10" 158 LEFT WING USA U-18 NTDP 110.93 0.71 246
T HUTSKO, LOGAN 5' 10" 172 RIGHT WING BOSTON COLLEGE H-EAST 110.93 0.00 223
116 O'REILLY, RYAN 6' 2" 201 RIGHT WING MADISON USHL 111.07 0.14 130
117 UTUNEN, TONI 5' 10" 169 DEFENSEMAN LEKI FINLAND-2 111.50 0.43 61
118 SAMUELSSON, ADAM 6' 6" 240 DEFENSEMAN USA U-18 NTDP 112.21 0.71 112
119 MANDOLESE, KEVIN 6' 4" 180 GOALIE CAPE BRETON QMJHL 112.64 0.42 46
120 CHISHOLM, DECLAN 6' 1" 185 DEFENSEMAN PETERBOROUGH OHL 112.79 0.15 92
121 MASCHERIN, ADAM 5' 9" 195 LEFT WING KITCHENER OHL 113.43 0.64 262
122 SOKOLOV, EGOR 6' 4" 223 LEFT WING CAPE BRETON QMJHL 114.07 0.64 158
123 PIVONKA, JACOB 5' 11" 198 CENTER USA U-18 NTDP 114.14 0.07 98
124 STEEVES, ALEXANDER 5' 11" 185 CENTER DUBUQUE USHL 115.07 0.93 137
125 WERNBLOM, LUKAS 5' 9" 165 CENTER MODO JR. SWEDEN-JR. 116.29 1.21 81
126 HOELSCHER, MITCHELL 5' 11" 157 CENTER OTTAWA OHL 118.21 1.93 129
127 GILES, PATRICK 6' 4" 203 RIGHT WING USA U-18 NTDP 118.64 0.43 92
128 LINDBOM, OLOF 6' 0" 173 GOALIE DJURGARDEN JR. SWEDEN-JR. 119.36 0.72 206
129 RIPPON, MERRICK 6' 0" 191 DEFENSEMAN OTTAWA OHL 119.86 0.49 110
130 KILLINEN, LENNI 6' 2" 180 RIGHT WING BLUES JR. FINLAND-JR. 120.36 0.50 92
131 KIRK, LIAM 6' 1" 156 LEFT WING SHEFFIELD ENGLAND 120.57 0.21 95
132 DAMIANI, RILEY 5' 9" 164 CENTER KITCHENER OHL 120.71 0.14 139
133 ALMEIDA, JUSTIN 5' 9" 158 CENTER MOOSE JAW WHL 121.79 1.07 144
134 REICHEL, KRISTIAN 6' 1" 167 CENTER RED DEER WHL 122.21 0.43 126
135 ZAMULA, EGOR 6' 2" 165 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY WHL 122.64 0.43 126
T COTTER, PAUL 6' 0" 191 CENTER LINCOLN USHL 122.64 0.00 102
137 RTISHCHEV, NIKITA 6' 1" 191 RIGHT WING CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 123.21 0.57 170
138 MIFTAKHOV, AMIR 6' 0" 158 GOALIE IRBIS KAZAN RUSSIA-JR. 123.27 0.06 140
139 HAIN, GAVIN 5' 11" 194 CENTER USA U-18 NTDP 123.29 0.01 154
140 STRUTHERS, MATTHEW 6' 2" 209 CENTER NORTH BAY OHL 123.57 0.29 143
141 KEANE, JOEY 6' 0" 180 DEFENSEMAN BARRIE OHL 124.36 0.79 222
142 PETTERSEN, MATHIAS EMILIO 5' 10" 170 CENTER MUSKEGON USHL 124.79 0.43 120
143 RAGNARSSON, JACOB 6' 0" 176 DEFENSEMAN ALMTUNA SWEDEN-2 125.64 0.86 205
144 KARLSSON, LINUS 6' 1" 178 CENTER KARLSKRONA JR. SWEDEN-JR. 125.86 0.21 224
T PERBIX, JACKSON 6' 1" 174 RIGHT WING ELK RIVER HIGH-MN 125.86 0.00 126
146 NYMAN, LINUS 5' 9" 156 RIGHT WING KINGSTON OHL 126.36 0.50 162
147 SALMELA, SANTERI 6' 1" 194 DEFENSEMAN KOOKOO FINLAND 127.21 0.86 126
148 EVERETT, CALEB 6' 1" 181 DEFENSEMAN SAGINAW OHL 127.43 0.21 143
149 HRABIK, KRYSTOF 6' 4" 209 CENTER BENATKY N. J. CZREP-2 127.86 0.43 221
150 STASTNEY, SPENCER 5' 10" 180 DEFENSEMAN USA U-18 NTDP 128.07 0.21 235