The Red Deer Rebels led the way across the WHL with five players listed in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft. The elite rearguard out of Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League has scouts drooling over his top-pairing potential and already comparing his potential NHL impact to that of players like Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. Last year, Bodak was ranked 71st amongst European Skaters by NHL Central Scouting, after a season in the Finnish junior league, but was not selected. The Russian forward made the jump over to the USHL in 2016-17 and has spent the past season with the OHL's Barrie Colts.
Alexeyev moved up four spots from the midterm rankings while Reichel, in his second year of draft eligibility, moved all the way up from 80th.
Fonstad, who plays forward is ranked 65th among North American skaters on the list, which was released on Monday.
This year's draft class is shaping up to be a strong one for Swedish blue liners, with Adam Boqvist and Adam Ginning joining Dahlin in the top five European skaters.
The 2018 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 22 and 23 in Dallas. While Bodak is most interested in continuing to play in North America next season, hopefully in the NHL, he also said that there is expressed interest in him from the Kontinental Hockey League's HC Slovan Bratislava. McDonald scored 15 goals and 30 points in 33 games played with Prince Albert this season, helping his team into the postseason.
The six-foot-three, 200-pound, 18-year-old from Russian Federation recorded 37 points in 45 contests this year and added another five points in three playoff games.
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