2018 NHL Draft tracker: Complete results from every round, first-round pick-by-pick analysis

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is a wrap after 217 picks on Friday night and Saturday afternoon from Dallas. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was the top overall pick, as expected, to the Buffalo Sabres, while Russian winner Andrei Svechnikov went No. 2 overall to the rebuilding Carolina Hurricanes.

Not every player entering the draft will be able to provide an immediate help at the NHL level. Some can, but many others will turn into development projects that can turn into major pieces or major busts down the line. 

Below you can find this year's order of picks in the first round and pick-by-pick analysis after each name comes off the board, as well as every pick from Saturday's rounds 2-7. Also, scroll down below for a recap of the first round from our live blog.

NHL 2018 Draft
1
Rasmus Dahlin, D: Obviously. Dahlin is considered a generational talent on the blue line and he was always going to go No. 1. He'll immediately step in and become a difference-maker for Buffalo, who desperately need an impact defenseman. | Story
2
Andrei Svechnikov, RW: Another no-brainer at No. 2. Svechnikov is the best forward prospect of the class thanks to his lethal offensive skill set. He's got flash in the offensive end, but he also plays a strong two-way game and -- at 6-foot-2 -- is a big body who can bring physicality and drive the net. | Story
3
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C: It appears the Canadiens made their selection based on immediate need over best available player. Kotkaniemi is considered by many to be the best center in this class thanks to his two-way play-making ability. He's a smart, responsible player, but the No. 3 spot might be a little bit high for him.
4
Brady Tkachuk, LW: Tkachuk going at No. 4 is a bit generous, but he's a good player with a valuable combination of size and skill. He plays with a high motor, plenty of physicality, and is relentless on the puck. He's a solid 200-foot player.
5
Barrett Hayton, C: Hayton going in this spot is a major surprise. He's considered a good two-way prospect who has a lot of intangibles and can do a lot of things on the ice. However, there are some concerns about his goal-scoring ability and many scouts had him outside of the Top 10.
6
Filip Zadina, RW: Zadina is arguably the second-best goal scorer in this draft, so the Wings are pretty lucky to get him in this spot. The Czech winger is a dynamic offensive force with a deadly scoring touch. He's got great puck control and a phenomenal release on his shot. But he's also a two-way player with a high hockey IQ both on and off the puck.
7
Quinn Hughes, D: This is a great pick for Vancouver, who need an impact defenseman. Hughes is a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, but he's a great player. He's smart and skilled on both ends of the ice. He's got good speed, handles and puck-moving ability to help push play up ice, making him an exciting two-way threat.
8
Adam Boqvist, D: Bovqist is an exciting offensive-minded defenseman with the skill set of a forward. He's a great skater and can create plenty of opportunities for his teammates in the offensive end. He's got some work to do to develop his defensive game.
9
Vitali Kravtsov, RW: Kravtsov is a dynamic winger with fantastic scoring ability. The Russian brings a mix of speed, size, skill, and grit and he should be a decent offensive piece for the Rangers to add to their long-term rebuilding effort.
10
Evan Bouchard, D: I really like this pick for Edmonton. They address a need while also taking one of the best players on the board. Bouchard is has an all-around game on the blue line. He has excellent hockey IQ and situational awareness. He's a strong skater and dynamic two-way player that is almost as good at shutting down opportunities in his own end as he is at creating them at the other end.
11
Oliver Wahlstrom, RW: Wahlstrom is an explosive offensive force that has an incredible shot and could be a prolific goal-scorer in this league for years to come. He's an excellent skater and puck protector, but he's got to work on the defensive side of his game.     
12
Noah Dobson, D: The Islanders get really good value here. Dobson is a big, strong two-way player that projects to be a reliable and productive presence on the blue line. He's got a big shot that could make him a power-play force. He's smart, has good defensive awareness and can play in all situations.
13
Ty Dellandrea, C: Well, this is surprising. Dallas clearly liked Dellandrea, who is a solid two-way hockey player that brings intangibles and leadership, but this is a generous spot for him. Dellandrea was ranked outside of the top 20 by just about everyone.    
14
Joel Farabee, LW: Farabee is a 200-foot player that brings skill, smarts and instincts to the wing. He's a good skater with nice finishing ability. He'll need to get stronger, but he's got potential to be a very good all-around player.
15
Grigori Denisenko, LW: Denisenko is a great skater with the ability to make plays and snipe. He's not the biggest winger -- he's only 5-foot-11-but he plays hard and is a goal scorer with an edge. He's got plenty of highlight potential.
16
Martin Kaut, RW: The Czech winger has size at 6-foot-2 and brings a very quick shot and good passing ability. He's probably not a superstar, but he can be a valuable complementary piece offensively.
17
Ty Smith, D: Smith is a prospect that the Devils hope will help their defensive corps down the road. He's a smart, sound player with great skating ability, and he's got good defensive instincts. He'll have to develop his offensive game a bit more to become a legitimate two-way threat.  
18
Liam Foudy, C: This seems to be a little bit of a reach by Columbus at No. 18, but Foudy is one of the fastest skaters in the draft. He's also one of most athletic players in the class, as his mother was an Olympic sprinter and his dad a CFL player. The Blue Jackets are banking on his ability to harness that raw athleticism and develop his two-way game a bit more.  
19
Jay O'Brien, C: O'Brien was considered a bubble first-rounder but he goes inside the top 20 to the Flyers, who clearly saw something they liked. The American playmaker has a pretty offensive skill set down the middle, and he'll hope to develop further at Providence College.
20
Rasmus Kupari, C: He's a smart, two-way winger that's probably better in his own end than he is in the opponent's. He's a good skater and has speed, but he's not an overly dangerous offensive player. Ultimately, he could end up turning into a valuable depth piece on an NHL roster.
21
Ryan Merkley, D: Merkley is a guy who probably would've went a lot higher if it weren't for character concerns. He's a guy whose attitude and gamesmanship has dragged down his stock, but it's a high risk, high reward sort of pick from San Jose. He's on the smaller side at 5-foot-11 but is a dynamic offensive defenseman who's dangerous with the puck on his stick. He'll need to work on his defensive capabilities. 
22
K'Andre Miller, D: Miller has size at 6-foot-4 and is a great athlete. He's very quick and strong, but he's a pretty raw talent at this point. He's only two years removed from converting from forward to defenseman, but if he can develop his game in college this could be a really good pick by the Rangers, who traded up to pick the American. He's got a high ceiling.    
23
Isac Lundestrom, C: This a safe, solid pick by the Ducks. Lundestrom is a powerful, smart center who can do a lot of things right. He may not be the most explosive or exciting talent in the class, but he brings a complete game and the potential to be a front-end impact player.  
24
Filip Johansson, D: This is an off-the-board pick by Minnesota. Johansson was projected to be a second-rounder and there's not much about his game that really jumps off the page, but he could turn into a serviceable defenseman. Still, seems like a reach here and there were players with more upside still on the board.     
25
Dominik Bokk, RW: This is a good value pick for St. Louis, who traded with Toronto to get into the spot. Bokk is a German winger with high-end offensive ability, including quick hands, good vision and a shot capable of finding small openings. He's a guy who is very capable of roasting a defender one-on-one.  
26
Jacob Bernard-Docker, D:  Another surprising off-the-board pick here. Bernard-Docker isn't the most exciting pick and he wasn't projected to be a first-rounder, but he's a smart, solid player who can be a top-four defenseman one day.
27
Nicolas Beaudin, D: The Blackhawks take their second defenseman in the first round with Beaudin, who is a promising prospect who can do a lot of things right. He's a bit undersized but very mobile. He's smart, skilled and speedy and has a good understanding of the game. 
28
Nils Lundkvist, D: Lundkvist is a puck-moving defenseman who has an ability to join the rush and do some damage. He's got very good skating ability and can pass well. He doesn't have the flashiest game, but he's got a solid two-way game that can provide a lot of value. 
29
Rasmus Sandin, D: The Leafs traded down and still managed to get their guy. Sandin will bring some needed defensive depth to the organization. He has good speed, mobility and IQ, making him a player who should fit in well with what Toronto is trying to build.  
30
Joe Veleno, C: Veleno is a guy who had the most surprising fall on draft day, for whatever reason. He's a very good skater with skill, but he's also not afraid to show some grit and make plays in the busy areas. He's a smart, talented playmaker who is strong in all three zones and is viewed as a leader that makes the guys around him better.
31
Alexander Alexeyev, D: Alexeyev is a big body at 6-foot-4 but he's not overly physical. He has a pretty nice two-way skill set and plays with poise, but he needs some guidance on the defensive end and will probably take a while to develop.

Pick tracker (rounds 2-7)

Second round

  1. Sabres: D Mattias Samuelsson
  2. Red Wings: RW Jonatan Berggren
  3. Panthers: RW Serron Noel
  4. Canadiens: RW Jesse Ylonen
  5. Red Wings: D Jared McIsaac
  6. Canucks: D Jett Woo
  7. Canadiens: D Alexander Romanov
  8. Rangers: G Olof Lindbom
  9. Oilers: C Ryan McLeod
  10. Islanders: D Bode Wilde
  11. Hurricanes: C Jack Drury
  12. Islanders: C Ruslan Iskhakov
  13. Stars: RW Albin Eriksson
  14. Blues: D Scott Perunovich
  15. Capitals: D Martin Fehervary
  16. Capitals: RW Kody Clark
  17. Senators: D Jonathan Tychonick
  18. Blue Jackets: RW Kirill Marchenko
  19. Flyers: D Adam Ginning
  20. Kings: C Akil Thomas
  21. Maple Leafs: D Sean Durzi
  22. Penguins: D Calen Addison
  23. Ducks: C Benoit-Olivier Groulx
  24. Coyotes: D Kevin Bahl
  25. Canadiens: C Jacob Olofsson
  26. Bruins: D Axel Andersson
  27. Penguins: C Filip Hallander 
  28. Lightning: LW Gabriel Fortier
  29. Jets: C David Gustafsson
  30. Golden Knights: C Ivan Morozov
  31. Canadiens: G Olivier Rodrigue

Third round

  1. Wild: C Jack McBain
  2. Avalanche: G Justus Annunen
  3. Coyotes: RW Jan Jenik
  4. Canadiens: C Cameron Hillis
  5. Red Wings: D Alec Regula
  6. Canucks: C Tyler Madden
  7. Blackhawks: C Jake Wise
  8. Rangers: D Jacob Ragnarsson
  9. Canadiens: D Jordan Harris
  10. Islanders: G Jakub Skarek
  11. Coyotes: D Ty Emberson
  12. Blackhawks: RW Niklas Nordgren
  13. Stars: C Oskar Back
  14. Maple Leafs: C Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
  15. Bruins: C Jakub Lauko
  16. Avalanche: LW Sampo Ranta
  17. Ducks: LW Blake McLaughlin
  18. Blue Jackets: LW Marcus Karlberg
  19. Red Wings: D Seth Barton
  20. Kings: LW Bulat Shafigullin
  21. Maple Leafs: C Riley Stotts
  22. Red Wings: G Jesper Eliasson
  23. Ducks: G Lukas Dostal
  24. Wild: C Alexander Khovanov
  25. Sharks: C Linus Karlsson
  26. Rangers: D Joey Keane
  27. Panthers: RW Logan Hutsko
  28. Lightning: D Dmitry Semykin
  29. Jets: C Nathan Smith
  30. Wild: C Connor Dewar
  31. Capitals: RW Riley Sutter

Fourth round

  1. Sabres: C Matej Pekar
  2. Senators: C Jonathan Gruden
  3. Hurricanes: C Luke Henman
  4. Canadiens: C Allan McShane
  5. Red Wings: RW Ryan O'Reilly
  6. Golden Knights: D Stanislav Demin
  7. Stars: LW Adam Mascherin
  8. Rangers: D Nico Gross
  9. Sharks: C Jasper Weatherby
  10. Islanders: C Jacob Pivonka
  11. Hurricanes: RW Lenni Killinen
  12. Flames: C Martin Pospisil
  13. Stars: C Curtis Douglas
  14. Blues: G Joel Hofer
  15. Flames: LW Demetrios Koumontzis
  16. Avalanche: LW Tyler Weiss
  17. Devils: D Xavier Bernard
  18. Predators: C Jachym Kondelik
  19. Flyers: D John St. Ivany
  20. Kings: C Aidan Dudas
  21. Coyotes: G Ivan Prosvetov
  22. Golden Knights: C Paul Cotter
  23. Ducks: RW Jackson Perbix
  24. Sabres: D Linus Lindstrand Cronholm
  25. Maple Leafs: D Mac Hollowell
  26. Bruins: C Curtis Hall
  27. Blackhawks: C Philipp Kurashev
  28. Lightning: D Alexander Green
  29. Flames: C Milos Roman
  30. Canadiens: LW Jack Gorniak
  31. Capitals: G Mitchell Gibson

Fifth round

  1. Sabres: D Miska Kukkonen
  2. Senators: LW Angus Crookshank
  3. Flyers: D Wyatte Wylie
  4. Canadiens: C Cole Fonstad
  5. Penguins: C Justin Almeida
  6. Canucks: D Toni Utunen
  7. Predators: D Spencer Stastney
  8. Rangers: RW Lauri Pajuniemi
  9. Canadiens: C Samuel Houde
  10. Islanders: LW Blade Jenkins
  11. Golden Knights: LW Brandon Kruse
  12. Devils: G Akira Schmid
  13. Stars: C Riley Damiani
  14. Blues: LW Hugh McGing
  15. Blackhawks: C Mikael Hakkarainen
  16. Avalanche: C Brandon Saigeon
  17. Devils: C Yegor Sharangovich
  18. Coyotes: D Michael Callahan
  19. Flyers: G Samuel Ersson
  20. Kings: G David Hrenak
  21. Coyotes: D Dennis Busby
  22. Avalanche: D Danila Zhuravlyov
  23. Ducks: G Roman Durny
  24. Wild: D Simon Johansson
  25. Maple Leafs: D Filip Kral
  26. Jets: D Declan Chisholm
  27. Predators: D Vladislav Yeryomenko
  28. Lightning: G Magnus Chrona
  29. Jets: D Giovanni Vallati
  30. Golden Knights: D Connor Corcoran
  31. Wild: C Damien Giroux

Sixth round

  1. Maple Leafs: RW Pontus Holmberg
  2. Senators: G Kevin Mandolese
  3. Coyotes: G David Tendeck
  4. Blue Jackets: D Tim Berni
  5. Red Wings: G Victor Brattstrom
  6. Capitals: D Alex Kannok-Leipert
  7. Blackhawks: G Alexis Gravel
  8. Rangers: D Simon Kjellberg
  9. Oilers: D Michael Kesselring
  10. Kings: RW Johan Sodergran
  11. Hurricanes: D Jesper Sellgren
  12. Flames: C Mathias Emilio Pettersen
  13. Stars: D Dawson Barteaux
  14. Blues: RW Mathias Laferriere
  15. Panthers: LW Justin Schutz
  16. Avalanche: RW Niolai Kovalenko
  17. Devils: C Mitchell Hoelscher
  18. Blue Jackets: G Veini Vehvilainen
  19. Flyers: C Gavin Hain
  20. Kings: G Jacob Ingham
  21. Sharks: G Zachary Emond
  22. Penguins: C Liam Gorman
  23. Ducks: D Hunter Drew
  24. Wild: RW Shawn Boudrias
  25. Golden Knights: D Peter Diliberatore
  26. Bruins: D Dustyn McFaul
  27. Sharks: LW John Leonard
  28. Lightning: LW Cole Koepke
  29. Jets: G Jared Moe
  30. Golden Knights: D Xavier Bouchard
  31. Canucks: RW Artyom Manukyan

Seventh round

  1. Sabres: D William Worge Kreu
  2. Senators: LW Jakov Novak
  3. Coyotes: LW Liam Kirk
  4. Canadiens: C Brett Stapley
  5. Red Wings: C Otto Kivenmaki
  6. Canucks: G Matthew Thiessen
  7. Blackhawks: LW Josiah Slavin
  8. Senators: RW Luke Loheit
  9. Oilers: C Patrick Siikanen
  10. Islanders: D Christian Krygier
  11. Hurricanes: G Jaob Kucharski
  12. Flames: LW Dmitry Zavgorodniy
  13. Stars: LW Jermaine Loewen
  14. Blues: D Tyler Tucker
  15. Panthers: D Cole Krygier
  16. Avalanche: G Shamil Shmakov
  17. Devils: LW Eetu Pakkila
  18. Blue Jackets: RW Trey Fix-Wolansky
  19. Flyers: C Marcus Westfalt
  20. Lightning: D Radim Salda
  21. Panthers: D Santtu Kinnunen
  22. Golden Knights: G Jordan Kooy
  23. Maple Leafs: G Zachary Bouthillier
  24. Wild: C Sam Hentges
  25. Maple Leafs: RW Semyon Kizimov
  26. Bruins: C Pavel Shen
  27. Predators: G Milan Kloucek
  28. Lightning: G Ty Taylor
  29. Jets: C Austin Wong
  30. Rangers: RW Riley Hughes
  31. Capitals: C Eric Florchuk

Live blog recap

You can relive all of the action from the first round if you missed anything. If the live blog isn't working for you, click here.

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