April 16--Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and forward Andrei Svechnikov retain their rankings as the top skaters available in June's NHL draft.

Dahlin tops the list of International skaters, while Svechnikov, brother of Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, tops North American skaters. Forward Brady Tkachuk moved up one spot from midseason rankings to second among North American skaters while defenseman Adam Boqvist ranks second on the International skaters list.

The rankings were released by NHL Central Scouting on Monday.

The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas. The next big date is April 28, when the NHL holds the draft lottery. The Red Wings have 8.5 percent odds of winning the right to draft first overall. The odds for the remaining non-playoff clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the second lottery draw (based on which club wins the first lottery draw) and again for the third.

The worst the Wings can pick is eighth, if three non-playoff teams above Detroit in the standings win the rights to the first three selections.

Rounding out the top five rankings among International skaters are forward Vitali Kravtsov, forward Martin Kaut, and defenseman Adam Ginning.

Rounding out the top five among North American skaters are forward Filip Zadina and defensemen Evan Bouchard and Noah Dobson. Quinn Hughes, who just finished his freshman season at Michigan, ranks sixth among North American skaters.

Dahlin, considered a generational talent, is the projected top pick Former Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, considered one of the greatest defensemen ever, said a few weeks ago that Dahlin is ahead of where he was at Dahlin's age (18). Dahlin had seven goals among 20 points in 41 games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. He made Sweden's Olympic hockey team.

Boqvist had 14 goals among 24 points in the Swedish junior league, and one assist in 15 games with Brynas in the SHL.

Kravtsov jumped from 10th at midseason on the strength of his second-half performance with Chelyabinsk in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (Kravtsov had 11 points in 16 KHL playoff games).

Kaut had 16 points in 38 games in the Czech Republic's top hockey league. Ginning had two points in 28 games with Linkoping in the SHL, and six points in Sweden's junior league.

Svechnikov scored 40 goals among 72 points in 44 games with Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League. He crammed 58 points into 34 games after returning from a hand injury that sidelined him 17 games.

Tkachuk is the son of former NHL All-Star Keith Tkachuk and brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (remember him from Luke Witkowski's 10-game suspension?). Brady Tkachuk, a power forward type, had 31 points in 40 games at Boston University.

Zadina led Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookies with 82 points in 57 games. Bouchard, who is 6-foot-2 and shoots right, had had 25 goals among 87 points with London in the OHL.

Dobson, 6-3, also shoots right, and had 69 points in 67 games for Acadie-Bathurst in the QMJHL.

The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America and the top 130 skaters and 14 goaltenders internationally.

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