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DALLAS The 2018 NHL Draft is finally here, with its arrival marking the beginning of the offseason in earnest.The hockey world has convened in Dallas on the future of impending free agent John Tavares, involving under-contract stars like Erik Karl son, Phil Ke seland Artemi Panarinwill be the talk Friday night in between each teams' first-round picks.NHL DRAFT 2018: | | There wasstill plenty to talk about when it comes to the actual selections with a number of high-profile prospects up and down the draft board, from Rasmus Dahlin, widely considered the ,to the polarizing Brady Tkachuk, whose draft stock .Sporting News is on the floor at AmericanAirlines Center to hand out livegrades and analysis for every selection made duringthe first round. Follow along below.MORE: NHL Draft picks, grades: Round 11. Buffalo Sabres Rasmus Dahlin, D,Frolunda (SHL) No surprises here as the Sabres likely shorten the length of their ongoing rebuild by drafting the best defense prospect since Denis Potvin in 1973. Dahlin has all the traditional traits you want in a defender size, speed, creativity, poise and off-the-charts IQ. What sets Dahlin apart from every other defense prospect is his competitivene s and hunger to Cleveland Indians Hats be the best player every time he hits the ice. Hes NHL-ready as we speak and should be penciled in for at least 20 minutes a game when he suits up for the Sabres on Opening Night. Grade: A 2. Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL) One of the most prolific goal scorers in recent CHL history combines power, speed and intimidation into one menacing package. Carolina hasnt drafted an elite franchise-changing player since they took Eric Staal back in 2003, and its no coincidence that he was the top player on their lone Stanley Cup winner. Svechnikov is both physically mature and mentally sharp to immediately deal with the rigors of the NHL, and should be a candidate for the Calder Trophy. Grade: A 3. Montreal Canadiens Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, A sat (SM-Liiga) HabsGM Marc Bergevin was smart to keep the pick, but went a little off the board taking a center. Kotkaniemi is a great playmaker whose stock rose with a dominant under-18 world championship, but his speed his average. One things for sure -- Kotkaniemi is both smart and mature enough to make the team out of camp. Still, Bergevin went for need and left better players on the board. Grade: B+ 4. Ottawa Senators Brady Tkachuk, RW, Boston U. (Hockey East) Shocked Pierre Dorion pa sed on Filip Zadina's goal scoring in favor of Tkachuk. Both play a complete 200-foot game, but Tkachuk's gritty and size may Yonder Alonso Jersey have tipped the scales in his favor. Zadina is the better overall player and scorer. Grade: B 5. Arizona Coyotes Barrett Hayton,C, Sault Ste Marie (OHL) The Coyotes have a solid core of established youth, and in Barrett Hayton they add a tough 200-foot center who can kill penalties and absolutely wire the puck Omar Vizquel Jersey . A little off the board but this kid is a beast. Wonder what this means for Dylan Strome? Grade: A- 6. Detroit Red Wings Filip Zadina, LW, Halifax (QMJHL) The Red Wings really needed a puck mover who can run their power play, but Filip Zadina is an elite forward they simply couldnt pa s up. This kid fills the net and competes hard in all three zones. A real leader and sets a great example. Grade: A 7. Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes, LHD, Michigan (Big 10) Hughes is a phenomenal puck mover, and his mature play as a college freshman and at the men's world championship makes me think the Canucks fell in love with the idea that he could be feeding all their elite snipers on the power play. Grade: A 8. Chicago Blackhawks Adam Boqvist,RHD, BrynasJ20 (Superelit) Phenomenal playmaker might gave challenged for first overall had it not been for Dahlin. Boqvist is a fine se defender, silky smooth enough to beat back pre sure and keep the ice tilted. Grade: A 9. New York Rangers Vitali Kravtsov, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL) Rangers made a bit of a shocking pick, but not if you watched this kid play. Kravtsov has elite, game breaking skills and was a teen po se sed during the KHL playoffs. Might be a few years till he's in North America but it'll be worth it. Grade: A 10. Edmonton Oilers Evan Bouchard, RHD, London (OHL) The brutal Edmonton power play surely had a hand in Chiarelli grabbing London's blueline leader, who led the OHL in scoring and carried a gutted team to the playoffs. He's not the quickest skater but he addre ses a major organizational hole. Grade: A 11. New York Islanders Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, U.S. U18 (NDTP) Home-run pick by Lou Lamoriello and staff, who got themselves a fantastic scorer with a great shot who makes a living crashing the crease. He'll go to Boston College next year but he's both physically and mentally ready for the NHL as we speak. Grade: A 12. New York Islanders (via Flames) Noah Dobson, RHD, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) The Isles use the pick they got from Calgary in the Travis Hamonic deal to draft a defenseman with far greater upside. Dobson could have gone top-five Roberto Perez Jersey and nobody would have complained he is that good, and his Memorial Cup proved it. Grade: A 13. Dallas Stars Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint (OHL) Dallas went way off the board to take a gritty, two-way center who has all the intangibles and also can fill the net. Skating is deceptive and improved over season but remains slightly above average. Could be a future captain but the Stars left a lot of skill and speed on the table. Grade: B 14. Philadelphia Flyers (via Blues) Joel Farabee, LW,U.S. U18 (NDTP) Flyers GM Ron Hextall was playing with house money when you consider both his elite prospect pool and this being the first of two picks in the top 30. Farabee is a skilled 200-foot winger with great vision and is deadly in open ice. Grade: A 15. Florida Panthers Grigori Denisenko, LW, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) You have to love the top-end skill they're a sembling in Florida, and Denisenko is a premier goal scorer who can finish off the rush with the best of them. He might be in Ru sia for another year but he has star Tyler Naquin Jersey potential regardle s. Grade: A 16. Colorado Avalanche Martin Kaut, RW, Pardubice (Extraliga) The Avalanche and GM Joe Sakic go against most rankings and get the perfect player to complement their skill up front. Kaut is a strong