2020 NHL Draft: Full Round 1 Screenings for Each Team | Laundress Report


HAMILTON, ON - JANUARY 16: Team Red Jamie Drysdale # 4 skates during the 2020 CHL / NHL Top Prospects game against Team White at the FirstOntario Center on January 16, 2020 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images)

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This year’s NHL Entry Draft will likely be different from most due to the coronavirus pandemic which has created uncertainty in the sporting world.

With the league suspended, the NHL postponed the draw, which was to take place on Thursday, as well as the drawing, which was scheduled to take place from June 26 to 27 in Montreal. And we still don’t know if the 2019-20 season will resume.

As for the project, this leaves uncertainty about the time and place of the event.

At some point, however, hockey will return and there are many talented young players ready to enter the NHL and begin their professional careers. The first round of the project will feature many future stars who could quickly have an impact in the league.

Here is a bogus bill predicting how the first round of this year could take place.

NHL Draft Draft, 1st Round

1. Detroit: Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)

2. Ottawa: Tim Stutzle, C / LW, Adler Mannheim (DNL U20)

3. Ottawa (via San Jose): Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)

4. Los Angeles: Cole Perfetti, C / LW, Saginaw (OHL)

5. Anaheim: Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL)

6. New Jersey: Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgardens (SHL)

7. Buffalo: Jamie Drysdale, RHD, Erie (OHL)

8. Montreal: Lucas Raymond, RW, Frolunda (SHL)

9. Chicago: Anton Lundell, C, HIFK (Liiga)

10. New Jersey (via Arizona): Yaroslav Askarov, G, Ska-Varyagi (MHL)

11. Minnesota: Connor Zary, C, Kamloops (WHL)

12. Winnipeg: Jake Sanderson, LHD, United States U18 (NTDP)

13. N.Y. Rangers: Dylan Holloway, C, University of Wisconsin

14. Florida: Noel Gunler, LW, Lulea (SHL)

15. Columbus: Lukas Cormier, DG, Charlottetown (QMJHL)

16. Calgary: Dawson Mercer, RW, Drummondville (QMJHL)

17. New Jersey (via Vancouver): Jeremie Poirier, LHD, Saint John (QMJHL)

18. Nashville: Jack Quinn, RW / LW, Ottawa (OHL)

19. Caroline (via Toronto): Rodion Amirov, Tolpar Ufa (MHL)

20. Edmonton: Jacob Perreault, C, Sarnia (OHL)

21. Ottawa (via N.Y. Islanders): Braden Schneider, RHD, Brandon (WHL)

22. Dallas: Jan Mysak, C, Hamilton (OHL)

23. Rangers N.Y. (via Caroline): Mavrik Bourque, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

24. Minnesota (via Pittsburgh): Emil Andrae, LHD, HV71 J20 (SHL)

25. Philadelphia: Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

26. San Jose (via Tampa Bay): Roni Hirvonen, C, Assat (SM-Liiga)

27. Colorado: Zion Nybeck, RW, HV71 J20 (SHL)

28. Vegas: Antonio Stranges, C / LW, London (OHL)

29. Washington: Vasili Ponomaryov, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

30. Saint-Louis: Thomas Bordeleau, C, United States U18 (NTDP)

31. Anaheim (via Boston): Kaiden Guhle, LHD, Prince Albert (WHL)

Even though the Detroit Red Wings had the worst NHL record when the league was suspended, the Ottawa Senators could be the team that makes the most splashes near the top of this year’s draft.

Not only does Ottawa have the second worst record in the league, but it also has the selection of the San Jose Sharks, who have the third worst score. Depending on the course of the draw, the Senators may end up with the first two choices.

Even if that doesn’t happen, Ottawa should have two top picks, which it can use to shape the future of the franchise. The Red Wings currently have an 18.5% chance of winning the first choice in the lottery, while the Senators’ two choices have 13.5% and 11.5% respectively.

Ottawa may be 25-34-12 years old, but it already has young players who could be the building blocks for future seasons.

Left winger Brady Tkachuk leads the Senators with 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) in 71 games. The 20-year-old was Ottawa’s first round pick in 2018, being selected with overall pick # 4, and he had to exceed his rookie point total (45 in 2018-2019) before play is suspended.

Right wing Connor Brown (43 points), left wing Anthony Duclair (40) and defenseman Thomas Chabot (39) are all talented players 26 and under on the Senators list, while goaltender Marcus Hogberg also seems to have a bright future.

Ottawa is expected to add to this nucleus in the project, which could help it quickly get back on track to victory. The Senators have not made it to the playoffs since the 2016-17 season when they lost in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference final.

If the Senators pick the top pick, they would likely spot left winger Alexis Lafrenière, the best player in this year’s draft class. Not only is he an exceptional talent, but he is from Saint-Eustache, which is less than two hours from Ottawa, so he would probably be happy to stay relatively close to home.

Center Quinton Byfield and forward Tim Stutzle are two of the other top players in the class, and Ottawa would likely target one or both, depending on where they choose. If he decides to strengthen his defense, Jamie Drysdale may be under investigation.

The Senators will not only have the first two first round picks, but they will also have a third selection later in the round. They own the New York Islanders’ first round selection after the trade for Jean-Gabriel Pageau and who is currently the number 21 pick.

With all of these selections, Ottawa will have important decisions to make to avoid further aggravating the organization’s recent misery.


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