“Alexis Lafreniere is the best hope in the draft class of 2020, and after that there is a group of very talented prospects who play various positions in which the top 10 NHL clubs will have to sort out to determine the best hope available, ”said Dan Marr, Director of Central Scouting for the NHL. “This group has all the intelligence, skating and skills that make them primarily interchangeable. It’s a great year to have a lottery choice, but at the same time difficult to determine the ranking order. ”
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Lafreniere (6 feet 1 inch, 193 pounds) won the Jean Béliveau trophy as best QMJHL scorer with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games, the Paul Dumont trophy as personality of the year in the QMJHL, the Michel Briere Trophy is the most useful player of the QMJHL, the best hope of the year for CHL and has been named player of the year for CHL.
“I think the way I am a leader and I always want to win when the game is at stake, I think I can make a difference,” said Lafreniere. “I think that is an important asset that I have. For sure, there are other very good players in the draft, so it’s really special to be [ranked] No. 1. ”
Here are the top 10 NHL.com players eligible for the 2020 Draft:
1. Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
NHL Central Scouting: # 1 (North American Skaters)
The 18-year-old played 30 multi-point games and scored 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 20 games after returning from the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, where he was named the player most useful in the tournament after scoring 10. points (four goals, six assists) in five games to help Canada win the title. Could become third QMJHL player picked # 1 in draft in past eight years, after center of Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon (2013, Halifax) and New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (2017, Halifax). The last Rimouski player selected No. 1 was the center of the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby in 2005.
2. Tim Stuetzle, LW, Mannheim (GER)
NHL central scouting: # 1 (international skaters)
Stuetzle (6-1, 187) is a left-handed shooter who can play any situation with speed, great vision and swagger. He scored 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and had 132 shots on goal in 41 games with Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional league. His 0.66 assists per game and 0.83 points per game were the highest averages for a player under the age of 18 in LED history. The 18-year-old also had five assists and averaged 18:43 in ice time in five games with Germany at WJC 2020.
3. Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: # 2 (North American Skaters)
Byfield (6-4, 215) is a left-handed shooter who has been driving Sudbury this season. He was tied for 14th in the Ontario Hockey League with 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) and finished sixth with 1.82 points per game. The 17-year-old won 51.9% of his faceoffs (304 against 586) and scored 22 points in power play (six goals, 16 assists) in 45 games. Byfield, who has scored 143 points (61 goals, 82 assists) in 109 games in the OHL, can become the best-selected black player in the NHL Entry Draft, ahead Evander Kane (2009, Atlanta Thrashers) and Seth Jones (2013, Nashville Predators), each chosen at no. 4.
4. Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: # 6 (North American skaters)
Left-wing shooting led the Canadian Hockey League with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games, including 34 multi-point games, and its average of 2.14 points per game was second behind Lafrenière (2.15). The 18-year-old (5-9, 183) can become the best-selected Austrian player in the NHL Entry Draft ahead of Thomas Vanek, chosen by the Buffalo Sabers in fifth place in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
5. Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: # 3 (North American Skaters)
Drysdale (5-11, 175) is capable of handling power play and driving attack with his sense of skating and elite hockey. The 18-year-old right-handed shooter scored 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists) and 22 power play points (three goals, 19 assists) in 49 games with Erie, and scored three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games with an average of 11:38 ice time to help Canada win WJC 2020.
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6. Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda (SWE)
NHL central scouting: # 4 (international skaters)
Right shooting plays a strong two-way game with intensity, excellent vision and good wrist shot. He scored 10 points (four goals, six assists), had 32 shots on goal and averaged 9:48 in ice time in 33 games with the Swedish Hockey League. The 18 year old player (5-11, 170) is considered to have a nose for the net and being strong in numerical advantage and in penalty.
7. Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgarden (SWE)
NHL Central Scouting: # 2 (international skaters)
Holtz (6-0, 183) is a pure goalscorer capable of playing a difficult and intelligent match. He scored 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) and had 55 shots on goal with an average of 12:53 ice time in 35 SHL games. The 18-year-old has good vision on the ice and good technical skills, goes to difficult areas of the ice, can set up his teammates and is an effective playmaker.
8. Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: # 5 (North American Skaters)
Perfetti (5-10, 177) finished second in the OHL with 111 points (37 goals, 74 assists) in 61 games this season, winning 51.2% of his faceoffs (165 against 322) and averaged 1.82 points per game. . The 18-year-old finished the regular season with 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) in a 12-game hitting streak. He started his season in August by leading all of the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup scorers with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in five games to help Canada finish second.
9. Jake Sanderson, D, United States U-18 (NTDP)
NHL Central Scouting: # 4 (North American Skaters)
Ex-NHL striker Geoff Sanderson’s 17-year-old son is a mobile puck thrower with a dominant defensive frame of mind and constantly improving attacking play. The left-hander (6-1, 186), who will attend the University of North Dakota next season, scored 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) and three power-play goals with a plus-13 score. in 47 games. the captain of the United States National Hockey Team’s under-18 development team.
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10. Iaroslav Askarov, G, Neva St. Petersburg (RUS-2)
NHL central scouting: # 1 (international goalies)
Askarov (6-3, 176) could become the third Russian-born goalie in NHL history to be chosen first, joining Andrei Vasilevskiy (# 19, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2012 NHL Entry Draft) and Ilya Samsonov (# 22, Washington Capitals, 2015 NHL Draft). The 18-year-old has a solid clutch history; he has represented Russia in six international events and has six top three rankings. The right-hander was 12-3-3 with a 2.45 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 18 games in the Russian minor league.
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