2020 Project: Top 10 defenders

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Jamie Drysdale of Erie of the Ontario Hockey League and Jake Sanderson of the usa Hockey National Team Development Program under-18 team headline an impressive list of defenders should be selected at the beginning of the 2020 NHL draft.It would not be surprising to see eight defenders chosen in the first round.

Drysdale is No. 3 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters and was considered the best draft eligible player at the position. Sanderson is the n ° 4 and among the top 10 players in the draft.

“Drysdale is certainly in a category of their own in the top of the draft, and a defender who has greatly increased the project review challenge is Jake Sanderson,” NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said. “He has continued to show that he has the skills and the qualities to be an all-star in the NHL. ”

There were 66 defenders taken in the 2019 NHL draft, including 10 in the first round. Bowen Byram was first defenseman on the board of directors, go to the Colorado Avalanche at no. 4. He has signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Avalanche on July 19, 2019.

Here NHL.com’s top 10 defenders available for the 2020 project:

1. Jamie Drysdale, Erie (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 3 (North American skaters)

The right-handed shooting (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) has been appointed 2019-20 OHL First-Team All-Star. It is able to run the power play and driving offence with his skating and elite hockey sense. Drysdale has scored 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists), including 22 power-play points in 49 games. He scored three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games averaging 11:38 in ice time to help Canada win the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

2. Jake Sanderson, usa U-18 (NTDP)

NHL Central Scouting: no. 4 (skaters North American)

Sanderson is in the 2019-20 NTDP U-18 team that Jack Hughes has been for the last of the season: its the most valuable player. The son of former NHL forward Geoff Sanderson is a mobile puck mover with a dominant defensive state of mind and the constantly improving offensive game. Sanderson (6-2, 185), who has been NTDP captain and will attend the University of North Dakota next season, has scored 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists), three power-play goals and was plus 13 in 47 games. It could be the first player born and trained in Montana to play in the NHL.

Video: Jake Sanderson top plays with USNTDP

3. Kaiden Guhle, Prince Albert (WHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 8 (North American skaters)

The left-handed shooter (6-2, 186) plays big minutes at a high rate and has proven to be effective in all areas of the ice. It is considered as a defenseman with good skating and a hard shot, and of imposing size. Guhle, the brother of Anaheim Ducks defenseman prospect Brendan Guhle, scored 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists), including 16 power-play points (five goals, 11 assists) in 64 games.

4. Braden Schneider, Brandon (WHL)

NHL Central Scouting: N ° 9 (North American skaters)

In the two-way, right-shot defenseman capable of playing the power play and the penalty kill with a great competitiveness and intelligence. It is a little more physically developed player, and finishes checks with authority in all areas of the ice. Schneider (6-2, 202), scored 42 points (seven goals, 35 assists), including 20 power-play points (two goals, 18 assists) and was + 9 in 60 games.

5. Justin Barron, Halifax (QMJHL)

NHL Central Scouting: no. 16 (North American skaters)

The right-handed shooting (6-2, 195), who returned in February. 26 after missing three months with a blood clot, has scored 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 34 games. He is an exceptional skater and able to make a smooth transition from the defensive zone. Barron’s brother, the center of Morgan Barron, has been chosen by the New York Rangers in the sixth round (No. 174), of the 2017 NHL draft. Justin has scored 81 points (15 goals, 66 assists) and is over 41 153 the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games.

6. Helge Grans, Malmö (SWE)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 6 (International skaters)

The right-handed shooting (6-2, 206) has been one of the most improved players in Sweden, according to NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb. He scored 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) in 27 games with the Malmo junior team in the SuperElit, ranking third among all defenders in the league in points per game (1.00). Grans played 21 games for Malmo in the Swedish Hockey League, scoring three points (one goal, two assists). It is not too physical, but it offers a good vision and understanding of the game, can move and can transition the puck well.

7. Jeremiah Poirier, Saint John (QMJHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 18 (North American skaters)

A high-end offensive defenseman with good puck skills, hockey sense and game-breaking ability, he led the QMJHL defenders with 20 goals and 261 shots on goal, and was second with 53 points in 64 games. Poirier (6-0, 196) has great edgework and can handle the game well under pressure. He also went 2-for-2 in penalty kicks.

8. Topi Niemela, Karpat (FIN)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 8 (International skaters)

The right-handed shooting (5-10, 156) provides a calming presence in all situations and plays a simple, effective game. Niemela scored seven points (one goal, six assists), is plus-4 and has 100 shots on goal in 43 games and averaged 12:51 in ice time in Liiga, the top professional men’s league in Finland.

9. William Wallinder, Modo Jr (SWE-JR)

NHL Central Scouting: no. 14 (International skaters)

The left-shot defenseman, who has a similar style Travis Sanheim from the Philadelphia Flyers, is at his best in the defensive zone, but has shown an improvement in their offensive game by joining the rush and getting the puck to the net. Wallinder (6-4, 191), who scored 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 37 games in SuperElit, Sweden’s junior league, has signed a contract on April 7, to play for Modo in Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division, in 2020-21.

10. Demon Hunting, Moose Jaw (WHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 25 (North American skaters)

In the two-way defenseman who plays a good team game, Hunting is intelligent, physical and works hard. The left-handed shooter (6 feet, 198) missed 32 games after having surgery to repair a laceration on his arm from a skate blade, Dec. 3 but finished with 15 assists in 28 games. Hunting a different captain for Moose Jaw, scored 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) with 151 shots on goal in 94 WHL games.

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