Mock Draft: Rossi and Drysdale should be fourth

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Alexis Lafrenière, Rimouski’s left winger of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be the first player chosen in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, according to three NHLers. writers.After that, however, their opinions differ greatly.

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft has been rescheduled from its original June 26-27 due to concerns over the coronavirus. A new date has not yet been announced.

The selection order used for this mock draw was based on the NHL lottery draw on Friday. Choice # 1 will be determined by the second phase of the lottery, which will include the eight losing teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and will take place before the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each of the eight teams will have a 12.5% ​​chance of winning the best selection.

The Los Angeles Kings, who had the fourth best chance at winning the lottery, will choose number 2, followed by the Ottawa Senators at number 3, with the choice they acquired from the San Jose Sharks as part of the exchange for the defender. Erik Karlsson September 13, 2018.

The Senators, who also have No. 5 picks, are the first team with two top five picks since the New York Islanders had draft picks No. 1 (Rick DiPietro) and No. 5 (Raffi Torres) 2000 of the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings, who had the best chance of winning the lottery, will finish fourth.

The rest of the first round will be played after the Stanley Cup playoffs.

1. Placeholder team

Kimelman – Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL): Whichever team wins, the first choice should not take a long time to decide. Lafreniere (6 feet 1 inch, 193 pounds) combines elite puck skills, high-end decision-making and physical advantage. He is by far the best talent in the 2020 draft and should be able to play an important role in the NHL early next season.

Morreale – Lafreniere: The 18-year-old has led all players in the Canadian Hockey League (QMJHL, Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League) with 2.15 points per game this season. But as skillful and talented as Lafrenière, what makes him even more impressive is his relentlessness and willingness to play a tough game and finish the checks.

Lepage – Lafreniere: With 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games, his MVP award for helping Canada win the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and his second consecutive CHL player of the year title, Lafreniere has met all expectations this season and has proven itself. to be a cut above his colleagues.

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2. Los Angeles Kings

Kimelman – Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL): Byfield has everything a reconstruction team is looking for, with a big size (6-4, 215), skills and great skating ability. The 17-year-old said he has been focusing on strengthening since the end of his season, in order to be able to manage physical play in the NHL next season. Byfield looks like a franchise center the Kings can build with veterans Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter each advances into the final stage of their NHL career.

Morreale – Byfield: The center of the left shot is a powerful skater with breaking speed and an exceptional skill set. He has collected 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 45 games this season.

Lepage – Tim Stuetzle, LW, Mannheim (DEL): The Kings have made a concerted effort to find dynamic and creative strikers in the draft in recent years, including Rasmus Kupari (# 20, 2018), Akil Thomas (# 51, 2018) and Alex Turcotte (# 5, 2019) . With his impressive vision and hockey IQ, Stuetzle fits this mold.

3. Ottawa Senators (from the San Jose Sharks)

Kimelman – Stuetzle: The 18-year-old was rookie of the year in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional league. His mature game has earned him an important role in one of the best teams in the league, and this experience against more developed competition should help him jump into the NHL faster. He could be a top nine forward for the Senators next season.

Morreale – Stuetzle: A hard left-handed shot capable of playing all situations with speed, great vision and swagger. He scored 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and had 132 shots on goal in 41 games this season.

Lepage – Byfield: Even though they already have several promising prospects, the Senators cannot afford to forget Byfield. The large center is an excellent skater and a dangerous goalscorer and would be fine playing alongside the left wing Brady Tkachuk.

4. Detroit Red Wings

Kimelman – Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL): Rossi plays bigger than his size (5-9, 183) with a passion and a level of competition reminiscent of the center of the Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux. Rossi led all CHL players with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games, goes to the net for offense and his high hockey IQ makes him a solid two-way player who can kill penalties.

Morreale – Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL): Drysdale could be the best defender available in the draft. 5-11, 175 pound right-handed shooting is capable of driving the game with his skating and elite hockey skills.

Lepage – Rossi: The 18-year-old can give a few inches to his opponents but has dominated this season. He would be a key addition to the Red Wings’ reconstruction effort up front.

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5. Ottawa Senators

Kimelman – Drysdale: After gaining the upper hand, the Senators can opt here for the best draft defender. The 18-year-old is a full player, able to skate the puck out of his area and lead the escape or intelligently and accurately pass the puck over the ice.

Morreale – Rossi: The Austrian-born left attacker averaging 2.14 points per game, second in the CHL behind Lafrenière, is capable of winning puck battles, is strong in faceoffs (58.5% wins) and generates offensive with high hockey IQ, good hands and the ability to play.

Lepage – Drysdale: This is the best possible result for the Senators. After selecting Byfield at # 3, they could end up with the best draft defender. With Thomas chabot, Erik Brannstrom and Drysdale, Ottawa’s future in this position looks to be in good hands for years to come.

6. Anaheim Ducks

Kimelman – Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw (OHL): Although Perfetti’s skill level stands out, it is his intelligence and high hockey IQ that keep the 18-year-old left shooter (5-10, 177) in the right place in all three areas. He doesn’t have the flash of the other players in the draft, but does everything well.

Morreale – Perfetti: A qualified striker with a high hockey IQ, competition and excellent liberation on his shot. Perfetti finished second in the OHL with 111 points (37 goals, 74 assists) in 61 games.

Lepage – Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda (SHL): The Ducks have focused on attackers at the start of the draft in recent years and Raymond (5-11, 170) has a wide range of offensive skills which could be a reason to add another. With his silky hands and unrivaled vision, he could relaunch Anaheim’s attack in a few seasons.

7. New Jersey Devils

Kimelman – Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgarden (SHL): With centers on the left Nico Hischier and Jack hughes as a foundation in New Jersey, adding a straight wing that would shoot first would be smart for the Devils. Holtz (6-0, 192) is a strong skater and can get a hard, precise shot from anywhere in the offensive zone. He led all players 18 and under in the Swedish Hockey League in points (16) and tied for goal (nine).

Morreale – Raymond: The 18-year-old plays a solid two-way game with excellent vision, intensity, good wrist shot and a nose for the net and is a great asset on the power play and penalty.

Lepage – Holtz: The Devils have their two future centers in Hischier and Hughes; combine their playing abilities with Holtz, who has a dangerous shot, and the foundation could be in place for an offensive attack.

8. Buffalo Sabers

Kimelman – Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa (OHL): The 18-year-old is arguably the top scorer in the draft, with 52 goals in 62 games in second place among all CHL players behind Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Robertson (55). Quinn’s skating has improved over the season and he is confident that he will continue to improve when he gets better off-ice training at the professional level. He’s already strong enough to win most battles along the wall and it’s hard to knock the puck down. The Sabers have a number of good prospects, but the chance to add someone of Quinn’s ability is too much to miss.

Morreale – Holtz: A pure goalscorer with a large selection of shots, Holtz plays a difficult and intelligent game. He had 55 shots on goal and averaged 12:53 ice time in 35 SHL games this season.

Lepage – Perfetti: He’s not the biggest player but he’s an offensive catalyst. The Sabers have selected a striker with their first pick in seven of the last nine, but have little to show for the NHL apart Sam Reinhart (No. 2, 2014) and Jack eichel (No. 2, 2015). Buffalo shouldn’t go through a center with Perfetti’s well-rounded skill set.

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