Lots of skill and depth in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft


After the New York Rangers did what was expected by taking Alexis Lafreniere with the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, our final mock 31-team draft places Sudbury Wolves center Quinton Byfield alongside the Kings of Los Angeles.

Byfield’s height (6ft 4-1 / 4 and 215 pounds) is such an important part of his game – not just in skill terms, but in his ability to influence the game in all of its areas. His completeness and competitiveness stand out in his 200-foot game and he has the tools to develop into a two-way star center in Anze Kopitar’s mold.

The first of the Ottawa Senators’ top two picks starts with German pivot Tim Stutzle in 3rd place. He’s a dazzling and creative cross with an array of skills that allow him to make a significant impact on the game. Stutzle is immediately dangerous to opponents when he has the puck and reminds me of Blackhawks sniper Patrick Kane.

The Sens then leave with winger Lucas Raymond, a player with sublime and stealthy skills. His hockey sense is two to three steps ahead and he is also very creative in making different kinds of games. He’s got the makings of a No.1 right-winger when it comes to playmaking in the mold of Mitch Marner.

The Winnipeg Jets have the 10th overall pick and take hometown boy Seth Jarvis, whose style of play is comparable to Tampa Bay playoff hero Brayden Point. The Portland center finished second in the WHL with 42 goals and 98 points in 58 games, won the league’s sportiest player honors and earned a spot on the Premier League All-Star. Western Conference.

With the 14th overall, the Edmonton Oilers face 67’s winger Jack Quinn. Top scorer in the draft, Quinn went from 12 goals in his rookie season to 52 in 2019-20. One thing to keep in mind: if the very excited Yaroslav Askarov were to lose this place, I would have Edmonton pick the Russian goalkeeper.

Kasperi Kapanen’s trade to Pittsburgh gave the Toronto Maple Leafs the 15th overall pick and I’m with Brandon’s Braden Schneider, a competitive forehand defenseman in the mold of Jacob Trouba. If Toronto decides not to go for a defenseman, Ridly Greig, Brandon’s two-way center, would be a good choice. Its comparable? Ex-Leaf Nazem Kadri.

In 16th place, the Montreal Canadiens take Chicoutimi Saguenéens winger Dawson Mercer – a versatile force who not only scores goals, but also prepares them. If the Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador native were to be drafted by Montreal, it would be the second year in a row that a Newfoundlander has been picked 16th, following the skate prints of native Alex Newhook. of St. John’s, which was selected by Colorado.

The Calgary Flames are in 19th place and I like them picking Halifax defenseman Justin Barron. It brings intoxicating play, puck moving skills and good all round play. He missed three months of the 2019-20 season with a blood clot and returned to play seven games before the pandemic break. He will have the opportunity to play two more games before Tuesday’s draft, as the Mooseheads play consecutively today and Saturday against Cape Breton.

The Senators round out the Canadian teams in the first round with their third pick and take on German winger John-Jason Peterka. He’s smart, knows how to skate and is always in the right place at the right time to produce an attack. It can also fit perfectly in multiple situations with different players.

Check out our complete final project of 31 teams below:

NYR 1. Alexis Lafrenière Rimouski (QMJHL) LW 52 35 112
THE 2. Quinton Byfield Sudbury (OHL) C 45 32 82
Was 3. Tim Stutzle Mannheim (DEL) C / LW 41 7 34
the 4. Jamie Drysdale Erie (OHL) re 49 9 47
Was 5. Lucas Raymond Frölunda (SHL) RW 33 4 dix
Ana 6. Jake Sanderson United States 18 (USHL) re 47 7 29
New Jersey 7. Perfect schools Saginaw (OHL) C / LW 61 37 111
Buf 8. Marco Rossi Ottawa (OHL) C 56 39 120
Min 9. Anton Lundell HIFK (Ligue SM) C 44 dix 28
Wpg 10. Seth Jarvis Portland (WHL) C 58 42 98
Nsh 11. Yaroslav Askarov St. Petersburg (VHL) g 18 2,45 .920
Florida 12. Kaiden Guhle Prince Albert (WHL) re 64 11 40
Car 13. Alexander Holtz Djurgårdens (SHL) LW 35 9 16
Edm 14. Jack Quinn Ottawa (OHL) RW 38 52 89
Tor 15. Braden Schneider Brandon (WHL) re 60 7 42
Month 16. Dawson Mercer Chicoutimi (QMJHL) C / RW 42 24 60
Chi 17. Hendrix Lapierre Chicoutimi (QMJHL) C 19 2 17
New Jersey 18. Jacob Perreault Sarnia (OHL) RW 57 39 70
Cgy 19. Justin Barron Halifax (LHJMQ) re 34 4 19
New Jersey 20. Dylan Holloway Wisconsin (NCAA) C / LW 35 8 17
CBJ 21. Ridly Greig Brandon (WHL) C 56 26 60
NYR 22. Connor Zary Kamloops (WHL) C 57 38 86
Phi 23. Tyson Foerster Barrie (OHL) RW 62 36 80
Wsh 24. Jeremie Poirier Saint John (LHJMQ) re 64 20 53
Col 25. Brendan Brisson Chicago (USHL) C 45 24 59
StL 26. William Wallinder MoDo (SWE J20) re 37 5 24
Ana 27. Helge Grans Malmö (SWE J20) re 27 4 27
Was 28. John-Jason Peterka Munich (DEL) LW 42 7 11
VGK 29. Ryan O’Rourke Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) re 54 7 37
Of 30. Rodion Amirov Oufa (KHL) LW 17 dix 22
SJ 31. Jan Mysak Hamilton (OHL) C / LW 22 15 25


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