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2020 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec

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Now that the 2019 draft has come and gone, I think it's time to look ahead to next year. The 2020 draft is being compared to the 2003 draft early on in terms of quality and depth, With Lafrenière leading the way. 

 

Rank

Player

Position

Shoots

Nationality

League

Date of Birth

Height

Weight

1

Alexis Lafrenière

LW

L

CAN

QMJHL

2001-10-11

6-1

192

2

Quinton Byfield

C

L

CAN

OHL

2002-08-19

6-4

214

3

Lucas Raymond

LW

R

SWE

SuperElit

2002-03-28

5-10

165

4

Anton Lundell

C

L

FIN

Liiga

2001-10-03

6-1

183

5

Noel Gunler

RW

R

SWE

SHL

2001-10-07

6-1

176

6

Alexander Holtz

RW

R

SWE

SuperElit

2002-01-23

6-0

183

7

Jamie Drysdale

D

R

CAN

OHL

2002-04-08

5-11

165

8

Kasper Simontaival

RW

R

FIN

Jr. A SM-liiga

2002-01-11

5-9

172

9

Daniil Gushchin

RW

L

RUS

USHL

2002-02-06

5-8

161

10

Jan Mysak

RW

L

CZE

Extraliga

2002-06-24

5-11

176

11

Justin Barron

D

R

CAN

QMJHL

2001-11-15

6-2

192

12

Jean-Luc Foudy

C

R

CAN

OHL

2002-05-13

5-11

168

13

Connor McClennon

C

R

CAN

WHL

2002-06-25

5-9

154

14

Marco Rossi

C

L

AUT

OHL

2001-09-23

5-9

174

15

Jake Neighbours

LW

L

CAN

WHL

2002-03-29

5-11

201

 

1) Alexis Lafrenière - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

 

 2017-2018

Team Green

U17-Dev

3

0

0

0

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rimouski Océanic

QMJHL

60

42

38

80

54

|

Playoffs

7

4

3

7

12 

 

Canada Red U17

WHC-17

6

3

3

6

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada U18

WJC-18

5

4

2

6

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2018-2019

Rimouski Océanic

QMJHL

61

37

68

105

72

|

Playoffs

13

9

14

23

14 

 

Canada U18

Hlinka Gretzky Cup

5

5

6

11

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada U20

WJC-20

5

1

0

1

2

|

           

 

"Lafrenière attacks the net, has some physicality in his game and get's lots of goals in the dirty areas," Corey Pronmon.

 

"High-impact forward ... can contral and dominate games ... corrals bas passes with ease ... great hands ... makes smart decisions quickly," ISS Hockey.

 

 

 

 

 

2) Quinton Byfield - Sudbury Wolves, OHL

 

 2017-2018

York Simcoe Express Mn Mdgt AAA

ETAMMHL

34

48

44

92

24

|

Playoffs

6

7

5

12

 

Milton Menace

OJHL

1

1

1

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York Simcoe Express Mn Mdgt AAA

OHL Cup

6

4

3

7

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team OMHA Black

OGC-16

4

2

3

5

8

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2018-2019

Sudbury Wolves

OHL

64

29

32

61

38

|

Playoffs

8

3

5

8

16 

 

Team Black

U17-Dev

-

-

-

-

-

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Black U17

WHC-17

5

2

1

3

12

|

           

 

 

"Quinton is the type of player that doesn’t come around very often. At nearly 6’4” and over 200lbs, he is an intimidating presence on the ice. He has an exceptionally high skill level and can do things with a puck that not many players his age or size can do. He is very creative with the puck on his stick and isn’t afraid to try and beat any defender. He is very hard to handle in open ice as he is agile on his skates and uses his edges effectively. Quinton has a cannon for a shot and can shoot in mid-stride." - Peter Harling

 

 

 

 

3) Lucas Raymond - Frolunda HC J20

 

 2017-2018

Göteborg

TV-Pucken

6

3

6

9

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC U16

U16 Elit

2

2

2

4

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC U16

U16 SM

5

8

8

16

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC J18

J18 Elit

18

14

20

34

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC J18

J18 Allsvenskan

15

13

16

29

12

|

Playoffs

7

6

2

8

 

Frölunda HC J20

SuperElit

8

0

0

0

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U16 (all)

International-Jr

3

2

0

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17 (all)

International-Jr

8

3

1

4

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2018-2019

Frölunda HC

Champions HL

4

0

0

0

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC J18

J18 Allsvenskan

0

0

0

0

0

|

Playoffs

5

5

4

9

 

Frölunda HC J20

SuperElit

37

13

35

48

24

|

Playoffs

6

4

5

9

 

Sweden U18

Hlinka Gretzky Cup

5

5

2

7

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frölunda HC

SHL

10

2

0

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17

WHC-17

6

4

3

7

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17 (all)

International-Jr

7

6

4

10

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18

WJC-18

7

4

4

8

12

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18 (all)

International-Jr

18

11

10

21

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2019-2020

Sweden U20 (all)

International-Jr

-

-

-

-

-

|

           

 

 

"Raymond is a goal scorer with explosive skating and excellent hands," Mikael Strom

 

 

 

 

4) Anton Lundell - HIFK, Liiga

 

 

 2017-2018

HIFK U18

Jr. B SM-sarja

10

3

7

10

22

|

Playoffs

5

1

4

5

 

HIFK U20

Jr. A SM-liiga

22

8

12

20

6

|

Playoffs

9

1

1

2

 

Finland U17

WHC-17

5

3

4

7

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U17 (all)

International-Jr

13

6

8

14

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18

WJC-18

7

2

4

6

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18 (all)

International-Jr

9

2

4

6

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2018-2019

HIFK

Champions HL

3

0

0

0

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIFK U20

Jr. A SM-liiga

10

6

9

15

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIFK

Liiga

38

9

10

19

8

|

Playoffs

12

0

0

0

29 

 

Finland U18

WJC-18

5

2

2

4

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18 (all)

International-Jr

10

3

3

6

24

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U20

WJC-20

7

1

3

4

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18

Hlinka Gretzky Cup

4

1

1

2

16

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U20 (all)

International-Jr

9

4

3

7

0

|

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

"Works with and without the puck to put himself in convenient positions to shoot and doesn't need much time or space to release his wristshot," Draftin Europe

 

 

 

 

Noel Gunler - Lulea HF J20, SuperElit

 

 2017-2018

Luleå HF J18

J18 Elit

1

0

0

0

12

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luleå HF J18

J18 Allsvenskan

4

4

2

6

4

|

Playoffs

3

2

1

3

 

Luleå HF J20

SuperElit

41

8

14

22

50

|

Playoffs

8

3

3

6

 

Sweden U17

WHC-17

5

0

0

0

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17 (all)

International-Jr

13

2

3

5

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2018-2019

Luleå HF J20

SuperElit

31

27

19

46

78

|

Playoffs

3

0

3

3

 

Luleå HF

SHL

15

2

3

5

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18 (all)

International-Jr

8

2

3

5

6

|

           

 

 

"Thinks the game well ... elite shot and release ... goal scoring instincts ... likes to shoot the puck ... has the ability to find open space and create," ISS Hockey.

 

 

 

This year's class is very intriguing at the top end. For me personally I'm excited to see how Lundell tracks throughout this year. He played almost his entire draft -1 year in Liiga, something Kakko wasn't able to do. Obviously Lafreniere and Byfield will be exciting as well. 

 

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Posted (edited)

Here are some early thoughts on this draft from the Draft Analyst, Steve Kournianos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, 48MPHSlapShot said:

I mean, Podkolzin is the greatest hockey player of all time, so obviously he's better than everyone in this draft.

Pods will be second best to whomever we draft first in the 2020 draft.  (With our second round pick, of course) :towel:

 

Seriously though.  What is the difference between Pods and Lafreniere?  Very similar players, except Pods is mean too.  

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3 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Pods will be second best to whomever we draft first in the 2020 draft.  (With our second round pick, of course) :towel:

 

Seriously though.  What is the difference between Pods and Lafreniere?  Very similar players, except Pods is mean too.  

 

Lafreniere has been tracking closer to Crosby and McDavid than Podkolzin. 

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9 minutes ago, Horvat is a Boss said:

 

Lafreniere has been tracking closer to Crosby and McDavid than Podkolzin. 

I don’t see McDavid or Crosby in Lafreniere.  He’s clearly a very good young player, but he doesn’t skate anywhere near to those two.  He’s more of a straight ahead power forward type.  I like that in him, but I don’t think he’s going to be a dynamic player at all. 

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12 minutes ago, Alflives said:

I don’t see McDavid or Crosby in Lafreniere.  He’s clearly a very good young player, but he doesn’t skate anywhere near to those two.  He’s more of a straight ahead power forward type.  I like that in him, but I don’t think he’s going to be a dynamic player at all. 

I kinda agree with that assessment but Lafrieniere is definitely going to be a dynamic player. He's extremely talented, that cannot be argued. 

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Just now, Odd. said:

I kinda agree with that assessment but Lafrieniere is definitely going to be a dynamic player. He's extremely talented, that cannot be argued. 

I guess dynamic in a different way than McDavid or Crosby.  Those guys flay with the puck all over the ice.  I see Lafreniere being more dynamic inside the blue line, and down low.  He’s very good for sure, but not the same type of player as McDavid or Crosby.  I read a comparison to Gilbert Perrault too.  Again, not at all a good comparison.  As an old time comparison I’d say Frank Mahovalic.  

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Gotta say, going to have a tough time getting excited about a Draft we may not have a 1st in

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12 minutes ago, NUCKER67 said:

Gotta say, going to have a tough time getting excited about a Draft we may not have a 1st in

What if its a 1st overall? Lottery winner...Bettman..

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22 minutes ago, NUCKER67 said:

Gotta say, going to have a tough time getting excited about a Draft we may not have a 1st in

Thxs benning

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24 minutes ago, NUCKER67 said:

Gotta say, going to have a tough time getting excited about a Draft we may not have a 1st in

That means you were excited for playoffs 

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14 minutes ago, Hairy Kneel said:

What if its a 1st overall? Lottery winner...Bettman..

Would be in 2021..

 

The Miller 1st is lotto protected for 2020

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58 minutes ago, NUCKER67 said:

Gotta say, going to have a tough time getting excited about a Draft we may not have a 1st in

don't be so blue

jb appears to consistently be able to draft a 1st rounder

in the second round

so let's see if he can rise to the challenge when our 1st round pick ends up in tampa

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3 minutes ago, Master Higgins said:

Would love to get the sweedish raymond, kid looks amazing 

:bigblush:

 

i'm kinda hoping there is a ballard in that draft as well

could revive some fond trade proposal memories

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Canucks won't have a 2020 1st round pick since they'll make the playoffs.

 

::D

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