Stutzle is creative and looks like a high-end playmaker. I think he could be a number two center at the NHL level at best. Although he’s far from polished and has shown inconsistency with his skating and defensive play, only the aforementioned Drysdale can rival Poirier’s creativity from the back end. LW Lucas Raymond 5’11” 165 SWEHL 33-4-6-10-4. This was the case last year in Sweden’s top junior league, and his promotion to the parent club seems to have helped him round out his game away from the puck. He isn’t afraid to step up in the neutral zone and throw a big hit either. This Swedish goal scorer is battling Perfetti for the right to claim the top shot-release combination in the draft, and much like his aforementioned peer, Holtz has proven himself as more than just a finisher. Regardless of this, however, Rossi has shown an elite skill set and ability to put up points in the OHL this season, leading the league as a whole. He looks like a top-six winger, with goal-scoring ability at the NHL level. He utilizes a lot of trickery, such as passes of the no-look, behind-the-back, saucer, and bank variety. Check out our expanded … Draft date: October 7th 2020 @ 12:00 AM, October 9th 2020, in Virtual . Drysdale is an aggressive puck rusher in the mold of Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes who not only jumpstarts the attack from deep in his own end but also utilizes phenomenal straight-line speed to create a numbers advantage. Jarvis keeps his feet moving at all times and tracks the puck like a hawk and when he takes control of it, he’ll button-hook or curl to change the plane of attack and improve his angle. He looks like a top-six center with #1 center potential. Mercer has an excellent release and looks like a top-six winger at the NHL level. 12. He appears to be a genuine NHL star with elite potential. He also is winning 53 percent of his draws. All are proficient at running a power play and initiating breakouts with little help required. Nybeck looks like a second line, secondary scoring option. Published March 4th, 2020. Another measuring stick is depth at a certain position. The son of former NHL faceoff wizard Yanic Perreault, Jacob displays good straight-line speed and puck skills similar to his soft-mitted father but seems more comfortable on the wing rather than at center. W Jake Neighbours 5’11 196 WHL 64-23-47-70-39, 44. NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT: Who is Tre Jones? Below is the final list of notable first-year eligible draft prospects for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. close. My biggest concern with Greig was his offensive upside, and an increase in production helps me believe he could be a second-line center at the NHL level. He projects as a middle-six forward, with second-line upside. He is a “safe” pick, but he could be a very average third-line player. However, this wasn’t the case with Amirov; a sturdy, east-west winger who was critical in Russia's taking of silver at the under-18 world championship last April. Video is going to be relied on more than in the past for me and others throughout the scouting community because of this. His offensive numbers also increased as the season progressed. A slick and cerebral forward with excellent hands, Jarvis has all the tools required to be a dominant player in major junior. Askarov is big, confident, and athletic. Although he was more of a support player a season ago, his abilities — namely his speed and creativity — were quite distinguishable during limited ice time. However, it’s his two-way game that stands out. There are some questions as to whether or not he is a product of playing with Marco Rossi and a handful of other strong players in Ottawa. Although rosters have yet to be finalized, it’s a good bet to count on at least two-dozen late-2001 or 2002 birth years to participate. Stranges is likely a boom-or-bust type of prospect and could easily fall to the second round. A cerebral two-way defender with NHL bloodlines (his dad is 17-year veteran Geoff Sanderson), Sanderson is the early-season favorite to be the first player selected directly from the NTDP this June. I’m off tonight (follow @JBlevinsNBA for coverage from @ThePaintedLines), but the TL and the box score tell 2 different stories about Ben Simmons. Savoie is excellent defensively and is elite at breaking up plays and anticipating coverage in his own zone. C Anton Lundell 6’1″ 185 FIN 44-10-18-28-18, 12. The Under-18’s would have been a good test to see how he compared to other players. Drysdale is Erie’s problem solver for a variety of in-game conundrums and the manner in which he’s carrying a thin roster could be enough to convince Hockey Canada to make him the youngest defenseman added to their WJC squad since Jay Bouwmeester in 2001. C Seth Jarvis 5’10” 172 WHL 58-42-56-98-24, 11. Most teenagers like to avoid traffic but Amirov is a superior stickhandler who attacks it head-on. At first, it looked like a hulking center like Byfield of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves would give Lafrenière a run for the top spot; he too was averaging close to two points per game until falling back down to earth in November. He did have an excellent World Junior Championship also, posting 3 goals as an under-ager. Averaging well over a point per game, Bourque looks like a two-way, second-line center who can produce points as well. Diligence — no matter how robust or regimented — does not guarantee that an NHL general manager and staff will make the right choice. The rankings have been created and compiled by our worldwide network of scouts. He is a unique player and is fearless in tight. Kasper Simontaival, RW, Tappara U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga). The Swedes have leaned on Raymond and Holtz at multiple U20 events and both will be key cogs playing heavy minutes. On the flip side, there is a likelihood of high movement between picks 11-31 in the first round depending on team evaluation and how close each prospect is in both skill level and upside. Alexis Lafrenière, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL). He also follows the play well in all zones and has great awareness. Byfield is a special talent and, for most, is the consensus number two prospect in this draft. He has a high skill set and a strong hockey IQ. Find out where your favorite Position stacks up against the 2021 class and view expert mock drafts. With an eye-popping 2.11 points-per-game average, he’s pacing to lead the entire CHL in scoring, something a first-year eligible hasn’t done in five years. Bourque is a player that has grown on me all season, particularly due to his spike in offense. By LaurenKelly24 @laurkelly24 Sep 22, 2020, 9:00am EDT Share this story. D Jeremy Poirier 6’0″ 196 QMJHL 64-20-33-53-50, 23. His stat line (seven points in 15 games through Dec. 1) is not a real indicator of how much he contributes on a shift-to-shift basis and Holloway already has proven in international play that he can be an excellent passer with a wicked shot to boot. He’s also a top-20 scorer in Germany’s elite league and is all but a lock to spearhead the attack for them at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. W Oliver Suni 6’2 188 OHL 43-12-20-32-6, 67. This year’s group has a solid mix of game-breakers at all three forward positions — meaning a team picking in the late first round can still come away with a prospect that has legitimate point-producing potential. C Jack Finley 6’5 205 WHL 61-19-38-57-32, 33. A testament to his improved defensive play is how often you see him on the ice for a big penalty kill or late-game draw in his own end. Lundell doesn’t possess any specific elite qualities, but he does everything well. He is also very physical and uses his frame well to rub out opposing forwards. He had a bit of slow start in the WHL, but he very quickly turned it around. If everything comes together, he could be a first pairing defender, though he is likely a few years away from NHL duty. While some scouts are concerned with his consistency, I’m less concerned judging by the fact he plays for London in the OHL. And while there is a case to be made his production isn’t terrible, considering he was one of the youngest players in the NCAA, I still have a few concerns regarding his upside. 2020 NHL Draft: The final top 31 rankings. Mysak is a speedy forward who loves to create offense off the rush. There’s a fair amount of trickery to his game as well, so don’t label him as merely a power winger who mashes opponents. However, some scouts wonder if he can transition to the NHL game based upon some defensive issues. F Thomas Bordeleau 5’9 180 USHL 19-7-11-18-8, 49. … Outside of the World Juniors, he has also been consistent over the past few years. 22. However, at least two nations — Canada and Russia — tend to be stingy with WJC roster spots when it comes to 17 or 18-year-olds. His offensive game is very rounded, and he plays with a high compete level and engine. This season, he has shown even more so why this is the case. The son of long-time NHLer Geoff, Sanderson skates like his father. He looks like a top-six winger who may need another year or so of development. W J.J. Peterka 5’10 182 DEL 42-7-4-11-14, 37. He attacks the net relentlessly and isn’t afraid to go into hard areas on the ice. 2019-20 Stats – Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) … He looked great in limited minutes. Emil Andrae, LHD, HV71 J20 (Superelit). However, when healthy, Lapierre has shown he has the tools to be a potential top-line center. LWOH NHL Draft Grades LWOH NHL Draft Grades Part Two NHL Draft Grades Part Three NHL Draft Grades Part Four . A 6-4 playmaker with excellent vision and soft hands, through Dec. 1 he was only six points off the OHL scoring lead. He plays a tough north-south game predicated on anticipation and physicality, and his ability to win a fair amount of 50-50 battles is at the forefront of his game off the puck. There doesn’t seem to be a selfish bone in his body and is very coachable with a strong desire to round out his overall game beyond playmaking and shooting. In terms of the top tier of high profile prospects, not much has changed since our initial look into the 2020 draft class was conducted in late July. At this point, all of the above should be considered top-10 picks, thus pushing several quality defensemen and electrifying scorers like Mysak, Vasili Ponomaryov, Jacob Perreault, Jean-Luc Foudy and Noel Gunler, into the later stages of the opening round. He boasts excellent vision and can play in all zones. There isn’t a scientific formula but one way to assess the depth of the draft is: how many first-year eligibles are selected for their respective national teams at the under-20 world junior championship, which begins Dec. 26 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He did have an excellent World Juniors, posting four points. Drysdale is one of the best skaters in the draft, regardless of position. As a 17-year-old, Askarov has torn up various leagues in Russia, including getting a start in the KHL. C Roni Hirvonen 5’9 163 FIN 52-5-11-16-14, 41. W Kasper Simontaival 5’8 170 FIN 10-1-3-4-6, 51.W Daniel Gushchin 5’8 165 USHL 42-22-25-47-42, 52. Raymond is young, but he will likely need some extra development time to help his overall confidence and ability to transition his tool kit to a higher level. C Tyson Foerster 6’1″ 194 OHL 62-36-44-80-53, 31. 2020 NHL Draft: Tristen Robins Interview. W Luke Evangelista 5’11 165 OHL 62-23-38-61-12, 72. W Pavel Gogolev 6’1 181 OHL 63-45-51-96-66, 70. He knows when to speed up the play or slow it down. One of the more demonstrative goalies you’ll see between the pipes, Askarov personifies the term “locked-in” because when he gets into one of his patented grooves the net can shrink in a hurry. 25 Feb. 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Dawson Mercer. Analytics minded people tend to like him, and I did at the beginning of the year as well. C/W Vasily Ponomaryov 5’11 176 QMJHL 57-18-31-49-15, 57. A graceful offensive defenseman with fantastic footwork and escapability, Cormier is a threat to create a quality scoring chance every time he hops over the boards. At just over 6’4″, Byfield boasts a tall, big frame but that isn’t the only reason why he is ranked so high. Mysak has a knack for getting open and using his top-end speed to outpace pressure. C Rory Kerins 5’10 173 OHL 64-30-29-59-30, 79. Here are quick breakdowns for each position: Much like every draft since 2012, the opening half of the first round should be dominated by a mix of centers and wings. D Braden Schneider 6’2 210 WHL 60-7-35-42-42, 38. He also unloads a deadly shot that forces the most competent of goalies to put rebounds into the low slot; however, it's his quickness to the inside that separates him from most draft-eligible forwards. Small and skilled, Rossi uses his strong skating and edge work to create offense. Height/Weight: 6’1”, 192 pounds. C Carter Savoie 5’10” 180 AJHL 54-53-46-99-62, 30. The two Swedish wingers — Holtz and Raymond — have been on the 2020 draft radar for several years, and they are now joined by the likes of Stützle and Rossi. C Ridley Greig 5’11” 162 WHL 56-26-34-60-83, C/W Lukas Reichel 6’0 170 DEL 42-12-12-24-0, D Braden Schneider 6’2 210 WHL 60-7-35-42-42, C Xavier Simoneau 5’7 172 QMJHL 61-28-61-89-59, W Egor Sokolov 6’4 231 QMJHL 52-46-46-92-42, Thought on the Eagles Head Coaching Search, Milton Drops 31, Simmons Records Triple-Double In Win Over Heat: What…, Phillies sign first free agent of the winter in Archie Bradley, Is It A Sure Thing That Joel Embiid Would Be In…, WandaVision Episodes 1 & 2 Spoiler Review & Discussion, WandaVision Episodes 1 & 2 Review (Full Spoilers), Top 10 Moments from Season 2 of The Mandalorian, ¿Evitaremos sobrerreaccionar? A rugged winger with a hunched skating style and good speed, Neighbours was a high bantam pick in 2017 and thus far has delivered on expectations. However, playmaking is just one of his distinguishable assets, as he can deliver precision passes from either his forehand or backhand. He’s an excellent skater who loves to score off the rush. If a player has no totals listed, this means that he has not played in a regular season game in the NHL. 2019-20 Stats: 52 GP, 35 G, 77 A, 112 P. Draft Rankings. What a strange time of year to be taking a deep dive on draft prospects available for the NHL Draft this year. Zary is a fun player to watch. NHL top 25 under 25: Ranking hockey's best young stars for 2019-20, 1. 28. Sign up for premium. However, he struggled to produce before a concussion ended his season earlier. Lastly, two names that keep popping up as potential first-rounders are Russian collegian Yan Kuznetsov and Finland’s Eemil Viro, with the former impressing as a freshman for UConn while the latter is a smooth skater who already has made the jump to the Finnish elite league. 1 pick in 2020. D Emil Andrae 5’9″ 175 SWEHL 10-0-0-0-4, 26. His on-ice leadership is infectious and he will never back down from a challenge. Mercer loves to drive the net and uses his skill and speed to create space for himself to cut from the outside-in. The Portland Winterhawk has climbed in rankings throughout the year and could find himself sneaking into the top 10. Perfetti has an excellent release, which he showed at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, and all-season in the OHL he has shown excellent playmaking ability. His speed helps him get out of trouble currently, and I think he will progress to be a second-pairing blue-liner who can quarterback a power play. His league play in the adult-age VHL has been nothing short of stellar, but keep in mind that the league is a low-scoring circuit and his .925 save percentage ranks 25th among those qualified. If everything comes together, he could be a top-six winger. Raymond falls into a category of “hard to evaluate” at times because he is playing against men in Sweden. He skates in a very unique manner and has a dynamic element to his game because of it. He can be an unstoppable force, not only when he’s loading up his devastating wrister but also when he’s maneuvering laterally to create time and space — before exploiting an opening with a perfect pass. His timing while backskating could use some work, but the fact that he’s reading plays properly is a strong foundation to build off of. The air of mystery that surrounds the NHL draft is a significant part of the season-long evaluation process. Holloway was a top 10 candidate heading into this season, and he is higher on many lists I’ve seen. ISS HOCKEY TOP 32 - NO RANKING PUBLISHED for the NHL Entry Draft. He finds ways to get open in traffic to create scoring opportunities. Rossi is everything you want in a player in the early first round of the draft. The good news is that we are at the midway point of league play, with nearly a dozen international tournaments in the books, to help beef up assessments and allow the scouting community the opportunity to sharpen their opinions on not only the elite players available but the entire 2020 draft class. Skating and playmaking, however, are just part of the overall package; Andrae stands up at his defensive line and uses a powerful leg drive to deliver clean hits. He wears multiple hats for head coach Tony Granato and his physical style is perfectly suited for the college game. This week, we preview our 2020-21 NHL Draft Guide's sleepers, highlighting a handful of names that could be worth considering late in fantasy drafts. 18. Not only is he physical, with a penchant for delivering solid open-ice hits, but he's also inclined to push the puck up ice with his above-average mobility and powerful stride. He is an elite skater and is excellent at zone entries. Bourque looked like a solid second or third-line center when the season started due to his excellent defensive awareness and two-way play. Not only is he Chicago’s most prolific scorer on a roster loaded with talent, but his energy and high-compete level set the right example for his teammates to follow. C/W Cole Perfetti 5’10” 180 OHL 61-37-74-111-16, 10. Guhle is a complete defenseman who can impact the game in multiple ways. W Matthew De St.Phalle 5’9 160 USHL 49-30-30-60-38, 81. W Antonio Stranges 5’10” 178 OHL 61-19-21-40-16, 29. Poirier is a poised “offenseman” with escapability, who like Drysdale, is dedicated to pushing the pace to his level and creating chances off the rush. A sound decision-maker in all areas of the ice, Rochette is an aggressive center with a strong desire to make an impact in all three zones. What also keeps opponents honest, however, is his goal-scoring ability and explosive shot release. W Alexis Lafreniere 6’1″ 192 QMJHL 52-35-77-112-50, 2. 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