2020 NHL Mock Draft 8-5-20


The 2020 NHL Entry Draft of its kind. The draft was initially scheduled to be held on June 26–27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. However, on March 25, 2020, the NHL announced that the draft would be postponed due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to our updated NHL mock draft, post lottery edition. As far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business website that does a mock draft for all four major U.S. sports. Here are the links to our latest NBA, MLB and NFL mock drafts. The order for this NHL mock draft comes via Tankathon.com

Lottery Teams

1. Montreal Canadiens, Alexis Lafreniere, LW, QMJHL

There will be another lottery drawing for the eight teams that lose in the playoff qualifying round to determine the #1 pick. Picks #2 through #8 are set.

The one almost certainty about this draft, is that just about everyone agrees on who the #1 pick will be. You have a special elite, some could even say transcendent prospect, and likely he goes to a proud original six franchise.

2. Los Angeles Kings, Quinton Byfield, C, OHL

Powerful skater with exceptional skill set


3. Ottawa Senators (via San Jose), Tim Stuetzle, C, DEL

An elite, left-handed forward with great speed and vision

4. Detroit, Cole Perfetti, C, OHL

A great hockey IQ complements his phenomenal shot and high skill set

5. Montreal Canadiens, Lucas Raymond, LW, SWE

Natural scorer who is solid on both the power play and the penalty kill

6. Anaheim Ducks, Jamie Drysdale, D, OHL

Elite hockey sense makes him perfect for running the power play

7. New Jersey Devils, Alexander Holtz, RW, SWE

Knack for smart shot selection makes him a perfect natural scorer

8. Buffalo Sabres, Marco Rossi, C, OHL

Strong on face-offs with a high hockey IQ


When the NHL commences its restart and conducts its postseason, the teams that don’t win will then fill in picks #9 through #15 in order of points percentage.

9. Chicago Blackhawks, Yaroslav Askarov, G, MHL

Dale Tallon built up the team that won the first Stanley Cup, and (arguably the second) with his successor Stan Bowman then able to retool, make additions and get a third Cup.

Now it’s full rebuild and is Bowman really the man to get it done? For some bizarre reason, the Hawks organization kept him and fired his boss John McDonough. Well, McDonough is certainly no sympathetic figure, at least he’s good at what he does, unlike Bowman.

This isn’t the biggest team need, but it’s a great value pick, and a long-term successor to Corey Crawford must be found eventually.


10. New Jersey Devils (via Arizona), Jake Sanderson, D, NTDP

In the USA Youth system, he’s been known as the next big thing in American hockey for quite some time

11. Minnesota Wild, Dawson Mercer, C, QMJHL

Smart versatile skater who is well suited for several different situations

12. Winnipeg Jets, Jack Quinn, RW, OHL

May not last this long, as his versatility makes him a top tier prospect

13. New York Rangers, Connor Zary, C, WHL

Great two way skater with impressive puck patience

14. Florida Panthers, Noel Gunler, RW, SWE

Great passer with excellent shot selection who doesn’t mind crashing the net

15. Columbus Blue Jackets, Anton Lundell, C, FIN

Great puck protector and passer

Non Lottery Teams

16. Calgary Flames, Dylan Holloway, C, NCAA

This left handed Wisconsin Badger with a great shot is our first college player off the boards


17. New Jersey Devils (via Vancouver), Lukas Cormier, D, QMJHL

Speed, skills and a high hockey IQ make him a top 20 pick

18. Nashville Predators, Braden Schneider, D, WHL

Two way player with tremendous skill set

19. Carolina Hurricanes (via Toronto), Mavrik Bourque, C, QMJHL

A great passer with a phenomenal shot

20. Edmonton Oilers, Jan Mysak, C, OHL

Great hands and phenomenal technique too

21. Ottawa Senators (via New York Islanders), Kaiden Guhle, D, WHL

Brings a hard shot and imposing size

22. Dallas Stars, Hendrix Lapierre, C, QMJHL

Some believe he could have the highest ceiling of any prospect in this draft

23. New York Rangers (via Carolina), Rodion Amirov, LW, RUS 2

Has the ability to play in all situations

24. Minnesota Wild (via Pittsburgh), Jeremie Poirier, D, QMJHL

Great offensive ability for a defenseman who brings game breaking ability to the table

25. Philadelphia Flyers, Justin Barron, D, QMJHL

Tremendous competitor who understands how to conquer adversity

26. San Jose Sharks (via Tampa Bay), Seth Jarvis, C, WHL

Vision, quickness and play-making ability in spades

27. Colorado Avalanche, Emil Andrae, D, SWE

Great, smart two way player with moblity and effectiveness on the power play


Conference Final Losers

28. Vegas Golden Knights, Jacob Perreault, RW, OHL

Son of former NHL forward Yanic Perreault with one of the best shots in this draft class

29. Washington Capitals, Zion Nybeck, RW, SUPERELIT

Skilled forward with high end skating ability

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Stanley Cup Final Teams

30. St. Louis Blues, Brendan Brisson, C, Chicago, USHL

Local propsect who’s committed to the University of Michigan

31. Anaheim Ducks (via Boston), Ridly Greig, C, WHL

Great end to player with breakaway speed

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  1. Michael Stewart says

    I wouldn’t mind if the Rangers got those two forwards in the 1st round. Zary looks like a 3 zone player & Amirov has that sniper mentality & plays on the PK

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