2020 NHL Mock Draft 9-7-20

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The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will go on, in spite of the pandemic! Welcome to our updated NHL mock draft, post lottery edition. The top 15 is set, with the back half as yet to be determined, pending the results of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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, if this such a thing as four major sports anymore. Here are the links to our latest NBA, MLB and NFL mock drafts. The order for this NHL mock draft, among the picks that are not set as of yet, comes to us via Tankathon.

 

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They do really good work over there. Team needs were not taken account into the hockey picks at this time, but that should change as we draw closer to the draft. Also, you can expect to see the player and pick descriptions become further developed after the pick order has finally been set.

Lottery Teams

1. New York Rangers, Alexis Lafreniere, LW, QMJHL

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 he goes to a proud original six franchise. New York, New York big city of dreams; boy did they luck out here.

2. Los Angeles Kings, Tim Stuetzle, C, DEL

An elite, left-handed forward with great speed and vision, who is about to go all Hollywood on you.

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3. Ottawa Senators (via San Jose), Quinton Byfield, C, OHL

Powerful skater with exceptional skill set, it would indeed be a capital idea to draft this guy here.

4. Detroit, Cole Perfetti, C, OHL

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

5. Ottawa Senators, 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.

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9. Minnesota Wild, Dawson Mercer, C, QMJHL

Smart versatile skater who is well suited for several different situations.

10. Winnipeg Jets, Jack Quinn, RW, OHL

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

11. Nashville Predators, Jake Sanderson, D, NTDP

In the USA Youth system, he’s been known as the next big thing in American hockey.

 

12. Florida Panthers, Noel Gunler, RW, SWE

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

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

A great passer with a phenomenal shot.

14. Edmonton Oilers, Jan Mysak, C, OHL

Great hands and phenomenal technique too.

15. Pittsburgh Penguins, Anton Lundell, C, FIN

Great puck protector and passer.

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Non Lottery Teams

The remaining 16 slots (No. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs with the champion tentatively scheduled to pick 31st.

16. Montreal Canadiens, Connor Zary, C, WHL

Great two way skater with impressive puck patience.

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17. 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.

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18. New Jersey Devils (via Phoenix) Braden Schneider, D, WHL

Two way player with tremendous skill set.

19. Calgary Flames, Dylan Holloway, C, NCAA

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

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

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

21. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jeremie Poirier, D, QMJHL

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

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

Brings a hard shot and imposing size.

23. Dallas Stars, Hendrix Lapierre, C, QMJHL

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

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

Has the ability to play in all situations.

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 makes him a prospect that slots in well almost anywhere.

27. Colorado Avalanche, Emil Andrae, D, SWE

Great, smart two way player with mobility and effectiveness on the power play; would be a great value if he lasts this long.

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; has been scouted by the pros since a very young age.

29. Washington Capitals, Zion Nybeck, RW, SUPERELIT

Skilled forward with high end skating ability that fits in with various styles of play.

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Stanley Cup Final Teams

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

St. Louis is really boring, but watching this local prospect definitely is not! Brisson has committed to the University of Michigan.

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

Great end to end player with breakaway speed, and a nice finishing touch.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TV, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Now and SB Nation.

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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

  2. I think the Rangers will take a centre with their second choice or trade up to pick a centre if they can. They need young skilled forwards who have shown the ability to be offensively gifted. In later rounds they will sellect more well rounded two-way/defensive forwards or the best player available.

  3. Toronto has Pittsburgh’s 1st rd pick (15th)

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