The mud has lastly settled on the 2020 NHL draft. We all know the Geese, Kings and Rangers, particularly, did really well in their selections. However what subsequent for this class? Grading every staff’s haul apart, what do the brand new draft picks imply for every staff’s system and future?
After gathering my ideas after final week’s draft, I take a deeper take a look at a number of the aftermath. Which groups have a brand new No. 1 prospect of their methods? Which prospects match completely with their new NHL franchises, and which have a great deal of growth time forward? What are we listening to from across the league concerning the consequence of the draft, and which picks current the very best worth in every of the seven rounds? We get into all of it. Let’s start with the golf equipment that instantly insert a brand new identify atop their prospect pool.
TEAMS WITH A NEW TOP PROSPECT
Drafted: No. 1
The Rangers have picked up a brand new prime prospect in every of the previous two seasons, however Lafreniere is particularly thrilling. His bodily readiness, maturity and ability set ought to all make him an even bigger instant-impact participant than Kaapo Kakko was a season in the past. The Rangers are actually loaded on the left facet with Lafreniere becoming a member of Hart Trophy finalist Artemi Panarin and veteran Chris Kreider.
With Kakko graduated from prospect standing, Lafreniere ascends to the highest of a system that’s already loaded. Future No. 1 goaltender Igor Shesterkin is correct behind the newest No. 1 total choose (and he’ll seemingly graduate briefly time from prospect standing), however there’s additionally a whole lot of pleasure surrounding the futures of Vitali Kravtsov and Ok’Andre Miller. The highest tier of the Rangers’ system is about nearly as good as any within the league.
Drafted: No. 2