You have been listening to concerning the 2020 NHL draft class for greater than a yr. However now groups will lastly get to make their first-round picks on Tuesday evening. And which means one ultimate mock draft projecting all 31 alternatives of Spherical 1.
The class options a superb No. 1 prospect and a high 12 that’s pretty much as good as another class in current reminiscence. The highest three picks will possible be Alexis Lafreniere first general after which Quinton Byfield and Tim Stutzle in some order within the subsequent two spots. After that, it is a wide-open discipline with little or no consensus.
Right here is my prediction for the opening 31 picks of the 2020 draft, beginning with the Rangers with that first decide.
Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
The selection is straightforward at No. 1. Lafreniere is the perfect participant obtainable and can make the Rangers higher as early as subsequent season. Even when the workforce has a Hart Trophy finalist on the identical place, you may’t have an excessive amount of ability and offense. And Lafreniere performs a special model and can enhance New York’s forecheck along with his physicality, competitiveness and ability down low.
Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)
There are whispers across the league that point out that the Kings are going to take Tim Stutzle, who’s almost certainly to play on the wing and supply some important offensive pop. It would not shock me a bit if he had been the selection — and it will not be a foul one. However I am unable to shake the concept that the Kings could be passing on the upside and celebrity potential of Byfield. The middle out of the OHL wants time to develop, however he has terrific velocity, imaginative and prescient and instincts.
Tim Stutzle, LW, Mannheim (Germany)
The Kings are basically making the choice for the Senators. If Los Angeles takes Stutzle, it will be Byfield right here. If Byfield goes to L.A., then Stutzle would be the decide. The Senators will likely be thrilled both manner, as they need to be. Stutzle is extra prone to be a wing within the NHL than a middle, however he is an immense expertise offensively with large velocity and ability. The German will likely be a cornerstone piece for Ottawa because it continues specializing in the longer term.