The NHL draft is upon us and with that it is our honor and duty to bring you the official Overtime Heroics 2020 NHL Mock Draft. So me and a fellow writer teamed up to bring you our full first round 2020 NHL Mock Draft.
NYR 1: Alexis Lafreniere
With the First pick of the 2020 NHL mock draft. Not even a debate that Lafreniere will be the first pick. His play speaks volumes around the hockey world. And that’s soon to include the NHL.
Lafreniere has been the clear cut choice for number one for over a year. He will go first overall to the Rangers with the first overall pick. His play is absolutely like no other we have seen in a long time. A generational talent, which is something we haven’t said since well, Connor McDavid. This year in the QMJHL, he recorded 35 goals along with 77 assists for a total of 112 points in just 52 games.
Lafreniere will be an NHL superstar and there is no doubt about it.
LAK 2: Tim Stutzle.
With the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL Mock Draft, it’s obvious the Kings will go with Tim Stutzle. Stutzle’s mental quickness along with his hands and a deadly shot are a huge reason I see him going second overall. Stutzle is a better player than Byfield. I don’t see the Kings taking Byfield over Stutzle. The Kings are stacked at the center position and with Stutzle being able to play on the wing. It would be a better fit in LA. Stutzle is the type of player who can make a nothing play into a goal in an instant. He’s crafty and extremely smart with the puck. That’s why I think he’s the best number two choice, and his point totals help my argument.
seven goals 27 assists for 34 points in 41 games. And Stutzle was playing in a men’s league.
Byfield is a great player and the kind of guy who can use his size to his advantage. Byfield is a guy who is unlike anyone the Senators have ever had. Byfield is Quick but also large. He is not afraid to get into the corner and fight for the puck. He would fit in nicely in Ottawa. I believe that Byfield is not 100% NHL ready. Byfield is a great player, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think he can live up to the hype of being the second overall pick.
DET 4: Lucas Raymond.
For Raymond’s age, he’s got unbelievable talent. Personally, he’s my favorite player in this draft. His playmaking ability is outstanding. The 18-year-old is extremely fun to watch, and on a team like Detroit, who is finally heading in the right direction, Raymond would be the best pick for the Red Wings in this spot. They would be crazy to pass on Raymond. If we look back on this draft in a few years and Raymond’s not one of if not the best player from the class, I would be surprised. And like Stutzle, Lucas Raymond played in a men’s league. And the Swedish stud kept up with the big boys in the SHL. The 17-year-old was 17th on the team in scoring. For comparison, the team leader was 32 years old.
OTT 5: Jamie Drysdale.
For some reason, people are making it a debate on which defenseman the Senators should take. Drysdale is, without a doubt, the best defenseman in the draft, and he would be a great fit with the Senators giving them a much-needed lift on the blue line. It’s hard to say what Drysdale’s ceiling is, but he’s going to be a top-pair defenseman in Ottawa. Likely along with Thomas Chabot.
ANA 6: Marco Rossi.
Pick number 6 of the 2020 NHL Mock Draft Anaheim will take Marco Rossi. Rossi’s ability to change the game is like no other outside the top 5. He’s smart with the puck and incredibly consistent. He is a playmaker, and with the Ottawa 67s, he showed that. Rossi would go into a system that would allow him to develop before coming up, and he would have a high chance of success in Anaheim. The Ducks could use a guy like Rossi in the future. A decently sized Centerman will have a large impact on the Anaheim Ducks.
NJ 7: Alexander Holtz.
Holtz is a fantastic playmaker and the perfect fit for New Jersey. His shot is so fun to watch, and he has one of the quickest releases in the draft. Going onto a team like the Devil’s would be great. He’s very good with the puck, and decision making is one of his strong points. He would be joining the company of Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier. Along with the acquisition of Nolan Foote, the Devil’s prospect pool keeps on getting better. As for Holtz, the Swedish powerhouse could be the final piece of the puzzle for New Jersey.
BUF 8: Anton Lundell.
The Sabres do have some uncertainty with their core. If the team ends up trading Jack Eichel, the entire team is going to get blown up. With the Jason Botterill era over. I think Anton Lundell will be a key piece for Buffalo in the future. I wanted to have Lundell higher. However, with the people ahead of him, I could see him falling to the Sabres. And what a gift it will be to get the Finnish stud. Lundell is so good with the puck and incredibly gifted with an amazing shot. A tall Finnish center with a great shot and amazing defensive play. Where have I seen this before? Lundell compares to Alexander Barkov and even Jesperi Kotkaneimi. For Buffalo, he would be a great fit.
MIN 9: Cole Perfetti.
For the Minnesota Wild, I believe they get an absolute gift at nine with Cole Perfetti. While I’m not personally that high on Perfetti, I still think he’s a great player. On a team like the Wild, he’s a fantastic fit. He’s great in tight at making plays happen. He can get a shot off from close range and still beat the goalie over their shoulders. And on a team like the Wild with a great future, Perfetti is the icing on the cake.
WPG 10: Jack Quinn.
To the 10th pick in the 2020 NHL Mock Draft, I think the Jets select Jack Quinn, who is arguably the best goal scorer in the draft. The Guy who could provide the boost offensively that Winnipeg needs. Now their defense is something that needs some attention. I could see the Jets taking Sanderson here, but realistically I think they go for Jack Quinn with the 10th pick. The Kid tore it up in the OHL with 52 goals in 62 games. He would be a perfect fit for the Jets.
NSH 11: Jake Sanderson.
At 11, I think the Predators will get a talented but not yet NHL ready Defensemen in Jake Sanderson. Sanderson is the second-best Defensemen in the draft behind Jamie Drysdale, and at 11, he’ll go to a team with some aging Defensemen such as Mattis Ekholm. While the Preds do have Roman Josi still who is in his prime, I think Sanderson is the right pick. He’s a decent skater, and he would be coming out of the US development program, which last year produced a ton of high-end prospects. Sanderson is no exception to that.
FLA 12: Seth Jarvis.
While most people have Jarvis in the 14-17 range, I see the Panthers making a bit of an off the board pick selecting Seth Jarvis from the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Jarvis is a highly gifted player who has great hockey sense, and the Panthers could use another right-wing prospect. He’s great defensively, and that’s just one of the tools in his already full toolbox. Jarvis is a playmaker and the kind of player needed in Florida.
CAR 13: Dylan Holloway.
The big fast centermen will bring a new style of play to the Canes for the future, Holloway would likely be a second-line center for Carolina, but he would be an upgrade from Trochek a few years from now. As a Canadiens fan, I did get an opportunity to watch Dylan Holloway a little bit during his season in Wisconsin as he was teammates with Cole Caufield. I would love to have Holloway on the Canadiens, but I don’t see him falling to 16. Plus, they are fine at the center position. Holloway is an exciting player and a guy who would be great for the Hurricanes future.
EDM 14: Yaroslav Askarov
Askarov is the best goalie prospect in this draft and that we’ve seen for a couple of years. He’s caught the interest of teams inside the top 10, but I think it will be a gift to the Oilers at 14. Rumors have the Hurricanes wanting Askarov, but I believe the Oilers land him. The goalie of their future falls to them at 14. His potential is high, and any team would be lucky to land him. I think due to the way goalies are currently being developed, with teams coming out of their rebuild in that range aren’t going to want a goalie who won’t play an NHL game for three or more years. For the Oilers, they have a chance to bring in a guy like Antti Raanta or Darcy Kuemper, who will be good enough for a few years and then eventually hand the torch to Askarov.
TOR 15: Noel Gunler.
At the 15th selection of the 2020 NHL mock draft, we have a Swedish prospect. Noel Gunler slides into the 15 spot to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gunler is a great player with a strong forecheck and the ability to force turnovers out of nowhere. Gunler also has a wicked shot to go with it. He’s a great prospect and would be a great fit for the leafs. Gunler Brings a good 2-way balance that the Maple Leafs don’t really have in a forward, or even a Defensemen… (sorry Leafs Fans) Gunler is a 200 foot Player and he’s the third Swedish player in my top 15 and I think he definitely deserves to be here.
MTL 16: Mavrik Bourque.
Boy oh boy would the Canadians love to take Mavrik Bourque. The French-Canadian center spent the year in the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes, having a monster season, putting up 71 points in 49 games. But, his offense is not his greatest trait. His defense has been unbelievable this season and his hockey IQ is near if not the top of his class. He may not have the first-line potential that the Canadiens desire. But, he will be a trustworthy, 2-way second-line center.
CHI 17: Kaiden Guhle.
At 17 in the 2020 NHL mock Draft. The Blackhawks will take Kaiden Guhle. After recently trading Olli Maatta their second pairing defenseman, the Hawks will need a replacement, and Kaiden Guhle fits the bill. A Sherwood Park product, Guhle would bring a nice combination of offense, defense, and toughness to the Hawks lineup. This year, he put up 40 points in 64 games, not anything amazing but good for a defenseman. Scouts love his willingness to play aggressively. But also adore his amazing stick work. Guhle uses his big 6’3 body to either knock his opponents off pucks or to use his long reach to disrupt passes.
NJ 18: Braden Schneider.
After using their first selection to select Alex Holtz, the Devils will look to select a defenseman with their second pick. That defenseman will be Braden Schnider of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Devils will have dreams of a future first pairing of Ty Smith and Schneider. In many mock drafts, Schneider has not fallen to 18 so if he is there, looks for the Devils to be rushing to the podium as quickly as possible. My comparable for Schnieder would be Shea Weber. They are both big, right-handed defenseman who can shoot the puck.
CGY 19: Connor Zary.
With Calgary’s defense being set for the next few years, the Flames will set their focus on drafting a forward in the upcoming draft. With players such as Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan rumored to be on the trade block, the Flames will be looking to have some fresh faces in their forward group after a disappointing 1st round exit. Zary is a dynamic, creative center. This season with the Kamloops Blazers, he put up 86 points in 57 games. Scouts love his offensive game and say that all aspects of his game are excellent. Look for Zary to make a title run next year and possibly make the NHL in 2021-2022.
NJ 20: Brendan Brisson.
The strategy for the Devils with this pick is just to choose the best player available. They already chose a forward and a defenseman and will definitely take the best player in their minds. That player is Brendan Brisson. The American center spent the season playing in the USHL. In his first year, he dominated. Brisson put up 59 points in 45 games, obviously playing above his class. This year he’ll head to the NCAA where he’ll play for Michigan. The world juniors will be a big test for Brisson as he will finally be able to play against players of his caliber.
CBJ 21: Hendrix Lapierre.
With their first pick, the Blue Jackets will select the most mysterious player of the draft, Hendrix Lapierre. At the beginning of the season, Lapierre was expected to make a push for a top 10 spot, after he put up 45 points in 48 games as a 17-year-old. But, he got injured this year after 17 games. That marks 2 years that Lapierre has had a concussion which may(and should) scare teams away. Scouts have not seen enough of him to make a decision but if the Jackets take a flyer on him, it may pay off. Lapierre plays a very effective 2-way game and his defense is considered to be near the top of his class. A player like that will fit in very well with coach John Tortorella. Look for a team to maybe trade down and grab him in the first round.
NYR 22: Jake Neighbours.
After drafting an Oil King last year, the Rangers will draft another one this year in Jake Neighbors. With their ever famous “retool” nearly finished, the Rangers will be looking to just add players to fill out their roster, or add value for a trade. Neighbors do a bit of everything well. This year with the powerhouse Oil Kings, he put up 70 points in 64 games. He is physical and excels at irritating the opponent. Perfect for a middle 6 forward.
PHI 23: Lukas Reichel.
#23 of the 2020 NHL Mock Draft. Philadelphia is in the same position as the Rangers. They are about to be contenders and just need players to fill out their roster. After Wayne Simmonds was traded and James van Riemsdyk is not proving he’s worth 7million. The Flyers will need a new net-front presence on their power play. Their guy may be Lukas Reichel. Reichel spent the year playing against men in the DEL. He had a solid year, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists in 42 games. He had an even better WJC. Playing for Germany, Reichel surprised many people with his play, scoring 5 points in 7 games. I predict Reichel to dominate next year at the WJC and Reichel will be right at the front leading the way.
COL 24: Dawson Mercer.
While Colorado is entering contender status, they will still want to keep their prospect pool ripe, and Dawson Mercer would do just that. Mercer played the year in the QMJHL as a RW/C putting up 60 points in 42 games. He did make Team Canada at the WJC but was limited to a depth role, putting up zeros across the scoresheet. Mercer had an unfortunate arm injury near the end of the season, leaving scouts undecided on where he should go. A team like Colorado may pick him up and be rewarded, but it’s fair to say that Mercer is a very hard worker and should make the NHL in at least a bottom 6 role.
WAS 25: Rodion Amirov.
If a player like Rodion Amirov dropped to Washington and they took him it would be fair to say the hockey world would erupt. Amirov is expected to get taken in the mid-teens. But teams may be targeting more defensively responsible players, therefore letting Amirov slip to the Caps. It would remind fans of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who also fell to the Capitals and they took him. Obviously, it worked out as he is now the Caps first-line center. Amirov is fresh off a season in the MHL scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 17 games. He is a dynamic winger who was a great shot and has jersey flapping speed. If he drops to Washington, no doubt he will be snapped up as quickly as possible.
STL 26: Helge Grans.
With the news emerging that Alex Pietrangelo will not return to the Blues, they will need a replacement. That guy may be Swedish defenseman Helge Grans. Grans is a big, 6”3 right-handed offensive defenseman that can move the puck extremely well. In Sweden’s U20 junior league he put up 27 points in 27 games, amazing for a defender. This year, Grans will play in the SHL and will look to be a leader on the WJC team. He will be a project and will not be in the NHL for at least 2-3 years but it may be worth it in the long run.
ANA 27: William Wallinder.
The Ducks have had their luck with Swedish defenders, so why not draft another one? After Jacob Larsson, Hamptus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen made significant impacts on the Ducks, William Wallinder may be headed in the same direction. Wallinder spent the year in the same league as Helge Grans. Putting up 24 points in 37 games was great but Wallinder’s defensive game really excelled. He uses his 6’4 frame to tower over opponents and knocks them off the puck with his 192lbs body. I am looking forward to seeing him develop and see if he can add some more offense to his game in the future.
OTT 28: Justin Barron.
With their third and final pick in this 2020 NHL mock draft. the Senators will select the third defenseman in a row, Justin Barron. Barron is a right-handed, Canadian defenseman, playing in Halifax of the QMJHL. He is a very consistent player, you can trust him every day to make the right play. He projects to be a 2nd pairing defenseman. I look forward to him and Thomas Chabot playing together as a pair of former QMJHL defensive standouts could reunite.
VGK 29: Jeremie Poirier.
With pick 29 of this 2020 NHL Mock Draft. Vegas will try and improve their defense by drafting Jeremie Poirier. Poirier spent the season in the QMJHL and had a great year, scoring 20(!) goals and 33 assists in 64 games. Although his offensive ability is unquestioned, a goal for Poirier is to improve his defense. He finished the year a -25, tied for worst on his team. He also took 261 shots. That was good for tops among defenders in the entire league. I believe this is a make or break year for Poirier, if he doesn’t improve his defense he may be put on the trade block.
DAL 30: Jan Mysak.
Coming off a tough loss in the Stanley Cup Finals the Stars have an opportunity at 31 to get some help on the right side, Jan Mysak is available for the Stars and it’s a gift. At the 31st spot of this 2020 NHL mock draft. Mysak is a very impactful player and the kind who would have an even larger impact on a team like the stars. His potential for the stars is probably bottom 6 forward. But he would still make a great fit in Dallas. If he doesn’t work out for the Stars they could always send him off in a package to help their franchise
SJS 31: Jacob Perreault.
At 31 the final spot in the 2020 NHL mock draft the Sharks will add a trusty right-winger to their rebuild. Perreault is a good skater and he isn’t bad defensively. This year with the Sting he recorded 70 points in 57 games. It would be a gift to the Sharks at 31. The Quebec Native would be an amazing fit in the Shark tank. And he would help get that train back on its tracks.
That Concludes the 2020 NHL mock draft for Overtime Heroics. It will be extremely interesting to see how the Draft turns out. Many trade possibilities for the Draft will bring even more excitement to this year’s already abnormal Entry Draft. Happy Draft Everyone! And a huge shoutout to Luke Thomas for helping and providing picks 16-31.
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