2020 Draft Rankings: Overtime Heroics

2020 Draft

Over the last few months, I have put together a team of writers here at Overtime Heroics to focus on the 2020 National Hockey League entry draft. There have been several posts on who to look for, as well as scouting reports on some top players. There will be more in the future, so keep your eye out for those! 

In the time that the team has been put together, each writer submitted their top 15 lists for the 2020 Draft, including myself. Upon averaging the rankings out, here is our first team ranking. 

#1. Alexis Lafreniere

League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

Team: Rimouski Oceanic 

Position: Center 

Height and weight: 6’1, 192 pounds

Season stats: 8 games played, 6 goals-13 assists-19 points

Last Month Ranking: #1

Highest ranking: #1

Lowest ranking: #1

The decisive number one player on this list for the second consecutive season. He remains on top of the 2020 Draft, with absolutely no question marks. He has been lights out so far this season. 

#2. Quinton Byfield

League: Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

Team: Sudbury Wolves

Position: Center

Height and weight: 6’4, 214 pounds

Season stats: 7GP, 7G-9A-16P

Last Month Ranking: #2

Highest ranking: #2

Lowest ranking: #3

Byfield was pretty decisively ranked second, although two writers had him at three. Regardless, it’s pretty clear that Byfield is at the very least top three. He keeps his spot at two for another month. 

#3. Lucas Raymond

League: SHL (Sweden)

Team: Frolunda HC 

Position: Right-wing 

Height and weight: 5’10, 165 pounds

Season stats: 8GP, 1G-2A-3P 

Last Month Ranking: #3

Highest ranking: #2

Lowest ranking: #3

The writers who ranked Byfield at third had Raymond at second. However, the majority rules and Raymond falls to three. However, everyone I’ve spoken to think very highly of Raymond, and some say he has the best chance of overthrowing Lafreniere for the top spot. For now, he sits at third for another season but is definitely someone to keep an eye on as the year rolls closer and the 2020 Draft closes in.

#4. Anton Lundell

League: Liiga (Finland)

Team: HIFK

Position: Center/Left-wing

Height and weight: 6’1, 183 pounds

Season stats: 8GP, 3G-1A-4P

Last Month ranking: #4

Highest ranking: #4

Lowest ranking: #6

Two writers have Lundell at 6, while every other writer placed him at 4. It’s a bit strange that he doesn’t receive any votes at 5. This is certainly an intriguing class, with some elite prospects at the top, and he could be anywhere from 4 to 10. For now, our team keeps him at 4. 

#5. Alexander Holtz

League: SHL

Team: Djurgardens IF 

Position: Winger 

Height and weight: 6’0, 183 pounds

Season stats: 8GP, 3G-1A-4P

Last month ranking: #5

Highest ranking: #4

Lowest ranking: #7

Yet again, another high-level player who falls victim to the top-heaviness of the draft class. Like Raymond, he could go anywhere from 4 to 10 but will stick at the 5 spot in the 2020 Draft, for now. 

#6. Cole Perfetti

League: OHL

Team: Saginaw Spirit

Position: Center

Height and weight: 5’10, 185 pounds

Season stats: 8GP, 1G-10A-11P

Last month ranking: #6

Highest ranking: #4

Lowest ranking: #8

Perfetti is yet again an interchangeably ranked prospect. A lot of fans and analysts have fallen in love with him and his game. He also could go anywhere from 4 to 10, though some are led to believe his NHL-readiness and ceiling is not quite as high as the other prospects around him. That’s why, for the time being, he sits at 6 for yet another month. He does, however, have the best chance to rise between himself, Holtz and the next guy on this list…

#7. Noel Gunler

League: SHL

Team: Lulea HF

Position: Winger 

Height and weight: 6’1, 176 pounds 

Season stats: 8GP, 1G-1A-2P

Last month ranking: #7

Highest ranking: #5

Lowest ranking: #10

Gunler, Perfetti and Holtz are all similar in that they could all be top 5 prospects, but Gunler and Holtz are more likely to drop in the rankings. Gunler getting an opportunity to play for the top Swedish men’s league this early could give him a boost over Holtz for next season as he has more experience. Unfortunately, he has split time between the SHL and SuperElit, a junior level league in Sweden, thus far. He needs to be better. Either that, or fall further in the 2020 Draft rankings.  

#8. Jamie Drysdale

League: OHL

Team: Erie Otters

Position: Right-Handed Defenseman 

Height and weight: 5’11, 165 pounds 

Season stats: 7GP, 2G-9A-11P

Last month ranking: #10

Highest ranking: #8

Lowest ranking: #13

The first riser in our Overtime Heroics rankings, Drysdale moved up 2 spots here. But he actually lost one ranking from the month prior that had him as the fifth-ranked guy. It’s just this: he didn’t fall too far back on everyone’s list compared to the other prospects that will be listed after him. 

#9. Yaroslav Askarov

League: Supreme Hockey League (VHL)

Team: SKA-Neva St. Petersburg 

Position: Goalie

Height and weight: 6’3, 163 pounds 

Season stats: 7GP, 2.63 goals-against average, .902 save percentage

Last month ranking: #13

Highest ranking: #7

Lowest ranking: #18

Askarov is hands-down one of the best goaltender prospects that the NHL has seen in many years. Everyone on the OTH site knew that Askarov would rise up in our rankings, he just needed to prove he belonged. He moves up 4 spots from his last rank; a testament to his skill-level. 

#10. Tim Stutzle 

League: Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

Team: Adler Mannheim

Position: Center/Winger   

Height and weight: 5’11, 165 pounds 

Season stats: 9GP, 2G-6A-8P

Last month ranking: #8 

Highest ranking: #8

Lowest ranking: #16

Stutzle is the first player to drop in our rankings, moving down two spots. This isn’t due to any sort of disappointment, it’s simply a loaded draft. There’s still a belief that he could wind up being a top-5 selection. His performance this season in the top men’s German league has been really good, and it’s fair to assume that he could rise up in our next rankings. 

#11. Dylan Holloway

League: NCAA

Team: University of Wisconsin 

Position: Center/Winger 

Height and weight: 6’0, 192 pounds 

Season’s stats: 0GP, 0G-0A-0P 

Last month ranking: #12

Highest ranking: #9

Lowest ranking: #15

Opinions on Holloway remained identical when looking at prior rankings to these. Our OTH writers are confident in Holloway going anywhere from 10 to 15 overall, and that confidence allowed him to move up over players who dropped a bit. 

#12. Justin Barron

League: QMJHL

Team: Halifax Mooseheads 

Position: Right-handed defenseman  

Height and weight: 6’2, 192 pounds 

Season’s stats: 7GP, 0G-2A-2P

Last month ranking: #11

Highest ranking: #9

Lowest ranking: #17

Barron is looked at as the number 3 ranked defenseman behind Drysdale and, now, Barron. He and Barron are interchangeable, and both are top-15 prospects, in my book. Most of the OTH writers agree. Though he did move down one spot, making him a player to watch, as he has had an early-season struggle.  

#13. Marco Rossi 

League: OHL

Team: Ottawa 67’s 

Position: Center 

Height and weight: 5’9, 179 pounds 

Season stats: 2GP, 2G-2A-4P

Last month ranking: #9

Highest ranking: #8

Lowest ranking: Unranked 

I said this about Rossi in the preseason draft rankings back in August: “With a tantalizing set of skills, Rossi is looking to shock hockey experts and climb up the rankings in a very tough draft.” He has yet to prove he can compete with some of those top guys in the 2020 Draft, thus leading to one specifically poor rank from our writers. 

#14 Hendrix LaPierre

League: QMJHL

Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens 

Position: Center 

Height and weight: 5’11, 172 lbs 

Season stats: 6GP, 0G-6A-6P

Last month ranking: N/A

Highest ranking: #10

Lowest ranking: #18 

LaPierre was infamously ranked extremely high by Craig Button during the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, which was scrutinized by many. But his outlook has since been recognized, at least right now, by what LaPierre has shown us thus far. Keep your eyes on him now. 

#15. Antonio Stranges

League: OHL

Team: London Knights

Position: Center/Left-wing

Height and weight: 5’10, 170 pounds 

Season stats: 5GP, 5G-2A-7P

Last month ranking: #15

Highest ranking: #6

Lowest ranking: #25

Stranges continues to be an intriguing prospect. There are so many different opinions on this kid, with a majority of experts and fans being on his side and ranking him high. It’s clearly displayed by our very own teams’ high and low ranks. He’s looking to swing things in his favor this year by continuing to prove he is a top-15 prospect in a very top-heavy draft. 

#16. Jan Mysak 

League: Czech League

Team: HC Litvinov 

Position: Left wing

Height and weight: 6’0, 176lbs 

Season stats: 7GP, 1G-1A-2P 

Last month ranking: Unranked 

Highest ranking: #13

Lowest ranking: #24 

Mysak had a strong Hlinka Gretzky showing with the Czech Republic team, scoring 2 goals in 4 games. However, he has struggled at the start of his season, albeit against men in the top Czech league as a 17-year-old. His rankings are split, though he did rise into the 16th spot after being unranked in the last ranking (top-15). 

#17. Dylan Peterson 

League: NCAA

Team: Boston University 

Position: Center 

Height and weight: 6’4, 185 pounds  

Season stats: 0GP, 0G-0A-0P

Last month ranking: #14

Highest ranking: #16

Lowest ranking: #26 

Part of the issue with Peterson dropping from 14th to 17th is because the NCAA season has yet to begin. I still have high hopes that Peterson can excel with a strong Boston University squad, with the likes of Domenick Fensore and Alex Vlasic. 

#18. Connor Zary 

League: WHL 

Team: Kamloops Blazers 

Position: Center 

Height and weight: 6’0, 174lbs

Season stats: 7GP, 3G-7A-10P 

Last month ranking: Unranked 

Highest ranking: 10

Lowest ranking: Unranked 

After going unranked in OTH’s last rankings, Zary has begun to make a name for himself. Some are very high, while others are not, which is displayed by the high and low rankings by our very own writers. His hot start paves the way for a continuous rise in our rankings. 

#19. Zion Nybeck 

League: SuperElit

Team: HV71 J20 

Position: Right-wing

Height and weight: 5’8, 176lbs

Season stats: 10GP, 7G-9A-16P 

Last month ranking: Unranked 

Highest ranking: #21

Lowest ranking: #23

Nybeck has yet to reach the top league in Sweden (SHL), thus leaving him to play in the SuperElit under-20 league. He dominated at the J20 level last season and has started off hot this season, so I believe he could move up to the SHL soon enough. Once that happens, he could skyrocket up the ranks. For the time being, it’s clear where he will likely go (early 20’s). 

#20. Tyler Kleven 

League: USHL

Team: USNTDP

Position: Left-handed defenseman 

Height and weight: 6’4, 201lbs 

Season stats: 1GP, 0G-0A-0P 

Last month ranking: Unranked 

Highest ranking: #17

Lowest ranking: Unranked 

Kleven playing for the USNTDP hurts his draft stock, but not to a fault of his own. If he can continue to show his defensive prominence, while also taking a step forward in offensive production, Kleven could find himself closer to the top-15 than outside the top-20. 

Thank You!

Thank you for reading Overtime Heroics second NHL draft rankings for the 2020 NHL entry draft! We will have another ranking in December, showing who rose and who fell in two months time!

Discuss this and more on the Overtime Heroics forums!

All stats and prospect info via Eliteprospects

Rankings via Kyle Pereira, Rick Warman, Sean Warren, WallMaz and Niels Nielsen

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