Draft Order NHL: 2020 NHL Draft Order: Round 1: 1. Detroit Red Wings, 2. Ottawa Senators, 3. Chicago Blackhawks, 4. Los Angeles Kings, 5. Buffalo Sabres, 6. Vancouver Canucks, 7. Montreal Canadiens, 8. Arizona Coyotes, 9. Anaheim Ducks, 10. Columbus Blue Jackets, 11. Minnesota Wild, 12. New York Rangers, 13. New Jersey Devils, 14. Calgary Flames, 15. Pittsburgh Penguins, 16. Philadelphia Flyers, 17. Winnipeg Jets, 18. Nashville Predators, 19. Edmonton Oilers, 20. Dallas Stars, 21. Washington Capitals, 22. Florida Panthers, 23. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto Maple Leafs), 24. Vegas Golden Knights, 25. New York Islanders, 26. Colorado Avalanche, 27. Boston Bruins, 28. Carolina Hurricanes, 29. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks), 30. St. Louis Blues, 31. Tampa Bay Lightning


2020 NHL Mock Draft: Debut




Round 1 Picks 1-15



The 2019-2020 NHL Season is about to begin. Here are my projections for the upcoming season.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: September 29, 2019.


  1. Detroit Red Wings: Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

    Alexis Lafreniere is a 6-1 192 lb left winger. Alexis Lafreniere can play center, left wing, or right wing with his versatility. Alexis Lafreniere had 42 goals, 38 assists, 80 points and a +35 +/- ratio as a rookie. Alexis Lafreniere had 37 goals, 68 assists, 105 points, and a +52 +/- ratio in 2018-2019.


    Alexis Lafreniere is a franchise player and the best prospect that the Rimouski Oceanic got since Sidney Crosby. Lafreniere was drafted first overall in the 2017 QMJHL draft.


    Alexis Lafreniere has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, stick handling, and ability to win faceoffs. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play as well as penalty kill. He's a line 1 left winger on the Rimouski Oceanic, but can also line up as a line 1 center and a line 1 right winger.


    Detroit has a game changer in the mold of Sidney Crosby who can finally give the Red Wings a lethal top line with Dylan Larkin next to Lafreniere at center with Anthony Mantha as a line right winger. Alexis Lafreniere would make an awesome line 1 left winger on Detroit.


    Tyler Bertuzzi drops to the second line with Filip Zadina having the ceiling of a line two right winger at best with Valterri Filppula being the line 2 center having to deal with Bertuzzi and Zadina on the wing.


    Defensemen Moritz Seider and Jared McIsaac are two future blue liners that Detroit has as well. Once the Red Wings fix their defense to compliment these offensive players, the Red Wings will be ready to contend in the Eastern Conference.


  2. Ottawa Senators: Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
    Ottawa gets a line 1 center with this pick. The 6-4 214 lb Quinton Byfield had 29 goals, 32 assists, and 61 points in 64 games during his rookie season in 2018-2019. Byfield has 5 goals, 4 assists, and 9 points so far in 4 games in 2019-2020.


    Quinton Byfield was the first overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft for a reason. You can honestly make an argument that Byfield has a higher ceiling than Alexis Lafreniere since he's bigger and both players have 100 point potential.


    Quinton Byfield has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, stick handling, and ability to win faceoffs. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play as well as penalty kill. He's a line 1 center on the Sudbury Wolves.


    Ottawa needs a top line center. Quinton Byfield solves that need and helps Ottawa out right away in 2020-2021 the same way Alexis Lafreniere helps Detroit out right away.



  3. Chicago Blackhawks: Lucas Raymond, RW, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien)

    The 5-10 165 lb Lucas Raymond is versatile enough to play left wing or right wing on the top line. Raymond is projected to go ahead of Quinton Byfield on some draft boards. Taking him third overall is a no brainer decision for the Chicago Blackhawks if they land this selection.


    Lucas Raymond has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play as well as penalty kill. He's a line 1 right winger on the Frolunda Indians.


    Chicago has Alex Nylander as their line 1 left winger, Jonathan Toews as their line 1 center, and Patrick Kane as their line 1 right winger. Alex Debrincat is their line 2 left winger, Dylan Strome is their line 2 center, and Andrew Shaw is their line 2 right winger. Chicago would have Brandon Saad as their line 3 left winger, last years 2019 first round pick Kirby Dach as a line 3 center, and Lucas Raymond as a line 3 right winger.


    Chicago's 2018 first round pick Adam Boqvist is in the AHL. He's clearly not ready to play up to his ceiling. Their other first round pick Henri Jokiharju got traded to the Buffalo Sabres.


    Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield, and Lucas Raymond all have one thing in common. All three players are capable of posting 100 point seasons in the NHL down the road. All three players will be on NHL rosters in 2020-2021.


  4. Los Angeles Kings: Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)

    The Kings can take the best player on the board at 4. The 6-0 183 lb Alexander Holtz can play right wing or left wing with his versatility. He's bigger and a better scorer than Lucas Raymond.


    Alexander Holtz has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play, but realistically is probably a line 2 winger on the penalty kill. His defensive awareness is not a liability, but its not a strength to his game either. He's a line 1 right winger on Djurgardens IF.


    Los Angeles has Anze Kopitar on line 1, Adrian Kempe on line 2, and Jeff Carter on line 3 at center. Los Angeles has Alex Iafallo as their line 1 left winger and Dustin Brown as their line 1 right winger. Ilya Kovalchuk is their line 2 left winger with Tyler Toffoli as the line 2 right winger. Alexander Holtz is capable of generating 100 points just like the other top 3 picks, but he's a third line player at the NHL until he improves defensively and the Kings can put him in that role right away in 2020-2021 while Arthur Kailyev their 2019 second round pick continues to develop in Hamilton.



  5. Buffalo Sabres: Anton Lundell, C, Helsingfors IFK (SM Liiga)

    Buffalo has Jack Eichel, but they lack any depth behind him. Next year, Dylan Cozens their 2019 first round pick may be ready. Someone who could push Cozens is Anton Lundell, the 6-1 183 lb two-way forward for Helsingfors IFK. Anton Lundell had 9 goals, 10 assists, and 19 points in 38 games. Lundell already has 3 goals, 1 assist, and 4 points through 6 games in 2019-2020.


    Anton Lundell has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play or dominate as a penalty killer. He's not a 100 point player in the NHL like the top 4 picks. He's a line 1 center on Helsingfors IFK.


    Buffalo can either put Anton Lundell on the second line or the third line depending on how he does compared to Dylan Cozens.


  6. Vancouver Canucks: Justin Barron, D, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

    The Vancouver Canucks get a defender that can push for a third line spot. Olli Juolevi is in the AHL and Jett Woo got traded to a WHL team meaning he probably needs time with the Utica Comets in the AHL where Juolevi is playing.


    The 6-2 187 lb Halifax Mooseheads defenseman had 2 goals, 19 assists, 21 points, and a +18 +/- in 51 games in 2017-2018. Barron had 9 goals, 32 assists, 41 points, and a +42 +/- in 68 games in 2018-2019 when he was on the top line with Jared McIsaac. Barron had 2 goals, 11 assists, and 13 points during the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs.


    Justin Barron has the has the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play or dominate as a penalty killer. He's a line 1 defender in this draft class and someone who could push for a line 3 spot on Vancouver's blue line right away.



  7. Montreal Canadiens: Yaroslav Askarov, G, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL)

    Montreal gets their successor to Carey Price here. Yaroslav Askarov could get drafted even higher than Spencer Knight. Yaroslav Askarov had a 2.37 GAA and .921 save percentage in 2018-2019. He has never played in the KHL though and seems like the ideal successor to Carey Price who is now 32-years-old.


    Yaroslav Askarov's numbers have declined with a 2.41 GAA and a .908 save percentage in five starts. Askarov is someone Montreal can groom for the future.


  8. Arizona Coyotes: Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

    Arizona grabs a center to develop for the future. Cole Perfetti had 37 goals, 37 assists, and 74 points as a rookie. Arizona is stacked at center, but goes with the best player on the board in Perfetti to groom for the future.



  9. Anaheim Ducks: Dylan Holloway, LW, Wisconsin

    Anaheim gets the top NCAA skater in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft at 9. Dylan Holloway will be the line 1 left winger next to Alex Turcotte the Los Angeles Kings fifth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft who committed to Wisconsin. Holloway will do well with Turcotte getting him the puck.


  10. Columbus Blue Jackets: Tim Stutzle, LW, Adler Mannheim (DEL)

    The 5-11 165 lb Tim Stutzle has 1 goal, 3 assists, and 4 points in 5 games with Adler Mannheim in 2019-2020. Stutzle had incredible tape in 2018-2019 and shows the signs and flashes of a top 10 pick.



  11. Minnesota Wild: Noel Gunler, RW, Lulea HF (Elitserien)

    The Minnesota Wild get a winger at 11. The 6-1 176 lb Noel Gunler is versatile enough to play right wing or left wing. He has one of the better shots in this draft class.


    Noel Gunler has the has the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play or dominate as a penalty killer. He's a line 1 winger on Lulea HF, but with Minnesota's depth at wing, he'd finish his contract with Lulea HF and then Minnesota probably brings him up in 2021-2022.


  12. New York Rangers: Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

    New York needs a line 1 center in the worst way possible. Hendrix Lapierre the first overall pick in the 2018 QMJHL Draft may be the solution to this problem at 12.


    Chicoutimi has two centers who could be line 1 guys in the NHL. Lapierre is the better of the two centers. Hendrix Lapierre had 13 goals, 32 assists, 45 points, and a +5 +/- ratio in 48 games despite being injured on three separate games.


    Hendrix Lapierre has the has the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He's a playmaker that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play or dominate as a penalty killer. He's a line 1 center on Chicoutimi and the New York Rangers can put him on the first line with Kappo Kakko to form a deadly tandem for the next two decades.



  13. New Jersey Devils: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie Otters (OHL)

    New Jersey needs more help on the blue line. Jamie Drysdale played on the top line as the line 1 defender anchoring this blue line versus the Saginaw Spirit. Drysdale can play on a top line, but he has to improve as a defender to convince me he can carry a blue line. I still like Justin Barron more as a safer prospect, but you could honestly argue that Drysdale has the higher ceiling.


    The 5-11 165 lb Jamie Drysdale had 7 goals, 33 assists, 40 points, and a -24 +/- ratio. Drysdale is an offensive defender who can anchor a blue line. He needs to improve defensively, but he has the skating and offensive tools that make you see a younger smaller version of Drew Doughty. His lack of burst and explosion is why he is not a top 10 pick in my mind.


    Drysdale did well enough to be promoted to alternate captain with the Erie Otters heading into his draft season. Drysdale has 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, and a +4 +/- ratio in 4 games with the Erie Otters in 2019-2020. Drysdale will surpass Justin Barron and be the first defender selected if he keeps his strong level of play up.


    Ty Smith may not be ready to make the leap to the NHL. Once he makes that leap in 2020, and once the Devils get either Barron or Drysdale, this team will be ready to contend in the Metropolitian Division.


  14. Edmonton Oilers: Kasper Simontaival, LW, Tappara (SM Liiga)

    Edmonton gets the 5-9 172 Kasper Simontaival here. He's a forward that can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. He gives Edmonton another forward for depth. Edmonton has two future first round picks in their farm system and this team will be ready to step up once those players arrive in the NHL.


  15. New York Islanders: Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa 67's (OHL)

    The 5-9 179 lb Marco Rossi had 29 goals, 36 assists, 65 points, and a +51 +/- ratio as a rookie. Rossi is a top 15 talent, and the New York Islanders would be thrilled to land a player that some have a top 10 grade on. Just a reminder, the Islanders got Matthew Barzal, a player I had a top 10 grade on with the sixteenth pick from the Edmonton Oilers that originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins.












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