New York needs a line 1 center in the worst way possible. Unfortunately, they will have to wait until later in the first round when they pick with Carolina's first round pick to address that position of need. Thanks to winning the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery Phase 2, the New York Rangers have the first pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
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 as an alternate captain. Alexis Lafreniere had 35 goals, 77 assists, 112 points, and a +41 +/- ratio in 2019-2020 as the team captain of Rimouski Oceanic. Alexis Lafreniere was also the team captain for Team White in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game.
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.
As far as comparisons go, I would say Alexis Lafrenierre is a left winger with Jamie Benn's floor and Alexander Ovechkin's upside. Both of those players are team captains in the NHL and he will give the New York Rangers a leader as well as a face of the franchise.
Giving New York a winger tandem with Alexis Lafreniere as the line 1 left winger and Kappo Kakko as the line 1 right winger gives the New York Rangers one of the best first line winger tandems in the entire NHL. By 2024 or 2025, the New York Rangers may have the top winger tandem in the entire NHL once these two guys develop. They will have two cornerstone wingers until at least 2040 now even if they lose their starting goalie Hendrik Lundqvist at the end of the season.
I posted a film cut of Alexis Lafreniere on our Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
The Kings can take the best player on the board at 2. The Los Angeles Kings are looking at Quinton Byfield and Tim Stutzle as options with this pick. Many consider Byfield the clear cut second best player. Stutzle may be a better scheme fit as well as a bigger need for the Los Angeles Kings. Both players met with the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators and appear to be locks for the top 3.
Los Angeles also has 4 good center prospects Gabriel Vilardi, Alex Turcotte, Rasmus Kupari, and Akil Thomas at the center position that they drafted in the first round or second round from 2017 to 2019 along with four good centers on their current roster, so unless they feel Quinton Byfield has more upside than Anze Kopitar their current first line center, I doubt they go with Byfield at 2. I've also heard rumors and reports that the Kings love Tim Stuztle and the Kings lost both of their second line wingers Ilya Kovalchuk and Tyler Toffoli who were both second line players on the Kings at the beginning of the season.
The 5-11 165 lb Tim Stutzle has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing. He is a first line forward on Adler Mannheim in Germany's DEL league.
Tim Stutzle 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 left winger on the Adler Mannheim, but can play anywhere at forward with his versatility.
He's also expected to sign his rookie deal with the team that drafts him and go straight to the NHL. I didn't see Stutzle on Adler's preseason roster which makes me confident he will make the immediate jump to the NHL with Lafreniere in 2020-2021.
Tim Stutzle had 7 goals, 27 assists, 34 points, and a +4 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. If he signs his rookie deal with Los Angeles, I can see Stuztle having an immediate impact on the second line with the Los Angeles Kings. You can argue that Quinton Byfield is the best player on the board, but I honestly believe that Tim Sutzle is the best overall fit for the Kings at 2.
The Los Angeles Kings posted interviews for all of the draft picks that were available to speak with the media on their Youtube channel. Tim Stutlze was answering questions in both English and German. I never saw a prospect ever show that much charisma and confidence while speaking multiple languages.
Tim Stutzle is getting compared to Patrick Kaine by most NHL scouts. I see more of a Gabriel Landeskog type of player. Both are very good players though. Landeskog is the team captain for the Colorado Avalanche, and Kaine was the first pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. The bottom line is Sutzle is probably a winger with Gabriel Landeskog's floor and Patrick Kaine's ceiling.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Tim Stutzle on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
Ottawa has confirmed, that they will take whoever the Los Angeles Kings pass on at 2. If the Kings take Byfield at 2, then they will go Stutzle at 3. If the Kings take Stutzle then Ottawa will go with Byfield at 3. I gave the Kings Stutzle so Ottawa goes with Byfield in this mock. Quinton Byfield met with both the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators.
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. Quinton Byfield had 32 goals, 50 assists, and 82 points in 2019-2020. Quinton Byfield was team captain for Team Red in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game.
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. Having Brady Tkachuk as a line 1 left winger gives Byfield someone to dish the puck to, but this team also needs a line 1 right winger now that Bobby Ryan's contract got bought out. Byfield is expected to sign his rookie contract and go straight to the NHL right away.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Quinton Byfield on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
I had Detroit and Ottawa picking in the top 2 of my first two NHL Mock Drafts. Unfortunately, the NHL Lottery decided both teams should drop to 4 and 5, but Ottawa still got the third pick thanks to their trade with San Jose.
Detroit now has a lot to think about at 4 with Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stutzle, and Quinton Byfield all gone as this is where the 2020 NHL Draft really begins. Detroit is looking at Jamie Drysdale, Jake Sanderson, Lucas Raymond, Marco Rossi, and Cole Perfetti at 4. Any of these players could be picked at 4.
On wednesday September 23, I heard that they narrowed it down to Perfetti, Rossi, and Drysdale. Detroit met with each of these prospects at least three times.
I feel like Perfetti is the worst of those four options, because Raymond, Rossi, and Drysdale played on their teams first lines while Perfetti didn't despite his jaw dropping season in the OHL. The fact that Steve Yzerman gave Perfetti the silent treatment in his third interview on September 25, with Detroit is another reason why I believe Detroit goes a different route.
Marco Rossi said his favorite player was Pavel Datsyuk. I believe he's got a better shot of being picked by Detroit than Perfetti now. At the end of the day, I think Yzerman will take Jamie Drysdale, the top defender in this years 2020 NHL Draft because Detroit needs help everywhere, and Drysdale just seems like the safest as well as the best player for them to draft when watching the tape. Detroit is bringing their OHL scout and USHL scouts to the draft with Yzerman to the virtual draft through zoom so my thought process is that the Red Wings are leaning towards an OHL player at 4.
Drysdale was my fourth best overall player behind Lafrenierre, Byfield, and Stutzle before the NHL conducted their first draft lottery back in June and he discussed closing gaps, defending the neutral zone, and taking up space by using his brain and feet when skating. Jamie Drysdale not only has good film, he gave clear and consise answers in his interviews.
He even called Cole Perfetti a special player despite keeping Perfetti from scoring when he was on the ice before leaving the game injured in a contest between the Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters. He also described how he'd stop someone like Quinton Byfield which is not something I heard from the other OHL players throughout the interview process which is why I believe he's the guy Steve Yzerman will end up taking because he's the best OHL defender I've seen since Drew Doughty and he's also a faster skater than Doughty.
The 5-11 170 lb Jamie Drysdale had 7 goals, 33 assists, 40 points, and a -24 +/- ratio in 2018-2019. Jamie Drysdale had 9 goals, 38 assists, 47 points, and a +9 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Drysdale is an offensive defender who can anchor a blue line. He improved defensively and now looks like a sound two way defender.
Jamie Drysdale 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.
Drysdale did well enough to be promoted to alternate captain with the Erie Otters heading into his draft season. Drysdale was a guy that I pegged a front runner to surpass Justin Barron to be the top defender in the 2020 NHL Draft back on September 29, 2019, when I made my very first 2020 NHL Mock Draft, and I also picked the Lightning to win the 2020 Stanley Cup, which also happened. That happened, which means Jamie Drysdale is now the top defender in the 2020 NHL Draft.
CambieKev posted a film cut of Jamie Drysdale on their Youtube channel. Dobber Prospects also deserves some credit for producing this film cut. You can watch it below.
Ottawa takes the best player on the board at 5 and they met with scouts over Zoom to finalize their draft board for the 2020 NHL Draft, this weekend. Ottawa is ready for this draft, and last tuesday, on September 29, 2020, one of Ottawa's assistants kept mentioning Lucas Raymond, when a local news reporter in Ottawa brought up Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn.
I think that's a pretty clear indicator that Ottawa knows they want Byfield or Stutzle at 3 and Lucas Raymond at 5. If the Senators end up with two wingers, they can grab a center at 28 or they get Byfield, Raymond, and a defender at 28.
The 5-10 165 lb Lucas Raymond is versatile enough to play left wing or right wing on the top line. Raymond entered the preseason projected to go ahead of Quinton Byfield on some draft boards, and is still the fifth best player in this draft class. Taking him fifth overall is a no brainer decision for the Ottawa Senators.
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. Raymond had 4 goals, 6 assists, and 10 points in the Elitserien league in the SHL in 2019-2020. Ottawa will have Brady Tkachuk as the line 1 left winger, Quinton Byfield as the line 1 center, and Lucas Raymond as the line 1 right winger.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Lucas Raymond on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
Anaheim takes the best player on the board at 6. Right winger is the Ducks biggest need, which is why Alexander Holtz is the clear cut option in this scenario with both Lucas Raymond and Jamie Drysdale off the board.
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 had 9 goals, 7 assists, and 16 points in 2019-2020.
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.
The Anaheim Ducks will have a healthy Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler on their blue line. Holtz playing on the top line as a right winger next to someone like Ryan Getzlaf, assuming Holtz goes straight to the NHL, would help Anaheim turn things around.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Alexander Holtz on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
New Jersey gets their line 1 left winger of the future at seven with Jamie Drysdale off the board. This is the furthest Cole Perfetti falls to if Detroit and Anaheim pass on Perfetti.
Cole Perfetti had 37 goals, 37 assists, 74 points, and a +36 +/- ratio as a rookie in 2018-2019. The 5-10 185 lb center moved to left wing this season where he had 37 goals, 74 assists, 111 points, and a +49 +/- ratio in 2019-2020 on the second line with the Saginaw Spirit. He also played right wing on the power play meaning he's versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing giving him versatility to play anywhere at forward.
Cole Perfetti also scored a goal in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game despite being a third line left winger in that game. New Jersey is so depleted at left wing they can try Perfetti on the top line since he can get 100 points a season.
New Jersey would have P.K. Subban, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson, and Ty Smith even without Drysdale so now you got your future line 1 left winger in Perfetti, a team that has two good lines of defenders to compliment their four stud centers Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, Travis Zajac, and Pavel Zacha. New Jersey also has Corey Schneider and Mackenzie Blackgood at goalie.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Cole Perfetti on their Youtube channel. Cole Perfetti did not take off in this game against the Erie Otters until defenseman Jamie Drysdale left the game injured. In fact he played a line 1 right winger role on the power play with Sagniaw showing he's got the upside to be a top line player despite being put on the first, second, or third line in various situations with the Saginaw Spirit. You can watch Cole Perfetti below.
Previous Pick: Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
Buffalo has Jack Eichel and now Eric Staal. Next year, Dylan Cozens their 2019 first round pick may be ready to make the jump to the NHL as a third line center which makes Buffalo's situation a lot more trickier at 8.
One of the NHL Draft rumors I've heard with Buffalo is that the guy they want at 8 is Lucas Raymond, but they don't expect him to be there at 8. The other two players they are considering at this spot that are on the board are Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's and Anton Lundell of Helsingfors IFK.
Draft Utopia correctly mocked the Sabres first round picks in 2014, 2015, and 2018, but that's nothing to brag about since everyone knew who they were going to take in those three drafts. It would shock me if Lucas Raymond got out of the top 5.
If Anaheim doesn't take Marco Rossi at 6 then I think the Sabres will get him at eight. Otherwise they'd take Lundell and Minnesota would have their pick between this drafts two best defenders Jamie Drysdale and Jake Sanderson at 9 in that scenario.
The 5-9 179 lb Marco Rossi had 29 goals, 36 assists, 65 points, and a +51 +/- ratio as a rookie in 2018-2019 getting line 1 center time in his rookie season. Marco Rossi had 39 goals, 81 assists, 120 points, and a +69 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Marco Rossi had an assist to his Ottawa teammate Jack Quinn in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game.
Marco Rossi 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 despite his size.
Buffalo can either put Marco Rossi on the second line or the third line depending on how he does compared to Dylan Cozens. Cozens is bigger and improved on his 84 point season with 85 points in 2019-2020 so I'm guessing Rossi would be a third line center in this scenario. He's the one player in this draft who could step up in the event that Buffalo traded Jack Eichel.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Marco Rossi on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
The Minnesota Wild get the best player on the board at 9. At first, I was looking at a left winger to replace Jason Zucker or a defender here. Minnesota traded Eric Staal their first line center. Alex Galchenyuk and Miiko Koivu are both Free Agents after being the third and fourth line centers on Minnesota. Koivu was the team captain for so many years and now reports suggest that neither Galchenyuk or Koivu is coming back which is a huge blow to the Minnesota Wild, who will now probably be my number one team in my first 2021 NHL Mock Draft whenever I choose to release that.
The 6-1 183 lb Anton Lundell is a two way forward that can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. He is the line 1 center for Helsingfors IFK in SM Liiga's Liiga league in Finland.
Anton Lundell had 9 goals, 10 assists, 19 points, and a +6 +/- ratio in 38 games in 2018-2019. Lundell had 10 goals, 18 assists, 28 points, and a +11 +/- ratio 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, but he's talented enough to play on his teams top line which is why I mocked him to Minnesota at 9 since he's an ideal fit for a third line center behind Staal and Eriksson-Ek. You can also make Lundell your line 2 center on penalty killing behind Staal without having to give him too many minutes.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Anton Lundell on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
Winnipeg is going to pick at 10 now. This is the toughest pick I have to make to round out the top 10 which is why I did a ton of research. These three sites have the best draft simulators outside of our draft games only on Draft Utopia. Future Considerations has the best NHL Draft Simulator at the moment and Pro Football Network have fantastic simulators. I also post my draft rankings on Fanspeak.
Winnipeg loses every center not named Mark Scheifele to Free Agency. Winnipeg also loses three of their top six defenders not named Dustin Byfuglien to Free Agency with Josh Morrissey, Neal Pionk, and Tucker Poolman being the only three defenders returning for the 2020-2021 season. A replacement to fourth line right winger Mason Appleton is needed as well as a backup goalie.
Winnipeg has $20-million to spend on Free Agents in the offseason and Toronto Maple Leafs defender Tyson Barrie is already on Winnipeg's wishlist for this offseason. Barrie will probably be Byfuglien's replacement if he signs with the Jets so signing Barrie gives Winnipeg three top four defenders on any NHL roster with first round picks like Ville Heinola their 2019 first round pick and Logan Stanley their 2016 first round pick pushing Poolman for that final roster spot on Winnipeg's second line with the other two players getting minutes on the Winnipeg Jets third line.
Winnipeg is probably going to go with the best player on their board rather than draft for need here. That means that Winnipeg will have to use day 2 to find centers. Jake Sanderson and Yaroslav Askarov are the top players on the board at this point, and given the choice between those two players, I believe Winnipeg would take Sanderson here because Nashville would love to get Sanderson if he fell to 11.
The 6-1 185 lb Jake Sanderson is a line 1 defenseman that anchors the blue line on USNTDP with Luke Hughes the younger brother of Quinn Hughes and Jack Hughes complimenting Sanderson on the top line. Jake Sanderson had 2 goals, 12 assists, and 14 points with USNTDP in 2019-2020.
Jake Sanderson 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 two-way defender that can do everything you want a line 1 game changer to do on tape. He can do well on the power play as a quarterback or dominate as a penalty killer. He's a line 1 defender on USNTDP and he does not have to enroll in North Dakota until 2021 so if Winnipeg likes him enough they can bring him up to the blue line right away as a rookie. Winnipeg can either bring Sanderson up if they do not land Tyson Barrie in Free Agency, or they can let him develop for a few years at North Dakota before he's ready to make the jump to the NHL. This pick will be a fantastic selection if Sanderson ends up being what Jacob Trauba was to this team.
Nashville will take the top skater on their board at 11 with both of their goalies coming back next season now that Jake Sanderson is off the board. A first line center, a left winger, a right winger, and a defenseman are all areas that Nashville could address which is why going with the best player on your board in the first round and then using the rest of this draft to fill your remaining team needs is the most effective strategy in a draft that is this deep.
I'm looking at two players from the WHL for Nashville at 11 with Seth Jarvis from the Portland Winterwhawks and Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders here. Nashville extended their top defenseman Roman Josi and gave him a no movement clause. By process of elimination Seth Jarvis is the pick when you take into account that Jarvis is the better player on the board and that Josi got extended.
The 5-9 165 lb Seth Jarvis is versatile enough to play anywhere at forward whether it be at left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Seth Jarvis had 42 goals, 56 assists, 98 points, and a +53 +/- ratio in 2019-2020.
Seth Jarvis 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 a lot of things you want a first line player to do on tape. If his penalty killing improved, he'd probably be a top 10 pick. He played on the first line in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game making him an ideal player for Nashville to draft at 11.
The Florida Panthers get the best forward on the board, and end up taking a guy who may end up playing with Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov at right wing on their first line at some point. The 6-0 172 lb Lukas Reichel can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Lukas Reichel had 12 goals, 12 assists, and 24 points on Eisbaren Berlin in the DEL league in Germany. Reichel was a first line winger that lined up at both wing spots on different shifts with Eisbaren Berlin.
The thing that stood out with him is that he was the line 1 defenseman anchoring the blue line on his teams power play overseas in Germany. Also, with Reichel having that ceiling of a special player, this is someone that the Florida Panthers cannot afford to pass on at 12 because it's hard enough to find special talent at 12 in your typical NHL draft class.
I posted a film cut of Lukas Reichel on our Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
Carolina has one of the deepest teams in the NHL in terms of having forwards and defensemen. This team got to the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals two years ago. Unfortunately they lost to the Boston Bruins again even after Tuukka Rask opted out of the bubble. Carolina has some quality starters at goalie, but if neither can outplay Boston's backup Jaroslav Halak, then a new goalie is needed if the right one is there. Luckily for Carolina there is an exceptional goalie in this draft.
The 6-3 176 lb Yaroslav Askarov had a 2.37 GAA and .921 save percentage in 2018-2019. He started one KHL game and had a 2.00 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 2019-2020. Yaroslav Askarov could be Carolina's version of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was also drafted out of Russia by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Yaroslav Askarov went 33/33 on saves in his 2020-2021 KHL debut with SKA Saint Petersburg. Other NHL teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Chicago Blackhawks are scouting this goalie heavily hoping he falls to them. That's why Carolina cannot afford to pass on him.
NHL Prospect Center posted a film cut of Yaroslav Askarov on their Youtube channel. You can watch it below.
Draft Utopia correctly mocked the Oilers first round pick three times in 2014, 2015, and 2019. I'm hearing that some of the players that the Edmonton Oilers are looking at include Seth Jarvis, Yaroslav Askarov, Jack Quinn, and Dylan Holloway. Of those four Quinn and Holloway are the only ones left on the board. If I had to guess which of those two Edmonton takes, I'd say they get Jack Quinn.
Jack Quinn is versatile enough to play left wing or right wing with his versatility and gives you depth at the wing. This pick may be a slight reach, but lots of Oilers fans on Twitter want Quinn here and he can be a good second line right winger on this team.
The 5-11 176 Jack Quinn led the Ottawa 67's in goals. Jack Quinn worked his way up from being a fourth line player in 2018-2019 to being the line 2 right winger that compliments center Marco Rossi in the CHL Prospects Game. Despite seeing more minutes, Quinn was a second line right winger on the Ottawa 67's and he led the team in goals despite not being on the same line as Marco Rossi in 5 on 5 situations. Howver, Quinn did play with Rossi on the Ottawa 67's line 1 power play unit.
Jack Quinn had 52 goals, 37 assists, 89 points, and a +43 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Jack Quinn is someone who be a line 2 right winger at some point on Edmonton. I could also see Quinn playing on Edmonton's first line power play at some point with Connor McDavid if he continues to work on his game in Ottawa and isn't rushed into the NHL.
Toronto is looking at three different players at 15 from reports I've read. Yaroslav Askarov, Braden Schneider, and Jake Neighbours are the three players that are on Toronto's radar. Askarov is gone, so I'm keeping Schneider at 15 with Toronto losing a couple players to Free Agency.
The Toronto Maple Leafs lose both Cody Ceci and Tyson Barrie to Free Agency. They reload with a defender here and draft Braden Schneider at 15.
The 6-2 209 lb defensive defender has two years of experience as an alternate captain. Braden Schenider was an alternate captain in the 2020 CHL Prospects Game and was the top ranked defender on Team White anchoring their first line despite playing with Kaiden Guhle who I ranked slightly higher.
Braden Schneider has quick feet. Braden Schneider had 7 goals, 35 assists, 42 points, and a +9 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Schneider went from a defensive defender heading into the season with a late first round grade to one of the better two-way defenders in this draft that warrants a top 15 selection.