2020 MOCK DRAFT


The Ottawa Senators are on the clock.

After winning the NHL Draft Lottery, the Senators earned the right not only to select first in the 2020 NHL Draft, the club has back-to-back picks to kick off the draft thanks to some nifty lottery luck.

Here's how scouts Dylan Galloway, Tony Ferrari, Ray Napientek, Justin Froese, Derek Neumeier, Dennis Schellenberg, Andy Lehoux, Sergei Kuzin, Josh Tessler, Joseph Aleong, Joel Henderson, Larry Fisher, Miika Arponen, Donesh Mazloum and Fredrik Haak have the opening four rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft shake down.

With the first pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Ottawa selects...
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11OTTGallowayLafreniere, AlexisLWLafreniere will make a perfect fit on the young and rebuilding Senators top line for many years. He is everything Ottawa has been hoping for in a skilled, competitive winger to provide the team with years of elite playmaking. His ability to be a game changer utilizing his elite IQ, as well as get involved in physical battles makes Lafreniere an easy choice for our first selection.
12OTTGallowayByfield, QuintonCByfield will undoubtedly fit beautifully on the top line with Lafreniere in the future and for many, many years. The skating and skill for a player of Byfield’s size are a combo too high end to pass up. Senators fans can look forward to an elite transitional and playmaking center who possesses incredible vision.
13MINFerrariRossi, MarcoCThe addition of Rossi gives the Wild a long-term solution as the No. 1 center on a team lacking dynamic talent in their current makeup. Rossi will be able to step into Minnesota’s lineup on day one and bring a responsible two-way game as well as providing highlight reel plays alongside Kirill Kaprizov in the Wild top-six on opening night next season.
14DETFerrariStutzle, TimLWStutzle is a dynamic and predatory offensive star has the speed and skill to intimidate opponents in the offensive zone and an underrated two-way game that allows him to develop into a solid 1-2 punch with Dylan Larkin down the middle.
15LAKNapientekDrysdale, JamieDWith a plethora of forwards already in the organization, Drysdale gives the Kings another top defenseman with Tobias Bjornfot. Drysdale is a force in the offensive zone, can run the power play and has elite hockey sense.
16ANANeumeierRaymond, LucasLWA lack of playing time this season doesn't hide the enormous upside the young Swede possesses. A talented, smart, versatile winger, he will be an excellent complement to other skilled forwards that Anaheim already has in Sam Steel, Trevor Zegras and Brayden Tracey.
17NJDFroeseHoltz, AlexanderRWWith Holtz, the Devils get a highly intelligent skill player who has a knack to finish off plays. If all works out he’s the type of player who would look good riding along side Jack Hughes or Nico Hischier in the future.
18BUFTesslerLundell, AntonCLundell has the potential to become the next Patrice Bergeron. He is an outstanding two-way centerman and has tremendous offensive upside. In addition, Lundell's skating is underrated. His stride is effortless. He will provide the Sabres with another asset at center.
19MTLTesslerPerfetti, ColeCPerfetti is an outstanding playmaker. The former fifth overall selection in the OHL Entry Draft always seems to find open ice. He has a lethal shot and seems to always make the perfect pass in the offensive zone.
110CHILehouxAskarov, YaroslavGThe 6-foot 3 Russian has all the tools to become a franchise goaltender, showcasing elite athleticism, great reflexes and a strong mental game. Displaying explosiveness, quickness and precision in his movement, Askarov is a poise and imperturbable netminder who gives his team a chance to win every game.
111NJDFroeseHolloway, DylanCAlthough he didn’t destroy college hockey as a freshman, the former AJHL MVP had the upside to be an all-situations pivot who plays the game with high end skill and speed. He’s a mature player but with some more work he will be a solid addition to a deep group of prospect forwards in New Jersey.
112WINFroeseSanderson, JakeDLauded for his elite feet, puck skill and efficiency in both ends, Sanderson has the ability to be a huge minute man and leader off the offensive push from the back end. He’s a blue chipper that will help take immense pressure off a gutted defensive group.
113NYRAleongMercer, DawsonCMercer had all kinds of momentum after the first half of the season, culminating in him securing a spot on Canada’s World Junior team as a rare underager. While a second-half trade to Chicoutimi sapped his scoring numbers a bit, his tenacious motor and puck handling abilities still rocketed him up draft boards from where he was in the preseason.
114FLAAleongQuinn, JackRWBorn just four days too late for eligibility in the 2019 Draft, Quinn took full advantage of his position on a loaded Ottawa roster and made arguably the biggest jump forward of any OHL prospect this season. While his gaudy production might have been somewhat the result of his immensely talented linemates, Quinn still stands as a rare 50-goal scorer as an underage player and flashed an improving two-way game as the season wore on.
115CBJNapientekGunler, NoelRWGunler displays a great size and speed combo, and also owns an excellent shot that will only get better with added strength. With added focus, Gunler could really develop into a playmaking winger the Blue Jackets are always looking to add.
116CGYHendersonZary, ConnorCThe opportunity to add a smart, two-way, complete center to the fold is tough to pass on. Zary can outpace you, out maneuver you, and finish off a play with adaptation and ease.
117VANArponenAmirov, RodionLWThe Canucks are very happy to be able to snatch an elite offensive contributor like Amirov at this stage of the first round. A very complete and versatile player, Amirov is not only a very talented goal scorer and playmaker but also a good player with ability to kill penalties.
118NSHMazloumLapierre, HendrixCOnce considered a slam dunk top-10 pick, Lapierre's season has been plagued by injuries and his concussion history is a legitimate concern. The Predators are taking a chance on his high-level skill and two-way awareness; and the hopes that his injury woes are behind him.
119CARFroeseJarvis, SethCJarvis is one of the premier offensive players in the WHL. Jarvis has a high-end motor, great hands and a limitless toolbox that allow him to construct offensive chances nearly every time he sets foot on the ice. Although jumping off the page offensively, the back-nine of his game is fairly complete as well and he is capable of filling many roles.
120EDMMazloumBourque, MavrikCThe Oilers have arguably the two best centers in the league, however they still need to fill out the wings. Bourque has the smarts and skill to be a fixture alongside Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl for years to come.
121OTTGallowayMysak, JanCHis skill with the puck and vision make him a highly dangerous transition player and absolutely deadly on the rush. Mysak's defensive capabilities are also undervalued and make the Senators excited about the potential two-way player that is burgeoning in Mysak.
122DALNeumeierSchneider, BradenDA forward would be more ideal, but there weren’t any available remaining in Schneider’s tier. Instead, they do get to add a mobile, right-shooting shutdown defender who will be an excellent option to play with Miro Heiskanen and Thomas Harley.
123NYRAleongPerreault, JacobRWThe son of a longtime NHLer, Perrault shows advanced hockey IQ in all facets of the game and produced well despite being moved up and down the lineup all year. While his footspeed and stamina are still works in progress, the tools are there for Perreault to be a versatile weapon for the Rangers in short order.
124VGKHaakGrans, HelgeDGrans has great offensive tools and a right-handed shot. He adds good size and likes to own the puck all over the rink. He will play a huge part on the power play in the future
125MINFerrariPoirier, JeremieDPoirier has put up impressive point totals throughout his junior career and has arguably one of the best hockey IQ’s among this draft class’ defenders. While there are still some flaws in his defensive game, his smarts make him a very potential prospect for the Wild.
126PHIHendersonGuhle, KaidenDGuhle is big, strong, mobile, and is active on both ends of the ice. Since the pressure of timeline is off based on the core already in Philadelphia, it’ll allow him to really refine his game and hopefully be a big piece in the future.
127COLLehouxCormier, LukasDThe left-handed blueliner showed a tremendous offensive ceiling, displaying his excellent skating, awareness and goalscoring abilities all season long. Alongside Cale Makar, Samuel Girard, Bowen Byram and Connor Timmins, Cormier could move Colorado’s defensive core to the top of the league.
128WSHTesslerAndrae, EmilDAndrae is a mobile defenseman with tremendous offensive upside. He possesses a lot of strong qualities including strong hands, elite passing ability from the blue line and he will pinch to create opportunities from down low. While his play in his own zone is not on par with his offensive prowess, he is still reliable in his own zone.
129SJSKuzinFarrell, SeanCSharks prospect pool lacks elite offense-drivers, so Farrell would be a great addition. He is an all-around offensive player, not only with great playmaking ability, but also with a good wrister. Undersized, but playing 200-foot game, he definitely has top-six upside.
130STLSchellenbergHirvonen, RoniCA smart center, Hirivonen might not be the guy that catches eyes with fancy plays but his smart-decision making and passing skills with the puck make him a first round prospect. He seems to be always in the right spot at the right time. Reads the game well and is able to set up play as well as executing on scoring chances. Modern and smart overall hockey player.
131ANANeumeierWallinder, WilliamDWallinder's puck-rushing skills will help jumpstart the play for all the talented forwards currently in Anaheim's prospect pool, and his defensive game should come around in time as well in this kind of organization.
232DETFerrariNybeck, ZionRWIf he were two inches taller, Nybeck likely isn’t available at this stage. He doesn’t let his size hinder him with any regularity and doesn’t shy away from the dirty areas of the ice. He is an excellent skater and has a high-end hockey IQ. The Wings get one of, if not, the top player in the SuperElit this past season. His high pace, high excitement game is likely a couple years away from the NHL.
233OTTGallowayNiemela, TopiDNiemela is a smart, poised two-way defender who is capable of making a play when he needs to. Ottawa has a number of highly offensive rearguards already and with the addition of the highly offensive forwards in this draft, Niemela brings something that will be a great fit on the roster in a couple of years.
234SJSKuzinSavoie, CarterLWSavoie is some kind of mystery since he didn't play at major junior events or Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, but his numbers in AJHL are terrific. Savoie has one of the greatest shots at this draft class and a good flair, so he's got potential to turn into proficient sniper at NHL level. He also plays in highly competitive style despite his modest size.
235LAKNapientekTuch, LukeLWTuch brings a physical presence that is still needed in today’s game in order to play deep into the playoffs. The competitiveness is off the charts with this player. He’s going to score plenty of goals for the Kings in front of the net. Can be a handful along the boards, too.
236ANANeumeierFoerster, TysonRWFoerster has a rocket of a shot, which is one of the very best in the entire draft class. With playmakers like Trevor Zegras and Lucas Raymond to feed him the puck, Foerster could develop into a 30-goal scorer in Anaheim.
237NSHMazloumNeighbours, JakeLWNeighbours is a high-floor player due to his puck possession ability, calm under duress, and physicality. While his ceiling stirs more debate, with some improvements to his footspeed, the potential is there for his offensive game to translate very well to the pro game.
238BUFTesslerPeterka, John JasonLWPeterka fits the bill quite well as a prospect who can add offensive punch. He controls the cycle well even in heavy traffic. He can be a valued asset on the power play with his quick passing and elite puck movement. Don't forget that Peterka is a heavy forechecker. Lot of great skills in his skill-set.
239MTLTesslerBordeleau, ThomasCBordeleau is a silky smooth skater and loves to drive to the net. During the cycle, Bordeleau will often be along the half wall and is a quality puck distributor. He constantly finds teammates in heavy traffic with crisp cross ice passing.
240MTLTesslerPonomarev, VasiliCPonomaryov is a menace with the puck on his stick, he will stickhandle around traffic and crash the net. In addition, you can expect quite a few flashy plays from Ponomaryov. Get ready for some no-look passing and top-notch shooting accuracy.
241ARIGallowayStranges, AntonioLWStranges’ unique skating style, utilizing the 10/2 foot positioning, makes him a slippery skater and dangerous on the rush. Stranges will help to continue to fill out the Coyotes offensive ranks and bring an element of quick strike offense.
242MINFerrariKhusnutdinov, MaratCKhusnutdinov brings speed, skill and a seldom talked about 200-foot game that is predicated in his aggressiveness in all three zones. He has a real shot at making the NHL as an undersized, 200-foot center who can put up good offensive numbers all while providing highlight reel plays that puts butts in seats.
243NSHMazloumReichel, LukasLWReichel was impressive in both club and international play this year. Already possessing a pro-style game, the Predators hope he's a fixture in their middle-six in short order.
244FLAAleongO'Rourke, RyanDO’Rourke may not be the flashiest name on the board, but the Greyhounds decision to name the underager captain speaks to his maturity and leadership on the back end. A strong skater with a large frame, O’Rourke makes smart plays in all three zones and will give Florida a high-floor prospect who could be one of the first defensemen in this draft to reach the NHL.
245VANArponenSimontaival, KasperRWAlthough Simontaival is small in today’s standards, he has good amount of lower-body strength making him able to play against men already in stacked Tappara program. With his high hockey IQ and fast skating, he has potential to be a difference-maker.
246CGYHendersonBrisson, BrendanCBrisson brings a package that could translate super well within the organization. He can straight up hammer a puck from the right side on the power play. There are still things to work on while he attends Michigan, but his ability to adapt to pace of play is wonderful and that shot is terrific.
247CARFroeseKleven, TylerDKleven with top-four shutdown potential down the road. He may not be the fanciest player with the puck but has keen sense, a seemless puck mover and a big shot which can add a punch. Defense and physical play is a good fallback plan if he doesn’t turn into a secondary producer, the potential is there.
248WINFroeseWiesblatt, OzzyRWWiesblatt progressed nicely as the year went on, not only boasting strong offensive numbers but improving his team game in the process. He’s got a great motor and high-end skating ability and for his size, stacks up as a hard match up who can excel in the skillful or gritty side of the game. Lots of tools and a high IQ at his disposal.
249NYIKuzinEvangelista, LukeRWEvangelista had quite a year in London, recording nearly a point-per-game while playing third-line minutes without ton of power play time. He is an amazing role player with great hockey IQ that allows him to make right decisions with and without the puck. The only concern about his game is lack of size, although, tools he owns can easily outweigh it. Greatly skilled, fast and smart player with top-six upside.
250OTTGallowayFoudy, Jean-LucCFoudy, like his brother Liam, boasts incredible speed, especially through transition. He's tough to nail down in the neutral zone and has soft hands and good vision that enable him to find the lanes he needs to punch through the defense and get the puck deep into the offensive zone. As Ottawa continues to build up its forward group, Foudy brings that special element of speed to the table.
251TORAleongVilleneuve, WilliamDVilleneuve gives Toronto a right-handed defender with a promising frame and advanced puck skills for a young blueliner. His rapid growth on a rebuilding squad this year gives the impression he could eventually develop into a minute-munching defenseman with the ability to contribute on offense.
252CARFroeseBarron, JustinDBarron had a trying season, missing a lot of time due to a blood clot and playing on a dismal Halifax squad. Despite his draft stock taking a bit of a hit, the Hurricanes take a good gamble that the smooth skating, big bodied Barron will play meaningful games for them down the road even if the offensive upside pales in comparison to what he brings to the table defensively.
253OTTGallowayChromiak, MartinRWChromiak's play since coming to the OHL gave a noticeable boost to a struggling Kingston team. His smarts and vision allowed him to keep up with his exceptional teammate Shane Wright. Chromiak could bring offensive depth to the Senators for many years.
254DETFerrariBlomqvist, JoelGDetroit a couple of goaltenders in their system that have shown promise, but Blomqvist would jump to the top of that. He is a technically skilled netminder who reads the play well. He brings a calmness to his teams with his steady presence in his crease.
255LAKNapientekGreig, RidlyCGreig is a ball of energy all over the ice and exhibits a 200-foot game. His puck skills make him tough to lockdown in the offensive zone. Good shot and overall game. Underrated player.
256CHILehouxGushchin, DaniilRWhis slick hands and explosive speed, the 5-foot-8 Gushchin is an electric offensive force who excels at creating scoring chances. Thanks to his quick release and elusive nature, Gushchin is a dangerous goalscorer as well and a player teams hate to play against.
257PHIHendersonTorgersson, DanielLWIt isn’t easy to find someone with the size and acceleration that Torgersson possesses. He is easy to spot on the ice especially if he pounced on a loose puck and takes off. He can blow past defenders and take the puck in hard to the net. A simple game and a project any team will happily take on.
258DETFerrariMiettinen, VeetiRWMiettinen has a really good wrist shot and finds the back of the net with regularity. He broke the U18 scoring record in the Jr A SM Liiga with 73 points in 52 games and he did so without much help around him on a subpar team. With a solid offensive skillet and a competent defensive game, Miettinen could wind up being one of the steals of the draft, even if the wait is a bit longer because he goes the NCAA route.
259TBLFisherPashin, AlexanderRWPashin was an assassin at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, scoring twice in the championship game to lead Russia over Canada. He is undersized, but attacks the puck with elite skill and finishing ability. He’ll be a fun player to watch in Tampa Bay and could become another Russian steal from the second round for the Lightning.
260SJSKuzinHunt, DaemonDHunt missed most of this season and fell in rankings, however he has all tools to make NHL one day, starting with his elite hockey IQ. He is mature player, who maybe doesn't have any real high-end skill, but he is very reliable at both ends of the ice. Very safe to project Hunt as second or third pairing defenseman right now, but he definitely has top-4 upside.
261MTLTesslerJurmo, JoniDJurmo has tremendous offensive upside and is an efficient puck-mover. He has a wide stride that allows him to speed up the ice and do not be shocked if he pinches and circles the offensive zone with the puck. Jurmo is always looking to make smart decisions with the puck and will not succumb to the wrong ones.
262BOSGallowayPytlik, JaromirCPytlik plays a solid responsible two-way game but can really turn up the skill when he's got the puck. He can play a fast, physical game that allows him to create space for himself and get to the inside of the ice on opponents. The upside is there, and Pytlik can engage and be effective at breaking up plays on the defensive side of the puck.
363DETFerrariSmilanic, TyCInjuries held him out of the lineup at points in the year, but none should be chronic or recurring. Smilanic remains a speedy dual-threat forward who has some of the best hands in the draft. His shot is lethal and his vision makes watching him fun.
364OTTGallowayRafkin, RubenDThe steady Rafkin is excellent at helping his team transition the puck with smart passing and solid skating ability. While he isn't going to blow anyone's socks off with puck skills or highlight reel passing plays, Rafkin can be trusted to carry heavy minutes under a ton of pressure.
365DETFerrariPeterson, DylanCOne of the most physically gifted players in the draft, Peterson may not have had the statistical campaign that he had been hoping for but he was noticeable every time he was on the ice and he possesses the IQ and the skills to be a middle-six center who plays a physical, power game and produce offensively.
366LAKNapientekCuylle, WillRWCuylle has enough speed to make himself dangerous to go along with his heavy game in front of the next and in the corners. His shot is really coming along and has the ability to be sneaky good at the NHL level. In today's game, Cuylle's grit could make a huge difference up and down the lineup.
367ANANeumeierJarventie, RobyLWJarventie is a big winger with a powerful skating stride and a keen nose for the net, as evidenced by his 23 goals this season in Finland's second-best league. Has the potential to one day fill a role in both the top-six or the bottom-six of an NHL team
368VGKHaakColangelo, SamRWColangelo is really dangerous in the offensive zone and puts himself in perfect positions to collect points every night. He is a power forward that has room to improve his skating.
369CARFroeseSourdif, JustinRWSourdif is yet another player who has lots of growth potential and an offensive acumen. He has warts and consistency wasn’t his friend at times over the course of the year but his touch and IQ are the pieces of his game that had him in consideration for a first round pick at times. He needs a lot of work and to take the bull by the horns, but components are present.
370MTLTesslerPowell, EamonDPowell, who is headed to Boston College in the fall, is a silky-smooth skater. Solid gap control, races for loose pucks and is quite good on the rush.
371CHILehouxBerard, BrettLWBerard showed tremendous potential during the year thanks to his dynamic offensive skills and great compete. Playing a quick and mobile style of play, he displayed shifty skating abilities, a great vision and some slick hands. Although Berard lacks size, he is not afraid to get into dirty areas and battle for pucks.
372WSHTesslerTullio, TylerRWTullio is exceptional in all three zones. Solid in his own zone as he does a great job of intercepting passes and then driving towards the offensive zone. In the offensive zone, Tullio is a magician with the puck, especially along the half-wall. Expect Tullio to rush to the crease and look for opportunities to pounce on the short side.
373NSHMazloumRobins, TristenRWAfter starting the season relatively slowly, Robins had a blistering second half as the Blades top scoring option and rightfully began to shoot up draft boards. The Predators are getting a multifaceted offensive winger who makes up for his lack of size with pace and persistence.
374NSHMazloumRochette, TheoCWith a bout of mono and a midseason trade, Rochette didn't have the statistical year he would have wanted however he is one of the smarter players left on the draft board and is a worthwhile, high potential gamble at this point in the draft.
375FLAAleongBenning, MichaelDDespite his small size, Benning dominated play as an underager in the AJHL this year, finishing first in league scoring for defensemen. He'll head off to the NCAA to gain strength and round out his defensive game, but the bloodlines and hockey IQ make this a reasonably safe bet for the Panthers.
376VANArponenMukhamadullin, ShakirDMukhamadullin has already one almost-full KHL season under his belt. He is a good skater that can keep good gap control and defend well with his stick. He still has a lot to learn on how to use his size, but playing against men in a top league will definitely be a good school to learn all that.
377CHILehouxJohannesson, AntonDJohannsesson showed great upside during the year despite injuries. Showcasing great skating, excellent passing skills in transition as well as great goal-scoring tools. He is a high-risk, high reward prospect who could take a few years to develop.
378NYRAleongNiederbach, TheodorCDespite missing all of last season with a knee injury and being left off Sweden’s entry at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, Niederbach bounced back in a big way and has worked himself into the discussion as a near lock to be selected in the first three rounds. While he's a few years away from knocking on the door to the NHL, his hands, speed, and scoring touch will make him a prospect to watch.
379OTTGallowaySebrango, DonovanDSebrango is an agile skater who loves to activate into the rush with the puck. While he's not perfect defensively, he's got the smarts and speed to also be an defensive zone contributor. He’s got potential as a depth puck-mover.
380NYIKuzinBiondi, BlakeCBiondi was a bit under the radar throughout this season because of playing high school hockey, but his skillset could make him an NHLer someday. He has a good shot and overall scoring ability. Blake also has good size and competes pretty hard, moving non-stop and always checking his opponent. He can develop into a good middle-six forward with grit and scoring ability in NHL.
381LAKNapientekBantle, CarsonLWBantle uses his size very well in the offensive zone and plays with enough speed to be a weapon. His shot may be a little underrated. Bantle plays in all situations, and his physicality should keep him in an NHL lineup. Bantle can use his strength along the boards in both zones.
382COLLehouxFrancis, RyanRWFrancis is a skilled offensive forward who displayed top-nine potential during the year. He is quick and slippery with the puck, showcasing the ability to break down defenses and slip through traffic. Thanks to his great all-around offensive skill set, Bantle forward could fit very well with Colorado offensive core.
383CARFroeseRolston, RyderRWRolston, a player who has NHL bloodlines, has the upside to put the puck in the net. He’s got some growth needed to round out his game but you can’t knock the top end speed and shot he has which will remain his calling card as he comes into form.
384NYRAleongViro, EemilDViro has already spent plenty of time against men and has shown he can contribute at the pro level. A great skater and puck-mover, Viro must obviously gain strength and further experience against older players, but his pro-ready game and burgeoning offensive tools are worthy aspects to bet on.
385EDMMazloumSeeley, RonanDSeeley provides too much value at this pick to pass up at this stage of the draft. While he doesn't project as a top-pairing point producer or shutdown defender, his two-way, mistake free, high-IQ game is an ideal fit for the middle-pairing in today's game.
386VGKHaakGroshev, MaximRWGroshev is a winger that likes to use his wrist shot, and is a weapon for every team in the offensive zone with both creativity and good forecheck and work ethic. Groshev will in e few years be a great asset in the third or fourth line.
387PITArponenSuni, OliverRWSuni is a versatile and complete forward with good speed, smarts and a good shot to make him an intriguing package at this stage of the draft. He is a player that can be used in any winger role on team ranging from the first line scorer to the fourth line grinder. Suni's development has been hindered a bit by injuries, but he is on a good path.
388TBLFisherOvchinnikov, DmitriLWOvchinnikov was named to Russia’s roster for the IIHF World Under-18 Championship, which would have been his chance to shine in a best-on-best showcase and see his draft stock soar as a result.
389MTLTesslerMaenpaa, JuusoCMaenpaa is an aggressive, speedy forward with good hands. His puck tracking is quite sound and is aggressive along the boards. He has a wide stride and can skate up and down the ice at a relatively fast rate. Maenpaa can also deliver crisp cross ice passes without a lot of challenges.
390TBLFisherFinley, JackCFinley, one of the youngest prospects in this draft class with a September birthdate, played in all situations during his draft year, starting off in a shutdown role and transitioning to the top line as the middle man for WHL scoring leader Adam Beckman. He has NHL bloodlines, is a student of the game and should carve out a career of some sort.
391FLAAleongVierling, EvanCVierling struggled in a depth role with Flint earlier in the season and willingly sat out for over a month while requesting a trade, but his scoring pace exploded and he finally showed his potential following a mid-season move to Barrie. He's a smooth skater with good vision and offensive awareness, but it's his strong defensive positioning and consistent motor that make him a promising center prospect.
392STLSchellenbergTrineyev, BogdanRWTrineyev is a powerful winger that knows how to use his body and skill. Possesses a long reach with which he can protect the puck and keep opponents away. He’s a nice power forward type of player that possess skill level and could flourish into a nice bottom-six guy role.
393BOSGallowayAmbrosio, ColbyCAmbrosio is a smart center who possesses a solid skating ability and loves to shoot the puck. He shows good ability as a puck carrier and is a player who despite his size can win puck battles when he engages. Ambrosio could provide some depth scoring down the line.
494TBLFisherCoe, BrandonRWCoe opened a lot of eyes at the CHL Top Prospects Game with his package of size and skill, looking like a player that might be just scratching the surface of his offensive potential. He skates well for his size and could trend similar to Tampa prospect Taylor Raddysh.
495OTTGallowayKuznetsov, YanDKuznetsov plays a simple, steady game who provides a physical presence on the blue line. He will have to improve his skating, there is potential in his game to be a shutdown defender on the teams bottom-four.
496CGYHendersonNickl, ThimoDComing from Austria to the QMJHL wasn’t as tough as maybe it should have been for the big two-way defender. It’s easy to see his potential from his simple and effective transition game as well as his gap control. Quality defender with a lot of room to grow.
497LAKNapientekKubicek, SimonDKubicek’s presence on the blue line is effective in all three zones. He will need to work on his skating for the pro level but is a great combination of skill and size. His shot can be booming but erratic. The type of defenseman for your middle-pairings at the pro level.
498MTLTesslerDion, JacobDJacob Dion has been underrated from the get-go. He’s a good puck mover, and will pinch and create scoring chances. Dion has quite a bit of offensive fight in his game. There is a lot to like about the Drummondville left-handed defenseman.
499NJDFroeseCotton, AlexDCotton is a late bloomer and his defensive game needs work, but at the point getting a big body who can skate well, play physical and create offense is what the doctor ordered and he provides excellent value to add to your back-end and work with.
4100BUFTesslerNovak, PavelRWNovak has quality speed and a good shot. While he was not putting up Seth Jarvis/Connor Zary numbers in the WHL, he still had a productive year and was a point-per-game forward.
4101MTLTesslerLaferriere, AlexRWLaferriere was not featured on many top prospect boards, but his outstanding two-way game helped changed the narrative. He is serviceable in all three zones and has plenty of offensive upside that could translate into a top-nine role one day.
4102CHILehouxKnazko, SamuelDKnazko is a mobile offensive defenseman who loves to join the rush and support the attack. Displaying excellent puck skills and playmaking abilities, Knazko excels at quarterbacking power plays and dictating the offense. If his defensive game needs improvement, he undoubtedly owns a great offensive upside.
4103ARIGallowayOksentyuk, YevgeniLWAfter being passed over last seaso, Oksentyuk made his presence known in the OHL this season. His offensive capabilities and slick hands, combined with agile skating, made him a human highlight reel. While Oksentyuk needs to round out his game and improve consistency, he's a steal this late in the draft as an overager.
4104MINFerrariNikishin, AlexanderDNikishin is a big defender who has some offensive ability, but the strength of his game is in his defensive zone. He is a sturdy and strong defender in front of his own net and he excels at clearing the net-front player from his goaltender's view. He has solid mobility and works well in transition. He has confidence with the puck on his stick and can make good crisp passes but he needs to work on doing so with consistency. He has a big shot and his offensive instincts are intriguing but raw
4105ANANeumeierPuutio, KasperDPuutio is a mobile offensive defenseman who displayed more long-term upside after a beneficial trade from a struggling Swift Current club to a strong Everett one.
4106FLAAleongKerins, RoryCWhile Kerins’ skating is still a work in progress, he showed some shutdown abilities this year and was able to pace the Soo in goals. He may not have top-six upside, but he's a candidate to stay at center long-term and showed some promising progression this season.
4107VANArponenChlubna, TomasRWChlubna is a bit of a project as a draft pick with work to be done with his skating, but the size and the apparent offensive skills make him a boom or bust pick.
4108LAKNapientekCommesso, DrewGCommesso is very athletic and plays an economical game in net. For as much talent as Commesso displays, he has it between the ears just as well. Cool, calm and collective. He’ll need some time to develop but could be worth the wait.
4109NYRAleongMagnusson, OskarLWMagnusson had a very strong season, after a poor performance at the pre-season Hlinka Gretzky Cup, earning himself a cameo with Malmo's senior team. While he still struggles with consistency and awareness in his own zone, his explosive skating ability and scoring touch make him an interesting gamble.
4110MTLTesslerReid, LukeDA team can always use more defensemen, especially right-handed ones. Reid is efficient in all three zones, with quality gap control, solid transition and efficient playmaking in the offensive zone.
4111NYIKuzinKeane, GerardDKeane hasn't had a lot of chances to prove himself in London so far with guys like Merkley, Regula and Skinner in defensive corps, but he can make a big leap forward next season. He has all the tools to be a mobile second-pair defenseman in NHL someday.
4112CBJNapientekKnak, SimonRWKnak has shown very good skills on some very big stages. He plays with a confidence about him and makes a lot of plays with the puck on his stick. Look for Knak to make a presence on right wing with his simple, overall game.
4113TORAleongGarand, DylanGGarand was one of the WHL's top goaltenders this season. While not blessed with ideal size, he has lightning-quick reflexes and competes as hard as any draft-eligible goalie in the CHL. He's performed admirably at every step along the way, including strong numbers for Canada in a couple international roles.
4114CARFroeseHlavaj, SamuelGHlavaj had a standout year in his second go-round at the NHL Draft. His move to the QMJHL paid dividens, earning himself a defensive rookie of the year nod after winning an impressive 33 of 39 starts.
4115DALNeumeierDufour, WilliamRWDufour is a tantalizing power forward l. He's a well-rounded winger who can score goals, set up his teammates and otherwise use his large size to bully opposing players.
4116DETFerrariStyf, HugoDAlthough has his warts, Styf presents a decent upside at this stage of the draft with his ability to move the puck up ice and defend with physicality. He has a bit of bite to his game and he is a crisp passer in all three zones. His mobility is good but not great and he will need some refinement but there is a player here that a good team can develop into an NHLer.
4117TORAleongHalliday, StephenLWA budding power forward who's committed to North Dakota for next year, Halliday opted for the USHL route despite being a top prospect for the OHL Draft and has developed slowly over his two seasons there. While he could stand to use his imposing size to his advantage more, his frame and puck skills are intriguing tools to build on over the next few years.
4118PITArponenHeineman, EmilLWHeineman's biggest asset is definitely his explosive speed with which he can blow past defenders. He also has the hands and the awareness to be able to make plays in high speeds. There is a good possibility of him playing a breakout season next year in the SHL.
4119PHIHendersonMcClennon, ConnorRWA speedy, consistently adapting forward from Winnipeg has shown he’s capable of playing with talented forwards and finding open space. His decision making and shot release have the speed to be able to create with little space provided which will be a major reason he continues to find success moving forward.
4120WSHTesslerMalik, NickGMalik has extraordinary reflexes and a solid glove. He still has some work to do, but could be seen as a draft day steal down the road.
4121TBLFisherRaska, AdamRWRaska is a hard-nosed winger with untapped offensive upside who could complete a future third line with a potential top-six ceiling.
4122COLLehouxSimoneau, XavierCSimoneau is a center is a skilled, but very complete prospect who takes pride in putting efforts on both ends of the ice. He showed great offensive instincts and playmaking abilities as well. If Drummondville’s captain can overcome his shortcoming in size, he could become an electric top-nine forward at the NHL level.
4123STLSchellenbergClang, CalleGClang is a big goaltender that has been playing in the shadow of other Swedish top goaltenders at international level. He possess an NHL-like frame and has all the tools of a modern goaltender, making him climbing internal prospect depth charts.
4124NJDFroeseEdwards, EthanDIt may seem a bit off the board, but Edwards could turn out to be the top player to come out of Junior A. He’s a run and gun defender who has elite deceptive qualities to his skating allowing to cater to his strengths as a playmaker and puck rusher. He loves to be engaged offensively and while he needs to learn about the back 9 of this game and mature as a full ice player.