2020 NHL Draft Ranking: October’s Top-62

The 2019-20 hockey season is in full swing, which means that the time has come to reveal our second 2020 NHL Draft Ranking of the campaign. Although it’s been a mere month since we last convened, there has been a great deal of change within our ranking — particularly in the 11-25th overall range. While some prospects have slipped slightly, others have risen owing to their red-hot starts or consistency at both ends of the ice.

At the top of the board, however, there was no change since our September Ranking was released. For the time being, Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic holds down the top spot — although Quinton Byfield of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves doesn’t trail far behind. Following Lafreniere and Byfield are a pair of lethal Swedish forwards in Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz — one a playmaker and the other a pure sniper who can both change the course of any given game. Seizing the fifth-overall spot in the month’s ranking is Anton Lundell, a fiery Finnish forward whose strength lies in his on-ice versatility.

Byfield_TW_CHL_8677 (Photo Credit: CHL Images)

Quinton Byfield exploded out of the gate to begin his 2019-20 OHL season, a major reason why he’s going to challenge Alexis Lafreniere for first overall in the 2020 NHL Draft. (Photo Credit: CHL Images)

New to October’s Ranking is the introduction of an additionally ranked 32 prospects — each of which coming together to form our projected second-round of the 2020 NHL Draft at this point of the season. Continuing on with the trend set by those ranked in the top-31, you’ll find that a large number of prospects ranked in the 31-62nd overall range compete in the CHL’s Quebec Major Junior League. With this being said, the 2020 NHL Draft could come to be regarded as one of the QMJHL’s strongest prospect classes in recent history, as the league will put forth a deep arsenal of players home to different positions and potentials on the ice.

In all, the 2020 NHL Draft remains poised to present one of the deepest and most highly skilled classes of prospects that we have seen in quite some time. With players of first-round talent surely to be selected in the second-round and beyond, each and every NHL organization will truly hold the ability to acquire a game-changing player when they take to the stage on draft night in Montreal, Quebec.

The Top-62 Prospects

As mentioned above, we’ve expanded our top-31 ranking into a top-62 version, as we are now incorporating the players we’re projecting to be chosen in the second-round of the 2020 NHL Draft. For ease of reading, we’ve separated the first and second rounds into two separate tables. If you’d like to cross-reference October’s Draft Ranking with our initial top-32 ranking released in September, be sure to follow the link below.

And now, without any further ado, here is our 2020 NHL Draft Ranking for the month of October. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Round One

Rank

Player Position 2018-19 Team Height Weight

1

Alexis Lafreniere LW Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 6’1”

192lbs

2 Quinton Byfield C Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 6’4”

215lbs

3

Lucas Raymond RW Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit) 5’10”

165lbs

4

Alexander Holtz RW/LW Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 183lbs
5 Anton Lundell C/LW HIFK (Liiga) 6’1”

183lbs

6

Jamie Drysdale D Erie Otters (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
7 Tim Stutzle C Jungadler Mannheim (DNL U20) 5’11”

165lbs

8

Cole Perfetti

C Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 5’10” 185lbs
9 Marco Rossi C Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’9”

179lbs

10

Hendrix Lapierre C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’11” 175lbs
11 Yaroslav Askarov G SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) 6’3”

163lbs

12

Noel Gunler RW/LW Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit) 6’1”  176lbs
13 Justin Barron Halifax Mooseheads 6’2”

187lbs

14

Antonio Stranges C/LW London Knights (OHL) 5’10” 170lbs
15 Dylan Holloway C Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) 6’0”

192lbs

16

Justin Sourdif C Vancouver Giants (WHL) 5’11 165lbs
17 Zion Nybeck RW HV71 (SuperElit) 5’8″ 176lbs

18

Kaiden Guhle D Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 6’3” 187lbs
19 Emil Andrae D HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’9”

183lbs

20

Helge Grans D Malmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit) 6’3” 192lbs
21 Jacob Perreault C Sarnia Sting (OHL) 5’11”

198lbs

22

Dawson Mercer RW Drummondville Voltiguers (QMJHL) 6’0″ 172lbs
23 Ty Smilanic LW U.S U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1”

178lbs

24

Kasper Simontaival RW Tappara (Liiga) 5’9” 172lbs
25 Jake Sanderson D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1”

170lbs

26

Martin Chromiak LW HK Dunkla Trencin (Tipsport Liga) 6’0” 179lbs
27 Connor Zary C Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 6’0”

174lbs

28

Luke Tuch  LW U.S.U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’2” 205lbs
29 Dylan Peterson C U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4”

185lbs

30

Lleyton Moore D Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’9” 165lbs
31 Will Cuylle LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 6’2”

201lbs

Round Two

Rank Player Position 2018-19 Team Height Weight
32 Seth Jarvis RW Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 5’9” 165lbs
33 Mavrik Bourque C Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 5’10” 165lbs
34 Jaromir Pytlik C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’3” 196lbs
35 Roni Hirvoven C Assat (Liiga) 5’9” 165lbs
36 Daniel Ljungman  C Linkoping JC H20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 161lbs
37 Logan Morrison  C Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
38 Alexander Pashin  F Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 5’7” 155lbs
39 Tyler Tullio  C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’9” 165lbs
40 Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
41 Ryan O’Rourke D Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’2” 180lbs
42 Jeremie Poirier D Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 6’0” 195lbs
43 Jake Neighbours LW Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) 5’11” 201lbs
44 Jan Mysak LW HC Litvinov (Tipsport Extraliga) 6’0” 176lbs
45 Rodion Amirov LW Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 6’0” 170lbs
46 Luke Evangelista RW London Knights (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
47 Lukas Cormier D Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 5’8” 170lbs
48 Ozzy Wiesblatt  RW Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 5’10” 195lbs
49 Michael Benning D Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
50 Theo Rochette C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’10” 160lbs
51 Braden Schneider D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 6’2” 210lbs
52 Topi Niemala D Karpat (Liiga) 6’0” 165lbs
53 Tyler Kleven  D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 201lbs
54 Veeti Miettinen RW Kiekko-Espoo U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga) 5’9” 160lbs
55 Tyson Foerster  C Barrie Colts (OHL) 5’11” 175lbs
56 Vasili Ponomaryov  C Shawinigan Catarctes (QMJHL) 6’0” 176lbs
57 Carter Savoie LW Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
58 Daniil Gushchin RW Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 5’8” 161lbs
59 Oliver Suni RW Oshawa Generals (OHL) 6’2” 187lbs
60 Alexander Nikishin  D MHK Krylia Sovetov Moskva (MHL) 6’3” 196lbs
61 Reid Valade RW Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 5’10” 165lbs
62 Noah Delemont D Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 5’9” 165lbs

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