2020 NHL Draft Ranking: Final Top-62 Prospects

The 2020 NHL Draft will go down in history as one of the strongest prospect classes of all-time — if not the strongest when analyzed in a few years’ time.

Not only does this year’s class feature a bonafide star in the making in Alexis Lafrenière, but it also boasts a bounty of equally talented players set for NHL stardom in the very near future. In fact, an elite goaltender, two franchise defencemen and a quadruple of future first-line centres stand poised to be selected within the top-ten of the 2020 NHL Draft alone — not to mention the 21 other players poised to comprise the first round of the event. With this being said, depth is the name of the game ahead of this year’s Draft, as all 31 NHL franchises hold the ability to land a future star player — whether it come in the first round or beyond.

Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is a lock to be selected within the top-10 of the 2020 NHL Draft. (Photo Credit: OHL Images)

As a result of this impressive depth, draft picks held by NHL teams in the second and third rounds will be of immense value — and will be incredibly difficult to attain for franchises without a selection in the top-31. As you will see below, there are many players who feature first-round talent who will undoubtedly fall into the second or third-rounds of the Draft owing to the sheer depth of this year’s class. Of note are the likes of Lukas Reichel, Roni Hirovonen and Jacob Perreault — three explosive young forwards who could rather easily come to be defined as draft-day steals if selected later than 45th overall.

With this being said, let’s jump into our final 2020 NHL Draft ranking of what has been an extremely prolonged 2019-20 NHL season. One benefit of COVID-19, however, is the fact that never has more time or attention been paid to an incoming class of prospects — as each NHL franchise is put on the clock on draft night, odds are every organization will know exactly who they want to select.

The First Round

RankPlayerPosition2019-20 TeamHeightWeight
1Alexis LafrenièreLWRimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)6’1”192lbs
2Quinton ByfieldCSudbury Wolves (OHL)6’4”215lbs
3Tim StutzleCAdler Mannheim (DEL)5’11”165lbs
4Jamie DrysdaleDErie Otters (OHL)5’11”165lbs
5Alexander HoltzRW/LWDjurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit)6’183lbs
6Marco RossiCOttawa 67’s (OHL)5’9”179lbs
7Cole PerfettiCSaginaw Spirit (OHL)5’10”185lbs
8Lucas RaymondRWFrolunda HC J20 (SuperElit)5’10”165lbs
9Jake SandersonDU.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)6’1”170lbs
10Yaroslav AskarovGSKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)6’3”163lbs
11Jack Quinn RWOttawa 67’s (OHL)5’11”176lbs
12Anton LundellC/LWHIFK (Liiga)6’1”183lbs
13Justin BarronHalifax Mooseheads6’2”187lbs
14Dawson MercerRWDrummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)6’172lbs
15Kaiden GuhleDPrince Albert Raiders (WHL)6’3”187lbs
16Connor ZaryCKamloops Blazers (WHL)6’174lbs
17Noel GunlerRW/LWLulea HF (SHL)6’1” 176lbs
18Mavrik BourqueCShawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)5’10”165lbs
19Dylan HollowayCUniversity of Wisconsin (NCAA)6’192lbs
20Helge GransDMalmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit)6’3”192lbs
21John-Jason PeterkaRWEHC Munchen (DEL)5’11”192lbs
22Seth JarvisRWPortland Winterhawks (WHL)5’10”172lbs
23Jeremie PoirierDSaint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)6’195lbs
24Tyson Foerster CBarrie Colts (OHL)5’11”175lbs
25Ryan O’RourkeDSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)6’2”180lbs
26Hendrix LapierreCChicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)5’11”175lbs
27Jan MysakLWHamilton Bulldogs (OHL)6’176lbs
28Brendan BrissonCChicago Steel (USHL)5’11”180lbs
29Jake NeighboursLWEdmonton Oil Kings (WHL)5’11”201lbs
30Martin ChromiakLWKingston Frontenacs (OHL)6’179lbs
31Braden SchneiderDBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)6’2”210lbs

The Second Round

As mentioned above, the 31 players projected to be chosen within the second-round of the 2020 NHL Draft are of incredible talent and potential. In a normal year, many if not most of these players would have been selected in the opening round of the event — however, this year’s prospect class is a strong as ever before. With this in mind, don’t be surprised if a number of these prospects rise and are selected within the top-31 of the event come draft night.

RankPlayerPosition2019-20 TeamHeightWeight
32Lukas ReichelFEisbaren Berlin (DEL)6’0”170lbs
33Lukas CormierDCharlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)5’10”175lbs
34Roni HirvovenCAssat (Liiga)5’9”165lbs
35Emil AndraeDHV71 J20 (SuperElit)5’9”183lbs
36Jacob PerreaultCSarnia Sting (OHL)5’11”198lbs
37Rodion AmirovLWTolpar Ufa (MHL)6’170lbs
38Michael BenningDSherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)5’9”170lbs
39Veeti MiettinenRWKiekko-Espoo U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga)5’9”160lbs
40Ridly GreigLWBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)5’11”160lbs
41Justin SourdifCVancouver Giants (WHL)5’11” 165lbs
42Ozzy Wiesblatt RWPrince Albert Raiders (WHL)5’10”195lbs
43Thomas BordeleauCU.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)5’9”179lbs
44Kasper SimontaivalRWTappara (Liiga)5’9”172lbs
45William WallinderDMODO J20 (SuperElit)6’4”192bs
46Daniil GushchinRWMuskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)5’8”161lbs
47Carter SavoieLWSherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)5’9”170lbs
48Luke EvangelistaRWLondon Knights (OHL)5’11”165lbs
49Zion NybeckRWHV71 J20 (SuperElit)5’8”176lbs
50Tyler Tullio COshawa Generals (OHL)5’9”165lbs
51Ty SmilanicLWU.S U18 Team (US NTDP)6’1”178lbs
52Topi NiemelaDKarpat (Liiga)6’165lbs
53Shakir MukhamadullinDSalavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)6’4”180lbs
54Jaromir Pytlik CSault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)6’3”196lbs
55Will Cuylle LWWindsor Spitfires (OHL)6’2”201lbs
56Luke Tuch LWU.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)6’2”205lbs
57Dylan PetersonCU.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)6’4”185lbs
58Tyler Kleven DU.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)6’4”201lbs
59Hayden FowlerCErie Otters (OHL)5’10”180lbs
60Daniel TorgerssonLWFrolunda HC (SHL)6’3”205lbs
61James Hardie LWMississauga Steelheads (OHL)5’11”165lbs
62Rory KerinsCSault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)5’11”172lbs

Ten Honourable Mentions

No NHL Draft Ranking would be complete without an additional list of honourable mentions. These ten players listed below just failed to crack the top-62 overall — however, don’t be surprised if a number of these youngsters rise significantly on draft day. While opinions of these prospects varied wildly over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, the fact remains that are boast immense skill and potential.

  • Brock Faber — D, U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP)
  • Jean-Luc Foudy — C, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
  • Ryan Francis — RW, Cape Breton Eagles (QMJHL)
  • Daemon Hunt — D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
  • Marat Khusnutdinov — C, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
  • Logan Morrison – C, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
  • Theodor Niederbach — C, Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit)
  • Alexander Pashin — W, Toplar Ufa (MHL)
  • Vasili Ponomaryov — C, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
  • Antonio Stranges — C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

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