With the 2020 NHL Entry Draft less than a month away, all eyes are on Alexis Lafrenière of the Rimouski Océanic in the QMJHL. The New York Rangers won the draft lottery giving them first dibs at Lafrenière’s services. This draft is definitely a talent-filled pool with a variety of positions. Quinton Byfield (C), Jamie Drysdale (D), Jake Sanderson (D), Cole Perfetti (C), Marco Rossi (C), Jack Quinn (RW), Kaiden Guhle (D), Braden Schneider (D), and Dawson Mercer (C) are expected to round off the top 10.
2015 | With the number 1 pick, the Edmonton Oilers pick…
The Oilers were no strangers to the first overall pick when they chose Connor McDavid. In fact, they had 4 years of 1st overall picks between 2010 and 2015! Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Ngent-Hopkins (2011), Nail Yakupov (2012), and of course – Connor McDavid (2015). Of the top 6 picks in 2016, McDavid was by far the best of their picks. Oh by the way, in the 2014 draft, the Oilers drafted some guy named Leon Draisaitl at number 3! How have these guys not won a cup!? In 351GP so far, McDavid has 162 goals, 307 assists (combined for 469 pts) – not too shabby!
The top 10 of 2015
2016 | With the number 1 pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs pick…
This was the first time since 1985 (Wendel Clark) that the Leafs got the coveted first overall pick in a draft. Considering the Leafs history with 1st round picks prior to and including 2011 – we’ve seen a drastic improvement from their scouting staff. Since drafting Matthews at number 1 in 2016 – the Leafs have added Timothy Liljegren (1st-17th overall), Rasmus Sandin (1st-29th overall), and Nick Robertson (1st, 53rd overall). Nick Robertson was a diamond in the rough find! In 282GP played as a Leaf, Matthews has 158 goals, 127 assists (combined for 285 pts) – I love this guy!
The top 10 of 2016
2017 | With the number 1 pick, the New Jersey Devils pick…
The New Jersey Devils were another team to find luck in the draft lottery – claiming the 1st overall pick twice in 3 years. In 209GP, Nico Hischier has 51 goals, 84 assists (combined for 135 points). Can you believe Elias Pettersson got picked 5th?! I think the Flyers may regret that one!
The top 10 of 2017
2018 | With the number 1 pick, the Buffalo Sabres pick…
Since 2013, the Buffalo Sabres have had nothing worst than the 8th over-all pick – you know what that means? The Buffalo Sabres aren’t good. in 2018, they won the lottery for the number 1 pick. In 2013 the Sabres landed Rasmus Ristolainen at #8, Sam Reinhard in 2014 at #2, and Jack Eichel in 2015 at #2. Not bad at all! Fast forward to 2018 – and they selected Rasmus Dahlin has 17 goals, 22 assists (combined for 39 points) in 114GP. It appears they were on the hunt for a defenseman and based on the numbers of some of the others dmen who went in the top 10 – some might wonder if Buffalo made the right choice.
The top 10 of 2018
2019 | With the number 1 pick, the New Jersey Devils pick…
Well, it’s the Devil’s again! After taking centreman, Nico Hischier number 1 in 2017, the Devils added another centreman in 2019 with Jack Hughes. In 61GP so far, Hughes has 7 goals and 14 assists (combined for 21 points). With the top 3 picks already inserted into the NHL, it’s safe to say that so far all 3 have been pretty tight when it comes to production for their respective teams. Look for these talented individuals will be making noise in the next few years!
The top 10 of 2019
2020 | With the number 1 pick, the New York Rangers pick…
Only time will tell who the New York Rangers will take at number 1 – if they decide to hold onto the pick. If so, it would be shocking if they passed on Alexis Lafrenière. We don’t have to wait long to see how this all unfolds. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft gets under way on October 6th & 7th. The draft will be held virtually starting at 7pm ET. The 1st round will air on October 6th, with rounds 2 through 7 taking place on October 7th beginning at 11:30am ET. With picks 29-31 to be determined based on the outcome of the remaining 3 teams in the playoffs, below is the order as it stands.
2020 NHL Draft Order
- New York Rangers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks)
- Detroit Red Wings
- Ottawa Senators
- Anaheim Ducks
- New Jersey Devils
- Buffalo Sabres
- Minnesota Wild
- Winnipeg Jets
- Nashville Predators
- Florida Panthers
- Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
- Edmonton Oilers
- Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Montreal Canadiens
- Chicago Blackhwaks
- New Jersey Devils (from Phoenix Coyotes)
- Calgary Flames
- New Jersey Devils (from Tampa Bay via Vancouver Canucks)
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- New York Rangers (from Carolina Hurricanes)
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Colorado Avalanche
- Washington Capitals
- St. Louis Blues
- Anaheim Ducks (from Boston Bruins)
- Las Vegas Golden Knights
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