As you may know, I love looking at future drafts and prospects. The 2020 draft has to be one of my favorites in the near future, even though it is still a ways away. So, with that said, I’ll be looking at five players of the best projected players in the 2020 draft.
The projected #1 overall pick in 2020 plays as a left wing for the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL. Lafrenière is very swift on his skates, has an excellent shot and has astonishing hand to eye coordination. Lafrenière is looking like a generational talent and I see no huge problems in his game. He currently has 36 goals and 67 assists for 103 points in 60 games. He also played with Canada at the World Juniors.
Pro Comparison (Not skill based, just similar play styles): Artemi Panarin
The Swedish right winger has shot up the 2020 draft rankings. He currently has split time playing for Luleå HF J20 and Luleå HF in the SuperElit and the SHL. Gunler’s best asset is his knack for the net. He has great vision and is able to rush to get rebounds. He might struggle a bit because of his size, but I see no reason why he can’t be a great player in the NHL. He currently has 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points in 30 games with the Luleå HF J20 team.
Pro Comparison (Not skill based, just similar play styles): Jake Guentzel
The Finnish center, like Noel Gunler, has shot up draft rankings for 2020. He has split time between HIFK U20 and HIFK in the JR. A SM-Liiga and Liiga. He has spent most of his time with HIFK which is quite impressive for a 17 year old. He’s a great playmaker thanks to his passing and his vision. Besides being a great playmaker, Lundell, is a great two way forward. He currently has 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points in 36 games with HIFK. He also played with Finland at the World Juniors.
Pro Comparison (Not skill based, just similar play styles): Bo Horvat
The Canadian center plays an excellent power game. He currently plays for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. He was granted Exceptional Status during last year and was drafted 1st overall. He plays with lots of power and strength, yet still has great offensive skills in his passing and his shot. He has a big frame at 6’4″ 214 pounds and should continue to grow. He currently has 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points in 61 games with the Sudbury Wolves.
Pro Comparison (Not skill based, just similar play styles): Sean Couturier
The Canadian defenseman plays an excellent puck moving game. He currently plays for the Erie Otters of the OHL. He has outstanding passing and excellent speed. When he’s on his game he is untouchable. He has an amazing work ethic as well. He is not a slouch on defense and always gets back in position thanks to his speed. He currently leads Under-17 defenseman in the OHL in points with 38, 7 goals and 31 assists in 59 games.
Pro Comparison (Not skill based, just similar play styles): Duncan Keith
Just Missed Prospects
Kaiden Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert Raiders, WHL)
Alexander Holtz (Winger, Djurgårdens IF J20, SuperElit)
Cole Perfetti (Center, Saginaw Spirit, OHL)
Lucas Raymond (Right Winger, Frölunda HF J20, SuperElit)
Justin Barron (Defenseman, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL)
stats from – Elite Prospects