2020 NHL Draft Rankings – November 2018

Jokke Nevalainen

2018-11-13

 

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft is still 19 months away but it’s shaping up to be such an exciting draft class that I wanted to release my way-too-early ranking already now. This will likely look ridiculous a year from now when some new prospects work their way towards the spotlight and others fade away but that’s just how it goes.

 

The reason why this is a good time for these rankings is that the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge has just ended, and most of the top prospects for the 2020 draft were playing in that tournament. The talent level in that tournament was amazing which just reaffirms why so many scouts are so excited about this draft class. European teams were strong in that tournament as gold went to Russia, silver to Finland and bronze to Sweden.

 

If you were looking for 2019 rankings and opened this one by mistake, don’t worry, we got you covered: 2019 NHL Draft Rankings – November 2018 Edition.

 

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The first overall race in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will likely end up being between two Canadians, Alexis Lafrenière from the Rimouski Océanic in the QMJHL, and Quinton Byfield from the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL. Both players were drafted first overall to their major junior leagues, and both players have been impact players immediately upon their arrival. Canada’s latest first overall pick in the NHL draft was Connor McDavid in 2015, and there’s very little chance 2019 changes things. But the 2020 draft is a different story. They’re not McDavid level talents but both look like above average first overall picks in the NHL draft.

 

Byfield has all the tools to become a dominant No. 1 center in the NHL. He’s 10 months younger than Lafrenière and it wouldn’t be surprising if Byfield took over the top