2020 NHL Draft Fantasy Rankings

Peter Harling


The team at DobberProspects has brought back a popular post we do each year where we rank the top prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft for fantasy hockey purposes.

There are plenty of draft rankings available but this is the only place where you will find a ranking geared towards your fantasy hockey draft. This ranking is a collaboration of rankings submitted by DobberProspects writers Cam Robinson, Jokke Nevalainen, Tony Ferrari, and myself. We also reach out to other prospect experts are are pleased to have received contributions from the following:

Steven Ellis – The Hockey News

Scott Wheeler – The Athletic

Russ Cohen – Hockey Prospect Radio, Sportsology

Ryan Wagman – Mckeens

Brock Otten – OHL Prospects/Mckeens

Will Scouch – Scouching 

The following is a consensus ranking by all ten contributing writers and some comments on each player. The criteria for the rankings is for points only keeper leagues but some multi category comments are found throughout as well

1. Alexis Lafrenière, LW – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

A premier, point-producing machine of of the forward. Dangerous in one-on-one situations. Scores in a variety of ways. Brings the noise. A king-maker in fantasy. – Cam Robinson

A dominant, point-producing winger who drives play. He is a franchise player who will immediately step in and make an impact in the NHL. His QMJHL numbers are only surpassed by Crosby in his draft year since the lockout. – Tony Ferrari

You can always count on the first overall pick from the NHL Draft to jump straight to the NHL and begin making an impact to your fantasy roster. You can easily make an argument for selecting Byfield first in your fantasy draft, but Lafreniere is the consensus ranked number by all ten writers. – Peter Harling

2. Quinton Byfield, C – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)

It’s relatively clear to me that Byfield may have the highest upside in the draft if things break right. Scary good Malkin-like profile. – Will Scouch

Truly a man child who is proving to be nearly impossible to stop this year because of how versatile his game is. He can beat you with finesse and power. Give him room and he’ll use his speed and power to get by you. Take away his room and he’ll use his strength to go through you. Seems like he possesses the puck for near entire shifts at times. – Brock Otten

A physical specimen who blends exceptional power to a speed-driven, skill game. His quick hands allow him to maneuver in tight spaces, while the long reach propels his puck-protection. A mammoth of a man. Cam Robinson

Listen to a Quinton Byfield profile and interview on the DobberProspects Radio podcast.