2020 NHL Draft Ranking: European prospects (August 2019)

by Jokke Nevalainen on August 2, 2019

 

Welcome to DobberProspects’ first ever NHL Draft Ranking of European prospects. This ranking was put together before the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup to provide a list of the most interesting European prospects to follow in that tournament that starts on August 5th.

 

Players eligible for this ranking were those who are potential top 100 picks for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and who played (mostly) in Europe during the 2018-2019 season. Because of that second part, some prospects like Ruben Rafkin were excluded even though they otherwise would qualify. Some of the prospects on this ranking will move to play in North America this season, so they will be excluded from this ranking when that happens.

 

As the Head of European Scouting at DobberProspects, it is my honor and privilege to put together this ranking. But this is not just my personal ranking as I received contributions from the following people:

 

In our next edition, which will be released later this year, we will provide quick scouting reports of the ranked players but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to do that for the preliminary ranking. But we did manage to put together projected draft range for all of them.

 

Without further ado, here is DobberProspects’ preliminary ranking of European prospects for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

 

 Rank  Draft Range  Player  POS  DoB  NAT  2018-2019 league
 1  1-4  Lucas Raymond  W  2002-03-28  SWE  SuperElit
 2  3-6  Anton Lundell  C  2001-10-03  FIN  Liiga
 3  3-6  Alexander Holtz  W  2002-01-23  SWE  SuperElit
 4  5-15  Noel Gunler  W  2001-10-07  SWE  SuperElit
 5  5-15  Tim Stützle  C  2002-01-15  GER  DNL U20
 6  5-15  Yaroslav Askarov  G  2002-06-16  RUS  MHL
 7  10-25  Kasper Simontaival  W  2002-01-11  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 8  10-25  Zion Nybeck  W  2002-05-12  SWE  SuperElit
 9  10-25  Jan Mysak  C  2002-06-24  CZE  Czech Extraliga
 10  20-35  Jaromir Pytlik  W  2001-09-25  CZE  Czech Extraliga
 11  20-35  Helge Grans  D  2002-05-10  SWE  SuperElit
 12  25-45  Rodion Amirov  W  2001-10-02  RUS  MHL
 13  25-45  Vasili Ponomaryov  W  2002-03-13  RUS  MHL
 14  25-45  Roni Hirvonen  C  2002-01-10  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 15  30-50  Emil Andrae  D  2002-02-23  SWE  SuperElit
 16  30-50  Veeti Miettinen  W  2001-09-20  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 17  35-55  Marat Khusnutdinov  C  2002-07-17  RUS  Russia U17
 18  40-60  Harijs Brants  D  2002-05-03  LAT  MHL
 19  40-60  Anton Johannesson  D  2002-03-26  SWE  SuperElit
 20  50-70  Roby Järventie  W  2002-08-08  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 21  50-70  Kasper Puutio  D  2002-06-03  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 22  50-70  Topi Niemelä  D  2002-03-25  FIN  Jr. A SM-liiga
 23  60-80  Alexander Pashin  W  2002-07-28  RUS  MHL
 24  60-80  Alexander Nikishin  D  2001-10-02  RUS  MHL
 25  60-80  Nick Malik  G  2002-04-26  CZE  Czech2
 26  60-80  Jan Bednar  G  2002-08-26  CZE  Czech U19
 27  60-80  Simon Knak  W  2002-01-27  SUI  U20-Elit
 28  70-90  Joel Blomqvist  G  2002-01-10  FIN  Jr. B SM-sarja
 29  70-90  Oliver Suni  W  2002-02-13  FIN  Jr. B SM-sarja
 30  70-90  Maxim Groshev  W  2001-12-14  RUS  MHL
 31  80-110  Maxim Beryozkin  W  2001-10-12  RUS  MHL
 32  80-110  Noah Delémont  D  2002-02-07  SUI  U20-Elit
 33  80-110  Adam Raska  W  2001-09-25  CZE  Czech2
 34  90-120  Samuel Knazko  D  2002-08-07  SVK  Jr. A SM-liiga
 35  90-120  John-Jason Peterka  W  2002-01-14  GER  Czech U19
 36  90-120  Daniil Khristanov  W  2002-02-01  RUS  Russia U18

 

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And that’s all for now, thanks for reading. Feel free to add comments below. Remember to follow me on Twitter @JokkeNevalainen.