Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings and coincidentally the first ever on the internet: NHL 2020 Re-Draft.
I have been to the future, five years exactly, and I can tell you what every player looks like development-wise in the 2025 off season, which is coincidentally where I wrote a majority of the re-draft profiles (also the New Jersey Devils have won the team’s third straight Stanley Cup, I am for sure not a homer). I will identify where they would be drafted in 2025 if the draft was to be held again. Obviously, I do not want to give away the draft order of teams as it would ruin your draft watching experience, but I will let you know the trade speculation from Sportsnet and TSN was again over-hyped.
Looks like everyone was right when they said he would be a top goal scorer. I mean he has not ascended to the consistent levels of players battling for top goal scorer like Ovechkin, Matthews, A. Svechnikov, Zibanejad, and Connor (It is also so crazy how Laine retired out of nowhere in 2024 to become the Deputy Prime Minster of Finland) but he is almost there
He only moves up a couple of spots but who does not want a top scoring winger on their team who can play both ends of the ice very well
Mighty Marco (another weak nickname this once references Mighty Mouse) is still so skilled, the extra wait was worth it but he probably could have been in the NHL the in his D+2 season instead of his D+3.5 as the [team name] obviously felt they wanted him to play in the AHL for a bit
The back to back 70-point full NHL seasons make them seem like geniuses, but I wonder if he was 6-2 if he would have been in the NHL immediately
He is usually up there with Rossi and Perfetti in points, and he really has turned in to the Pastrnak of this draft going so late in the first round
Many of us in the scouting community raved about his skill so it is great to see him really break out and make the 25+ teams that skipped him look silly, and if you got him late in your draft you are loving what he brings to your team
Plenty of people with Stutzle would shoot and drive to the net more but he appears to be fine weaving in and out of traffic and setting up the open player routinely
Who would have thought he would become to the pass first, second, third, and then maybe shoot if all else fails type of player for his early career, and then randomly this year was a shooting machine and popped in 33 goals like that
Will he evolve his play goings forward now to give fantasy GMs more production in other categories
Raymond is the solid, skilled player we knew he would be. Since coming to the NHL he has been a great player that shuts down the other team considering you can rarely get the puck away from him when he is on the ice
Really there is an argument for him to be as high as 5th on this list but four to nine here are a toss up in preference for sure
Points, points and more points is what Gunler is, it is unfortunate that so many fans of the [team] blame him for so many problems on defense. He really has become the new William Nylander/Eeli Tolvanen/Alex DeBrincat who were all traded eventually despite not having this flaw at all
Hopefully the team realizes Gunler is much better than the negativity towards him online and in the opinion pages, but who knows he may become the new Phil Kessel (as in blamed for problems then go and win Stanley Cups)
A really exciting player, but occasionally it appears as though he can disappear for stretches. A real frustrating own for fantasy owners in H2H formats where can win you weeks on his own, and also lose you weeks on end with zero production
At the end of the season he always posts a solid 55-65 points, but has he become the new Kristian Huselius in fantasy
Lundell is always involved in plays and really pushes the game in to the opponents end but somehow comes up shorter than he should in the production area. He is the first player in NHL Advanced Stat history to put up such good possession and play-involvement numbers but come up short on the score sheet
Eventually it he has to break through though, an anomaly like this surely cannot last forever
The goalie market in still so oversaturated with every NHL team seemingly splitting all goalies in a 50/32 style split, but it worked for the last two Stanley Cup winners so you can expect to continue until it fails
Askarov’s stats should put him higher on the list, yet he does not play enough to really move up the list but a 1A goalie is a 1A goalie
Barron has become one of the better defensemen from this draft and always seems to be in the mix offensively, the problem has been health. He may have surpassed Drysdale had he not missed half of 2023, and a third of 2024, since his points per game is 0.2 higher and he gets PP1 time when he is in the line up as the [team name] loves to run two defensemen on the powerplays despite 77% of all other teams going for one per powerplay unit
Stranges really fell in the draft going all the way to the 5th round due to perceived lack of work ethic and interest if he did not have the puck, but he really took that to heart and improved his game once he was drafted so low
The skill was always there but the commitment was needed and it really came through. He could be higher on the list but he spent 2020-2023 in the minor leagues as the [team name] really wanted him to work on his game, and 2024 saw him spend time as a healthy scratch or with low TOI with his coach having the same trust levels in rookies as Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz combined
Mercer has really developed in to a dependable middle-six winger, and although the point totals keep incrementally improving, he really has not turned the corner yet
He is great at driving to the net, and playing in front of the net, but there is just something there where the dam needs to break for him or he will linger around the 20 goal and 45-point marks forever. The hits keep him a solid fantasy asset though
Speaking of “becoming as good as Patrice Bergeron at shutting the opposition down” Holloway has already finished top three in Selke consideration this season. It is too bad points do not follow that though.
Thankfully, the PHWA instituted a rule where the voting members have to watch all the players when voting, 70% of all NHL games, and cannot vote for their own teams’ players so the voting system has become much less political and stronger altogether (ok this is too far fetched to become true, I just always wish that could happen… I was still disappointed with the voting in 2025 when I saw the future)
The second-round pick has become a solid third-pairing blue liner and there is likely room to still grow, but it is early in his career so we will see where it goes. All signs point towards a steady improvement
Neighbours missed the 2023 season entirely as he was implicated in the fifth largest grocery meat robbery ring in Canadian history, but thankfully the [team name] gave him a second chance. Thankfully the Canada prison has an ice rink in it because they all do since we live in igloos here in Canada
2025 was he rookie year and he posted a respectable 37 points while mainly skating on the third line, but he looks to have a bright future after a tumultuous 2023
Considering he has been dominating the KHL for five seasons he should be higher on the list, but he is coming over to the NHL this season and no one knows how well that will go. Remember he disliked his AHL time so much for those two weeks he signed a two-year KHL deal in mid-October 2022 that created so much legal work and headache for the NHL and KHL it created a whole new agreement between the two leagues
32nd overall (Seattle is finally here, and they finished dead in the first two seasons trying the Las Vegas drafting method): Daniil Gushchin
His first season did not go to well with him being sent back to the AHL for the latter half. He really came a long way after being the last player in the 2020 NHL Draft to be selected
There is still a lot of skill there but Gushchin just needs to put it all together at once, and not just in spurts
It is a crazy time out there in this world today, so I hope you all are safe wherever you are!
Thanks for reading and hopefully you enjoyed this lighthearted piece. Follow my twitter: @FHPQuinn
FYI: Jake Neighbours is a good person (I hope/assume) and as far as I can tell is not involved in any meat robbery organizations, but those grocery stores sure are with the prices they charge!
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