ROBINSON: The (Actual) Final 2020 NHL Draft Rankings (October 2020)

Cam Robinson

2020-10-02

Alright, let’s do this one last time. The absolute, 100 percent, completely final 2020 NHL Draft Rankings. I’ll keep this one a bit more brief. If you want video evidence, check out the articles we’ve been writing all year here at DobberProspects. Or take a look at the last ‘Final’ rankings I released in June.

 

As we know, amateur scouting departments were thrown a curveball the minute the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No CHL playoffs, Memorial Cup, or U18 World Championships. Massive opportunities for young players were swiftly wiped aside.

 

However, what once looked like there would be no chance for any recency bias with this crop, now may have the most unique set of recency bias ever. We are looking at players in Europe having a solid month of action under their belt before the draft occurs. The potential for list swings is palpable. That’s also the reason why I left the door open for one final ranking in the fall. Just in case.  An offseason of training and a dozen games in pro circuits could change some perspectives.

 

That, and a few dozen more hours of watching old game tape.

 

As always, my assessments are limited. I am but one man who also has a five-year-old son, a one-year-old daughter, a teaching career, and many writing commitments. However, I’m fortunate enough to have a very patient wife and am privileged to have several experienced scouts to bounce things off of.

 

I’ve opened my list to the top-93 for this assessment. Why 93? Well, mostly because my buddy Daniel was cheesed I stopped at 80 last time when Vancouver doesn’t pick until 82. Plus, this makes it a three-round board and I’m cool with that.

 

This is not intended to mock up what the selections may end up being. This is how I perceive the player today in conjunction with how I believe they will progress and develop. It’s projection over current product. Translatable traits trump all. I’m limited to mostly assessing these players on their on-ice achievements. Knowing these young men as individuals would be telling towards their drive and determination. Something that cannot be understated. I lean on established scouts, coaches, and agents to help fill in the gaps.

 

Regarding my method, I place immense value on skating ability and processing speed. Physical attributes are great, but if you can’t see the play develop or recognize your options quickly, both offensively and defensively, you’ll be destined for an uphill battle. In my opinion, if you’re intelligent, you can overcome plenty of limitations. If you’re gifted physically, yet have limited awareness on the ice, you’re at more of a disadvantage. Add them together and you have the recipe for immense success.

 

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