2020 NHL Draft First Round: Yay or Nay!

Tony Ferrari


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The first round of the 2020 NHL Draft started out as expected and then it got a bit wild! There were plenty of names falling, some wild names jumping up boards, and all the fun that always comes with the NHL Draft. Now we’re given a chance to breathe and look back and ask, “Did I like that pick?”


So, let’s take a look at some picks that made me say “YAY” and a few that made me say “NAY”!


Yay! Lucas Raymond!

Detroit Red Wings 4th Overall


Honestly, in my mind, this was an easy pick. He was third on my board, third on the DobberProspects Scouting Teams Top-100 and fits exactly what the Detroit Red Wings need! Raymond is a play driving winger who can control the pace of the game. His passing ability is high-level and his puck skills are legit. Not many wingers can truly be the play driver on his line but Raymond fits that mold.


He is a very good skater who excels on his edges and with his agility. He has a boatload of creativity as a playmaker and can make opposing defenders and netminders pay if they don’t respect his wrist shot. His dynamic offensive ability often leads to many analysts failing to mention his strong two-way game. He isn’t a defensive stalwart but he does show some potential to be a well above average defensive winger. With Wings fans worried about this pick for months, the selection of Lucas Raymond should calm those nerves as he takes his plave atop their already solid prospect pool.


Nay! Yegor Chinakov!

Columbus Blue Jackets 21st Overall


I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Literally no one. Even the Sportsnet broadcast seemed caught totally off-guard. He was a re-entry into the draft after being passed over last season. He finished 5th in scoring in the MHL (Russian junior hockey). His calling card