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Fantasy Summary

Tantalizing mix of speed, skill, and strength. Projects as a superstar pivot.


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October 2020 – The Los Angeles Kings latest first-round selection Quinton Byfield has inked a three-year entry-level contract with the team. The second overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be given the opportunity to force his way onto the team out of training camp, however, it is more likely that Byfield will return to Junior for another year. With the Kings’ deep prospect pool it is likely they take their time with Byfield’s development and give him the best opportunity to succeed once the franchise is on the upswing from the rebuild. Julian Mongillo

October 2020 – Byfield was drafted second overall by the Kings. Byfield was second on most pre-draft rankings, so it does not come as a surprise. Byfield could push for an NHL spot right away but could also benefit from more time in the OHL. His long-term upside is among the highest in this draft class.  Jokke Nevalainen

July 2020 – Quinton Byfield dealt with injuries a couple of times this season and had his year shortened because of the pandemic but his 1.82 points-per-game finished tied with Cole Perfetti for fifth in the OHL. Only league leader Marco Rossi finished ahead of him among draft-eligible players. He recorded three-plus points in 13 of his 45 contests and reached the five-point mark on two occasions. There were flashes of dominance throughout the season and yet there still seems to be so much left to unearth in Byfield’s game. His combination of size, skating, and skill give him a truly unique package that could make him the best player in the 2020 NHL Draft. Byfield has the ability to be a difference-maker in all areas of the game. Should he be given a proper chance to develop with a smart team and highly attentive development staff, Byfield has the chance to be one of the best centers in the NHL. The Sudbury Wolves star had some struggles this season to be sure but the still 17-year-old is one of the youngest members of the 2020 draft. His production at this stage of his development is special. Having anyone else as your number two, fantasy or otherwise, may look like a silly decision in a couple of years’ time. Tony Ferrari

February 2020 – After a less-than-stellar performance at the WJC (mostly due to a severe lack of ice time) Byfield has returned to Sudbury and done what he always does – rack up major point totals. The massive pivot prospect currently sits 10th in OHL scoring with 74 points in just 40 contests. While there are likely several players who are better than he is at this moment, his age coupled with his massive potential make him a near shoo-in to go second overall when the draft begins this June. He’ll be a player to target early in all league types. Cam Robinson

November 2019 – The towering 17-year-old has been utterly dominant early on this season. His 39 points in 21 contests sit second in the OHL thus far. The scariest part of Byfield’s game is how quickly he adapts and improves. The upside has always been drool-worthy, but as we begin to witness him slowly scratch the surface of that potential it becomes all the more impressive. Go get those lottery picks. And if you miss out on first overall, you’re not settling. Byfield will be a major difference-maker and a potential cornerstone piece before he leaves his teens. Cam Robinson

July 2019 – The reigning CHL Rookie of the Year is also one of the younger prospects eligible for the 2020 draft. Despite his age, his physical tools are already light years ahead of his peers. Byfield possesses freakish strength to go along with speed, skill, and the processing speed necessary to thrive. He’ll be a major part of the Canadian squad at the Hlinka and U18 Worlds and will push for a spot at the U20 World Junior Championships. If there is one player who can challenge Alexis Lafreniére for the top spot in this class, it’s Byfield. Cam Robinson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 10.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 19, 2002
Height 6‘4”
Weight 215 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 2

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 York Simcoe Express U15 AAAETAHL U1533 47 61108 40|        
  York Simcoe Express U16 AAAOHL Cup1 0 11 0|        
  York Simcoe Express U15 AAAOHF Bantam AAA8 6 814 4|        
  York Simcoe Express U16 AAAETAHL U164 1 34 0|        
  Oshawa Generals Selects U15WSI U159 11 819 19|        
 2017-2018 York Simcoe Express U16 AAAETAHL U1634 48 4492 24|Playoffs6 7 512
  Milton MenaceOJHL1 1 12 0|        
  York Simcoe Express U16 AAAOHL Cup6 4 37 2|        
  Team OMHA Black OGC-164 2 35 8|        
 2018-2019 Sudbury WolvesOHL64 29 3261 38|Playoffs8 3 58 16 
  Team Black U17-Dev- - -- -|        
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 2 13 12|        
 2019-2020 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 3 25 4|        
  Sudbury WolvesOHL45 32 5082 44|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 22 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 11 4|        
 2020-2021 Los Angeles KingsNHL- - -- -|        

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