Prospect Ramblings – My January 2020 Draft Rankings

by Pat Quinn on January 17, 2020

 

 

Welcome to my Friday ramblings as I could not get this out on Thursday because, like I said in December, when I posted my original rankings (found HERE) that narrowing these down to 31 stresses me out. However, here I am again, high stress and all to bring you my new rankings! I have also made it 50 so it is less stressful, and added what the players were ranked previously.

 

 

These rankings will be just my opinion, from what I have watched and read, of the top 31 prospects for the 2020 NHL draft

 

 

Also, before we start here is my #GoodTweet of the week:

 

Wow this is a lot for an older player. Seems like a "thanks for that super low AAV contract earlier" type of deal.
Backstrom also seems like one of those players who's game will age very well https://t.co/oTkYsqkHRg

— Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) January 14, 2020

 

 

January top 31 rankings (with tiers):

 

 

Tier 1

 

  1. Alexis Lafreniere, LW (Previous 1)

 

 

Tier 2

 

  1. Quinton Byfield, C (Previous 2)

 

 

Tier 3

 

  1. Lucas Raymond, RW/LW (Previous 3)
  2. Marco Rossi, C (Previous 7)
  3. Tim Stutzle, C/W (Previous 8)
  4. Cole Perfetti, C/LW (Previous 4)
  5. Alexander Holtz, RW/LW (Previous 5)
  6. Anton Lundell, C/LW (Previous 6)

 

 

Tier 4

 

  1. Jamie Drysdale, D (Previous 10)
  2. Noel Gunler, RW/LW (Previous 12)
  3. Jan Mysak, LW (Previous 13)
  4. Rodion Amirov, LW (Previous 9)
  5. Dylan Holloway, C (Previous 11)
  6. Dawson Mercer, RW (Previous 17)

 

 

Tier 5

 

  1. Hendrix Lapierre, C (Previous 14)
  2. Connor Zary, C (Previous 15)
  3. Justin Barron, D (Previous 20)
  4. Jeremie Poirier, D (Previous 16)
  5. Mavrik Bourque, C (Previous 18)
  6. Yaroslav Askarov, G (Previous 21)

 

 

Tier 6

 

  1. Jean-Luc Foudy, C (Previous 22)
  2. Jake Sanderson, D (Previous 19)
  3. Jacob Perreault, C (Previous 25)
  4. Braden Schneider, D (Previous 24)
  5. Jack Quinn, RW (Previous 29)
  6. Zion Nybeck, RW (Previous 26)
  7. Kaiden Guhle, D (Previous 28)
  8. Ty Smilanic, C/W (Previous 30)
  9. Justin Sourdif, RW (Previous 23)
  10. Antonio Stranges, C/LW (Previous 27)
  11. William Wallinder, D (Previous 32)

 

 

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RIP Neil Peart. Rush was such a great band I was able to see them three times and even got to see the last tour they did! At least live performances live on, well and the music too.

 

 

 

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Keeping consistent with my previous rankings I will still go to a top 50, and they can be considered Tier 7

 

  1. Shakir Mukhamadullin, D (Previous 31)
  2. Lukas Reichel, LW (Previous 47)
  3. Jake Neighbours, LW (Previous 42)
  4. Jaromir Pytlik, C (Previous 33)
  5. Ryan O’Rourke, D (Previous 41)
  6. Roni Hirvonen, C (Previous 34)
  7. Vasili Ponomaryov, C (Previous 40)
  8. Eemil Viro, D (Previous 37)
  9. Seth Jarvis, RW (Previously NR)
  10. Daniil Gushchin, RW (Previous 38)
  11. Marat Khusnutdinov, C (Previously NR)
  12. Topi Niemela, D (Previous 45)
  13. Kasper Simontaival, RW (Previous 36)
  14. Theodor Niederbach, C (Previous 44)
  15. Thomas Bordeleau, C (Previous 39)
  16. Lukas Cormier, D (Previous 43)
  17. Emil Andrae, D (Previous 35)
  18. John-Jason Peterka, RW (Previous 48)
  19. Alexander Pashin, RW (Previous 46)

 

 

Falling out of my top 50:

 

  • Carter Savoie, LW (Previous 49)
  • Jack Thompson, D (Previous 50)

 

 

Notes

 

  • Tiers 5-7 are all extremely close, the only thing separating them is that Askarov could be a star net minder and that first round picks get consistent chances to become NHLers while second round picks have a much shorter leash
    • Reminder: I do not rank goalies very high
  • I keep being more and more impressed with Marco Rossi, Jan Mysak, and Antonio Stranges over the past month plus

 

 

Largest Riser

  • First round – Jack Quinn, RW
  • Second round – Lukas Reichel, LW

 

 

Largest Faller

  • First round – Justin Sourdif, RW
  • Second round – Emil Andrae, D

 

 

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