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So I've started superficially familiarizing myself with some of the top names in the 2020 draft class.

Everyone is in agreement that Lafreniere is the current top dog, but some feel Quinton Byfield might be able to overtake him...

https://dobberprospects.com/2020-nhl-draft-rankings-november-2018/

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The first overall race in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will likely end up being between two Canadians, Alexis Lafrenière from the Rimouski Océanic in the QMJHL, and Quinton Byfield from the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL. Both players were drafted first overall to their major junior leagues, and both players have been impact players immediately upon their arrival. Canada’s latest first overall pick in the NHL draft was Connor McDavid in 2015, and there’s very little chance 2019 changes things. But the 2020 draft is a different story. They’re not McDavid level talents but both look like above average first overall picks in the NHL draft.

Byfield has all the tools to become a dominant No. 1 center in the NHL. He’s 10 months younger than Lafrenière and it wouldn’t be surprising if Byfield took over the top spot in my rankings at some point. He’s a beast at junior level, and has the upside to be a beast in the NHL as well. But for now, I need to see him play at a high level for a longer period of time, and I want to see more consistency from him. What Lafrenière did during his rookie season in the ‘Q’ (42 goals and 80 points in 60) was unbelievable, and his second season is off to a great start as well (12 goals and 35 points in 20 games). Byfield has the tools to get to that level but for now, he’s sitting comfortably at number two.

https://thepuckauthority.com/the-historic-talent-of-the-2020-nhl-entry-draft/

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The way Byfield plays is almost indescribable. Byfield is an absolute freak of an athlete. At 15 years old, he clocked in at 6’4” (192cm) and 214 lbs (97kg).

He is enormous and built like a truck. Byfield’s athletic ability is like none we have ever seen. Even though he is so big, Byfield is an amazing skater.

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He has great acceleration and can get up to top speed in no time at all. At top speed he is unstoppable, he’s incredibly fast and if he can’t get around you he’ll go through you. When a defender has 214 lbs of pure muscle coming at him at that speed, there is nothing he can do.

Not only is Byfield big and fast, but he’s also extremely skilled. He has great hands, but also a booming shot. His strength allows him to have a quick release and a super powerful shot.

Lastly, Byfield is a very smart player. He doesn’t quite have the vision or hockey IQ of Lafreniére, but it’s very good none the less.

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Every scout, analyst, etc. will tell you Lafreniére is the uncontested 1st overall pick. But when you look at each of their games, Byfield stands out as the better player. The only problem is that Lafreniére has already accomplished so much while Byfield was still playing youth hockey.

With all that Lafreniére has done, it’s hard to say Byfield is better at this point. Keep in mind that Byfield is only a month too old to be eligible for the 2021 draft. Lafreniére is 10 months older than Byfield.

As Byfield gets to play on the same stage as Lafreniére he could prove that he’s the guy that should have been the one at the U18s, Hlinka, and in the OHL.

Lucas Raymond seems like a better Zadina...

https://www.espn.com/nhl/insider/story/_/id/27059799/20-2020-way-too-early-nhl-draft-rankings

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Raymond is probably the biggest threat to Lafreniere at this point. The exceptionally skilled and smart forward has played beyond his years for a while now. His 48 points were the most ever by a U17 player in Sweden's top U20 league. Only four players who appeared in 20 or more games in the SuperElit had more than Raymond's 1.30 points per game, and two of them are the Sedin twins. Raymond (now 17) also appeared in 10 SHL games at 16 years old last season before putting up eight points in seven games at U18 worlds. In the final game of that tournament, Raymond completed a hat trick in overtime to hand Sweden its historic first-ever World U18 gold. He's a special talent.

Anton Lundell appears to be this draft's elite two-way centerman. Dude put up 19 points in 39 games in the Liiga. That's the league Kakko played in this past season.

There are some other guys, but the above three -- Byfield, Raymond, Lundell -- stand out to me the most right now. Well, and Lafreniere, of course.

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1 hour ago, Dabura said:

So I've started superficially familiarizing myself with some of the top names in the 2020 draft class.

Everyone is in agreement that Lafreniere is the current top dog, but some feel Quinton Byfield might be able to overtake him...

Byfield will have a "chance" to surpass Lafreniere for the top pick next year, the same way Kakko had a "chance" to surpass Hughes as the top pick this year... Not going to happen.

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9 hours ago, Dabura said:

So I've started superficially familiarizing myself with some of the top names in the 2020 draft class.

Everyone is in agreement that Lafreniere is the current top dog, but some feel Quinton Byfield might be able to overtake him...

https://dobberprospects.com/2020-nhl-draft-rankings-november-2018/

https://thepuckauthority.com/the-historic-talent-of-the-2020-nhl-entry-draft/

Lucas Raymond seems like a better Zadina...

https://www.espn.com/nhl/insider/story/_/id/27059799/20-2020-way-too-early-nhl-draft-rankings

Anton Lundell appears to be this draft's elite two-way centerman. Dude put up 19 points in 39 games in the Liiga. That's the league Kakko played in this past season.

There are some other guys, but the above three -- Byfield, Raymond, Lundell -- stand out to me the most right now. Well, and Lafreniere, of course.

Nice try Russian bot

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20 hours ago, krsmith17 said:

Byfield will have a "chance" to surpass Lafreniere for the top pick next year, the same way Kakko had a "chance" to surpass Hughes as the top pick this year... Not going to happen.

11 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

Nice try Russian bot

Le Friend Yay everyday

pffft

I'm cultivating HYPE! in a non-reckless manner. We can't put all our HYPE! eggs in one basket. We need to invest in multiple fantasy scenarios so as to avoid total heartbreak and a rapid descent into crippling alcoholism.

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1 hour ago, Dabura said:

pffft

I'm cultivating HYPE! in a non-reckless manner. We can't put all our HYPE! eggs in one basket. We need to invest in multiple fantasy scenarios so as to avoid total heartbreak and a rapid descent into crippling alcoholism.

It's a nice list, don't listen to him. 

Unfortunately, I don't think any of those guys will be available at 31.

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7 hours ago, Dabura said:

pffft

I'm cultivating HYPE! in a non-reckless manner. We can't put all our HYPE! eggs in one basket. We need to invest in multiple fantasy scenarios so as to avoid total heartbreak and a rapid descent into crippling alcoholism.

Detroit drops from 4 to 1.  Ottawa drops from 2 to 5.  Edmonton drops from 3 to 6.  Chicago wins from 15th slot.  LA Kings jump up fom 6 to 2.  New York Rangers jump up from 12 to 3.

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On 7/7/2019 at 5:49 PM, Dabura said:

So I've started superficially familiarizing myself with some of the top names in the 2020 draft class.

 Everyone is in agreement that Lafreniere is the current top dog, but some feel Quinton Byfield might be able to overtake him...

https://dobberprospects.com/2020-nhl-draft-rankings-november-2018/

https://thepuckauthority.com/the-historic-talent-of-the-2020-nhl-entry-draft/

Lucas Raymond seems like a better Zadina...

https://www.espn.com/nhl/insider/story/_/id/27059799/20-2020-way-too-early-nhl-draft-rankings

Anton Lundell appears to be this draft's elite two-way centerman. Dude put up 19 points in 39 games in the Liiga. That's the league Kakko played in this past season.

There are some other guys, but the above three -- Byfield, Raymond, Lundell -- stand out to me the most right now. Well, and Lafreniere, of course.

Who'll be available 4-6, that's likely as high as we'll ever draft under the "fair", "transparent" lotto system.

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