While the 2020 NHL is not taking place until next June, it is never too early to look at some of the top talent that will be available in Montreal for the draft. The 2020 class already looks to be better than this 2019 one at first glance.

There is a clear favorite to go first overall in Alexis Lafreniere. After Lafreniere, there is an argument for any of the next four or fivee players to go second overall. In total, you can argue that about 15 players have the potential to be a top 10 pick.

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These are just my early rankings and I plan to have more in depth scouting reports for the majority of these players throughout the season leading up to the draft. This list will also grow and change quite often for the next 360+ days.

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Rank                 Name                  Position             Team                         League

1 Alexis Lafreniere LW Rimouski QMJHL
2 Quinton Byfield C Sudbury OHL
3 Alexander Holtz RW Djurgarden J20 Super elit
4 Lucas Raymond RW Frolunda J20 Super elit
5 Jamie Drysdale D Erie OHL
6 Anton Lundell C HIFK Liiga
7 Justin Barron D Halifax QMJHL
8 Noel Gunler RW Lulea J20 Super elit
9 Cole Perfetti C Saginaw OHL
10 Marco Rossi C Ottawa OHL
11 Tim Stutzle C Mannheim DEL
12 Dylan Holloway C Okotoks AJHL
13 Hendrix Lapierre C Chicoutimi QMJHL
14 Yaroslav Askarov G St. Petersburg MHL
15 Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor OHL
16 Antonio Stranges C London OHL
17 Connor McClennon RW Kootenay WHL
18 Tyler Kleven D USNTDP USDP
19 Zion Nybeck RW HV71 J20 SuperElit
20 Dylan Peterson C USNTDP 17 USDP
21 Theo Rochette C Chicoutimi QMJHL
22 Jan Mysak C Litvinov Czech
23 Kaiden Guhle D Prince Albert WHL
24 Luke Tuch LW USNTDP USDP
25 Ty Smilanic C USNTDP USDP
26 Jacob Perreault C Sarnia OHL
27 Dawson Mercer RW Drummondville QMJHL
28 Braden Schneider D Brandon WHL
29 Mavrik Bourque C Cataractes QMJHL
30 Kasper Simontaival RW Tappara Jr. A sm-Liiga
31 Connor Zary C Kamloops WHL
32 Emil Andrae D HV71 J20 SuperElit
33 Jeremie Poirier D Saint John QMJHL
34 Jake Neighbours LW Edmonton WHL
35 Daniil Guschin LW Muskegeon USHL
36 Veeti Miettinen RW Blues Jr. A sm-Liiga
37 Alexander Nikishin LW Edmonton WHL
38 Jaromir Pytlik C Sault Ste. Marie OHL
39 Lleyton Moore D Niagara OHL
40 Roni Hirvonen C Blues Jr. A sm-Liiga

 

Chris Bugajsky covers the Dallas Stars, the NHL and the NHL Draft for Full Press Coverage. Follow Chris on twitter @CBugajsky14.

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