This article is part of our NHL Draft series.
The official date of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has yet to be determined. This year's proceedings figure to be even wackier than usual given the fact the NHL Draft Scouting Combine, along with in-person team visits and interviews were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ten-or-so prospects appear to be spoken for but this draft has the potential to go off the rails once we get to the later stages of the lottery. Players with medical concerns would appear to be at additional risk of dropping due to the fact NHL clubs couldn't schedule visits with their own individual doctors.
Our annual ranking of the top available prospects is below.
(Note: This is NOT a mock draft, nor does it take any team needs into account)
1) Alexis Lafreniere (LW, Rimouski-QMJHL): Lafreniere was anointed as the top 2020 draft prospect at least a couple seasons ago and has managed to hold on to that distinction throughout the draft process. In fact, he has played remarkably consistent hockey throughout his junior career. In short, he's a complete offensive player with the ability to adapt his game to whomever he is playing with. Lafreniere has pretty good size (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and he competes. He hunts down pucks, and in general, makes life miserable for opposing defenders. He is a left-handed shot who plays the left side. He's an excellent playmaker with elite offensive awareness. In the clip below, he dances a pair of defenders before setting