NHL: The NHL Draft’s Top Eight Picks for 2020 Offseason

The NHL did its ridiculous draft lottery on Friday night. Because of it, there will have to be a second drawing for the number one pick when the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over.

The Mock Drafts for the top eight picks have already begun. Obviously, the number one pick is to be decided, but all of the experts are saying the number one pick is going to be Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL). He scored 35 goals and recorded 77 assists, in 52 games. His plus/minus was 41.

Lafreniere is going to be the heart and soul of one of these franchises one day. He is considered to be a once in a generational talent.

Picks 2-4

2. Los Angeles Kings- Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL): In 45 games played with Sudbury, he scored 32 goals and recorded 50 assists. His plus/minus was 26. The Los Angeles Kings have one of the better prospect pools in all of the NHL.

Los Angeles probably won’t be a playoff team in 2020-2021 under Todd McLellan. It will probably be in 2021-2022 where they get back there.

3. Ottawa Senators (from the San Jose Sharks)- Tim Stutzle, LW, Manheim Eagles (DEL). This is one of Ottawa’s first two picks in the Top 5. Ottawa is trying to build a foundation for the future with all of the draft picks they have accumulated. Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot are some of the cornerstone pieces for the future and they are going to need more here.

Stutzle is going to be good, but he needs time to develop. He played in 41 games last season and Tim Stutzle scored seven goals and recorded 27 assists. His plus/minus was 4.

4. Detroit Red Wings- Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie Otters (OHL): The Detroit Red Wings need a puck possessor on the back end. General Manager Steve Yzerman knows a thing or two about that because he played with a teammate called Nikolas Kronwall. Drysdale played in 49 games with Erie last season. He scored nine goals and recorded 39 assists. His plus/minus was 9.

Picks 5-6

5. Ottawa Senators- Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL): The Ottawa Senators will be able to draft a guy who they saw play a lot in juniors. Rossi has offensive firepower and they need all of the cornerstone pieces they can get for the future.

He played in 56 games with them last season. Marco Rossi scored 39 goals and recorded 81 assists. His plus/minus was 69.

6. Anaheim Ducks- Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda HC (SHL): In 33 games played with them last season, he scored four goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was 6. Raymond is going to need more time to develop.

The Anaheim Ducks are in a rebuild mode with Sam Steel, Troy Terry, and Sonny Milano. Anaheim is still a couple of years away from being a relevant contender again.

Picks 7-8

7. New Jersey Devils- Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw Spirit (OHL): Perfetti played in 61 games with Saginaw last season. He scored 37 goals and recorded 74 assists. His plus/minus was 49.

Cole Perfetti is a solid offensive player. They also have Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. They will have new management as well. If they land the number one pick from the Arizona Coyotes from the Taylor Hall trade at the trade deadline, they have no more excuses for development.

8. Buffalo Sabres- Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa 67’s (OHL): The Buffalo Sabres are in a tough spot here. Nothing has worked for them recently and they have not been to the playoffs since 2011. They lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games that season as the seventh seed.

Buffalo ever since hasn’t gotten out of its own way. General Manager Jason Botterill and others were fired. The Sabres are starting from scratch in the front office and they have not drafted well other than Jack Eichel and maybe Rasmus Dahlin and maybe Casey Mittelstadt.

Quinn was Rossi’s teammate in juniors. Jack Quinn played in 62 games and he scored 52 goals and recorded 37 assists. His plus/minus was 48. As an 18-year old, he has a lot of room to develop. Quinn could be a good right-winger down the line with Jack Eichel one day if Eichel isn’t traded for more picks or if Buffalo doesn’t trade down from this selection. The Buffalo Sabres need a lot of help in this rebuild though.

What do you think of this NHL Mock Draft for the first eight picks? Leave a comment below.

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