NHL Central Scouting releases final rankings for 2020 Draft

 

By @MichaelCaples –

NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft, and there are plenty of Michigan names on the list.

For the Red Wings’ portion of the rankings, here’s a look at the top four players – the top three North Americans and the No. 1 European – since Detroit is guaranteed a top-four pick whenever the draft ends up taking place:

North American skaters

No. 1 – Alexis Lafreniere

The expected No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, Lafreniere led the QMJHL with 112 points in 59 games played. He was the MVP and top forward in the 2020 World Juniors, and was the CHL player of the year in 2018-19.

No. 2 – Quinton Byfield

He’s been moving up and down on projection lists, but this time, Byfield checks in at No. 2 – at least among North American skaters. Last year’s OHL and CHL rookie of the year led his Sudbury Wolves with 82 points in 45 games in 2019-2020.

No. 3 – Jamie Drysdale

At No. 3, Drysdale ranked 13th among OHL defensemen with 47 points in 49 games in 2019-2020. He was a member of the Team Canada squad that won gold at the World Juniors.

International skaters

No. 1 – Tim Stuetzle

Competing with Byfield for the No. 2 spot in the actual draft, Stuetzle was named rookie of the year in Germany’s top league with 34 points in 41 games. He would be the third German-born and trained player picked in the top 10, joining Leon Draisaitl and the Red Wings’ own Moritz Seider.

Michigan names (skaters)

No. 4 – Jake Sanderson – Defenseman – NTDP

No. 5 – Cole Perfetti – Center – Saginaw Spirit

No. 20 – Brendan Brisson – Center – Chicago Steel (Michigan commit)

No. 24 – Ty Smilanic – Center – NTDP (Belle Tire, Little Caesars alum)

No. 29 – Thomas Bordeleau – Center – NTDP (Michigan commit)

No. 40 – Luke Tuch – Left Wing – NTDP

No. 41 – Danil Gushchin – Left Wing – Muskegon Lumberjacks

No. 42 – Tyler Kleven – Defenseman – NTDP

No. 43 – Dylan Peterson – Center – NTDP

No. 44 – Brock Faber – Defenseman – NTDP

No. 45 – Brett Berard – Left Wing – NTDP

No. 49 – Mitchell Miller – Defenseman – Tri-City Storm (HoneyBaked, Compuware alum)

No. 51 – Eamon Powell – Defenseman – NTDP

No. 56 – Antonio Stranges – Left Wing – London Knights (Plymouth native)

No. 62 – Sean Farrell – Center – Chicago Steel (NTDP alum)

No. 67 – Tanner Dickinson – Center – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, Belle Tire, Victory Honda alum)

No. 68 – Jacob Truscott – Defenseman – NTDP (Port Huron native, Michigan commit)

No. 77 – Ethan Edwards – Defenseman – Spruce Grove Saints (Michigan commit)

No. 82 (International Skater Rankings) – Victor Mancini – Defenseman – Frolunda Jr. (Saginaw native)

No. 88 – Landon Slaggert – Left Wing – NTDP

No. 92 – Chase Yoder – Center – NTDP

No. 102 – Ryder Rolston – Right Wing – Waterloo Black Hawks (Birmingham native, NTDP alum)

No. 104 – Carson Bantle – Left Wing – Madison Capitols (Michigan Tech commit)

No. 109 – Yevgeni Oksentyuk – Left Wing – Flint Firebirds

No. 125 – Kristof Papp – Center – Des Moines Buccaneers (Michigan State commit, HoneyBaked and Belle Tire alum)

No. 142 – Danny Weight – Center – Penticton Vees (NTDP alum)

No. 157 – Daniel Laatsch – Defenseman – NTDP

No. 159 – Ben Schoen – Center – Youngstown Phantoms (Little Caesars alum)

No. 162 – Declan Carlile – Defenseman – Merrimack (Hartland native)

No. 185 – Cameron Berg – Center – Muskegon Lumberjacks

No. 186 – Kienan Draper – Right Wing – St. Andrews College (Birmingham native)

No. 199 – Zakary Karpa – Center – NTDP (HoneyBaked alum)

No. 200 – Austen Swankler – Center – Erie Otters (Oakland Jr. Grizzlies alum)

No. 204 – Hank Kempf – Defenseman – Muskegon Lumberjacks

No. 206 – Hunter McKown – Center – NTDP

Limited Viewing – Michael Gildon – Left Wing – Ohio State (NTDP alum)

Michigan names (goaltenders)

No. 2 – Drew Commesso – NTDP

No. 15 – Noah Grannan – NTDP

No. 25 – Cameron Rowe – Des Moines Buccaneers (NTDP alum)

No. 31 – Mack Guzda – Owen Sound Attack (HoneyBaked alum)

 

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