The time has finally come, the real playoffs are starting and the top of the draft is set. Winning the 2020 Phase 2 first overall selection is the New York Rangers! They, along with Minnesota, Winnipeg, Nashville, Edmonton, Florida, Toronto, and Pittsburgh all had a 12.5% chance at landing the top pick.
End of the day this is a big win for the NHL and the Colorado Avalanche. The NHL get a potential superstar winger in Lafrenière right at their doorstep in New York. Los Angeles will get a potential star for the west coast and all of this right before new TV deals will be negotiated. Also, Colorado is a big winner as well. For one, Lafrenière will not be in the Central Division. He won’t be in the West, and most importantly, as if we haven’t forgotten, Detroit lost with a awful record so he isn’t going to the Motor City either!
The order of the first 15 picks in the draft will go as follows with a possible suggestion on who they should take (team’s 2019 top picks in parentheses).
1) New York Rangers – Alexis Lafrenière (Kaapo Kakko 2nd)
2) Los Angeles – Quinton Byfield (Alex Turcotte 5th, Tobias Bjornfot 22nd)
3) Ottawa (via SJ) – Tim Stutzle (Lassi Thomson 19th)
4) Detroit – Cole Perfetti (Moritz Seider 6th)
5) Ottawa – Lucas Raymond (Lassi Thomson 19th)
6) Anaheim – Jamie Drysdale (Trevor Zegras 10th, Brayden Tracey 29th)
7) New Jersey – Alexander Holtz (Jake Hughes 1st)
8) Buffalo – Marco Rossi (Dylan Cozens 7th)
9) Minnesota - Anton Lundell (Blake Boldy 12th)
10) Winnipeg – Connor Zary (Villi Henola 20th)
11) Nashville – Yaroslav Askarov (Philip Tomasino 24th)
12) Florida – Jake Sanderson (Spencer Knight 13th)
13) Carolina (from Toronto) – Hendrix LaPierre (Ryan Suzuki 28th)
14) Edmonton – Dawson Mercer (Philip Broberg 8th)
15) Pittsburgh (opt to Minnesota) – Dylan Holloway (Samuel Poulin 21st)