It’s quite different typing this up in October rather than late June, but we’re finally here folks, the 2020 NHL Draft is just a couple of weeks away which means it’s draft board time. We last did this exercise back in 2018 where the Flyers held two first round picks and selected Joel Farabee along with Jay O’Brien. This year, it shapes up to be a far less spicy first round, with the Flyers holding just one pick at 23rd overall.
In case you missed our draft board in 2018, let’s go over a quick rundown of how this is going to work. Each day we’ll post a profile on a draft prospect voted on by you the readers, at the end of each post will be a poll of who you’d most like the Flyers to take if they were all available. So at the bottom of this post you’ll see a poll, you’ll vote on that, and the top two vote getters will be featured the following day.
With that said, we’ll be starting the voting for number two on the draft board since we all know Alexis Lafreniere is going to be a Ranger. None of us are happy about it, and we’d like to act as if it wasn’t happening if we’re being honest. So, you’ll vote for numbers two and three who will run the following day, and so on and so forth.
If you aren’t aware of why Lafreniere is going to be the first overall pick, you’re in luck! Our very own Drew did a profile on him which you can find here, to give you a full rundown of the star from the QMJHL. Here’s a brief excerpt from said article:
He is incredibly creative with the puck on his stick, and due to being a big body with some decent strength, it’s difficult to take the puck off him as a defender. He combines that with unpredictability in his dangles and moves to embarrass teams on a nightly basis. Even when he has bad games, he has good games. Lafreniere may be best known for his passing, and ability to spot a seam at even strength and the power play, but he has a very good shot that is explosive and accurate to a tee. In the highlight below, for the first goal, you can see just how good his shot is.
Now to get into the good stuff, the players you the community will vote on to see next. Let’s get right into it.
Quinton Byfield — C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL) — 32 G, 50 A in 45 GP
The last strength I’ll touch on is his hockey sense, especially because that’s what makes Lafrenière such a special talent, and since I’ve seen some reports of people doubting Byfield’s ability here. In the offensive zone, Byfield has the ability to utilize his physical tools in space, and is consistently looking to send pucks into dangerous areas of the ice. He’s creative, using the boards and even the back of the net to his advantage. His defensive game, though, especially as a younger player, is underrated. It’s a common concern among young players to have to work on their defensive game. It’s currently Stützle’s big knock, and a relative strength of Byfield and Raymond’s. We often talk about how quality of teammates can impact a player’s offensive production, but it has a similar effect defensively, too. That Byfield has been Sudbury’s lone star means that he’s consistently given tough matchups and has had to learn to play in all-situations to give his team a chance to win. He backchecks consistently, is actively involved in breakups and puck retrievals, and his long reach helps him pursue pucks and interfere with passing lanes. It’s this aspect of his game that makes him more “NHL ready” than his offensive ability.
— via Silver Seven Sens
Marco Rossi — C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) — 39 G, 81 A in 56 GP
What puts Rossi over the top of other forward prospects is the praise he gets for his defensive game. Defense may be teachable but someone who gets a lot of it right at age 18 is already ahead of the curve. Reading and seeing that Rossi can contribute through applying pressure, back checking, and making zone exits happen to help his defense will help him get a spot on a team sooner rather than later in pro hockey. Whereas NHL coaches struggle with some young players because they can be exposed in defensive situations, this may not be an issue for Rossi going forward. I believe that is why he is deservedly ranked among the top players in this year’s draft class.
— via All About the Jersey
Cole Perfetti — C, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) — 37 G, 74 A in 61 GP
Cole Perfetti is a very good prospect who has a lot of high-end elements to his game. A great shot and playmaking ability, along with elite awareness and vision in the offensive zone that complements his decent skating ability to make him into a well-rounded and dynamic offensive threat. While some teams may be slightly scared off by questions over his size, or whether or not he can play center at the NHL level, there is absolutely no doubting the high-end skill that Perfetti possesses, and whichever team that selects him will be getting a very intelligent and exciting offensive dynamo who has a good chance to develop into a bona fide top-line scorer in the NHL.
— via Hockey Wilderness
Lucas Raymond — RW/LW, Frölunda HC (SHL) — 4 G, 6 A in 33 GP
Raymond’s hockey IQ is high and it’s most apparent in his vision for the game, which is extremely good. So good, in fact, that he will replace Frölunda’s scoring leader, Ryan Lasch, on the first power play, and Coach Rönnberg might possibly use him on the first line during five-on-five play. Raymond has a great shot and can place it more or less where he wants. The fact that his shot is so good means that defenders go hard into Raymond’s sphere to take away the opportunity. However, this means that Raymond can use his mind, vision, and hands to spring a teammate in an open slot with a flick of his wrists.
— via Habs Eyes on the Prize
Please use your vote below to answer the following question: If all of the players listed were available when the Flyers were on the clock, who would you want them to pick?
Who should be No. 2 on the 2020 BSH Community Board?
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