This article is part of our NHL Draft series.
It's like Christmas in October for us avid prospect followers.
The (virtual edition) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft begins Tuesday, October 6. With both the NHL Scouting Combine and in-person prospect visits cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this promises to be unlike any draft we have ever seen before.
My overall prospect rankings for the draft can be found here – RotoWire's Top NHL Prospects
In this piece, I'll let loose with what I think each club will do in what should be a wild affair.
1- New York Rangers: Alexis Lafreniere (LW, Rimouski-QMJHL): A rebuild takes a lot of patience and some good luck along the way. The Rangers were swept in three games by Carolina in the play-in round but will get rewarded with an elite prospect in Lafreniere. This is the only pick on this list I am extremely confident will be correct.
2- Los Angeles Kings: Quinton Byfield (C, Sudbury-OHL): People smarter than myself think the Kings will go with the player listed next, but I'll believe it when I see it. Byfield has more risk to his game than your typical top-three pick but his ceiling is that of one of the very best players in the league. Los Angeles has the prospect pool to shoot for the moon.
3- Ottawa Senators (from San Jose): Tim Stutzle (LW, Adler Manheim-DEL): This is the easiest pick in the draft other than Lafreniere. Ottawa (with the pick acquired in the Erik Karlsson deal) will just