No. 1 – Alexis Lafrenière, Detroit Red Wings
After a stellar World Junior Hockey Championship for Canada back in January, Alexis Lafrenière solidified his status as the No. 1 pick in this year’s upcoming NHL draft. The 6’1” Center for the Rimouski Océanic has a combination of elite passing, scoring ability, and has a physical edge. Whoever ends up getting the first overall pick would be making a huge mistake if they select anyone other than the Quebec, Ontario native.
No. 2 – Quinton Byfield, Ottawa Senators
Also repping the red and white for Team Canada at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship, Quinton Byfield is a player that any team would love to have. Byfield has an unfair combination of size and skating ability, and has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Evgeni Malkin. Byfield is only 17 years old and will be tearing up the league for years to come.
No. 3 – Jamie Drysdale, Ottawa Senators
Coming in as the best defenceman in the draft, Jamie Drysdale is an elite puck-moving defenceman with a lethal slapshot from the blueline. Drysdale was a key piece in Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2020 WJHC, and whichever team drafts the Toronto native is set to get a stellar defenceman with incredible hockey IQ.
No. 4 – Tim Stützle, Los Angeles Kings
A native of Viersen, Germany, Tim Stützle is an elite scoring forward. Stützle is set to become only the 10th player currently playing in the NHL born in Germany. With the Los Angeles Kings projected to get this pick, Stützle is exactly the kind of player that team needs — a young forward who knows how to put the puck in the net. Stützle would really help the Kings with their rebuild.
No. 5 – Lucas Raymond, Anaheim Ducks
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lucas Raymond has played the last several years in the Swedish Hockey League. Raymond is a speedy winger with a lethal shot and terrific skating ability. Lucas Raymond would be a great, young addition to the aging Ducks roster.