2020 NHL Draft Ranking: September’s Top-31

Although the 2020 NHL Draft remains 10 months away, the time has come to unveil our second Draft Ranking of the 2019-20 season — September’s Top-31 Prospects.

With pre-season hockey well underway and the 2019-20 regular season upon us, the time has come to unveil our 2020 NHL Draft Ranking for the month of September.

Since publishing our off-season 2020 NHL Draft Ranking in June, a great deal of change has taken place. Although the NHL Draft itself remains a whopping ten months away, prospects eligible for the upcoming Entry Draft have already begun to battle for seeding as they enter into what will be arguably the most important campaign of their respective playing careers… to date.

Related: All NHL Draft Rankings

For most, the first opportunity to impress during the 2019-20 campaign came during the annual Hlinka Gretzky Cup — a tournament held in early August which saw Team Russia claim the Gold Medal over Team Canada in a hard-fought championship game. All throughout the event, players from eight powerhouse hockey nations strove to showcase their unique abilities while establishing themselves as high-end NHL prospects. For some players, excellent showings in the event allowed them to vault up various draft rankings, while others stumbled in the spotlight and have slipped slightly as a result.

Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Cole Perfetti wasted little time before establishing himself as a premier talent eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. (Photo Credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

However, it is important to remember that players are evaluated over the course of the entire season rather than during strictly one tournament alone. This reality will allow a vast numbers of prospects to dramatically improve their skills and abilities ahead of the the 2020 NHL Draft — after all, everyone develops at a different pace both physically an technically.

With this being said, let’s dive into September’s Draft Ranking to attain a greater understanding of this year’s draft class — after all, it is absolutely loaded with high end talent.

The Top-31 Prospects

Well, here it is — our second NHL Draft Ranking of the 2019-20 season. As mentioned above, be sure to check out our off-season Draft Ranking to gain a greater understanding of how each and every prospect has either progressed or regressed to kick-off the current campaign. There’s a whack of elite talent eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, so be sure to take a moment and familiarize yourself with the names below.

As we progress through the campaign, we’ll also begin to include in-depth prospect profiles for the majority of the players which you see below.

And, as always, feel free to drop a comment on our ranking below the article to kick-start the conversation surrounding this year’s crop of talented youngsters.

Rank Player Position 2018-19 Team Height Weight
1 Alexis Lafreniere LW Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 6’1” 192lbs
2 Quinton Byfield C Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 6’4” 215lbs
3 Lucas Raymond RW Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit) 5’10” 165lbs
4 Alexander Holtz RW/LW Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 183lbs
5 Anton Lundell C/LW HIFK (Liiga) 6’1” 183lbs
6 Tim Stutzle C Jungadler Mannheim (DNL U20) 5’11” 165lbs
7 Cole Perfetti C Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 5’10” 185lbs
8 Jamie Drysdale D Erie Otters (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
9 Hendrix Lapierre C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’11” 175lbs
10 Marco Rossi C Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’9” 179lbs
11 Justin Barron Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 6’2” 187lbs
12 Dylan Holloway C Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) 6’0” 192lbs
13 Yaroslav Askarov G SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) 6’3” 163lbs
14 Noel Gunler RW/LW Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit) 6’1”  176lbs
15 Kaiden Guhle D Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 6’3” 187lbs
16 Justin Sourdif C Vancouver Giants (WHL) 5’11 165lbs
17 Dawson Mercer RW Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 6’0” 172lbs
18 Ty Smilanic LW U.S U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 178lbs
19 Jacob Perreault C Sarnia Sting (OHL) 5’11” 198lbs
20 Zion Nybeck RW HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’8” 176lbs
21  Emil Andrae D HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’9” 183lbs
22 Helge Grans D Malmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit) 6’3” 192lbs
23 Kasper Simontaival RW Tappara (Liiga) 5’9” 172lbs
24 Antonio Stranges C/LW London Knights (OHL) 5’10” 170lbs
25 Jake Sanderson D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 170lbs
26 Will Cuylle LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 6’2” 201lbs
27 Martin Chromiak LW HK Dunkla Trencin (Tipsport Liga) 6’0” 179lbs
28 Connor Zary C Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 6’0” 174lbs
29 Dylan Peterson C U.S U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 185lbs
30 Lleyton Moore D Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’9” 165lbs
31 Seth Jarvis RW Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 5’9” 165lbs

20 Honourable Mentions

Although they weren’t able to crack the top-31 in this month’s edition, keep a close eye on these 20 honourable mentions — all of which have the talent and potential to develop into first round selections come June of 2020.

HM Rodion Amirov LW Tolpar Ufa (MHL)
HM Michael Benning D Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
HM Mavrik Bourque C Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
HM Lukas Cormier D Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
HM Noah Delemont D Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
HM Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
HM Daniil Gushchin RW Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
HM Roni Hiroven  C Assat (Liiga)
HM Tyler Kleven D U.S U18 Team (US NTDP)
HM Logan Morrison C Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
HM Jan Mysek LW HC Litvinov (Tipsport Extraliga)
HM Alexander Nikishin D MHK Krylia Sovetov Moskva (MHL)
HM Jake Neighbours LW Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
HM Jaromir Pytlik C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
HM Jeremie Poirier D Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
HM Vasili Ponomaryov C Shawinigan Catarctes (QMJHL)
HM Theo Rochette C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
HM Braden Schneider D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
HM Ty Tullio C Oshawa Generals (OHL)
HM Ozzy Wiesblatt RW Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

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