As they have almost all hockey competitions after the season, the eyes of fans of this sport, especially behind a large puddle, are slowly turning to draft. This year's election of youngsters was to take place at the end of June in Montreal, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The lists of individual clubs are almost ready, interviews with promising juniors are over, now just choose the right one. The same is true for experts, even they have their rankings finished. Let's take a look at the order of Craig Button, an expert who pursues talents on the club as well as the interstate scene.
Popular TSN has published its first 103 names. Some of them will now be imagined.
There is nothing to be said about this year's entry draft. Alexis Lafrenière. If his names don't sound first, something will be wrong. Junior World Champion from Ostrava and Třinec scored 112 points (35 + 77) in fifty-two matches in QMJHL. According to Button, he is able to reach 60 Canadian points in his first NHL season. Others compare him to Canadian idols like Crosby and McDavid.
Who's the second? In the eyes of Button, it could be Tim Stützle. The German Center was very impressed at the World Championship of 20, and in the German League for Mannheim he scored 35 points in 41 games. He reminds Button of the pace and thought of Chicago's American skill, Patrick Kane.
Quinton Byfield is said to have achieved the greatest physical improvement and is therefore ranked third. Still 17-year-old Canadian is compared to Malkin of Pittsburgh with its height (1.93m) and abilities.
This is the list of hockey players who could end up on the imaginary podium. The best defender of the year should be Jamie Drysdale, the best man in the crease will be the Russian goalkeeper Jaroslav Askarov. He is ranked so high that he is considered the most talented goalkeeper since Carey Price.
What about Jan Myšák, you ask? The biggest Czech handcuff on fire, which has recently been involved in Litvínov and subsequently Canadian Hamilton, has Button written on the 34th.
This is the shot of the top positions of this year's NHL entry draft. But as it really is, we have to wait. To when? We will know soon.