Welcome back, prospect enthusiasts. A few weeks back I brought you the top players emerging out of the QMJHL, which has six representing first-round North American rankings. For the next three weeks, I will be continuing that trend to bring you the top from the OHL, WHL, USA and finishing up with European skaters.
In case you missed it, Dobber writer Cam Robinson dropped his April draft rankings which had some interesting placements, so make sure you check it out. Regardless of whose rankings you follow, there is one thing that is for certain. The first round is jam-packed with high-end talent and should highlight a very promising fantasy crop.
Today I will be focusing on the OHL, a league that occupies a whopping 10 of the top 31 prospects in the final NA Central Scouting Rankings. The "O" has always been a thriving league for development and this year could go down as one of the brightest in the years.
I won't lie, there are some very good prospects coming out of the CHL this year, so I will likely drop a part two of this series before the draft. Therefore, if I do not cover someone you were hoping for, please let me know, or wait for the second installment for a deeper dive.
Position – Center
Fantasy Upside – 10
NHL Certainty – 9.5
The projected No.2 of the 2020 entry-draft has been head-to-head with Alexis Lafreniere since rankings for this year have come out. While many have Lafreniere as a clear cut number one, there are just as many who have Byfield going tops this season. Draft spot aside, there is no doubt in anyone mind that the Ontario native will be a prominent player in the NHL, perhaps as early as next season.
At 6'4', 224 pounds, he has the size and reach to instantly step into the show while his 164 points in 109 OHL games speaks for his offensive capabilities as well. For such a large specimen, he shows