The Journey: Projecting Picks 9-15 Based on Organizational Needs

Dave Hall

2020-08-15

It was a big week in the prospect world. Just two months removed from the initial draft date itself, the league finally put the ping pong balls to action and finalized the order for the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, or as some refer to it, the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes. 

After a few shocking upsets in the qualifying rounds, at least if you are going by my predictions, we finally had a list of teams with a 12.5% shot at the dynamic winger out of Quebec. To the surprise of many, who thought it was destined to go the Oilers or Maple Leafs, the pick was awarded to the New York Rangers, who will now hold a first overall pick for the first time since 1965, where they also happened to take a Quebec born skater (Andre Veilleux, who never played pro hockey). If you have drafted or traded for any players from Broadway as of late, your stock just rose to new heights as they are expected to add an extremely strong price to what is already a very strong rising core. 

The first overall pick was not the only fate that decided on Monday night. We were also given the missing pieces to picks 9-15. To keep the theme alive, I thought I would dive into each team's potential picks, based on their organizational needs. I had already covered teams one through eight in a piece a few weeks back and if you did not happen to catch that, here is a quick recap:

1st Overall – Placeholder – The New York Rangers now officially own this pick, and are almost certain to choose Alexis Lafreniere.

2nd OverallLos Angeles Kings – Extremely deep prospect pool already, and will be adding power forward Quinton Byfield to that mix. Watch out for LA.

3rd Overall Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks) – Strong up the middle, bit could use a skilled winger. Tim Stutzle goes at three.

4th Overall