A placeholder team has won the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, and the chance to select first overall at the 2020 NHL Draft.
The placeholder teams included in this year’s lottery will be determined by the best-of-five play-in series to take place when the NHL is permitted to return to play, meaning one of the losers of said series will be given the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Whichever team does wind up filling that placeholder spot will have the opportunity to select QMJHL standout Alexis Lafreniere, widely believed to be the favourite to go first off the board on draft day.
The 18-year-old Rimouski Oceanic winger is coming off his second straight 100-point campaign, having posted 35 goals and 112 points in just 52 games in 2019-20. In doing so, he became just the second player to ever claim back-to-back CHL Player of the Year honours — the only other being fellow Oceanic alum Sidney Crosby.
Behind him, Adler Mannheim’s Tim Stutzle and OHL Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield are the projected next best of the 2020 draft class. Read the full breakdown of the top prospects in the 2020 draft class from Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino here.
More to come.