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LAFRENIERE AMONG FOUR 2020 DRAFT PROSPECTS PROJECTED TO BE NHL-READY

With the 2020 NHL Draft coming up in less than a month, Craig Button came forward to talk about a few players he believes are ready to make an impact immediately at the NHL level.

The TSN director of scouting, NHL analyst, and former NHL general manager, said there are currently four players that should be able to earn spots upon being drafted.

The first player is obviously Alexis Lafreniere of Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The playmaking Canadian prospect had an astounding 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games while captaining the Oceanic. He was also awarded the QMJHL MVP for the second straight year. Lafreniere has already been compared to players such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Patrick Kane.

Tim Stutzle is another player said to be NHL-ready. He was named the top international skater by NHL scouts, and rightfully so. The forward played in Germany’s top professional hockey league (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) and recorded 34 points (7 goals, 27 assists) in 41 games for Adler Mannheim. Stutzle has been compared to Patrick Kane and Claude Giroux.



Marco Rossi, a projected top 10 pick in the upcoming draft, could also make the jump to the NHL right away. Rossi led the OHL in points with 120 (39 goals, 81 assists). He is a bit smaller of a player, but size is starting to matter less and less in the NHL. Rossi could become the highest drafted Austrian born player ever, if he goes in the top 4. At the moment, Tomas Vanek holds that record, as he went No. 5 overall back in 2003. Rossi has been compared to Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron.

Last but not least is Anton Lundell. The Finnish centreman tallied 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 44 games for HIFK of the Liiga. He is considered to be one of the top international prospects in the draft, and his game has been compared to Patrice Bergeron.

The NHL Draft will take place virtually on October 6 and 7.
BRENNEN BEAUDIN
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020  (17H21)
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