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MY MOCK DRAFTS - riggs's 2020 NHL DRAFT

Last Updated: 09-15-2020

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riggs's comments: I could see Rangers getting bold and taking Byfield since they still need a top-end center behind Zibanejad, but Laf is the clear #1 and they should take him. #1 overall pick is not the time to get creative

riggs's comments: Byfield is a prototypical modern C. Kings will be loaded down the middle with him, Turcotte, Vilardi

riggs's comments: For me, Laf/Byfield/Stutzle are in a tier above the rest of the draft. Sens have acquired a wealth of elite level prospects during their rebuild and they'll go BPA with Stutzle

riggs's comments: This is where the draft opens up. Detroit needs help at every position, but right-handed PMDs are always at a premium. With Drysdale and Seider, the right side of their D is pretty secure

riggs's comments: Ottawa will again draft for the highest skill level and I believe that to be Rossi

riggs's comments: Easy pick for a team in desperate need of a high end scoring forward for the next generation

riggs's comments: NJD need a goal scorer to compliment Nico and Hughes, Holtz suits that support/finishing role more than Raymond

riggs's comments: It wouldn't hurt for Sabres to draft another C in Lundell, but Raymond is too good to pass up here

riggs's comments: Good pick for Wild, it might be the end of an era for Koivu and they need help down the middle fast. They were surprisingly competitive this season and Lundell has already been playing at the pro level, they might lean to get a player who can step in sooner than later.

riggs's comments: WPG losing half their D core last season was a big storyline so this pick seems obvious. However, if Lundell were still available I could see them going that route too.

riggs's comments: NSH need prospect depth throughout the lineup, but their attempts to lock down their C core have proved incredibly lukewarm with RyJo, Duchene, and Turris. If I'm them, I get bold trying to boost that core internally. I love Zary's game and think he's a guy who can really drive play from center and make his wingers better

riggs's comments: Panthers have some really good forward prospect depth but no young dmen really pushing the next wave. Their lineup was a disaster defensively as well

riggs's comments: They have the pieces everywhere else; this is the time for the team to be a little risky and hopefully find their cornerstone goalie

riggs's comments: Mercer represents a skilled, two way player that will complement their offensive studs. he's the type of player they need to fill the rest of their lineup with

riggs's comments: Similar to EDM, Leafs need to identify players who can fill in the rest of their lineup. I like Bourque's combination of skill, compete, and two way play

riggs's comments: Love this pick for the Habs. They will continue to need high-end scoring forwards and Quinn fits that bill perfectly

riggs's comments: The days of Toews as a franchise C will inevitably come to an end soon; Dach and Strome are good starting points to replace, but Chicago will go off-board slightly here to grab a high caliber C with NHL ties for additional insurance

riggs's comments: Devils could use prospect depth up front as well, but adding Barron on the right side will be a very solid complement to Smith and Bahl

riggs's comments: Good pick for Flames here, Jarvis is a really complete player who will fit with their organization no matter what direction they go in

riggs's comments: Holtz and Barron would be relatively safe picks for the Devils, so I think they'd go slightly risky here and take a real boom/bust prospect

riggs's comments: Jackets could use forward depth but they already have a few young players pushing to make an impact. their prospect depth on defense is thin comparatively and Guhle is a pretty safe bet to get in the lineup as a bottom pair or #4 dman

riggs's comments: Rangers will draft for skill and add a very divisive but dynamic PMD to supplement a left side D pool that still lacks true high end skill outside of K'Andre Miller