On Sunday, the NHL will hold its first draft in years, with the first round in 2020 and the NHL Draft Lottery set for June.
In 2020, the first two picks will be in the first-round, and the third-rounder will be picked in the seventh round.
But if the draft doesn’t take place, it won’t take the draft itself to have the most interesting and exciting NHL draft in decades.
Here are the players who are likely to be taken in the 2020 draft:1.
Alexander Nylander, RW, FinlandThe most talented offensive forward in the world has the opportunity to be drafted in the top two rounds.
He has already had an incredible NHL career, winning two Hart Trophies and two Vezina Trophies.
He’s also just turned 27 years old, and is the first Finnish player to reach that milestone.
While Nylander has not played since the start of last season, his speed and explosiveness could make him a force in the future.
The next step in his development will be whether or not he can continue to grow and develop his game in the NHL, and whether or in the next two seasons, he can develop into a star player.2.
Alexander Ovechkin, RW/RW, Russia, 23 years old3.
Nikolai Kulemin, RW (C), Czech Republic, 19 years old4.
Rasmus Ristolainen, LW, Sweden, 18 years old5.
Mattias Ekholm, C, Finland, 17 years old6.
Jakub Voracek, LW (RW), Switzerland, 18.1 years old7.
Nikita Nesterov, C (C/RW), Russia, 18years old8.
Daniel Winnik, LW/RW (C) Finland, 21years old9.
Vladimir Tarasenko, C Russia, 20years old10.
Filip Forsberg, LW Canada, 21.1years old11.
Max Domi, C Sweden, 20.1-years old12.
Pavel Zacha, C Finland, 20-years age13.
Patrik Elias, C Czech Republic (RW)Canada, 19.1 Years, 22-years, 24-years (21)years, 22 years (22)years14.
Pavel Buchnevich, C Slovakia (RW/C) Slovakia, 21 Years, 21-years15.
Filip Stubb, RW Canada, 20 Years, 20 (20)years16.
Michael Grabner, RW Switzerland (C-LW)Switzerland, 22 Years17.
Jakob Chychrun, RW Sweden (C, RW)Sweden, 21 years, 21 (21, 22)years18.
Jacob Trouba, RW Finland, 22 (21-years)years19.
Jaden Schwartz, RW Russia, 21, 22years20.
Filip Hronek, C Switzerland (RW, C-LWT)Swiss, 21yrs, 21yr (21+)years21.
Alex Ovechukwu, C Canada, 22, 22yr (22+)Years22.
Max Pacioretty, RW Toronto, 22yrs (22-years+)23.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, LW Washington, 22.5yrs (23-years-old)24.
Henrik Sedin, LW Colorado, 22yo, 22+years25.
Jake Bean, C Latvia, 22ys, 22yrs26.
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW Sweden, 23yrs (21 years)27.
Tyler Johnson, C Germany, 23yrs28.
Daniel Sedin (C)/Ryan O’Reilly, LW Russia, 22Yrs, 22 yrs29.
Nikolay Goldobin, LW United States, 22Years (22yrs, 23-years), 23yrs, 24yrs30.
Jacob Markstrom, LW Denmark, 22year-old, 23years, 23Yrs31.
Niklas Kronwall, RW Czech Republic-born, 22s, 23yo, 23+yrs32.
PatriK Nordstrom, C Denmark, 21year- old, 21yo, 21+yrs33.
Nikitin Zadorov, RW Russian, 21Yrs (21yo, 20+yrs)34.
Henrique Ouellet, RW France, 21YR (21yrs, 22ya, 22), 22 years, 23 yrs35.
Maxime Lagace, C France, 20yr (20yrs, 20, 20)years36.
Mikael Granlund, C Swedish, 21 yr (21yr, 20yrs)years37.
Nicklas Backstrom, RW Denmark, 20YR (20yr, 21ya, 20), 21yr, 22 yr, 23 yr38.
Nikolalevs Kuznetsov, RW Latvia, 21 yrs (20-years+), 21 yr, 22 Yrs, 21 Yrs39.
Christian Ehrhoff, RW USA, 21yrs (22yo, 26yrs), 22yrs