2020 Draft: Our Expert’s Sleeper Picks

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Kirill Steklov. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Kirill Steklov. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

The 2020 Draft is almost here and we’ll have a ton of coverage for you in the lead-up and during the proceedings themselves. Look for a host of videos and a mock draft in the near future, not to mention profiles on some of the top kids available.

Naturally, there will be a lot of talk about Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield and Yaroslav Askarov in the coming days, so right now I want to focus on some dark horse candidates for the draft. These are players that have some excellent qualities, but might also have some question marks around them. Expect these players to go a little later in the draft, but I would also caution that it is certainly possible that some of them don’t get selected at all this year. That wouldn’t even necessarily mean their futures are cloudy; some players just need to mature their games more before an NHL team is willing to spend a pick on them. Players are listed with their 2019-20 teams. Let’s get to the list.