Which of the 5 NHL Play-In teams could take the first overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

Which of the 5 NHL Play-In teams could take the first overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

Alex Stoessel July 15, 2020  Comments

On June 26th 2020 the NHL Draft Lottery has pulled out a TBD placeholder team which is a play-in round team. Here are my 5 teams predictions that could take the first overall pick to select Alexis Lafreniere.

First team that came into mind is the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is a team that has a bright future players that are going to make an impact in the NHL Level, once you take Alexis Lafreniere, I think that your Top 6 forward group are all set. Imagine on your top line, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and Alexis Lafreniere and your second line J.T. Miller, Bo Horvat and Tyler Toffoli. That is a great Top 6 forward group and I think that Vancouver will be a top 3 team in the Western Conference.

Second team is the Edmonton Oilers. Yes, they have McDavid and Draisaitl who are close to become generational players, and will the Oilers be a playoff team when they get Alexis Lafreniere? Of course because Alexis Lafreniere is a player that can play any position, Imagine on your top line, Alexis Lafreniere, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. That will be a sick top line, those players have great talent can record 100 points a season and I think that Edmonton can get the first pick to get Alexis Lafreniere.

Third team is the Montreal Canadiens and will it be cool if Alexis Lafreniere will play in his hometown team. Also, the draft is hosting in Montreal, and if that happens the Montreal Canadiens will be the first team ever in NHL history to have the first pick in the location of the draft. However, in the forward group is a move around. Your top forward group is set with Brendan Gallagher, Max Domi and Paul Byron. I think once you're in the position of taking the first overall pick, you're looking for a player that will stay his career on one team and a future generational player.

The fourth team is the New York Rangers and how about that if it happens. The Rangers are going to be a team that will rock the franchise into a young powerhouse team. You have Artemi Panarin who is a MVP level scorer in the team, Kaapo Kakko is a upcoming franchise player, and Mika Zibanejad is a top line winger. Once you have Lafreniere, I think that you're going to be prepared to advance to the Conference Finals or the Stanley Cup Finals.

The last team I have is the Toronto Maple Leafs and this is a team in their young core group that has struggled at time during part of every season. The Leafs can't win anything in the playoffs, and they were eliminated in the first round three years in a row. You still have William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, John Tavares and Pierre Engvall as your top 6 forward group and once you take Lafreniere, they're all set and ready to win now with Lafreniere. Also, the Leafs are looking to end the Stanley Cup drought.

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