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2020 NHL Draft to be held virtually Oct. 6-7

Rangers expected to select Lafreniere at No. 1; Senators, Devils each with three first-round picks @NHLdotcom

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually Oct. 6-7.

The first round will take place Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET, with Rounds 2-7 held the next day, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The New York Rangers have the No. 1 pick after winning the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Aug. 10.

"Anytime you can pick first, especially this year, it's a special year, we all know that," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said that night.

Forward Alexis Lafreniere, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, is expected to be the first player selected.

The 18-year-old left wing led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games for Rimouski this season.

Other top North American prospects include forwards Quinton Byfield of Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League, Cole Perfetti of Saginaw (OHL), and Marco Rossi of Ottawa (OHL), and defensemen Jamie Drysdale of Erie (OHL) and Jake Sanderson of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team. 

Among the top International prospects are forwards Tim Stuetzle of Mannheim of Deutsche Eishockey Liga (Germany's top league), Alexander Holtz of Djurgarden in the Swedish Hockey League, Lucas Raymond of Frolunda (SHL) and Anton Lundell of HIFK in Liiga (Finland's top league), and goalie Iaroslav Askarov of Neva St. Petersburg in Russia's second division.

On June 26, a placeholder team won the First Phase of the Draft Lottery, which set the order for picks 2-8. The Los Angeles Kings have the No. 2 pick, followed by the Ottawa Senators at No. 3, with a selection they acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson on Sept. 13, 2018.

The Senators also have the No. 5 pick. It's the first time a team has had two top-five selections since the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Draft.

In addition, Ottawa has the New York Islanders' selection from the trade for center Jean-Gabriel Pageau on Feb. 24.

The New Jersey Devils also have three first-round picks, starting with theirs at No. 7. The Devils acquired the Arizona Coyotes' first pick in the trade for forward Taylor Hall on Dec. 16. New Jersey has the Vancouver Canucks' top choice from a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for center Blake Coleman on Feb. 16; Vancouver had traded to the pick to Tampa Bay for center J.T. Miller on June 22, 2019.

The Rangers (Carolina Hurricanes) and Anaheim Ducks (Boston Bruins) also have multiple first-round selections.

The Second Phase of the Draft Lottery consisted of the eight teams that lost in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. After the Rangers won the No. 1 selection, the remaining seven teams received picks 9-15 in inverse order of regular-season points percentage.

The full order of selection will be finalized after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The draft was been scheduled for Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26-27 but was postponed March 25 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The NHL also announced Friday that free agency would start at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 9. Free agency usually opens at 12 p.m. ET on July 1 but was pushed back because of the pause to the 2019-20 season.



1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh Penguins)

Picks 16-31 will be set after completion of Stanley Cup Final



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