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2020 NHL Draft: First round recap

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Picks! Trades! Everything we wanted happened!

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What a day we had today! The 2020 NHL Draft kicked off with round one, and the action started hours earlier. Let’s get into it:

The Toronto Maple Leafs loaned their recently extended centre to the Swiss league, with Denis Malgin going to play for Laussanne HC. His teammates will be former Toronto Marlies Josh Jooris and relative of Leafs great Charlie Conacher, Cory Conacher.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens kicked off the trading:

Just ahead of the draft, the Washington Capitals re-signed Brendan Dillon for four years:

Dillon was acquired ahead of the trade deadline from the San Jose Sharks for a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 third round pick.

The Ottawa Senators announced new old jerseys for the next season:

The Actual Draft

#1 - New York Rangers select Alexis Lafrenière (W) - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
2019-20 Stats - 52GP - 35G - 77A - 112Pts
2019-20 Awards: CHL MVP, QMJHL MVP, QMJHL Best Prospect, QMJHL Most Points, World Juniors MVP, World Juniors Gold Medal, World Juniors Best Forward

#2 - Los Angeles Kings select Quinton Byfield (C) - Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 45GP - 32G - 50A - 82Pts
2019-20 Awards: World Juniors Gold Medal, Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal

#3 - Ottawa Senators select Tim Stützle (C/LW) - Adler Mannheim (DEL)
2019-20 Stats: 41GP - 7G - 27A - 34Pts
2019-20 Awards: DEL Rookie of the Year

Alex Trebek made the pick!

#4 - Detroit Red Wings select Lucas Raymond (W) - Frölunda HC (SHL)
2019-20 Stats: 33GP - 4G - 6A - 10Pts
2019-20 Awards: Champions Hockey League Championship, World Juniors Bronze Medal

#5 - Ottawa Senators select Jake Sanderson (D) - USNTDP
2019-20 Stats: 47GP - 7G - 22A - 29Pts
Trivia: Son of former NHLer Geoff Sanderson

#6 - Anaheim Ducks select Jamie Drysdale (D) - Erie Otters (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 49GP - 9G - 38A - 47Pts|
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal, World Juniors Gold Medal

#7 - New Jersey Devils select Alexander Holtz (RW) - Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2019-20 Stats: 35GP - 9G - 7A - 16Pts
2019-20 Awards: SHL Most Points by U18 player, World Juniors Bronze Medal
Trivia: Wears #88 in honour of his favourite ice cream

#8 - Buffalo Sabres select Jack Quinn (RW) - Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 62GP - 52G - 37A - 89Pts
Trivia: Not predicted to be the top drafted 67 this year

#9 - Minnesota Wild select Marco Rossi (C) - Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 56GP - 39G - 81A - 120Pts
2019-20 Awards: CHL Top Scorer, OHL MVP, OHL Most Points

#10 - Winnipeg Jets* select Cole Perfetti (C) - Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 61GP - 37G - 74A - 111Pts
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal, CHL/OHL Scholastic player of the year
Trivia: Loves moms spaghetti
Trivia: Favourite player is John Tavares.

#11 - Nashville Predators select Yaroslav Askarov (G) - SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)
2019-20 Stats: 18GP - 2.45GAA - .920sv%
2019-20 Awards: World Juniors Silver Medal, Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Gold Medal

#12 - Florida Panthers select Anton Lundell (C) - HIFK (Liiga)
2019-20 Stats: 44GP - 10G - 18A - 28Pts
Trivia: Is Finnish

#13 - Carolina Hurricanes select Seth Jarvis (RW) - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 58GP - 42G - 56A - 98Pts
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal, WHL Most Sportsman like Player

#14 - Edmonton Oilers select Dylan Holloway (C/LW) - U. Wisconsin (NCAA)
2019-20 Stats: 35GP - 8G - 9A - 17Pts
Trivia: From Calgary, drafted to Edmonton

#15 - Toronto Maple Leafs select Rodion Amirov (LW) - Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) / Tolpar Ufa (MHL)
2019-20 Stats: 21GP - 0G - 2A - 2Pts / 17GP - 10G - 12A - 22Pts
2019-20 Awards: the best player in the 2020 draft award.

Also, loves kittens.

#16 - Montreal Canadiens select Kaiden Guhle (D) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 64GP - 11G - 29A - 40Pts
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal

#17 - Chicago Blackhawks select Lukas Reichel (LW) - Eisbären Berlin (DEL)
2019-20 Stats: 42GP - 12G - 12A - 24Pts
Trivia: Nephew of former Maple Leaf Robert Reichel

#18 - New Jersey Devils select Luke Mercer (C) - Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2019-20 Stats: 42GP - 24G - 36A - 60Pts
2019-20 Awards: World Juniors Gold Medal

#19 -Calgary Flames trade the pick to the New York Rangers for picks #22 and #72

#19 - New York Rangers select Braden Schneider (D) - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 60GP - 7G - 35A - 42Pts
Trivia: Loves to flatten people at the blue line

#20 - New Jersey Devils select Shakir Mukhamadullin (D) - Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) / Tolpar Ufa (MHL)
2019-20 Stats: 27GP - 0G - 1A - 1Pt / 13GP - 2G - 8A - 10Pts
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Silver Medal

#21 - Columbus Blue Jackets select Yegor Chinakhov (RW) - Omskie Yastreby (MHL)
2019-20 Stats: 56GP - 27G - 42A - 69Pts
Trivia: Pick confused all TV pundits

#22 - Calgary Flames trade #22 pick to the Washington Capitals for picks #24 and #80

#22 - Washington Capitals select Hendrix Lapierre (C) - Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2019-20 Stats: 19GP - 2G - 15A - 17Pts
2019-20 Awards: Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Silver Medal
Trivia: Missed most of the season with concussion/neck injuries.

#23 - Philadelphia Flyers select Tyson Foerster (C) - Barrie Colts (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 62GP - 36G - 44A - 80Pts
Trivia: The Maple Leafs have still never drafted a Barrie Colt in the first round.

#24 - Calgary Flames select Connor Zary (C) - Kamloops Blazer (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 57GP - 38G - 48A - 86Pts
Trivia: Knows how to celebrate goals.

#25 - Colorado Avalanche select Justin Barron (D) - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
2019-20 Stats: 34GP - 4G - 154A - 19Pts
Trivia: Missed most of the season with a blood clot.

#26 - St. Louis Blues select Jake Neighbours (LW) - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 64GP - 23G - 47A - 70Pts
2019-20 Awards - Hlinka-Gretzky Silver Medal

#27 - Anaheim Ducks select Jacob Perrault (RW) - Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2019-20 Stats: 57GP - 39G - 31A - 70Pts
Trivia: Son of former Maple Leaf Yanic Perrault

#28 - Ottawa Senators select Ridly Greig (LW) - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 56GP - 26G - 34A - 60Pts
2019-20 Awards - Hlinka-Gretzky Silver Medal

#29 - Vegas Golden Knights select Brendan Brisson (C) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
2019-20 Stats: 45GP - 24G - 35A - 59Pts
Trivia: Son of super agent Pat Brisson

#30 - Dallas Stars select Mavrik Bourque (C) - Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
2019-20 Stats: 49GP - 29G - 42A - 71Pts
Trivia: Is not related to Ray Bourque

#31 - San Jose Sharks select Ozzy Weisblatt (RW) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2019-20 Stats: 64GP - 25G - 45A - 70Pts
Trivia: Has most normal first name of all his siblings.

4 hours later, the first round is over! The draft picks up again with round two tomorrow afternoon. The draft starts at 11:30AM and the next six rounds should take about the same amount of time as the first round.