The 2019/20 NHL season may be on pause while the world figures out what to do about the COVID-19 pandemic, and we all may be cooped up at home for 99% of our day to day lives, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enrich our lives. For example, NHL Central Scouting yesterday released their final North American and European rankings for the 2020 NHL draft eligible prospects, for players and goalies.
But how does that help us enrich our lives, I hear you ask? Could we dig deeper into mid round prospects than ever before using the extra time we have, to try and unearth more diamonds in the rough?
Pfft, hell no. What we do is look through the full list and find some of the best named players we secretly hope the Leafs pick just for their name.
And I gotta tell you, the 2020 list has some bangers. For starters, there are some returning prospects who were undrafted in 2019 and are still eligible for this year that we all remember — Gunnarwolfe Fontaine comes to mind.
But there are some others you probably don’t know about, or forgot. Here’s a list of my personal favourites, in no particular order — and yes, these are all real names you can look up on Elite Prospects:
- Primo Self
- Daemon Hunt
- Roman Faith
- Luke Evangelista
- Bear Hughes
- Nick Capone
- Sam Strange
- Antonio Stranges
- Jake Boltmann (if the Lightning don’t pick him they have to fold the whole franchise)
- Zayde Wisdom
- Leo AND Linus Lööf
- Winter Wallace
- Huge Styf
- Rhett Rhinehart
- Ivan Ivan
- Fabio Iacobo
- Zakhar Zakharov
- Vili Munki
- Ozzy Wiesblatt
- Mavrik Bourque
- Evan Bushy
- Timofey Spitserov
- Calle Clang
- Mans Forsfjall (I’m pronouncing his last name in my head as Forceful)
- Tobias Handl
- Thimo Nickl
- Viktor Persson
- Oskar Magnusson
- William Wallinder
- Michal Gut
- Matteo Costantini
- Billy Constantinou
- Gage Goncalves
- Colby Ambrosio
- Jake Neighbours
Which is your favourite? Quite frankly if the Toronto Maple Leafs do not pick Daemon Hunt, Primo Self and Roman Faith then I’m starting a riot I don’t even care.
If you want to vote, Colin Cudmore from the Silver Seven Sens has a bracket with his favourites (though I have some differences of opinion on them):
Introducing the Best Names Bracket: 2020 NHL Draft Edition!— Colin Cudmore (@CudmoreColin) April 6, 2020
Make your picks, place your bets, and vote in the polls below to find out which #2020NHLDraft-eligible player has the BEST name. pic.twitter.com/B8GWKf3xKM
ONTO THE LINKS
Marlies GDT: re-watching the 2018 Calder Cup run | by Hardev
The Leafs are sitting on a mountain of wingers | by Jon Steitzer at TLN
Kristians Rubins: Latvian Lightning | by Earl Schwartz at TLN
Transcript from a Kyle Dubas interview where he spoke about Barabanov, and other things | transcribed by MLHS
Leafs 3-in-3: How much of a difference would a healthy defence have made? | by Kristen Shilton and Mark Masters
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
Down Goes Brown: Remembering some of the NHL’s greatest one-hit wonders | by Sean McIndoe at The Athletic
Sportsnet’s 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings: April | by Sam Cosentino
Lafreniere on what he can bring to a team; Byfield talks Malkin comparisons | by TSN.ca
ive thought about this image every day for a week. can i get a hup going in chat pic.twitter.com/U6h4PadqJE— worm from home (@SzMarsupial) April 7, 2020
Have a great Thursday everyone!
What’s the best prospect name?