In the days leading up to the First Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSN, SN, TVAS), NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Note: With the NHL season paused since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, a date for the 2020 NHL Draft has yet to be determined.
Today, the top right wings available.
Alexander Holtz could become the first Sweden-born and trained right wing in 27 years to be chosen among the top 10 picks in the NHL Draft.
The 6-foot, 192-pound right-handed shot performed well his first full season for Djurgarden in the Swedish Hockey League, leading all under-18 skaters in goals, assists and points.
“I think Alex is more of a finisher and a player that will be good at net front,” said Tomas Monten, who coached Holtz for Sweden at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The last Sweden-born and trained right wing to be chosen among the top 10 picks was Niklas Sundstrom, who was chosen by the New York Rangers with the No. 8 pick of the 1993 NHL Draft.
Here are NHL.com’s top 10 right wings available for the 2020 draft:
1. Alexander Holtz, Djurgarden (SWE)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 2 (International skaters)
A pure goal scorer with a great selection of shots, Holtz plays a tough, intelligent game. He scored 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) and had 55 shots on goal while averaging 12:53 of ice time in 35 games. Holtz offers good on-ice vision and fine technical skills, gets to the tough areas of the ice, can set up his teammates and is not just a productive scorer but an effective playmaker.
2. Jack Quinn, Ottawa (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 7 (North American skaters)
Scouts have taken notice after a solid offseason of training that enabled Quinn to become more polished and explosive with the puck on his stick. He’s versatile enough to play all three forward positions and has the offensive instincts to execute plays. The 6-0, 176-pound right-handed shot was second in the Ontario Hockey League with 52 goals and tied for eighth with 89 points in 62 games. Seven other OHL players have scored at least 50 goals in their NHL draft season since 2000-01: Corey Locke (63, 2002-03), Patrick Kane (62, 2006-07), Steven Stamkos (58, 2007-08), John Tavares (58, 2008-09), Jeff Skinner (50, 2009-10), Alex DeBrincat (51, 2015-16) and Arthur Kaliyev (51, 2018-19).
3. Jacob Perreault, Sarnia (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 17 (North American skaters)
The versatile forward has one of the best shots in the 2020 draft class. Perreault (5-11, 192), the son of former NHL forward Yanic Perreault, led Sarnia with 39 goals and 15 power-play goals in 57 games. He possesses an impressive offensive skill set with good vision and ability to make plays off the rush or with accurate passes in the offensive zone.
4. Noel Gunler, Lulea (SWE)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 9 (International skaters)
The 6-2, 176-pound forward possesses good passing skills, shot selection and willingness to drive to the net to create offense. He scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) while averaging 9:49 of ice time in 45 SHL games. He has intimidating size and earned big minutes on the power play with his soft hands and playmaking ability.
5. Ozzy Wiesblatt, Prince Albert (WHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 19 (North American skaters)
The 5-10, 183-pound right-shot pivot is a smart and tenacious player on the puck, quick to find openings and excelled after moving to center from right wing late in the season. Wiesblatt was second for Prince Albert with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) and first with 27 power-play points (10 goals, 17 assists). He’s a magnet on the puck, displays good confidence when under pressure and has good vision at a fast pace.
6. Tyson Foerster, Barrie (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 21 (North American skaters)
His goal-scoring ability stood out at the start of the season and his play continued to develop during the second half and he finished with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists) in 62 games. The 6-1, 194-pound right-hand shot is a gifted offensive player who consistently puts himself in the right areas of the ice to get into scoring areas and make plays through traffic. He scored two goals and had an assist and was named player of the game for victorious Team White in the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 16.
7. John-Jason Peterka, Munchen (GER)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 7 (International skaters)
An offensive-minded two-way forward who scored six points (four goals, two assists) and had 15 shots on goal in seven games for Germany at the 2020 World Juniors has good readiness to shoot from tough angles. He works hard and exhibits a lot of intensity and determination each shift. Peterka (5-11, 192) scored 11 points (seven goals, four assists) and had 62 shots on goal while averaging 11:50 in ice time in 42 games in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional men’s league. Munchen (36-11-5) finished first in the league with 108 points.
8. Kasper Simontaival, Tappara Jr. (FIN-JR)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 21 (International skaters)
The 5-9, 177-pound right-hand shot overcame a few injuries this season to score 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) in 48 games for Tappara’s team in Finland’s junior division, where he was voted to the All-Star Game. Simontaival scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in three playoff games. He has top-nine upside because he can drive hard to the net and protect the puck well. He has excellent offensive instincts, good hands and game sense to read situations on the fly and his defensive game improved when he consistently battled hard to win possession. He’ll play for Tappara in Liiga, Finland’s top professional men’s league, in 2020-21.
9. Justin Sourdif, Vancouver (WHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 23 (North American skaters)
A two-way forward with good vision and competitiveness, Sourdif is a skilled offensive player capable of retrieving pucks and making plays with consistency. The 5-11, 173-pound right-handed shot is smart on each side of the puck, forechecks hard and is a proven penalty-killer. He was first with Vancouver with six game-winning goals and third with 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists) in 57 games.
10. Martin Chromiak, Kingston (OHL)
NHL Central Scouting: No. 30 (North American skaters)
Chromiak (6-0, 187) split time between HK Dukla Trencin of Extraliga in Slovakia and Kingston this season, joining the latter shortly after he was cut from the Slovakia National Junior Team in December. He scored 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 28 games, and at times played on Kingston’s top power-play unit with Shane Wright (2022 NHL Draft eligible), the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year, and Zayde Wisdom, No. 54 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters. He’s good at reading the play, reacting and solid on the forecheck and at retrieving pucks.
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