This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
With the trade deadline approaching, we are now less than five months away from the start of the 2020 NHL Draft. This year's event will take place in Montreal and begin on Friday, June 26. It's never too early to get a look at the top names available. Below are RotoWire's 2020 midseason draft rankings. As always, our complete in-depth rankings will be published in June in the days and weeks leading up to the draft.
Without further ado...
1- Alexis Lafreniere (LW, Rimouski-QMJHL): Lafreniere has been locked into the top spot for multiple years and it's difficult to see things changing now. Blessed with elite offensive instincts, Lafreniere is the closest thing to a lock that this draft possesses. I have him in a tier by himself.
2- Quinton Byfield (C, Sudbury-OHL): Along with being massive (6-foot-4) for a 17-year-old, Byfield is an excellent skater. His unique mix of size and skill has him the odds-on favorite to go second overall.
3- Tim Stutzle (LW, Manheim-DEL): German hockey is on the rise and Stutzle is the country's best draft prospect since Leon Draisaitl. In addition to his offensive abilities, Stutzle can play both center and wing.
4- Marco Rossi (C, Ottawa-OHL): An Austrian import, Rossi has dominated the OHL this season. He's talented and goes to the hard areas of the ice to make plays despite standing at just 5-foot-9.
5- Jamie Drysdale (D, Erie-OHL): Drysdale will be the first defenseman off the board barring something