n h l 2020  draft  recap

The future is now

A closer look at Canadian content from the 2020 NHL Draft, presented by Tim Hortons

Jason La Rose
October 8, 2020

From Alexis Lafrenière to Ryan Tverberg, the 2020 NHL Draft was all about Canadian hockey.

In total, one-third of the players who had their names called during the virtual draft – 73 of 217 – hail from the true north strong and free.

Those players include representation from 10 Members, and 43 who have worn the Maple Leaf in international competition – five of them 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medallists.

The red-and-white run started from the top, with Alexis Lafrenière going No. 1 to the New York Rangers. The Saint-Eustache, Que., native is the first player from his province to be taken with the first pick since Marc-André Fleury in 2003, and the first skater since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998.

Quinton Byfield followed to the Los Angeles Kings at No. 2, becoming the highest-drafted Black player ever and giving Canada the top two picks in the draft for the first time since Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart went 1-2 in 2014.

Lafrenière and Byfield both helped Canada to an 18th gold medal at the World Juniors last winter in the Czech Republic, alongside Jamie Drysdale (sixth overall to Anaheim), Dawson Mercer (18th overall to New Jersey) and Nico Daws (84th to New Jersey).

Canadians accounted for 19 of the 31 first-round picks, the most in a single year since the draft became a truly global event in 1990. (The all-time record is 21, set in 1987 when Canada produced every single first-rounder.)

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) was well represented among the Canadian contingent; 58 of the 73 players selected – including 18 of the 19 first-round picks – were products of CHL programs, from 39 different teams. The Western Hockey League led the way with 23 picks, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 21 and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 14.


Ontario Hockey Federation (24) – Colby Ambrosio, Noah Beck, Quinton Byfield, Brandon Coe, Matteo Constantini, Will Cranley, Will Cuylle, Philippe Daoust, Nico Daws, Jamie Drysdale, Jean-Luc Foudy, Luke Evangelista, Tyson Foerster, Rory Kerins, Ryan O’Rourke, Cole Perfetti, Isaak Phillips, Jack Thompson, Tyler Tullio, Ryan Tverberg, Zachary Uens, Evan Vierling, Zayde Wisdom, Chad Yetman

Hockey Alberta (17) – Kyle Aucoin, Tyrel Bauer, Michael Benning, Garin Bjorklund, Ethan Edwards, Ridly Greig, Kaiden Guhle, Dylan Holloway, Connor McClennon, Jake Neighbours, Luke Prokop, Cole Reinhardt, Matt Rempe, Carter Savoie, Ronan Seeley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Alex Young

Hockey Quebec (12) – Mavrik Bourque, Louis Crevier, Elliot Desnoyers, William Dufour, Alexis Lafrenière, Hendrix Lapierre, Devon Levi, Lucas Mercuri, Jacob Perreault, Jérémie Poirier, Rémi Poirier, William Villeneuve

B.C. Hockey (6) – Ethan Bowen, Alex Cotton, Jack Finley, Dylan Garand, Gage Goncalves, Justin Sourdif

Hockey Manitoba (4) – Daemon Hunt, Seth Jarvis, Ben McCartney, Tristen Robins

Saskatchewan Hockey Association (4) – Jaydon Dureau, Luke Reid, Braden Schneider, Connor Zary

Hockey Eastern Ontario (2) – Jack Quinn, Donovan Sebrango

Hockey Nova Scotia (2) – Justin Barron, Ryan Francis

Hockey New Brunswick (1) – Lukas Cormier

Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador (1) – Dawson Mercer


2020 National Junior Team
Quinton Byfield, Nico Daws, Jamie Drysdale, Alexis Lafrenière, Dawson Mercer

2019 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
Mavrik Bourque, Quinton Byfield, Lukas Cormier, Will Cuylle, Dylan Garand, Jamie Drysdale, Jean-Luc Foudy, Ridly Greig, Kaiden Guhle, Daemon Hunt, Seth Jarvis, Hendrix Lapierre, Connor McClennon, Jake Neighbours, Ryan O’Rourke, Cole Perfetti, Jérémie Poirier, Donovan Sebrango, Justin Sourdif, Ozzy Wiesblatt

2019 National Men’s Under-18 Team
Jamie Drysdale, Dylan Holloway, Daemon Hunt, Braden Schneider, Connor Zary

2019 National Junior Team
Alexis Lafrenière

2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Black: Garin Bjorklund, Quinton Byfield, Will Cuylle, Jamie Drysdale, Jack Finley, Jean-Luc Foudy, Daemon Hunt, Ryan O’Rourke, Donovan Sebrango, Tyler Tullio, Ozzy Wiesblatt

Red: Lukas Cormier, Will Cranley, Elliot Desnoyers, William Dufour, Dylan Garand, Ridly Greig, Kaiden Guhle, Seth Jarvis, Jacob Perreault, Justin Sourdif, Jack Thompson, Evan Vierling, William Villeneuve

White: Colby Ambrosio, Mavrik Bourque, Luke Evangelista, Connor McClennon, Jake Neighbours, Cole Perfetti, Jérémie Poirier, Luke Prokop, Ronan Seeley

2018 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
Justin Barron, Dylan Holloway, Alexis Lafrenière, Braden Schneider

2018 National Men’s Under-18 Team
Alexis Lafrenière

2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Black: Dawson Mercer, Luke Reid

Red: Justin Barron, Brandon Coe, Dylan Holloway, Alexis Lafrenière

White: Braden Schneider

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Hockey Canada
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Hockey Canada
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