With the 2019-20 junior hockey and midget hockey seasons being at least a month old, now is a good time to circle back and look at New England’s top 2020 NHL Draft prospects.
I’ve already taken two looks at New England natives who are in their first year of eligibility for the draft in 2020. In this examination of the region’s top 15 draft prospects, I include players who are in their second or third time going through the draft process.
I talked about this when the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List came out last month, but it’s important to bring up again. I truly believe a key question to ask when evaluating a local prospect who hasn’t moved onto the USHL or NTDP is “would this prospect’s flaws be accentuated if he had left prep or midget?”
Prep school is the best option, if parents can afford it or if they can receive financial aid, for 99 percent of hockey players in this region. However, there comes a point when there’s nothing left to prove and it’s time to move on, if a player has aspirations of pro hockey.