The 2020 NHL Draft is going be a down year for New England prospects, no matter how you slice it.
Further proof of that sad reality came out Monday morning with the release of the NHL Central Scouting 2019-20 Preliminary Players to Watch List.
Not one player from New England was given an A rating. Only one New England native, Sam Colangelo, was given a B rating. Not even the biggest proponent of the region’s youth hockey model can look at these results and not see doom and gloom.
Thirteen locals were given a C Rating, but several of those players have little to no chance of hearing their names selected at the 2020 NHL Draft. Things like this tend to be cyclical. After all, the 2019 draft was much more favorable to the region.