2020 NHL Draft Odds – Props for First Five Selections

Alexis Lafreniere drinking water

Rimouski Oceanic forward Alexis Lafreniere is the -10000 odds-on favorite to be selected first overall in Tuesday’s NHL entry draft. Photo by RoadTrippinHockey (Wikimedia).
  • There are a number of special wagers on offer relating to Tuesday’s NHL entry draft
  • Props are available on who will go first, second, third, fourth and fifth overall
  • Several draft matchup props are also available

In this bizarro COVID-19 created sporting scenario, holding the 2020 NHL entry draft when the regular season would normally be getting underway fits perfectly into the narrative.

After all, the league has awarded the Stanley Cup when usually, training camps should be opening.

Just because the draft isn’t in its usual locale of June, that hasn’t prevented sportsbooks from assembling a tasty menu of special wagers on the outcome of the NHL’s annual player-picking festival.

Let’s break down some of these props and assess where the smart money should be going.

NHL Draft Picks Odds Selected

Player Odds selected First Overall Odds selected Second Overall Odds selected Third Overall Odds selected Fourth Overall Odds selected Fifth Overall
Alexis Lafreniere -10000 +7500 +10000 OFF OFF
Quinton Byfield +2000 +100 -134 +5000 OFF
Tim Stutzle +2500 -134 +100 +5000 OFF
Cole Perfetti +5000 +1300 +1500 +110 +500
Lucas Raymond +5500 +2500 +1300 +350 +275
Jamie Drysdale +7500 +2000 +2000 +900 +1000
Alexander Holtz +8500 OFF OFF +3500 +2000
Yaroslav Askarov +10000 +3500 +3000 +500 +350
Marco Rossi OFF +1300 +1500 +350 +350
Jake Sanderson OFF OFF OFF +500 +175
Jack Quinn OFF OFF OFF OFF +2000

Odds as of Oct. 3rd at DraftKings

Don’t listen to the rhetoric from the New York Rangers, who won the NHL Draft Lottery and own the first overall selection. They’re taking Alexis Lafreniere. He’ll join Sidney Crosby (2005) and Vincent Lecavalier (1998) as Rimouski Oceanic players to go first overall.

After that, though, it gets interesting fast. Start at number two, for instance. There’s a tremendous value offering here with Sudbury Wolves center Quinton Byfield at +100.

Byfield is the prototype of the old and the new NHL all in one package. He’s built like a power forward who can get into the dirty areas where goals so often happen. However, his skating speed and skill level are also elite.

Pick: Quinton Byfield (+100), 2nd Overall

NHL Draft Position Matchup Odds

Player to be Drafted First Odds Player to be Drafted First Odds
Tim Stutzle -134 Quinton Byfield +100
Jake Sanderson -162 Jamie Drysdale +120
Alexander Holtz -200 Jack Quinn +145
Yaroslav Askarov -155 Anton Lundell +115
William Wallinder -115 Noel Gunler -115
Lukas Reichel -250 John-Jason Peterka +180
Rodion Amirov -167 Hendrix Lapierre +125

When there’s a horse to ride, you don’t get off that horse. Byfield is right there in a head-to-head showdown against Stutzle, again getting a betting line of +100.

While there’s other wagers on the board here that will be intriguing, this is far and away the best bet. There’s a sudden love affair with Stutzle among a constituency of mock drafters that has pushed the talk in his favor. Don’t listen to the scuttlebutt.

If you look at the most established and connected draft experts out there, they’re all still rolling with Byfield. Take the price on him and smile when you collect your winnings.

Don’t forget that it’s the Los Angeles Kings picking second overall. LA kind of has a thing for big forwards.

Pick: Quinton Byfield over Tim Stutzle (+100).

Player Draft Position Odds

Player Position Drafted Over Odds Under Odds
Anton Lundell 11.5 -106 -125
Jack Quinn 11.5 -115 -115
Yaroslav Askarov 10.5 -115 -115
Rodion Amirov 16.5 +115 -155
Hendrix Lapierre 18.5 -134 +100
Jake Sanderson 5.5 -182 +135
Jamie Drysdale 6.5 +135 -182
Lucas Raymond 7.5 +115 -155
Marco Rossi 7.5 -106 -125
Alexander Holtz 9.5 +100 -134
Seth Jarvis 12.5 -167 +125

In a draft bereft of defenseman with high-end skill, Drysdale is a shining light. He’s clearly the best defenseman in this draft class.

Drysdale is an offensive-minded defender. He’s equipped with elite skating ability. He’ll quarterback an NHL team’s power play for years to come.

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At last season’s world juniors, Drysdale was the youngest defender on Canada’s gold medal-winning team. He was also the most talented defender on the squad.

There’s absolutely no way he should slide out of the top six selections. Play him at -182.

NHL Draft First Round Specials

Prop Total Over Odds Under Odds
Canadian Players Selected in Top 10 4.5 +195 -275
Finnish-Born Players Selected in First Round 1.5 +225 -335
Swedish-born Players Selected in First Round 4.5 -125 -106
Total Defensemen Drafted in First Round 6.5 -115 -115
Total Forwards Draft in First Round 23.5 -115 -115
US-Born Players Selected in First Round 2.5 +225 -335

The 2019 NHL entry draft was a watershed moment for USA Hockey. Of the first 50 players selected, 18 were American-born. That included 11 first-round selections.

What a difference a year makes. The total bar for Americans selected in this year’s draft is set at 2.5.

The top US-born player this year is defenseman Jake Sanderson, who played in 2019-20 for the USA NTDP U18 squad. He’s the son of ex-NHLer Geoff Sanderson. Unlike his dad who was a scoring forward, Jake is a defensive rearguard and a devastating bodychecker.

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He also could very likely be the only US-born player selected in the first round in this year’s draft. NHL Central Scouting rates Chicago (USHL) center Brendan Brisson 20th among North American prospects. Center Ty Smilanic, Sanderson’s teammate, is situated at #24.

Neither figures to slide into first round in a draft that is rich with talented Canadians and Europeans.

Pick: US-Born Players Selected in First Round Under 2.5 (-335).

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