Latvia’s Janis Svanenbergs and Yevgeni Oksentyuk from Belarus rank highest in the NHL Draft Raning 2020 final.
The NHL published the final ranking for the Draft 2020. On top # 1 ranks Left wing Alexis Lafreniere among North American skaters, followed by a pair of his Team Canada gold medal-winning teammates from the 2020 World Junior Championship: # 2 Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and # 3 Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters.
The top three ranking of international skaters is led by German Tim Stuetzle, a left wing for Mannheim in Germany’s top professional league. Here followed by two scandinavians: # 2 Alexander Holtz of Djurgardens from Sweden and # 3 Anton Kundell of HIFK from Finland.
The Latvian Janis Svanenbergs is also ranked # 76 in the ranking of the International Skaters. Janis comes from the junior team of Hockey Club “Venta 2002”. The 18-year-old forward, who was born in Riga, is playing his third season in the Russian junior league MHL, at “HK Riga” and achieved 40 (25+15) points in the season canceled by COVID-19. Janis Svanenbergs has already played two World Cups for the U18 and U20 for the national team.
In the North American Skaters ranking, Raivis Ansons is the second Latvian player at # 100. The 18-year-old left wing spent his previous career at the youth academy in Riga at “SK Riga”. In the previous year Raivis moved to “Baie-Comeau Drakkar” in the QMJHL in the USA and scored a total of 35 points (13+22) in 60 games. This league could not be played through COVID-19. For the Latvian national team, Ravis Ansons has been in every squad since the U16 and played at three junior world championships.
With Yevgeni Oksentyuk, the only Belarusian player made it into the final ranking from position # 109. The 19-year-old Forward, who was born in Brest, Belarus, played in the Belarusian academy for young people and also played numerous games for “Shakthar Soligorsk”. For the 2019-20 season, Yevgeni made the switch to the OHL team of the “Flint Firebirds” in the USA. With a strong performance, he achieved 78 points (33 + 45) and played his way into the notepads of the scouts. For the Belarusian national team, Yevgeni was on ice at four world championships for the U18 and U20.