Phull Plate's Top 3 Sleepers of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

1) William Villeneuve (R) – Defenseman, 6’1”, 163 lbs

William has played for the Saint John Sea Dogs for the past 2 season and in the 2019 – 2020 season, he put up 58 points (9G, 49A) in 64 games. However, his greatest stride made was in the plus/minus category. In his first season as a Sea Dog he put up an awful -52, but was able to bounce back with only a -5 in his sophomore season. As a defenseman, he lead his team in points last season. Therefore, he was able to maintain strong defensive play while heading up his team's offense; that is no small feat. His leadership shown through his play lead him to be named the assistant captain last season. On top of his skill, it is apparent his hockey IQ is high and continues to improve. He is an all around solid prospect and is clearly focused on growing as a player.

2) Tyson Foerster (R) – Forward, 6’1”, 191 lbs

Soon to be a Barrie Colts alumni, Tyson Foerster could prove to be a long-term forward for whatever team drafts him. He has great size and generally stays healthy for the young gun that he has become. Much like Villeneuve, Tyson had tremendous growth in his sophomore season, he played 2 less games than 2018-2019, yet put up 57 more points. In 2019-2020, he was able to amass 80 points (36G, 44A), the next closest teammate was Aidan Brown with 47 points. Our only issue with his play, was the -17 he put up with 80 points. However, we believe NHL coaching will be able to improve is two-way play. Foerster has many of the non-coachable aspects of top tier hockey players, he just needs to be receptive of instruction and criticism and he should perform just fine in the NHL.

3) Veeti Miettinen (L) – Forward, 5’9”, 159 lbs

Obviously, the most glaring issue for this youngster is his size. Yet, in the new NHL, shorter quicker players have found a nice niche in the league; proven by the likes of Jared Spurgeon (5’9”), Alex DeBrincat (5’7”), and Brad Marchand (5’9”). The kid had a phenomenal season for Kiekko-Espoo U20, putting up 73 points (42G, 31A) in 52 games. He is very good at avoiding penalties, while still playing hard; shown by his ability to have three consecutive plus seasons in the plus/minus category. He is ranked 63rd by and we feel he has immense ability to exceed that expectation if taken that low.

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