The Washington Capitals will make their first selection in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft with the 24th overall pick, with the draft being held this Tuesday night. NoVa Caps is examining the players generally ranked between 20-29, based on most recent draft lists and mock drafts, and preparing player profiles for those players. The players will be grouped by position, with wingers to be discussed in this piece. Centers were discussed here. Defensemen were discussed here.
Rodion Amirov – Amirov was born on October 2, 2001, in Salavat, Russia. For the 2019-20 season, he divided his time between Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League, their MHL (Junior Hockey League) affiliate Tolpar Ufa, and their VHL (Supreme Hockey League) affiliate Toros Neftekamsk. He scored 10 goals and recorded 12 assists in just 17 games, prompting his promotion. In the new, 2020-21 season, he has played for both Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Toros Neftekamsk. He has played in nine games in the KHL this season with an offensive output of three goals and two assists. He is considered to have a great shot, good passing skills, an elite mind for the game, and a top-notch work ethic. He has represented Russia in international competition including the IIHF World Junior games in 2020.
Jake Neighbours – Neighbours was born on March 29, 2002 in Airbrie, Alberta. He played the entire 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and part of the 2017-18 seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings, and scored 23 goals and recorded 47 assists for 70 points overall in 64 games. He is considered to have great playmaking ability, especially off the boards. He has energy and solid fundamentals. He plays with an edge and can play any offensive role.
Lukas Reichel – Reichel was born on May 17, 2002 in Nürnberg, Germany. He played for Eisbären Berlin in 2019-20, scoring 12 goals and recording 12 assists in 42 games. He also represented Germany in the IIHF World Junior games in 2020. He is considered to be an excellent skater with excellent vision, a deadly shot, and playmaking skills, while is defense is considered a work in progress. His uncle, Robert Reichel, played in the NHL and other family members have also played professional hockey.
Zion Nybeck — He was born on May 12, 2002 in Alvesta, Sweden. He played at various levels of the HV71 Swedish club in 2019-20, including the Swedish Hockey League, the Junior 18 Elite, and the Junior 20 Super Elite; he played primarily with the Junior 20 Super Elite team and in 42 games, scored 27 goals, and recorded 39 assists for 66 points overall, and had one goal in 15 games for HV71 in the Swedish Elite League. He’s considered to be a skilled forward with relentless speed and dazzling offensive ability and considered to be patient with the puck, and a player who will wait out the opposition if that’s what needed to open up a passing lane. His only drawback is his small size. He has played in various international competition and will likely represent Sweden in the IIHF World Junior Championships provided it’s not cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jacob Perreault – Perreault was born on April 15, 2002 in Montreal Quebec but he is also a dual citizen of the United States. He has played with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, and most recently scored 39 goals and recorded 31 assists for 70 points overall in 57 games. He is a sniper with a great shot who can score from nearly anywhere. He is weaker defensively and is prone to neutral zone turnovers. He is the son of Yanic Perreault, who played in the NHL for 15 years.
Noel Gunler — Gunler was born on October 7, 2001 in Lulea, Sweden. Last season, he played primarily with the Lulea team in the Swedish Elite League but also played for their Junior 20 Super Elite team. For Lulea, he scored four goals with nine assists in 45 games. He is back with Lulea in the SEL for the 2020-21 season. He has a great shot but does not have game-breaking talent as a playmaker.
John-Jason Peterka – Peterka was born on January 14, 2002 in München, Germany. He most recently played with the EHC München club of the Deutsch Eliite League (DEL), with whom he scored seven goals and recorded four assists in 42 games. He is currently on loan to EC Salzburg in the ICEHL as the DEL season has not yet begun. He has represented Germany in international competition including the World Junior Championship of 2020, where he scored four goals and had two assists in seven games. He is considered an offensive winger with great speed and quickness, and who has a great passing game and good puck-handling skills. He needs to improve his all-around game and become more consistent.
Kasper Simontaival — Simontaival was born on January 11, 2002, in Tampere, Finland. This past season, Simonraival primarily played with the Tempurra Under 20 Super Elite team, with whom he recorded 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points overall in 48 games. He also played five games for Tempurra in the Liiga (highest Finnish League), recording two assists. He was also on loan to Koovie in the Mestis League (second-highest Finnish league) for six games, scoring one goal and adding three assists. He is an extremely talented offensive winger who has top-line upside. He is undersized and has dealt with injuries. He is also more of a playmaker, but has a great wrist shot and high-end vision and hockey sense.
By Diane Doyle